If D’Onta Foreman was hoping to stick it to his former teamThursday, mission accomplished.
Though much of the conversation in the lead up to the Bears' 16-13 win over the Panthers was DJ Moore facing his former team, Foreman also was taking on Carolina for the first time since leaving in the offseason.
Foreman blossomed last season with the Panthers during his one year in Carolina, posting a career high in rushing yards. He took over the top running back role following their trade of Christian McCaffrey and played well, but after the season the Panthers opted not to re-sign him, instead adding Miles Sanders.
The 27-year-old ended up joining the Bears on a one-year deal, and delivered a strong performance in Thursday’s win. He carried the ball 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown, also adding a pair of catches for 12 yards.
Moore told Mully & Haugh on Friday he thought Foreman was playing with a little extra motivation.
“Oh, it meant a lot for both of us,” Moore said. “He got the touchdown, he did all that he could do and he was just himself and ran with vengeance. I know he was a little hurt that they didn’t offer him a contract at the end. He just went out there and proved he’s one of the better backs in the league.”