Now we can get things started…

July 23, 2008

The Bears signed their 1st round draft pick (14th overall), OT Chris Williams to a 5 year deal today just hours before the first training camp practise. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Williams and John St. Clair are in a position battle for the starting left tackle spot.

The left tackle spot isn’t the only position battle that will start 3pm (CST) this afternoon.  The offense will see position battles at QB, RB, all the WR spots, LT, LG and TE. Here is a little preview of what will be going on in camp this summer.

Quarterbacks

Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman are fighting for the QB1 spot.  Both showed flashes of being a legit starter last year along with flashes of being completely awful.  This position battle probably won’t be resolved anytime soon.  Coach Lovie Smith has stated that he doesn’t have a time line to decides who will win the starting job.

Running Back

Rookie Matt Forte looks to be in the lead for the starting running back position, with a stellar showing in the OTA’s.  Forte received praise from a lot of the veterans of the team, especially Tommie Harris and Brian Urlacher.  Newly signed Kevin Jones and veteran Adrian Peterson will challenge Forte for the starting position.  Garrett Wolfe is also in the mix, but will probably see spot duty or come in as a 3rd down specialist if he makes the squad.

Left Tackle

Rookie Chris Williams and veteran John St. Clair will battle it out for the starting job.  Chris Williams gives the Bears their first legit left tackle in a long time.  Aging veteran John Tait moves from left tackle to right tackle, where he had been a solid starter but was always regarded as a better right side starter. 

Left Guard

Terrance Metcalf, Chester Adams and BC Alumni Josh Beekman and Ryan Poles will battle it out for the starting left guard spot. 

Tight End

Both Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen will have significant playing time this year, so this really is a position battles in name only.

Wide Receiver

As camp opens today, Coordinator Ron Turner stated that Brandon Lloyd and Devin Hester will be the starters at wide receiver for the first practise.  Mark Bradley, Marty Booker, Rashied Davis and 3rd round pick Earl Bennett will be vying for a position.  We’ll have to wait and see how the battle for the weakest wide receiver squad in the league pans out.

Defense

There really aren’t any position battles to speak of on defense.  The defense, which was decimated by injuries last year looks to get back to being the dominant squad it was during the ’05/’06 seasons. 

I’m going to try and give camp updates daily as news and time permits.

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One Response to “Now we can get things started…”

  1. Hey there. I’m the Vikings blogger here. Nothing personal, but since you’re the enemy, I’m going to have to watch this blog to keep up on on the news! 😉

    Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself. In all seriousness I’m looking forward to keeping up on your blog. It should be a fun season!

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