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Friday, January 31, 2014

Bears' Matt Forte has no problem with workhorse role

By on 1/31/2014 07:00:00 PM

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte told Dan Hanzus he has "no problem" with his increased workload in an interview on Radio Row.

Forte finished last season with a total of 1,339 yards on 289 carries. He also totaled 74 catches for 594 yards, leaving him just shy of 2,000 total yards on over 350 touches.

From Mike Shadle via Wikimedia Commons
"That's what I expect," Forte said."It wasn't like I was worn out at the end of the season or anything. I only averaged 18 or 19 catches a game but with the catches you get more touches that way."

Touches aside, Forte is approaching the age that could signal a decline is on the way.  LaDainian Tomlinson, for instance, had by far his most productive season at age 27, the same age Forte was for most of last season. The next three years, from age 28-30, Tomlinson's numbers dropped each season.

But Forte doesn't seem to mind getting older, saying "I think age is just a number like everyone says. It doesn't really matter if someone is 29, 28, 30 years old. It just depends on how their body feels and at the same time if they take care of their body."


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