Bears first rounder Kyle Long will be forced to miss 13 practices this offseason. How will this…
Tales from the Tape: Kyle Long
When you draft a player with just five games of starting experience at the FCS level, it raises some eyebrows. Such was the case with the Chicago Bears' first-round selection of former Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long. Long, who spent two years at junior college after flunking out of Florida State his freshman season, did not start for Oregon until November of last year. He finished out the regular season (four games) as the starter at left guard, while also starting in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Beyond that, Long is as raw as sushi. Yet GM Phil Emery isn't worried about the substantial lack of experience of his first rounder. "I'd be concerned if he wasn't the person he was and he wasn't the dynamic athlete he is," Emery said following the selection. "Just to give you an idea, we do a lot of research on the athletic end of it. Jim Arthur, one of our assistant strength coaches does a tremendous job of correlating information and pulling all the history of that position together...
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