PRO CAREER: Started 48 of 51 games played for the New York Jets (2009-12) before signing with Chicago during the 2013 offseason... Did not allow a sack in 2012 and helped the Jets rush for no less than 1,600 yards each season since he became a full-time starter in 2010 (1,896 in 2012; 1,692 in 2011; 2,374 in 2010)... Started all 16 contests in each of the last 3 seasons... Recovered football in end zone for a touchdown at Denver (11/17/11)... Started all 3 postseason contests played during his career.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the New York Jets in the 6th round (193rd overall) of the 2009 NFL draft (4/26/09)... Signed 4-year contract with the Jets (5/19/09)... Signed 1-year contract with the Bears (3/29/13). SIGNED through 2013
2012 SEASON: Started all 16 games for the Jets for the third-straight season... Did not allow a sack and played 100% of the offensive snaps. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Appeared in 16 games, starting each contest... Became the first Jets lineman to score a touchdown on a fumble recovery since 1972. 2010 – Played and started all 16 games... Part of an offensive line that ranked fourth in the league in rushing (2,374 yards/148.4 yards per game) and allowed just 28 total sacks, ranking eighth in the league. 2009 – Appeared in 3 games as a rookie for the Jets.
COLLEGE: In 2008 at Nebraska, started all 13 games at right guard during his senior season… Helped the offense rank among the nation’s top 20 in scoring, passing and total offense... Received first-team all-Big 12 honors from the San Antonio Express-News, while being a second-team all-conference selection by several other sources... In 2007, played in all 12 games, making eight starts at three different positions, including right guard and both tackle spots... Offense averaged 468.2 yards per game, its best offensive total in 10 seasons, while averaging a school-record 323.8 passing yards per contest... Honorable-mention all-Big 12 from the Associated Press and second-team all-Big 12 by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: Played one season at Air Force Prep School in Colorado Springs, lining up at offensive tackle... Spent 2003 season at Air Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) High School... Began his high school career at Sweet Home (OR) High School in Oregon for oach Rob Younger... Lettered twice in basketball and four times in track, competing in both discus and shot put, during his prep career.
The offensive line and defensive line squared off in the trenches during the first practice in pads.
Chicago Bears Network’s Jeff Joniak interviewed the starting five offensive lineman last season. Inside the Bears recently aired some amusing bonus clips from the interview not seen before.
Jeff Joniak and Larry Mayer discuss the Bears as NFL free agency approaches.
Tom Thayer and Larry Mayer review how the revamped offensive line performed in a season that included a trip to the Pro Bowl for rookie guard Kyle Long.