Matt Forte the second half of 2009. That being said, if you take away his 72-yard scamper, the undrafted free agent out of UCLA averaged a rather pedestrian 3.8 yards per tote and only had two other runs of double-digit yards the rest of the season. Most importantly, running backs have to be able to catch the call consistently in Mike Martz's offense, and that is one part of Bell's game he simply doesn't do very well.
Assuming Forte and free-agent signee Chester Taylor both get plenty of work and keep each other fresh for 17 weeks, there may be no reason to have four ball carriers – Garrett Wolfe is still No. 3 – and Bell might be practice squad material again.
With Will Ta'ufo'ou getting all the first-team reps at fullback in minicamp, coupled with the fact that Martz's scheme doesn't feature a lot of two-back formations, Williams will likely have to beat out Ta'ufo'ou in training camp to earn a roster spot.Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark were on the receiving end of a lot of throws all three days at Halas Hall. Davis and Richard Angulo, on the other hand, spent the majority of their time staying in to block with the second stringers and didn't get many opportunities to run routes and catch passes. This was necessary because of the absence of free-agent addition Brandon Manumaleuna, who is recovering from a knee scope and wasn't able to participate over the weekend.
Martz has said from Day 1 that his tight ends must be blockers first, which is a major reason why Manumaleuna is now a Bear, and since Davis has never stood out as a blocker, it makes little sense to keep yet another catch-first option at that spot with Olsen and Clark still ahead of him on the depth chart.Peyton Manning in the season opener, but he showed up to training camp last summer out of shape and was punished by being placed on the non-football injury list for a while. It's possible he is still having a hard time pushing himself away from the dinner table, seeing that he didn't work out at minicamp and coach Lovie Smith went no further than to claim Harrison was "sick."
With Tommie Harris and Anthony Adams solidified as the starters at tackle, plus longer and leaner youngsters Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton poised to make an impact, Harrison could be a victim of Smith's "no fat guys" policy.Craig Steltz, Josh Bullocks and third-round pick Major Wright. General manager Jerry Angelo said before and after April's draft that the NFL is a passing league more than ever and teams need safeties with cover skills, but Afalava is just another in-the-box defender and didn't intercept one pass last year.
Since he is still bothered by a shoulder, the Bears have a built-in excuse if they want to give Afalava the proverbial redshirt and stash him on injured reserve until 2011.
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