Predicting the Bears Opening Day Roster – Running Backs

How many teams can say they have two 1,000-yard RBs in their backfield? I don’t know the answer either. But I’m guessing there are more than we think. Regardless, it’s a luxury the Bears now enjoy with the offseason signing of Chester Taylor from the Vikes.

But who’ll play behind Forte and Taylor? I don’t know about you, but I keep myself up at night pondering who Lovie/Martz would put in to carry the rock if the Bears were trailing by 28 points in the fourth quarter.

After another sleepless night, here’s who I think they’ll turn to…

Lock:  Matt Forte, Chester Taylor

Limbo: Kahlil Bell, Garrett Wolfe; Fullbacks: Will Ta’ufo’ou, Eddie Williams


We know Forte and Taylor will carry the bulk of the load at RB. They’re both versatile enough to play in either short-yardage or third-and-long situations. So the third-stringer will be a guy who makes his biggest mark on special teams.

Wolfe has proven to be a special teams dynamo when he’s healthy. With Adrian Peterson on the roster last year, Bell wasn’t called on to serve significant ST duty. Could he if asked to this year? My guess is yes. But c’mon…with special teams coach/guru Dave Toub and freakshow backup LB Tim Shaw, I could come off my couch and cover kicks for the Bears.

So Bell will be the third-string guy. That means the Bears will severe ties with the talented but diminutive Wolfeman. Not sure if we should read anything into Wolfe’s excused absence at last week’s OTAs. But regardless, he missed valuable time that could’ve been spent picking up a new offense.

I’d be lying if I said I knew anything about our options at fullback. So since he was with the team in the 2009 pre-season, I’ll go with Ta’ufo’ou as the safer bet. And considering Williams doesn’t even have a bio on yet, I’m choosing the more familiar of two unfamiliar faces.

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