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New decision-maker talks up Cutler, Forte
Posted Jul. 01 at 09:57 PM
Jay Cutler's carelessness with the football looks like a toxic mix with Mike Martz's offense, and Matt Forte looks less appealing with new tailback Chester Taylor in the house. At least, that's the early guess from here.
Chicago's new player personnel director Tim Ruskell, however, cited those two players as the ones he's been most impressed by at the offseason training activities. "It looks like [Cutler] is really excited about what this offense can do for a quarterback," said Ruskell in an interview at the team website. "So that gets you juiced up even more."
As for Forte, Ruskell says, "He looked to me like his quickness and his speed is back to what he looked like as a rookie. You can tell he’s feeling good about himself and he’s getting comfortable with the offense real quickly. It just looked like he’s back to where he was, which we need badly.”
Cutler, of course, could be beaten down behind Chicago's bad offensive line in Martz's pass-happy schemes. Forte is far from certain to get the majority of the work at tailback.
Still, from a fantasy perspective, as long as you aren't penalized for turnovers, Cutler should be very productive until he gets knocked from the lineup. And although no one really knows how the Bears' tailback situation will shake out (earlier in the offseason Martz said "We have two starters"), Forte is the younger option with considerably more upside than Taylor.
Personally I kind of like Forte as a guy who's maybe falling too far in drafts. There's risk there, but a lot of potential if he does end up getting the majority of the snaps.
I also like Cutler, although I think drafting him requires you to use a higher pick on another passer than you might otherwise wish.
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