Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Webb ready to move on from incident
By Jeff Dickerson
J'Marcus Webb is looking forward to lining up at right tackle this season.
DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Chicago Bears offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb said Tuesday he is "moving forward" after an offseason arrest in Southern Illinois for marijuana possession.
The charges were eventually dropped against Webb, who met the media for the first time since the incident at the Bears' annual Ed Block Courage Award luncheon at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill.
"It has been all cleared up. I'm young, you make some mistakes sometimes," said the 24-year-old Webb. "I'm pretty sure you guys (the media) have made some mistakes here and there, so you don't necessarily look down on it, you move forward and look at things in a positive manner. I'm definitely ready to be back here in Chicago and ready to get back to work."
The Bears kicked off their voluntary offseason program on Tuesday, but it will be several weeks until the entire team can take the field together for football related activities. When that time comes, Webb will find himself on the right side of the offensive line, not at left tackle, a position he manned for the Bears the last two seasons that will now be filled by free agent acquisition Jermon Bushrod. Webb does have experience at right tackle, a spot he started 12 games at as a rookie in 2010.
"Things happen," Webb said. "You can't control a few things. It will be a great move. I can play right tackle. You guys have seen it. I can move my hands a little bit. It should be fun."
Webb said he has no preference which side of the line he plays on.
"In this league you have to be versatile," Webb said. "To be able to play on Sunday, you have to be able to play both sides. I'm able to do anything the Bears ask me to."
Webb smiled when asked about quarterback Jay Cutler, a player he had an infamous run-in last year on the sideline during the Bears' Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers. No longer Cutler's blindside protector, Webb said his relationship with the quarterback is just fine.
"I talked to Jay a little bit today," Webb said. "I asked him about his kid. His kid is moving around. They are having fun as a family. It's good to see those guys. In terms of working together, it's going to be fun. We've been together for four years now. We know each other and we shouldn't have any beefs, if that's what you are wondering."