Harvey Unga in the seventh round of the supplemental draft last week to be an immediate contributor, so the move likely means very little to Forte and Taylor. While Forte has been the primary ball carrier ever since putting that orange C on his helmet two years ago, he has a lot of miles on his young body already and will now share the load to some degree with Taylor. Coach Lovie Smith has said from Day 1 that Forte is still atop the depth chart and there will be no competition for the starting job in training camp, but make no mistake about it: Taylor is going to play quite a bit in Mike Martz's offense.
Status Update: Neither Forte nor Taylor is especially effective in short-yardage or goal-line situations, so if that continues to be a problem for Chicago, it's conceivable the 6-0, 239-pound Unga could help move the chains or find the end zone.Darren Sproles when he was drafted in Round 3 out of Northern Illinois in 2007, Wolfe has only recorded 68 carries for 274 yards and one touchdown in his Bears career to date. And despite being known as a dependable pass catcher out of the backfield, he has just 11 receptions for 129 yards and only two grabs total since his rookie campaign. Give him credit for finding a role for himself by becoming a tremendous tackler on special teams, but injuries have been a problem in the past because of his small frame and he missed eight games this past season due to a lacerated kidney.
Status Update: It's not like the 5-7, 186-pound Wolfe is going to be used to pick up a first down on 3rd and 1 or power the ball into the end zone from the shadow of the goal line, So Unga could make Wolfe expendable.
Status Update: While Bell has already proven to be more productive than Wolfe as a ball carrier, if he wants to make the 53-man roster coming out of training camp, then he needs to develop into a better special teamer.
Status Update: He was likely never viewed as anything more than a practice-squad candidate in 2010, although the addition of Unga makes Minor's presence all the more unnecessary and spreads the reps that much thinner.
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