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Will Long get reps at tackle?

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether guard Kyle Long will get reps at tackle, when Robbie Gould will become the Bears’ all-time leading scorer and which Bears rookie will make the biggest impact this season.

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.

I know the Bears have talked about Kyle Long eventually playing some tackle down the road, so do you think he will get some reps there during training camp?

Glenn B.
Michigan City, Indiana

First let me say that while the Bears have said that they could see Kyle Long eventually moving to tackle, I don’t see them making that move this year. They want him to build off his Pro Bowl rookie season and continue to develop at right guard. With that being said, I could see Long getting a couple of reps at tackle here and there just to prepare for an emergency situation like the Bears experienced a few years ago when they lost both of their starting guards to injury in the same game. A fluke situation like that would be the only scenario I see where Long would play tackle this season. The Bears were very lucky last year in terms of starting the same five linemen in all 16 games, but they realize that injuries do happen and no doubt will be prepared for any situation.

When do you think that Robbie Gould will become the Bears' all-time leading scorer?

John D.
Hammond, Indiana

Robbie Gould needs 92 points to surpass Kevin Butler’s all-time Bears record of 1,116 points. If Gould scores at the same rate he did last season when he tallied 123 points, he would break the record in the Bears’ 12th game of the year on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions in Detroit.

Which Bears rookie do you think will make the biggest impact this season?

Arthur P.
Antioch, Illinois

It would be easy for me to say first-round cornerback Kyle Fuller, who I think will contribute both on defense and special teams this year. But I’m going to go with fourth-round safety Brock Vereen, who really impressed me throughout offseason practices with his athleticism and instincts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vereen wins the starting free safety position in training camp and excels as a rookie. It will definitely be interesting to monitor his progress this summer.

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