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Kush, Daniels to keep sharing left guard job


It appears that veteran Eric Kush and rookie James Daniels will continue to split reps at left guard, as they've done the previous three games.

"They're doing a good job with it," said coach Matt Nagy. "Both guys are true professionals, handling it the right way, both helping each other out. There's no concern over selfishness. They don't have that and [offensive line coach] Harry [Hiestand] has done a great job of bringing them along."

The Bears selected Daniels in the second round of this year's draft out of Iowa, where he started at center the past two seasons. Kush has started each of the first six games after spending all of last year on injured reserve with the Bears.

"James is getting some valuable experience," Nagy said. "It's great for him to have that, and it's even better for him to have a guy like Kush to support him, where in a lot of other situations you could see it go the other way."

Nagy has been pleased with how Daniels has performed since he began rotating into the lineup Sept. 30 against the Buccaneers.

"He does a good job," said the Bears coach. "If there's times where he gets beat, whether it's in the pass game or the run game, leverage-wise he does a good job with recovery. Probably more so than anything for him is just seeing the experience of seeing different looks. Every game he plays is going to get a little easier for him, so experience right now is the biggest thing for him."

Staying patient: Last Sunday marked the first time the Bears have targeted receiver Kevin White in the passing game this season.

The 2015 first-round draft pick responded by catching both passes thrown his way—a 10-yarder and a 54-yarder on a Hail Mary on the game's final play on which he was stopped a yard short of the end zone.

Nagy praised White for his patience and "controlling what he can control, having a positive attitude and understanding it's a long season."

"Depending on what personnel you're in in the offense, you only have a certain amount of wide receivers," Nagy said. "But he's been patient and selfless, which I like, and he's going to continue to get opportunities."

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky liked getting White involved in the offense.

"I've got all the confidence in the world in Kevin and the rest of our receivers, and I think that was just a boost for him to really get him going," Trubisky said. "Like any player when you're out there, the more catches you can get, the more passes you complete, you kind of get into the rhythm of the game and you get your confidence going and you just feel like nobody can stop you, so I think that's good for Kevin to really get him going. He's going to be a big part of this offense going forward."

Injury update: Kush (neck), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle) and receiver Allen Robinson II (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Cornerback Marcus Cooper Sr. (hamstring) was limited.

The Bears are expected to remain cautious with Mack, who hurt his ankle Oct. 14 against the Dolphins. "It'll probably be similar to last week again," Nagy said. "It'll be a day-to-day thing and see as it goes."

The Bears returned to the practice field before hosting the New York Jets this Sunday at Soldier Field.