Chicago Bears Depth 2016 Chart Notes
With Matt Forte off to the Big Apple, Jeremy Langford is the likely starting running back in Chicago, with Ka'Deem Carey and Jordan Howard competing for the number two job. Yes, Langford will have a starting job, but in the NFL we know how long that can last. He rushed for a very pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry, and caught 22 of 42 targets. These are not thrilling numbers for fantasy players. 148 attempts in 2015 was a decent sample size for the rookie, and he has a lot of ground to make up in his second year. He did find the end zone six times, but he still falls below numerous backs around the league. Fortunately for Langford, there isn't a huge threat behind him to take over him in the depth chart. Instead we need to look at the usual John Fox running back by committee approach, and who will be the one second in line sharing some duties. Howard is more of a power-back, registering at 6-foot, 230 — and could be in line for short yardage situations, and even possibly red zone looks. There are opportunities for a few backs here, but talent-wise, and behind an average offensive line I am not getting my hopes up.
The rookie wide receiver from West Virginia, Kevin White, missed 2015, and has recovered 100% from his stress fracture. News out of the offseason workouts is that he is performing as advertised as a highly touted wideout. The only issue was his drops, which could be a result of missing time away from football. There is no worry for me there, given he dropped just five passes in his final season at West Virginia. He will compliment WR1, Alshon Jeffery, and give Jay Cutler another top target to throw to. Jeffery has been battling injuries, and if he goes down, White would see even more upside than he owns already. He will be a popular play in 2016, especially if Chicago decides to go to the air a bit more.