Chicago Bears

Stadium: Soldier Field | Coach: John Fox
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st115.9 (11th)228.8 (23rd)
Defense14th120.9 (21st)224.6 (4th)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 11
at HOU
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Sep 19
PHI
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Sep 25
at DAL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 2
DET
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 9
at IND
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 16
JAC
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 20
at GB
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Oct 31
MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 13
at TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 20
at NYG
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 27
TEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 4
SF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 11
at DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 18
GB
1:00 pm EST
Sat Dec 24
WAS
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 1
at MIN

Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Minnesota11-5-05-1-0
Green Bay10-6-03-3-0
Detroit7-9-03-3-0
Chicago6-10-01-5-0
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Bears' Jacquizz Rodgers: In the mix to be third down back
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Rodgers will have an opportunity to see work on third down, as the Bears could employ a running back by committee approach, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rodgers could parlay his past experience as a third-down back into a role he can hold onto for "a while". After Jeremy Langford struggled with dropped passes last year, and as he tries to improve in pass protection, Rodgers will have an opportunity to get into the mix on third down if he's able to earn it during training camp.

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Bears' Jordan Howard: Has opportunity to see short yardage and goal line work
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Howard is firmly in the mix for short yardage and goal line work in his rookie season, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The biggest of the Bears' current running backs, Howard is seen as a great fit in short yardage and goal line situations by the coaching staff. In addition, head coach John Fox is looking to limit the workload of his running backs, and seems intent to rely on the hot hand. Howard should have an opportunity to secure a more defined role if he has a strong training camp.

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Bears' Ka'Deem Carey: Working to become a more versatile running back
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Carey will work with running backs coach Stan Drayton during training camp to try to become a more versatile player, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bears' staff wants Carey to become tougher and more energetic so that he becomes a more complete back. He'll have a great opportunity to carve out a role, as head coach John Fox wants to limit the workload of his running backs while employing the hot hand approach. With no player in the backfield seeming to have a death grip on any particular role, Carey can force his way into the mix with a strong training camp.

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Bears' Jeremy Langford: Hot hand approach a strong possibility
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Although Langford is currently the lead running back for the Bears entering training camp, a committee approach appears to be on the horizon, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Head coach John Fox wants to limit the workload of his running backs while employing the hot hand approach, which would make it difficult for Langford to have a role as a feature back. That said, the coaching staff is counting on getting Langford to run with a wider base so he can gain more yards after contact, which if done successfully, could help him see early down work. However, Jacquizz Rodgers, based on his past experience as a third-down back, could hold onto that role for awhile. The upcoming training camp battle at running back will be one to monitor closely.

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Bears' Alshon Jeffery: Unlikely to reach extension
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Jeffery and the Bears are not expected to reach agreement on a long-term extension by Friday's deadline, so he's likely to play this season under the team's $14.6 million franchise tag, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jeffery is seeking a long-term deal comparable to some of the NFL's elite wideouts, but after he missed seven games last season due to various injuries, the Bears are understandably reluctant to reward him with a huge financial commitment. Furthermore, even though Jeffery topped 85 catches, 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns while playing as a No. 2 receiver in a pass-happy offense in both 2013 and 2014, he managed just 54 receptions for 807 yards and four scores as the top target in a more balanced scheme last year. The presence of dynamic 2015 first-rounder Kevin White should place less pressure on Jeffery in the passing game this season, but he'll need to prove he can remain healthy and productive to earn the type of contract he desires.

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