Forte Says He’s Feeling Better, Which Is Great News for the Bears

The Bears sorely need Matt Forte to bounce back from a disaster last year in what was his second year in the league. He was banged up, but at the end that was no excuse as to why he had such a down season for the club. Two years ago he was third in the league in yards from scrimmage.

National Football Post has a piece on him today, stating that part of the issues with Forte could have been when he tore his left hamstring during the offseason program a little more than a year ago.

“Being hurt going into the season was hard because I didn’t get to train like I wanted to,” Forte told Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. “You are focused on healing instead of training. You don’t get to run as much as you want to or lift as much as you want to. You’re worried about not hurting it again.”

Still slowed by the hamstring when the season began, Forte sprained the MCL in his left knee in a Week 3 victory at Seattle. Even though he didn’t miss any action, that injury slowed him even more. His numbers dipped and he wound up averaging only 3.6 yards per carry in a difficult season.

Now, as the Bears are less than two weeks away from wrapping up their offseason workout program, he feels better. He looks better.

“I know I have more burst,” said Forte, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January. “I look different on tape. I was missing burst last year, and a second gear. It really wasn’t there.”

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