When Chicago Bears Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long was moved to right tackle last week it was said to just be because the Bears were short handed at the tackle position. When Long was playing right tackle yesterday at minicamp, we heard that head coach John Fox likes his offensive line to be versatile, just to be prepared. Plus the Bears were missing a couple tackles again.
But today, Kyle Long was moved to the all important left tackle position for a portion of practice.
With Jordan Mills (appendix) and Jermon Bushrod still missing, Long and Charles Leno began practice at right and left tackle respectively, but they swapped spots on Wednesday.
Here's John Fox from the Chicago Tribune;
"I think it is an injustice to just roll a guy, even as simple as it sounds, left to right (without preparation)," Fox said after practice. "Whether you are doing it with a corner an outside backer, a guard or a tackle, they need to practice it. This is a good time of year to get the techniques, get the sets and all of the different communication that has to happen with the O-line getting that valuable reps and experience."
For as much ink that Long's work at tackle is getting, this is also valuable time for 2nd year pro Leno. In case you missed it, Leno added about 10 pounds this off season.
The Bears' 90 man roster is currently full, but that isn't stopping them from trying to upgrade it. They had a couple of former 2nd round draft picks in on a try out basis today, 27 year old running back Daniel Thomas and 30 year old safety Sherrod Martin.
So far the Bears have Ego Ferguson (DE), Jeremiah Ratliff (NT) and Jarvis Jenkins (DE) working as the starting defensive line.
John Fox had the line of the day when he called the padless practices "underwear football."
Here's Fox talking about the transition to a 3-4 defense.
Rookie wide receiver Kevin White was held out of practice again, but the team has yet to announce his injury. None of the Bears' recent walking wounded are sidelined with anything serious. The three players that suffered serious injuries last year, Lamarr Houston (knee), Willie Young (Achilles) and newcomer Alan Ball (biceps) are all sticking to their rehab schedule. Houston may be ready by training camp, Young is a candidate to start the year on the PUP list and Ball is very close to 100%.
The Bears are also playing it safe with linebacker Jon Bostic and his back injury.
Here are a few other nuggets from Twitter.
Kyle Fuller continues to return punts at #Bears minicamp, but John Fox said it's too early to evaluate return game.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 17, 2015
#Bears coach John Fox on Shea McClellin: "He's a smart young player...I think he's adapted pretty well."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) June 17, 2015
Bears DL Jarvis Jenkins says he likes having "a little more freedom" in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense pic.twitter.com/F775vtAPvf— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) June 17, 2015