Bears elevate Mills, Long; Webb to 2nd team

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    Bears elevate Mills, Long; Webb to 2nd team

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears returned to the practice field following their preseason opener in Carolina with a different starting combination on the right side of the offensive line with rookies right tackle Jordan Mills and right guard Kyle Long replacing James Brown and the embattled J'Marcus Webb.
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    Jerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsBears guard Kyle Long is working out with the first team at camp.
    The Bears inserting 2013 first-round pick Long into the starting lineup is hardly a surprise since both he and Brown had been alternating reps with the No. 1 offense since the beginning of training camp, but Sunday marked the first time Mills, the Bears’ 2013 fifth-round choice out of Louisiana Tech, had jumped in front of Webb on the depth chart. Webb spent the practice at left tackle with the second team while Eben Britton worked at right tackle with the No. 2s. Veteran Jonathan Scott remained sidelined with a knee injury.

    “It’s a great opportunity, it’s humbling, having Roberto Garza, Webb, Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, the whole offensive line helps me,” Mills said. “They’re in your ear every time I make mistakes I can go to the sideline expecting some criticism, constructive criticism -- what to do here, you need to step this way, be a little bit lower, so it’s been great working with them. In my eyes, these dudes are all Hall of Famers in my eyes, so just to be here is so humbling.”

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman cautioned that nothing is set in stone on the right side, but said Mills and Long will continue to get the bulk of the practice reps in the next couple of days leading up to the second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, where the duo is likely to open up the game as starters.

    However, Trestman stopped short of saying the team was sending a message to Webb.

    “I think we've been very clear with J'Marcus about what we're doing,” Trestman said. “I said it last week that there's been an up-and-down performance level by J'Marcus but we were still going to do this. We were still going to give work to the other guys and see what they could do as well. So we'll evaluate it. We're going to go through the week like this. We'll evaluate the game and move forward into Oakland."
     
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    This is what has to be done. Get those rookies out there and play them. Let them get game experience. They'll get better as time goes on. Its not like they're replacing All Pro players. We need the most talented and best player on the field, regardless of their experience. And that goes for both sides of the ball.
     
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    Mods, please delete one of these two threads. An iPad and slow internet makes for some mistakes. o_O
     
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    I love this comment by Mills: It’s a great opportunity, it’s humbling, having Roberto Garza, Webb, Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, the whole offensive line helps me,” Mills said. “They’re in your ear every time I make mistakes I can go to the sideline expecting some criticism, constructive criticism -- what to do here, you need to step this way, be a little bit lower, so it’s been great working with them. In my eyes, these dudes are all Hall of Famers in my eyes, so just to be here is so humbling.

    The poor guy doesn't know what good o-linemen look like.
     
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    I agree D, in my eyes this dosent mean much other than they are being given a fair chance to play with the ones for at least one game and show what they can do. Its good IMO that Mills is getting his chance to show the coaches what he can do and is being given a real chance to turn some heads. Barring Mills coming out and really playing some impressive football I do think that the right side will be Long, Webb come week one, but this makes the 2nd PS game very interesting to watch what these two will do.
     
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    No more free passes for Webb because of potential.

    There is really only one way to measure a guys ability to start other than to have him go against the San Diego 1s.

    No more lip service about a competition, these guys are getting the prep time during the week and game time to really show how they would perform as a starter.

    Gotta love it!
     
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    Mills made quite a few mistakes in the game that I saw. It makes me think this is just a weak ploy to motivate Webb. I'd like to see Britton get a shot at starting RT, personally.
     
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    I don't understand why Mills instead of Britton. Whoever is best should start. I do love the fact that if you are not playing well, they are going to move your a$$ down and see if someone else wants it more. Something that the last bunch of coaching impostors did not seem to have in their tool set. Wish we hadn't gotten rid of Carimi even moreso now.
     
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    thank god Webb is done as a Bear. I can't see him coming back to the starting lineup
     
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    No one said he's done as a bear. The others are just being given a chance to compete for his job. Like BiH said, Mills hardly impressed....really neither did Britton.
    A lot of rumors suggested that Long would be given the RG spot and Brown would go to swing, I hope he earned it and it wasn't just handed. I saw mixed reviews on Longs performance, a lot of fans raved on him, and a few analysts said he was still showing a lot of raw....not that Brown was impressive either.

    "Bears head coach Marc Trestman cautioned that nothing is set in stone on the right side, but said Mills and Long will continue to get the bulk of the practice reps in the next couple of days leading up to the second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, where the duo is likely to open up the game as starters.

    However, Trestman stopped short of saying the team was sending a message to Webb.

    “I think we've been very clear with J'Marcus about what we're doing,” Trestman said. “I said it last week that there's been an up-and-down performance level by J'Marcus but we were still going to do this. We were still going to give work to the other guys and see what they could do as well. So we'll evaluate it. We're going to go through the week like this. We'll evaluate the game and move forward into Oakland"

    Think people need to reread into that and see that there's a good chance that things get changed around game 3 or 4.
     
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