Shaffer embraces move to left guard

May, 21, 2010

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Moving inside to offensive guard is brand new territory for veteran Kevin Shaffer.

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Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesKevin Shaffer will play next to Chris Williams on the left side.

"It's going okay," Shaffer said Friday at minicamp, "It's the first time I've been [at guard] but I like it in there. Everything is a little different, a little quicker, guys are right on you. But I'm enjoying it so far, I just have to get it down. At tackle, you've got a little room to work, but also you got quick guys out there that can jump all around and run past you. At guard, there's a guy right in from of you, it's split second decision making. He's going to be right there, so you have to set on him and get him."

With 91 career starts at offensive tackle, Shaffer is currently competing for the vacant starting spot at left guard, where Frank Omiyale and Josh Beekman split time last year. After spending eight full seasons in the NFL, Shaffer is a seasoned pro when it comes to line play, but even he benefits from the arrival of new offensive line coach Mike Tice.

"He's really good with technique, and making a switch like that, I need to really focus on technique," Shaffer said.

Shaffer worked with the first team Friday morning, while Beekman replaced Olin Kreutz at center. Kreutz is still working his way back from offseason surgery to remove a bone spur near his Achilles tendon.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.



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