Taylor made a big splash as the newest Bears running back, but his advanced age has to be a concern for fans. Fortunately, he has limited tread on his tires lost after backing up Peterson in Minnesota. Taylor is certainly an upgrade from the departed Kevin Jones, but it remains to be seen how Taylor will perform after hitting the dreaded three-zero.
Taylor will provide a great change of pace for Forte and alleviate some of the offensive pressure. Being able to rest Forte on third down will keep him fresh and allow him to punish the defense longer into the game.
Wolfe and Bell are serviceable backups with a fair amount of potential. If they are going to succeed, they must prove they can catch as well as run the ball. McKie is a long-time Bear who has played a full season only twice in his career. At 29, he still has a few solid years ahead, but staying on the field must be his No. 1 priority.
Forte and Taylor make a solid pair, but the rest are either injury-prone or unproven. If the Bears are going to continue to build a running game to help support Cutler, they need to either be patient with the development of Bell and Wolfe or allow Taylor to spell Forte as much as necessary.
Rank: 24thThe Chicago Bears currently rank 24th overall at the running back position. They are directly ahead of the Detroit Lions and one step behind the Oakland Raiders. As for the remainder of the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers are No. 11 and the Minnesota Vikings are No. 5. The Tennessee Titans hold the top position.
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