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Forte driven to "get back on top"

Bears running back Matt Forte feels great, and he isn’t bothered by the addition of veteran Chester Taylor.

“He’s an easy guy to get along with,” Forte said of Taylor, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings. “He’s real cool. We’re here to help each other out. This is a team. We both play for the Bears.

“It’s not me versus the Chester.”

Forte, though, is just optimistic because he feels healthy after persevering through all 16 games in 2009, despite hamstring and knee injuries.

“I feel a lot better,” said Forte, who took the early snaps with the first-stringers. “I did some speed training, to get my burst back.”

Forte admitted it “was tough” to hear all the criticism last season, when his numbers dipped from a very good rookie campaign.

“But you let it go in one ear and out the other,” he said. “I got to go out there and work to try and get back on top.”