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Will Britton push for starting spot?

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Eben Britton will push for a starting position on the offensive line, the biggest concern heading into training camp and the key to Jordan Lynch earning a roster spot.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Do you think Eben Britton will push for a starting position on the offensive line?

Phil J.
Ottawa, Illinois

The Bears feel competition makes everyone better, so I'm sure Eben Britton will get some first-team reps in training camp. But I would be surprised if he supplants any of the current starters barring an injury. The Bears are pretty set with their No. 1 unit with left tackle Jermon Bushrod, left guard Matt Slauson, center Roberto Garza, right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills. With that being said, Britton is an extremely valuable member of the offense. Last season he was frequently employed as a sixth lineman and is capable of stepping in and playing at both guard and tackle should one of the starters get injured. Britton got first-team reps during offseason practices while Slauson and Mills recovered from injuries.

What is your biggest concern heading into training camp?

John K.
Beloit, Wisconsin

Personnel-wise, I don't have any pressing concerns. The Bears offense is unlike any other I've seen since I started following the team in the mid-1970s in terms of its explosiveness and ability to score, and the defense was completely revamped during the offseason after an uncharacteristically poor season. My biggest concern entering the 2014 campaign is injuries, especially on the offensive side of the ball. While the Bears were decimated by injuries on defense last year, their offense remained pretty healthy aside from losing quarterback Jay Cutler for a short period of time.

What is the key to Jordan Lynch earning a roster spot with the Bears?

Brian H.
Peoria, Illinois

I know the focus in training camp and the preseason will probably be on how Jordan Lynch fares as a running back, but I think the determining factor in whether he makes the 53-man roster will be how he performs on special teams. In the NFL, reserve running backs all must contribute in multiple phases on special teams and the Bears are no different. Although those responsibilities are new to Lynch, I think he possesses the physical traits as well as the intangibles to succeed. A couple Bears veterans I spoke with were impressed with Lynch's instincts and athleticism during offseason workouts and won't be surprised if he earns a spot on the 53-man roster.

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