Langford Battles Competition and Injury

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.

 

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2017 Bears Camp Outlook, Eyes on QBs

The Chicago Bears will report to Bourbonnais for training camp on July 26th and begin activities on July 27th. While still a few weeks away there is a lot of new interest with the rebuilding Bears and their young squad going into the season.

GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox will enter their third season in their respective positions but will handle a lot of new faces. Obviously the two talked about most are the quarterbacks seeing as one was signed as a free agent and one was drafted as the future of the franchise. Mike Glennon was signed to the Bears in the offseason and was promised the starting role going into this season. Mitchell Trubisky was the first round pick in the draft in a shocking move by Ryan Pace trading up to get him with San Francisco and is the project for the long-term future.

The 27-year old Glennon was signed to a 3-year, $45 million deal with $19 million guaranteed in March, before the drafting of Trubisky. When he was drafted there arose some questions on who would play right away, and Trubisky appears to be sitting behind Glennon in 2017 as he develops. While the whole “learn behind a veteran” thing for quarterbacks has worked before with other teams, there is skepticism about that approach considering Trubisky is learning behind a 5-13 career QB who has not started since 2014. Understandably so it is easy to also want to see your future as soon as you can.

The chances of this approach changing during camp (barring injury) seem tiny. Glennon is on a new team with a new system and coach. Hope that he can play well to where he can increase some trade stock and provides a positive impact in Trubisky’s development. It is important to note that Trubisky as of right now has to get his rookie deal signed before he participates in training. With a few weeks to go and confidence from both parties is seems like a deal will be reached by then.

So much more will be talked about when the two are on the field working with the team and coaches, but one thing is for sure that eyes will be very focused on them.

 

By: Alex Patt