LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bears rookie right tackle J'Marcus Webb stands to be the biggest benefactor when veteran guard Roberto Garza returns to the starting lineup Sunday in Toronto against Buffalo, according to offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
"You can't overstate it," Martz said. "Having a veteran back that's played at such a good level for many years, that's going to help J'Marcus [Webb] first of all with the calls. Everything has to be relayed out there and there are so many fronts and protections and run calls. All of the dynamics of just playing on the offensive line, he's done it for so long and can help Webb on the outside, as well as be consistent on the inside.
"That's a big, big deal for us."
Garza is expected to slide back to his old spot at right guard, after spending the first five games on the left side before being sidelined by a knee injury. The veteran underwent a knee scope the week following the Bears 23-6 victory over Carolina and missed the next two games.
"We’re excited that Roberto’s back," Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice said. "He looks good. He worked on his conditioning during today’s practice. He took a lot of the snaps today at right guard, obviously. Feeling good about having him back. I think he obviously feels a lot better. He had good one on ones against the defensive line today. He looks fresh, upbeat, and he’s going to be a big help for J’Marcus mentally. So I think it’s going to be a good move for us. I’m excited for him. I’m excited for us."
"[Webb is] a good player and I'm fortunate to be able to work with him," Garza said. "We'll be talking every play, but that's what offensive linemen do anyways."
Garza started 64 straight games at right guard prior to be being moved in the offseason.