BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The first depth chart of the season came out on Monday and Tuesday’s practice lineups had some modifications that will make Friday’s preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers especially interesting:
What’s my line?
Right guard remains the only real competition, between James Brown and rookie No. 1 Kyle Long. Brown has been going with the No. 1 offense for the first “team” sessions of practice and Long the later ones, so Brown is expected to start on Friday.
But this will be the first true chance for Long to unchain all his physical tools and games remain the truest indicators of who is winning a job.
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But Brown will play some left guard, and the likes of Eben Britton, a crucial swing man on the line, has filled in for Jermon Bushrod (calf) at left tackle and has played guard. Veteran Jonathan Scott (knee) remained out of practice on Tuesday.
“Training camp is the time to get them playing multiple positions because you don’t want Week 5 to be the first time somebody jumps into right guard or left guard,” said offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer. “Training camp is a time to move them around, get them a feel, understand the concepts of the plays and let them become while really trying to stick to a position they’re going to be comfortable at.”