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As a second-round pick in 2008, the Tulane product surprised everybody by posting 1,238 yards rushing while displaying great hands out of the backfield (63 receptions). Unfortunately for Forte, history failed to repeat itself in 2009. He saw his yards per carry drop to a trifling 3.6, while his overall yardage shrank to 929. His touchdowns were cut in half and his fantasy value became meaningless. A new season however, brings new opportunity.
In St. Louis, Mike Martz not only made a star out of quarterback Kurt Warner, but he did the same with running back Marshall Faulk. The sure-handed Faulk turned in the first ever 1,000-yard rushing, 1000-yard receiving season in NFL history. A feat Forte will surely attempt to duplicate. While Forte may not have the explosive nature of Faulk, he is a strong ball carrier and one of the better receiving running backs in the league. With Cutler at the helm and Forte carrying the load, Chicago has the offensive pieces that might surprise people. Considering the addition of defensive playmaker Julius Peppers, expect a playoff bid from Da Bears.