Bears rookie Michael Ford wins job; Armando Allen cut
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter August 30, 2013 9:54PM
Michael Ford, Kendrick Adams
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:51AM
Each time rookie running back Michael Ford was asked about his odds of making the Bears late Thursday, he answered politely.
Finally, he was asked: Aren’t you tempted to state your case in public just once?
He smiled. Part of him, you could tell, did.
“In this league, someone’s always competing and trying to get better,” Ford said. “Somebody’s always working. You can’t stop working.”
On Friday, his work paid off.
The Bears cut third-year player Armando Allen, Ford’s competition for the third running back spot.
The Bears must cut three more players Saturday, but Ford figures to have made the team.
The 5-10, 216-pounder from LSU is one of three undrafted 2013 free agents, along with defensive tackle Zach Minter and cornerback C.J. Wilson, left on the roster.
Ford led the Bears in preseason rushing. He had 39 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns and broke a 27-yard run against the Browns.
“You get in that comfort zone,” he said. “It’s not moving that fast when you go in there and get multiple carries. . . .
“When I was a kid and I sat on my bed, this was my goal, to play in the league. I’m out there playing.”
While the return role figures to be reserved for Devin Hester, Ford showed preseason sparks there, too, taking 11 kicks an average of 33.5 yards, including a 100-yarder against the Chargers.
“They put me out there to see what I could do,” Ford said of special teams. “I thought I put up good numbers and did what I was supposed to do.”
He was less worried about carrying the ball than the other aspects of his position.
“In this league, every running back can run,” he said. “The most important thing is blocking and catching.”
Allen, who made seven special-teams tackles last year, was limited by a right hamstring injury suffered three weeks ago.
After rushing three times all preseason, the ex-Notre Dame back had 10 carries for 39 yards against the Browns.
“I’m probably one of my biggest critics,” Allen said. “I feel like there are a lot of things I could’ve done better.”