When the Bears drafted Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick in April, the big question about his immediate future wasn’t about whether or not he’d start as a rookie.
Long didn’t get to do much offseason work with the team because of the NFL rule barring rookies from practicing until their schools have wrapped up the term, which leaves him feeling like he still has to convince the Bears that he’s worthy of a role helping to protect quarterback Jay Cutler from Day One.
“Put yourself in my shoes. I wasn’t allowed to go to OTAs,” Long said, via ESPNChicago.com. “I haven’t seen anyone else on our offensive line. They are all NFL players so obviously I have a tremendous amount of respect for the other guys in the offensive line room. I’m looking forward to getting to work with those guys, great vets like [Roberto] Garza and [Jermon] Bushrod.”