Bears rookie Michael Ford was an explosive running back and kick returner at LSU who posted impressive numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine—but he still was not selected in the draft.
“I couldn’t really tell you why I wasn’t drafted,” Ford said. “But at the end of the day everything happens for a reason. I’m thankful for the Bears giving me this opportunity and getting out here to play and show my skills.”
Battling for the third running back position behind Matt Forte and Michael Bush, Ford has impressed the Bears in preseason action, especially in the return game. The 5-10, 216-pounder has rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, caught seven passes for 52 yards and averaged 35.3 yards on nine kickoff returns including a 100-yarder against the Chargers.
“So far he’s done a good job for the most part,” said special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. “He’s had a couple things he’d probably like to have back, but he’s done a good job. We’ll see what happens with him. He’s one of the guys that’s definitely in the mix.”
Ford’s main competition for the third running back spot is Armando Allen, who is expected to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale after missing two games with a hamstring injury. With Allen out, Ford tried to make the most of expanded reps.
“You’ve definitely got to take advantage of those,” Ford said. “But being a team man, I hope he comes back and he gets to get in that rotation and keep fighting and fighting just like me.”
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