Mike Martz was one of the big winners in the Bears' free-agent haul last week, adding two big pieces to his system in running back Chester Taylor and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.
Marilyn Indahl/Icon SMIChester Taylor had 44 catches for 398 yards with the Vikings last season.
Taylor, who spent the past four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, is known as a solid pass catcher out of the backfield, a must in a Martz offense. He gives the Bears a complement to incumbent starter Matt Forte, who is coming off a disappointing second season.
“We have two starters,” Martz told the Bears' Web site. “That’s how we look at it. We’re fortunate to have two starters. As you look around the National Football League, the teams that are running the ball well, they all have two starters. They’ve got two backs. It’s not a 1-2 punch as much as either one of those guys can carry the load. That’s just how they approach it. They will share duties.”
Manumaleuna, who played under Martz with the St. Louis Rams from 2001-05, is a big [6 foot 2, 295 pounds]blocking tight end.
"Brandon is very athletic for his size,” Martz told the team's site. “He’s got great body control. He’s extremely adept as an inline blocker. He can handle a defensive end all by himself. He’s an unusually good pass blocker, and we’ll utilize him in that area as well as throw him the football.”