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After holding personal workouts and meeting with several teams in the offseason, Kevin Jones has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears. The move almost guarantees another backfield committee in the NFL and makes it even harder for fantasy footballers to pass the running back position in the first round.
Jones, who continues to make strides in his return from a reconstructive knee procedure, appears destined to split some of the backfield carries with Matt Forte. The rookie remains the favorite to start and still has the most draft value in seasonal and keeper formats, but he’s now in a crowded situation with Jones, Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe.
Forte’s chances to become a true featured back have also all but ended, so he should now be seen as more of a No. 3 fantasy back or flex starter.
Of course, all of this depends on Jones’ health.
He has had an unconventional rehabilitation program, part of which involves work in a pool and in the basement and dojo of a holistic medicine practitioner and sports agent, but it seems to be working out nicely. Jones has been able to make cuts on the knee in recent months and even ran a short shuttle of 4.3 seconds in an offseason workout.
That’s an impressive number for an athlete who’s less than eight months removed from a serious knee operation.
Jones has been very prone to injuries at the NFL level, however, so he’s no lock to come in and make a significant impact between the white lines. Barring setbacks, he’ll compete with Peterson and Wolfe in training camp for the second spot on the depth chart and could be the favorite to emerge as Forte’s fantasy handcuff.
The Bears have always utilized a run-based offensive attack, so this is a competition to watch in the weeks to come.