By: Alex Patt
Bears RB Jeremy Langford has a tough camp ahead of him in regards to his future with the team. Right now he is not practicing due to spraining his ankle last Thursday and as of right now, no timetable to return. This is only part of the battle he faces as one of the Bears running backs playing behind Jordan Howard.
Langford will enter his third year in the NFL and his status quo has changed every since. In 2015 as a rookie he backed up long-time Bears RB Matt Forte and rushed for 537 yards and scored seven (six rushing and one receiving) touchdowns on 148 rushing attempts in 16 games. He looked like a solid player who could very well be the next guy to step up after Forte left. There was clearly work to do with catching and blocking but the skill set looked promising.
In 2016 the Bears drafted Jordan Howard who eventually took over the number one running back spot who rushed for 1313 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. Langford was then seen as a solid backup, despite injury problems and inconsistencies in his sophomore year. Now that the Bears drafted “The Human Joystick” Tarik Cohen, he is seen as a guy that could potentially play behind Howard. In addition to that the Bears still have 3rd down back Ka’Deem Carey and added veteran Benny Cunningham to the mix, he has a lot to compete against in camp this season.
Cunningham has an advantage with his special teams abilities and Cohen being drafted this past draft can give him some leverage if GM Ryan Pace and coach John Fox were high enough to take him. Langford certainly has pressure on him to make the team now, and having a sprained ankle does not help. Time will tell what happens, but he has to get healthy first to compete for a spot.