Matt Forte RB CHI 2 months ago7 Comments
Coach John Fox suggested Monday that Forte could be in line for a reduction in snaps this season, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. "It's a positive that [Forte] has had a number of carries and the production he's had, both catching the ball and running the ball," Fox said. "We've always been believers in kind of a one-two punch and rolling guys through there...a wave of those guys to stay fresh. I've always had [that approach] with running backs."
Despite his team's overall struggles, Forte was fantasy gold under Marc Trestman the past two seasons, ranking fourth among all NFL running backs in carries (555) and first in receptions (176) during that span. While he still profiles as a dual-threat lead back in Fox's system, it appears safe to predict that he won't be on the field for 92 percent of the Bears' offensive snaps again, as was the case last season. With the Bears adding Jacquizz Rodgers in free agency and fourth-rounder Jeremy Langford through the draft, Fox has ample bodies at his disposal to relieve Forte, who has subtly indicated his dissatisfaction with the prospect of decreased playing time, especially with his contract expiring after the season. While the situation likely won't result in Forte holding out for a new deal, it's not clear if the Bears' new brass has any intention of re-signing the running back, who will turn 30 in December. If it becomes increasingly apparent as the season wears on that Forte will not receive a new deal, expect the likes of Rodgers, Langford, and second-year back Ka'Deem Carey to cut further into his snaps.
Matt Forte RB CHI 2 months ago
Though Forte was not present at Tuesday's voluntary minicamp, he indicated that he plans to attend subsequent OTAs and the Bears' mandatory minicamp, the team's official site reports.
While there was some speculation that Forte's absence might be motivated by a desire for a contract extension, the running back quickly shot that notion down. "I'm not there because I'm finishing my third week of rigorous speed training, which we do not do at Halas Hall," Forte noted. "This was already my plan as of season's end last year because after evaluating myself (which all players should do) I felt I was missing something." Forte is coming off a 2014 season in which he carried 266 times for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns, to go along with 102 catches for 808 yards and four receiving TDs.
Matt Forte RB CHI 6 months ago
Forte had 17 carries for 51 rushing yards and eight catches on 12 targets for 23 receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Forte finishes the season with 102 receptions, a single-season record for catches by a running back, ESPN.com reports.
In addition to his record-setting reception total, Forte rushed for over 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season and fifth time in his career. He is, without a doubt, the focal point of the Bears' offense, and while he still has another year on his contract, he will most likely look for a new deal in the offseason.
Matt Forte RB CHI 6 months ago
Forte had 19 carries for 55 rushing yards and six catches on six targets for 40 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Forte had only five carries for six yards against the Lions back in Week 13, and while he improved dramatically on that front, he was still held out of the end zone. Thankfully for fantasy owners, Forte is still a big receiving threat, particularly with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (ribs) out for the season. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Vikings, who are allowing the 10th-most rushing yards per game this season.
Matt Forte RB CHI 7 months ago6 Comments
Forte gained 78 yards on 16 carries, adding 21 yards on two receptions, in Monday's 31-15 win over the Saints.
Both Jay Cutler and the Chicago offensive line failed to show up, but Forte was still trying to barrel through tacklers in the fourth quarter of a blowout. While his effort was impressive, Forte was largely held back by the incompetence around him, which has increasingly become an issue over the past three weeks. A Week 16 matchup with the Lions isn't encouraging, as Forte managed just six yards on five carries when the division rivals met on Thanksgiving. Of course, his contributions as a receiver still make him a must-start in nearly any format, even if expectations for the Chicago running game are low.
Matt Forte RB CHI 7 months ago1 Comment
Forte had 13 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown, adding eight receptions for 74 yards on nine targets, in Thursday's 41-28 loss to the Cowboys. He also lost a fumble for just the second time this season.
Forte didn't have much luck on the ground against a weak Dallas defense, and the Bears had to abandon their running game in the second half. As pass-heavy as Chicago has been the past two weeks, it seemingly has more to do with matchups and game situation than anything else. Forte fell shy of 17 carries in just three of his team's first 11 games, so he probably won't lack for touches in the coming weeks. Chicago's next matchup is with the struggling New Orleans defense, which has been quite friendly to opposing running backs this season.
Matt Forte RB CHI 7 months ago12 Comments
Forte recorded five carries for six yards and six receptions (on nine targets) for 52 yards during Thursday's loss in Detroit.
Forte was the culprit, at least on the ground, of a pass-heavy game plan, which saw the Bears finish with 48 passes versus eight runs. On the season, he's failed to surpass 40 yards rushing only two other times, and Thursday's six-yard offering was his least productive since a two-yard effort against the Packers on Sept. 25, 2011. Fortunately, his status as a do-it-all threat took form through the air, as he gathered in six balls for the eight instance in 12 games this season.
Matt Forte RB CHI 7 months ago
Forte had 23 carries for 89 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while adding five catches on six targets for 23 receiving yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Forte continues to be the best offensive weapon in Chicago, as he was the only player to accumulate more than 40 yards. He's now gotten 49 rushing attempts in the last two games, while also catching 11 passes on 12 targets for 81 receiving yards, though he's got a very tough matchup in Week 13 against the Lions, who came into Sunday allowing the fifth-fewest passing yards, while giving up the fewest rushing yards per game this season.
Matt Forte RB CHI 7 months ago3 Comments
Forte (non-injury) missed practice Wednesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Forte's absence is merely a veteran's day off, with 173 carries and 67 receptions on his ledger through 10 games this season. Expect the running back to be unhinged upon his return to drills later this week.
Matt Forte RB CHI 8 months ago
Forte had 26 carries for 117 rushing yards and six catches on six targets for 58 receiving yards Sunday against the Vikings.
Forte has rushed for over 115 yards in two of the last three games, with one receiving touchdown over that span. He continues to be the most-used offensive player for the Bears, and he'll look to keep his solid play going in Week 12 against the Buccaneers, who are ranked 18th in rushing yards allowed per game this season and 29th in passing yards allowed.