Kyle Long also getting LT looks at Chicago Bears minicamp
The experiment involving Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long may have reached a crescendo. After filling in at right tackle on Day 1, Long lined up at left tackle on the second day of the team's minicamp practices, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson.
Long is normally a Pro Bowl-caliber left guard, but the Bears are currently without both starting tackles—Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills. If this happens during the regular season, the Bears want to be prepared. And that's exactly why head coach John Fox is playing mad scientist when it comes to his offensive line this offseason.
"I think it's an injustice to just throw a guy, even as simple as it sounds, left to right, whether you're doing it with a corner or at outside backer or a guard or tackle," Fox told ESPN. "They need to practice it. This is a good time of year to kind of get the technique, the sets and all of the different communication that has to happen with the O-line. You know, getting that valuable reps and experience."
Although Long has been a top-notch guard through two NFL seasons, Fox won't guarantee that's where he'll lineup for the 2015 season.
"I've told the players: You've got to start somewhere," Fox said, per ESPN. "It's not where you start the race, it's where you finish. I can't predict what's going to happen at camp. I know we will move people. I think it's important that you're getting ready for a marathon. There's a lot of things that can happen throughout a season. There's going to be times when guys are going to be at different spots. We'll have a next-man-up approach, whether that's the O-line or any position."
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