On Saturday night there was one position that stood out in the worst possible way for the Chicago Bears and that was right tackle.
To be fair, the team has issues at other positions, but right tackle is scary-bad. I'm talking, get the quarterback out of there, keep a tight end in to help and send a back to chip on every pass play scary-bad.
Charles Leno "won" the job two weeks ago, but he didn't look that good against the Colts during the 2nd preseason contest. Jordan Mills was #2 that night, and he looked like a guy that wanted his job back while playing agaisnt the Colts' twos.
But then Cincinnati happened.
Leno started again and he was brutal against the Bengals' starting defense. Mills replaced him in the 3rd quarter and he looked like a guy content with being a back up. Social media was an explosion of disgust over not just those two, but starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod as well. At least with Bushrod, there's a track record of decent play, so we can only hope that he comes around.
Right tackle is a problem, but it's a problem that the Bears are aware of, and steps are being taken to rectify the situation.
According to ChicagoFootball.com's Arthur Arkush, earlier today at practice, Pro Bowl offensive guard Kyle Long was taking reps with the ones at right tackle. Arkush reports that Long was given "a long look on the right edge both in individual and team drills."
With Kyle Long kicking out to tackle, it was Vladimir Ducasse filling it at right guard. Ducasse started six games last year for the Vikings and 11 overall in his five year career.
Here are a few other notes from practice.
Injured wide outs Marquess Wilson (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (hip) both did some light work on the field today, but neither participated in any team drills. Receiver Alshon Jeffery remained sidelined with his calf strain.
QB Jimmy Clausen and NT Eddie Goldman both were out due to concussions. DL Jeremiah Ratliff is called "week to week" with an ankle injury. CB Tracy Porter (hamstring), RB Senorise Perry (foot), ILB Jon Bostic (ankle) and OLB Sam Acho (illness) also sat out today.
Starting RB Matt Forte was given a veterans day off.
With Tim Jennings released, it looks like Alan Ball will be the starter opposite Kyle Fuller, and Sherrick McManis will open up as the nickleback.
This clip may not be up much longer, but here's head coach John Fox speaking with the media after practice about some roster competition.
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