30-Year-Old Running Back – Chicago Bears
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Playing 16 games for the second consecutive season, Forte once again thrived under coach Marc Trestman, setting the all-time record for receptions by a running back while maintaining his streak of at ...
Matt Forte Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $32 million deal with Chicago in July of 2012.
Forte, an impending free agent, does not expect to remain with the Bears, ESPN.com reports.
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Matt Forte: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The back issue limited Forte during practice all week, but there wasn't much concern over him missing the contest, which could mark his final game in a Bears uniform. With Jay Cutler without his top four receiving targets Sunday in Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Eddie Royal (illness), Martellus Bennett (ribs), and Zach Miller (toe), expect the Bears to adopt a run-heavy approach that heavily involves Forte and backfield mate Jeremy Langford.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Bears haven't released Forte's practice status for Friday, but he he was limited both Wednesday and Thursday. With the Bears consistently providing minimal information on injuries, it's unclear if Forte is expected to play in what could be his final game for the organization. If he ends up sitting out, Jeremy Langford would be the clear lead back, with Ka'Deem Carey serving as the top backup.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Forte has been effective all season long, when healthy enough to play, but his touches have ranged from 11 to 26 over the last five contests. The aforementioned run followed a three-game absence to tend to a sprained MCL, so it's no surprise that the Bears have held his workload in check. In the aftermath of Sunday's win against the Buccaneers, head coach John Fox noted that Forte rested in the fourth quarter due to a back injury. While Forte was contained to individual drills to kick off Week 17 prep, the appearance bodes well for game action Sunday against the Lions, especially if he sustains or elevates his activity level in the coming days.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Forte is back in action after missing three games with an MCL sprain, but how heavily he will be used in his return remains to be seen. With that in mind, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested earlier Thursday that Forte "is expected to be the starter -- mainly because of his veteran status -- but I am told he will be the starter in name only." Rapoport adds that some version of "a two-headed monster, two rotated backs" figures to be in play Thursday, with fellow RB Jeremy Langford, who impressed in Forte's absence, expected to remain a factor in the Bears' Week 12 backfield.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Fully healthy again after injuries marred his 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Forte delivered his best NFL season in 2013, setting career-highs in rush yards, receptions and receiving yards while tying his rookie-season total of 12 touchdowns. As promised before the season, the 6-2, 218-pound Forte flourished through the air under new coach Marc Trestman, finishing third among running backs with 74 receptions. As he's not an overly physical runner despite his size – he broke just 24 tackles last year while finishing second among running backs with 364 touches – Forte's hallmarks are his elusiveness, speed and hands. There are few backs in the league better at finding gaps and hitting them, even behind a Chicago offensive line in the midst of a rebuild, and even with injuries to Jay Cutler. In fact, Forte did some of his best work last year when Cutler was hurt. Though Forte has had some recurring knee and ankle issues in his career, he finished last season with a clean bill of health and enters 2014 as the unchallenged top dog in the Chicago backfield. The depth chart currently lists fourth-round pick Ka'Deem Carey behind Forte, with undrafted signee Michael Ford and unaccomplished veteran Shaun Draughn behind him. Indeed, he could actually be in for an even bigger season this year with backup Michael Bush looking for a new job. Bush took 15 red-zone carries – nine of them inside the five – from Forte last year. While Forte has never been a great goal-line back (and as a result, has been little-used there over the last three seasons), he may see more touchdown opportunities this year purely by virtue of there being no better choice on the roster. And as he's always a threat to deliver an 18-yard scamper for a score, the Bears can be counted on to use Forte liberally in the red zone.
Forte battled an ankle injury virtually all season but still produced more than 1,400 yards from scrimmage last year in 15 games. The injury contributed to a 4.4 YPC mark that was Forte's lowest since 2009 and perhaps sapped his explosiveness as he had only six runs of 20-plus yards, half his total from his 12-game 2011 campaign. Forte hasn't played a 16-game season since 2010, making durability a significant concern. At 6-2, 218, Forte is not a burner, but he's a downhill runner whose blocking and receiving skills keep him on the field as a "three-down back." While his receptions and receiving yards fell to career lows last season, Forte, who saw 60 targets, likely will be more involved in the passing game this year under new coach Marc Testman, whose playbook reportedly makes heavy use of the running back as a pass catcher. Forte's downfall, though, continues to be his work at the goal line, as he's converted 5-of-38 attempts from in close the last four seasons. Michael Bush, who scored five touchdowns last year, should once again steal short-yardage and goal-line carries.
Forte was having a big year before a sprained MCL forced him to miss the season’s final four games – he wound up with 1,487 total yards while racking up 52 receptions in just 11.5 games. Despite running behind an offensive line that was among the worst in football, Forte’s 4.9 YPC was easily a career high, and his 12 carries for 20-plus yards were the second most in the NFL. Forte is a dynamic back with good speed and plenty dangerous as a receiver. But he’s just 3-for-33 on goal-line attempts over the past three seasons, so expect newcomer Michael Bush to handle short-yardage work. Forte’s knee injury was minor, as he even played in the Pro Bowl, so he’ll enter 2012 fully healthy, but his offseason has been rocky nevertheless. Not only was he upset the team added Bush to the backfield, but the Bears used the franchise tag on him after the two sides couldn’t agree on a long-term contract. As such, there’s some risk of a holdout. With the healthy return of Jay Cutler and the trade for Brandon Marshall (not to mention the loss of pass-happy OC Mike Martz), Forte’s environment in Chicago appears improved. If he’s able to get his contract issues settled, Forte should remain among the league leaders in yards from scrimmage yet again.
