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Langford tabbed as a breakout player

ESPN's Matt Bowen has selected Bears running back Jeremy Langford as one of five NFL players who will make big strides in their second pro seasons.


Jeremy Langford rushed for 537 yards in 2015.

Langford rushed for 537 yards and a team-high six touchdowns as a rookie and is expected to be the Bears' No. 1 back in 2016 following the departure of Matt Forte.

"At 6-feet, 208 pounds, Langford has some downhill power," wrote Bowen, a former safety who played seven NFL seasons from 2000-06. "He hits the hole with a burst, and he has the game-breaking ability to make plays with his 4.42 speed once he gets into the open field. Plus, he runs hard. The young man is tough.

"Even with Adam Gase leaving for Miami, I expect the Bears to have some carryover in the offensive game plan, with more run-pass options (packaged plays) and shotgun runs. That's where we will see Langford's ability to find daylight and push the ball through the hole with zone blocking up front."

The other four players that Bowen predicts will have breakout seasons in 2016 are Titans receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley, Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins and Raiders tight end Clive Walford.

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