BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – After sitting out last weekend’s preseason opener in Buffalo, running back Matt Forte likely will get at least half a dozen carries Saturday night when the Bears host the Giants at Soldier Field.
Running back Matt Forte will see his first action of the preseason against the Giants.
“He needs to get some work,” said offensive coordinator Ron Turner. “He didn’t get any the last time. Starters are going to be in there more than they were [against the Bills], and I’d like to see Matt get in there and get six, seven or eight carries, get hit and get the timing with the line and all that.”
Last preseason as a rookie, Forte rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries and caught six passes for 41 yards. The 2008 second-round pick then set Bears rookie records during the regular season with 1,238 yards, 63 receptions and 1,715 yards from scrimmage.
Forte is eager to make his preseason debut Saturday night.
“It’s very important because you don’t want to go into the first [regular-season] game without having any full-speed reps,” he said. “It’s important to get some reps and get into the full swing of full speed football. I’m excited to get out there and hit somebody besides my teammates.”
Heading home: The Bears broke training camp in Bourbonnais Thursday following an afternoon practice. When the workout ended, the team gathered at the center of the field and said “Lake Forest” in unison before heading to the locker room.
“We had a great time in Bourbonnais,” said coach Lovie Smith. “We got a lot accomplished. We’re a lot better football team now than when we first got down here. It’s been great work.
“We’re anxious to get back to Lake Forest. It’s been a long time, it seems like down here. You’re anxious to get back home, and we will. Again, everything we wanted to get accomplished down here we accomplished.”
Cannot wait to see Forte back in action….