Bears shift first-round pick Gabe Carimi to right tackle
The Chicago Bears didn’t waste much time aligning their offensive tackles.
After two days of practices in shorts and shells, first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi has been shifted to right tackle. The team has taken J’Marcus Webb, a seventh-round pick a year ago when he started 12 games at right tackle, and moved him to the left side.
Last year, the Bears were still tinkering with their line combinations into the regular season and with the turnover on the interior after the club’s failed bid to re-sign six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz, the coaching staff wants to get the starting five settled as quickly as possible.
"I evaluated both kids all offseason by film and I think I have a great familiarity with those kids," offensive line coach Mike Tice said. "I feel athletically Webb is more suited to be over there, although they both want to play on the left side. I wanted to give them two days in shorts to look at movement skills. I don't want to play games like we did last season."
The plan is to get new center Chris Spencer up and running as soon as possible. But Spencer cannot practice until Thursday and when he does he’ll be running with the second team. He’s been in a West Coast offense his entire career and Tice said that will make the transition in terms of terminology and language more difficult.
In the time being, right guard Roberto Garza will play center. Ultimately, the team would like to get Garza back to right guard as soon as possible.
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