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What will be best position battles?


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

Which position battles are you most excited to see in training camp?

Hector C.

I'm going to be most eager to see how things shake out at the center and guard positions on the offensive line. Assuming Kyle Long remains at right guard as expected, you're going to have second-year pro Hroniss Grasu, free agent acquisitions Ted Larsen and Manny Ramirez, and second-round draft pick Cody Whitehair all battling for two starting positions. That should ratchet up the intensity level in practice and preseason games and provide the Bears with some quality depth regardless of who wins the starting jobs. I'll also be interested to see what transpires at safety. Second-year pro Adrian Amos started all 16 games as a rookie, but he'll be pushed by a pair of 2016 picks, fourth-rounder Deon Bush and sixth-rounder DeAndre Houston-Carson, as well as Harold Jones-Quartey, Chris Prosinski, Omar Bolden and others.

I really anticipate first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd having a big impact this season. I have to ask: Which Bears player has the record for the most sacks as a rookie?

Jacquel G.

The Bears rookie record belongs to defensive end Mark Anderson, a fifth-round draft pick from Alabama in 2006 who recorded 12 sacks for a Bears team that reached Super Bowl XLI. Anderson broke the mark of six set by linebacker Brian Urlacher in 2000.

Just wondering if we can get more info on linebacker Roy Robertson-Harris and how he was able to get on the team. He looks like a monster and can run.

George A.
Rolling Meadows, Illinois

I can tell you from personal experience that at 6-7 and 255 pounds, undrafted rookie Roy Robertson-Harris certainly looks like an NFL player. After lining up at defensive end at UTEP, he's playing outside linebacker as a Bears rookie. Robertson-Harris appeared in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons in college, registering 138 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss and 10.5 sacks. He'll definitely be a player to watch in training camp. In a draft profile on, Lance Zierlein wrote: "If Robertson-­Harris can get coached up to improve his hands and pass-rush talent, he has the athleticism and talent to become an NFL starter rather than just an athlete with occasional flashes on tape."

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