With Matt Forte out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, third-string running back Kahlil Bell is sure to get some opportunities to make plays.
Backup Marion Barber rarely does interviews, but Bell is a well-spoken and likeable young player with plenty of quiet confidence.
Here are some comments from him today:
* On if he can catch the ball? "To replace a player like Matt is going to be tough to do because he's had a great year so far and he's going to come back strong. I'm confident in my abilities to play the game. I feel like I can catch the ball. If they need me to do that, I'm going to do that to the best of my abilities and let God take care of the rest. I'm not going to try to be anybody else that I'm not."
* On comfort level with Caleb Hanie: "We get a lot of reps together on the scout team so I think that's a good thing for us, because we have pretty good chemistry. I always joke to him, 'Just throw me the ball and I'll make the play.' But sometimes it'll come down to that for the receivers or the running backs. If he feels comfortable enough to drop off the ball to me, then I need to be able to try to make the play to help our team."
* On his strength: "I don't know. When I go out on the football field, I don't want to leave anything out there. I want to play as hard as I can and leave everything I have out there on the football field, whether it's fighting for tough yards, blitz pickup up the middle, catching the ball out of the backfield. Whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to play as hard as I can. God'll take care of the rest. I'm not worried about it."
* On if he was frustrated not to get more opportunities against the Chiefs: "No. Everybody wants the ball. That's why we're here. Everybody who feels like they're a playmaker wants the ball, but at the same time, we're trying to do things that help our team wind. We felt at that time that we had some things that would exploit them on defense, but we just didn't execute. That's what watching the film will do, it'll show you what you did and didn't do, and we just didn't execute."
* On being patient and waiting for such an opportunity: "It's difficult. Anytime you can't do what you love to do _ and that's play on Sundays or Monday or Thursday _ it's difficult, but at the same time, I know my work ethic. I have faith in God and the love and support will come. I knew that my opportunity would come. It's unfortunate that Matt had to go down for me to get my opportunity, but I'm just going to try to fill his shoes."
* On becoming an all-around back: "I just think as you get older, you see what an every-down back in the league has to do. I didn't really catch a lot of balls coming out of college. Since I've been here, we've worked on (pass catching) every day. As you get older, the coaches get more comfortable with you and you earn their trust."
* On getting Barber to talk to us? "Good luck. Good luck with that one."
* On if he can bring something different to the offense: "I don't really know. I'm relatively untested in this league. I'm just going to go out there and do what I've done my whole life _ try to make plays. We're all here for a reason. We're all in the NFL because we do something particularly well. I'm going to go try to execute to the best of my abilities. Whatever the outcome is going to be, I'm going to live with it."