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After focusing on improving the team's defense in the first three rounds of the NFL draft, general manager Phil Emery opted to give the team depth at the running back position when he drafted Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey with the 117th overall pick.
Carey was a workhorse for the Wildcats during his collegiate career, rushing for 3,814 yards on 652 carries with 42 touchdowns between the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Much attention was paid to Carey's slow 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he registered a 4.70, 27th-best out of 35 running backs, via NFL.com.
Since arriving in Chicago, Carey has downplayed the concerns over his 40-yard dash time and has noted that quickness is more important than running fast in a straight line.
"Football? 40 speed? I think football is about quickness," Carey told the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer. "You never run just 40 yards in a straight line. You have to make a move, then go. That's where I feel best. Stop, then go."
Just as Carey does not seem too concerned about his speed, neither does his new offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer:
One of the biggest challenges facing rookie running backs is pass protection. While guys such as Carey are typically the focal points of their offenses in college, Carey will be more heavily relied upon in the NFL to read and pickup blitzes:
Pass protection was a major emphasis at rookie minicamp, and it will continue to be an area that Carey will need to work on this offseason.
While he will need to sharpen up his protection skills, Carey is expected to claim the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Matt Forte in 2014. He will not be receiving the amount of carries that he did the past two seasons at Arizona, and he is OK with that.
"I'm actually excited I don't have to (run the ball) that many times, that I can slowly work into this system," Carey said, via Dan Wiederer. "Working behind Forte and seeing how he does things may be the best thing ever to happen to me."
As long as Carey can prove he can be productive when he gets the opportunities, he will likely spend the 2014 season as Forte's main backup.