Newcomer Ka’Deem Carey wasn’t pleased at the lack of respect he got in the Heisman Trophy discussion, coming in at a modest 10th and the third running back in the voting.
"I think it's East Coast bias,” Carey, with a sense of humor, said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I'm sorry, everybody. You guys are sleeping on us. You guys are asleep at the time we're playing, and I don't blame you. I'd be asleep too. I like to get my sleep."
He will not be asleep in the Bears offense and has proved to be an aggressive blocker along with a production rate of two consecutive seasons of more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for Arizona.
Bears coach Marc Trestman has stipulated in no uncertain terms that his running backs will help take care of his quarterbacks. Carey should get along nicely with his new head coach.
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Carey rushed for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns last season after gaining 1,929 yards and scoring 23 times in his sophomore season, but "they are going to find an aggressive, hard-nosed that will hit you right under your chin,” Carey said.
“I'm going to tell you right now: I need more technique in pass blocking. (But) I have no problem with picking up the blitz and delivering the hit."
He also has no problem setting ambitious standards for himself. Asked to list who he finds as his comparables in the NFL:
“I'd say a mix between (Minnesota’s) Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy (of Philadelphia),” Carey said. “Adrian Peterson runs hard, and LeSean McCoy has the shakes in the open field to break a safety down. My (favorite) running back is Brian Westbrook because he catches, he blocks. He does it all."