|Offense||21st||115.9 (11th)||228.8 (23rd)|
|Defense||14th||120.9 (21st)||224.6 (4th)|
Langford rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season, but his 3.6 yards per carry marks a concern as the Bears plan to replace long-time standout Matt Forte this year. While Langford, who also struggled after contact and had numerous drops, goes into OTAs as Chicago's first-string tailback, teammates Ka'Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers and enticing rookie Jordan Horward are expected to push him for touches. In the end, coach John Fox says the team will divide the workload between Langford and company until someone gets in a rhythm, at which point that player will see the greatest involvement.
New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains sees Howard as a change-of-back back, the Bears website reports.
Loggains realizes that Howard and Jeremy Langford have different skill sets and will be used as such in the offense, but with Howard starting out in a change-of-pace role. He also suggested that the player with the hot hand could get carries based on how each game plays out. In his interview about the offense, Loggains left Ka'Deem Carey out of the discussion, which indicates that Howard could be behind only Langford when the preseason depth chart is set.
New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains stated that
Langford was last in the league last year with a 16.7 percent drop rate among receivers with at least 10 receptions, according to Sportingcharts.com, so he'll definitely need to improve his hands. In addition, he'll be expected to continue to grow as a pass protector. Despite being the clear leader as the Bears' receiving option out of the backfield entering the preseason, he'll need to continue earning Jay Cutler's trust to come anywhere near matching the production that Matt Forte had in this offense.
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