Wolfe sees role with Bears, even if undefined

Reed Schreck

Garrett Wolfe doesn't think he created a specific role during his rookie season with the Chicago Bears.

"I don't think I've made enough plays; I didn't have that many opportunities," the former Northern Illinois star running back said. Still, he thinks he showed he should have a role next season.

"Hopefully," he said. "That's something I hope I showed, that I can compete at this level and compete at a high level. That's something that remains to be seen as far as their opinion of me."

Coaches were encouraging in their assessment of Wolfe's potential throughout the season. Once starter Cedric Benson went out for the season with a fractured leg, Wolfe's involvement with the offense increased.

He showed some flash. He had a long run of 25 yards and a long catch of 33. He had 31 carries for 85 yards (2.7 average), nine receptions for 117 yards (13.0 average) and one kickoff return for 27 yards.

"I like to think I have," he said when asked if he had a chance to show glimpses of what he can do.

What have the coaches told him? Not much.

"Not really feedback," the third-round pick said. "I haven't asked for any at all. But everything that's been said as far as performance-wise has been positive, and the minor feedback I've gotten from the coaches has been somewhat positive."

However his production possibilities are viewed by the team's coaches, Wolfe said he did enough to impress one key person -- himself.

"Oh, there’s no doubt in my mind," he said. "I never doubted whether I could. It was something I wanted to prove to others."

Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or