Angelo Getting Serious About RBs

GM Jerry Angelo promised more competition in the Chicago Bears backfield next season, although he ignored the running backs in free agency. All signs point to a ball-carrier being taken in next month's NFL Draft, and Bear Report just unearthed another one Angelo really likes. Who is he? Find out inside ...

The Monsters of the Midway have a lot of questions to answer on the offensive side of the ball right now.

Who will win the starting quarterback job between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton? How will the receiving corps shake out after cutting Muhsin Muhammad and losing Bernard Berrian? Can the offensive line be rebuilt after a terrible display this past season? For a team that finished 27th in total offense, things have only gotten worse during the offseason. Brian Griese was traded away, Dolphins castoff Marty Booker is expected to be the No. 1 wideout, and nobody has been brought in to replace Ruben Brown at left guard or Fred Miller at right tackle.

That doesn't even include the running backs, where currently-injured Cedric Benson disappointed, Adrian Peterson didn't do much better, and Garrett Wolfe is a third-down option at best.

General manager Jerry Angelo hasn't made a pitch for any of the free-agent tailbacks on the market in free agency, although word continues to leak out of Halas Hall that he's looking to the NFL Draft for some help in the backfield.

RB Cory Boyd
Jim Lytle/AP Images has confirmed that not only did the Bears have extensive talks with South Carolina running back Cory Boyd at the East-West Shrine Game this past January in Houston, but the team also conducted a videotaped interview with him at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.

Just shy of 6-1 and weighing a sturdy 212 pounds, Boyd is a hard runner who can change directions quickly and knows how to find a cutback lane. He shows good balance in the hole and has been an adequate blocker in the passing game, and he caught the ball well out of the backfield in Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun scheme. Boyd was suspended for the 2005 season after a violation of team rules and has battled an injury or two over the course of his career, but he overcame a very tough upbringing in Orange, New Jersey and could turn out to be a better pro than many of the draft prospects graded ahead of him.

Boyd is considered a fourth- or fifth-round selection in a very deep class of running backs, although his style certainly seems to fit offensive coordinator Ron Turner's desire for smashmouth football.

Recent history suggests that Angelo might take a pass on Boyd since the Bears GM has gone out of his way to avoid character-problem players since the Tank Johnson episode, although the recent signing of Brandon Lloyd once again proves that talent will always win out in the NFL.

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