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Jeremy Langford's goal: Be a three-down player in backfield

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A minor foot injury has not derailed Jeremy Langford's chances of beginning the year as the Chicago Bears' lead tailback in a crowded backfield.

In fact, Langford re-emphasized Thursday that he wants to be a three-down back, regardless of the Bears' stated preference of using a running back-by-committee approach.

"I think I'm definitely getting better at that [being a complete back]," Langford said. "Just really playing through contact and catching the ball when I get the opportunity to do so. And just showing my pass-blocking ability, which I haven't had the chance that much in the preseason so far. I think I'm making strides toward that real good."

Langford caused a minor stir over the weekend when he arrived at practice in a walking boot to protect a foot injury he suffered in Chicago's second preseason game at New England, but the second-year running back had full participation Thursday and hopes to play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's getting better. It feels good," Langford said. "It got twisted by the sideline for a little bit. After the game, I felt soreness and tightness. But it's good now."

Aside from the foot problem, Langford had an encouraging evening in Foxborough. On the field for 25 snaps, Langford carried the ball eight times for 55 yards and one touchdown behind a Bears offensive line that opened holes in an outside zone blocking scheme.

"We've been practicing that since OTAs," Lanford said. "All the running backs have been doing it. It's something we've got to adjust to. I think it gives you more of a variety of cuts and more options in that style once the offensive linemen are doing as good as they are. I like running that outside zone scheme."

The 106th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Langford ranked eighth in yards from scrimmage (816), fourth in rushing touchdowns (six), and sixth in receiving yards (279) among rookie running backs in 2015, when he appeared in 16 games (two starts) as the primary backup to Matt Forte.