LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said on Tuesday he believes third-year offensive lineman Gabe Carimi is better suited to compete for a starting job at guard, not at right tackle, where it was presumed the former 2010 first round pick would also battle J'Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott for playing time.
Carimi even indicated coming off the practice field that he expected to work at right tackle, in addition to both guard spots, but Trestman made it clear that his film study revealed Carimi's best chance for success is on the interior of the Bears' offensive line.
"(Carimi is) more a guard," Trestman said. "He is more of a guard. He was hurt all of last year, so we're going to focus in on him competing at the guard position with Matt (Slauson)."
Slauson, a free agent pick up from the New York Jets, and James Brown primarily worked with the first team on the opening day of the club's voluntary minicamp, but the Bears could be swayed into drafting a guard later this month, thereby creating more pressure on Carimi to win a roster spot.
"We have some new guys in the room this year, there are three spots open, and I'm going to try and make my way into one of them," Carimi said. "I want a starting role that's all that matters to me.
"I spent the offseason getting healthy. Just back to my old self. Just back to the start of my rookie year."
Carimi dressed for all 16 regular season games last season and made 14 starts -- 11 at right tackle and three at guard -- after being limited to two games his rookie year due to a knee injury that required multiple procedures to correct.