Forte rebounded from a terribly underwhelming 2009 last year, as he totaled 1,616 yards with nine touchdowns. The Bears don’t treat him like a true workhorse, but he’s so active as a receiver it more than makes up for the lack of carries. The additions of QB Jay Cutler as well as offensive coordinator Mike Martz helped Forte reach 4.0 YPC for the first time in his career (he got 4.5 YPC) despite Chicago’s offensive line being one of the worst in football. Surprisingly, Forte led the team in goal-line carries, though he continued to struggle mightily there (1-for-10). In fact, he’s now just 3-for-28 at the goal line the last two seasons, and with the addition of Marion Barber, it could further limit Forte’s touchdown potential. However, he might be due for an increase in carries between the 20s, as Chester Taylor will turn 32 this season and averaged just 2.4 YPC in 2010. As one of the league’s best receiving backs, Forte doesn’t need more than 250 carries to be plenty productive. Just don’t expect a ton of touchdowns.
Forte showed up out of shape during training camp last season and immediately suffered a pulled hamstring. It was also later revealed he suffered a sprained MCL in the middle of the season that he fought through, which is one excuse for his disappointing 2009 season that saw his yardage drop from 1,715 his rookie year to 1,400. While the latter certainly wasn’t awful, and highlights just how big his contributions as a receiver are (considering his weak 3.6 YPC mark), the big problem was his decline in touchdowns, as he scored just four times after hitting paydirt 12 times the year before. The problem is quite simple — Forte is awful in short-yardage situations. He went 2-for-18 at the goal line last year and has converted only seven scores over 33 opportunities throughout his career, which is an anemic 21 percent. The addition of Chester Taylor to the Bears backfield will mean that Forte's presence as a receiver out of the backfield will be reduced, but he should still a good chunk of receptions in 2010. The addition of Jay Cutler didn’t boost Forte’s value as hoped last year, but it’s safe to expect a better performance by the QB during his second year in Chicago, and at least some of the blame on the poor rushing attack should fall on the team’s offensive line. The addition of Mike Martz as offensive coordinator should help, but the addition of Chester Taylor to the backfield negates most of the optimism for a Forte bounce back. Martz has already referred to his running backs as “two starters,” and Taylor is getting paid $7 million in 2010 — not exactly backup money. Taylor will turn 31 this season and is hardly a star, but a committee situation looks likely in Chicago.
Forte finished his impressive rookie campaign totaling 1,715 yards with 12 touchdowns, all while playing in an offense that ranked in the bottom 10 in the league. He averaged just 3.9 YPC, including a 3.3 mark over the final four games. However, that can be excused when you consider the 63 receptions and 477 receiving yards. In fact, no other back was responsible for a greater percentage of his team’s offensive production than Forte. He’s not a burner, but Forte also has no weaknesses, as he’s an adept blocker and dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield. He also proved to be durable, recording the fourth most carries in all of football with 316 while fighting through a painful toe injury over the final 2.5 games. He converted five of his 12 carries at the goal line for scores, so he’s in no danger of losing short-yardage work, either. Moreover, Forte should see far fewer loaded fronts this season after the Bears traded for Jay Cutler, a move that should improve the entire offense significantly. The team also brought in left tackle Orlando Pace, who should open up more holes in the running game. There are more explosive backs in the league but few who get carries between the 20s, record plenty of catches and also receive the bulk of the goal-line action. And because Forte is so active in the passing game, he’s less dependent on game situations and opponent, i.e., he can remain productive regardless of the score and even against dominant run defenses.
Playing for a Tulane team that focused its offense entirely around him, Forte put up video game like numbers last year, totaling more than 2,400 yards with 23 touchdowns. He was also named MVP of the Senior Bowl. His 2,127 rushing yards were the seventh-highest total in NCAA Division I history. At 6-1, 224, Forte doesn't have great speed but is a downhill runner who breaks tackles and exhibits good patience. He's also a willing blocker and solid receiver, which can explain why GM Jerry Angelo referred to him as a "three-down back." Forte also impressed coach Lovie Smith during minicamp, and there's a chance for him to win the starting job this summer, as incumbent Cedric Benson has been a monumental disappointment. Finally given a chance to be the team's lead back last year, Benson responded with just 3.4 YPC, struggled picking up blitzes and was arrested during the offseason. The Bears have an extremely thin receiving corps and a poor quarterback situation, so the offense is hardly a juggernaut. However, the defense should bounce back with improved health, and the drafting of Chris Williams can only help an offensive line that struggled with run blocking last season. The organization needs more production out of the running back position and barring a miraculous career turnaround by Benson, Forte should have a chance to step up and become the workhorse before too long.