Friday, July 26, 2013
Long gets reps with starting unit
By Jeff Dickerson
Kyle Long said his goal is to win every rep in practice as he contends for a starting spot.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Kyle Long’s excused absence from the Chicago Bears offseason program as a result of NCAA rules did little to hurt his standing on the team’s depth chart when the team hit the practice field Friday morning for the first official training camp workout.
Long will battle second-year offensive lineman James Brown for the starting right guard job, and while Brown opened practice with the ones, Long was quickly inserted into the rotation and received a substantial amount of starter's reps.
“They want to see me on film because they didn’t have an opportunity to see me at OTAs or the minicamp, so it makes sense,” Long said after practice. “I don’t think anything of it. I Just want to go out and win every rep and that’s what I’m here to do.”
The Bears’ 2013 first round pick (No. 20 overall) said he did not feel overwhelmed on Friday, but did encounter some of the expected growing pains NFL rookies are known to experience.
“It’s just frustrating sometimes because I want to be doing as well as I can be,” Long said. “That doesn’t happen every time. Everybody gets beat, everybody has some bad reps. I need to accept that, swallow that and get back out here tomorrow and get back to work.”
Bears head coach Marc Trestman gave no indication as to when a permanent right guard will be named, but the preference for any team is to know its starting five offensive linemen as early in camp as possible.
“Today is the day one and we’ve got a competition going on and we’ve got a good plan for our guards and for James and Kyle to get work at that position,” Trestman said. “It’s going to play itself out and we’re going to continue to do that throughout camp.”