Bears offensive line woes have been well-documented the last two seasons. The off-season and preseason wasn't enough time for the Bears front office to get a full grasp on the protection of Jay Cutler. Bears also want to be a run first offense. GM Phil Emery and the coaching staff are committed to always improving their 53-man roster, along with the practice squad. "I think as you talk with [general manager] Phil [Emery] what we've always said is we'll continue to just improve our roster at all times," said coach Lovie Smith. "It's as simple as that. We had an opportunity to get a good football player in here. We're excited about him becoming a Bear." In following this philosophy, Emery and Coach Smith acquired Jonathan Scott.
His name is Jonathan Scott and he plays tackle. He is 6'6", 318 lbs. He played at Texas in college and was voted an All-American. In high school, Scott played in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30, 2000. His father, Ray Scott, was a defensive lineman and tight end at Prairie View A&M and was drafted by the New York Jets in the ninth round of the 1967 NFL Draft. He has also started 28 of the 58 NFL games he's played in. This will be his 7th NFL season. Scott's professional career timeline goes like this:
First stint with Lions
Scott was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Lions during final cuts on August 30, 2008.
Scott was signed by the Buffalo Bills on December 18, 2008.
On March 8, 2010, Scott agreed to a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On July 29, 2011, Scott re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year deal. He was released by the Steelers on July 19.
Second stint with Lions
Scott signed with the Detroit Lions again on July 24, 2012, and was subsequently released again in late August after being placed on injured reserve.
Scott was picked up by the Chicago Bears on September 10th, 2012. Chicago acquired Scott after first conducting a workout with Scott on September 1st, 2012.
These injuries are now concerning you....I can tell. Scott claims his injury is behind him. When Scott was asked about his injury, he replied that he's "real healthy, very healthy, healthy enough to play."