Rookie RB Unga looks like keeper for Bears

Posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:02 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

After wasting no time signing RB Harvey Unga to a four-year contract six days after having selected him in the seventh round of the supplemental draft, the Bears are very likely, we hear, to reserve a roster spot for Brigham Young's all-time leading rusher. "He's a short-yardage specialist who can move the pile, which the team didn't really have," said one team insider. "Unga could fill the No. 3 RB role and also play fullback and save a roster spot by filling two roles." What Unga also does is threaten the status of backup RBs Garrett Wolfe and Kahlil Bell, as well as FBs Eddie Williams and Will Ta'ufo'ou. "In each of their cases, the ability to perform well on special teams, which Wolfe has proven he can do, will be key," the insider said. It's worth noting that three of the Bears' top eight special-teams players in terms of playing time last season — Jamar Williams, Darrell McClover and Adrian Peterson — are no longer with the team.

 

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