RB Jeremy Langford - Chicago Bears
|6-0, 208||Born: 12-6-1991||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs MIN (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Langford had a nice move on a screen pass to get the Bears inside the five and set up their only score, but the rest of the day was dim for the one-time starter. His fumble on the second drive helped the early slide as the Bears were never really in this game.
2016 Week 16 vs WAS (7 / 19 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Langford made the most of his few touches Sunday against Washington. Despite only carrying the ball seven times for 19 yards, Langford found the end zone on a one-yard run one play after Matt Barkley found Cameron Meredith for 32 yards. As long as Jordan Howard continues to run all over opposing defenses, carries will be few and far between for Langford.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Langford looked to be on his way to having his best game of the season until an ankle injury forced him off the field. Langford only touched the ball five times before leaving the game entirely -- three runs for 31 yards and two catches for 15 yards. Running the ball, Langford looked to have some bounce in his step. When a hole opened, he hit it. When he needed an extra burst to get through the Cowboys' defensive line, he turned on the jets. While it's definitely a small sample size, the second-year rusher actually looked like a starting running back in the NFL. It could all be for naught, though, as Langford left the stadium Sunday night in a walking boot to protect the injured ankle. What that means for Langford in Week 4 is not yet known. Jordan Howard, Chicago's fifth-round pick in 2016, looked great when he touched the rock. Howard's emergence could allow Chicago to rest Langford until he's 100 percent. Keep an eye out for injury updates on Langford.
2016 Week 2 vs PHI (11 / 28 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
While the box score doesn't exactly tell the full story of Jeremy Langford's performance against the Eagles. Langford only carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards and a touchdown. Of his 28 rushing yards, 16 of them came on one run, meaning his other 10 went for eight yards. Langford's inability to rack up rushing yards should fall at the feet of his offensive line. The second-year running back out of Michigan State made some good moves at the line. His first step is quick. His vision is on par with where it should be for a sophomore back in the NFL. But none of that matters if his offensive lineman can't hold their blocks. As the season goes on and the Bears try to find out what they have at the running back position, we might start to see guys like Ka'Deem Carey and Jordan Howard get more run. It's been an awful season thus far for Chicago, which usually means it's time to throw stuff against the wall to see what sticks.
2016 Week 1 vs HOU (17 / 57 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
The second-year rusher out of Michigan State finished Sunday with a very subpar stat line -- 17 carries for 57 yards (3.4 YPC) and one touchdown. Langford definitely has the skill set to be a bell-cow running back in the NFL, but he still has some learning to do when it comes to his vision out of the backfield. On few occasions did Langford find and exploit a potential hole in the Texans' defensive front. Now, this partially was due to the Bears' offensive line failing to get much of a push after the ball was snapped. But Langford is going to need to be able to play better than he did Sunday if he expects to keep RB1 on lockdown. Another area in which Langford needs to improve is his blitz pickup. Given how much the offensive line struggled to protect its quarterback, Jay Cutler, the Bears need their best blockers on the field as much as possible, thus taking snaps away from Langford. Ka'Deem Carey will see more action sole for this reason if Langford can't improve in a timely manner.
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