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Peter King
September 03, 2012
Gabe Carimi
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September 03, 2012

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Gabe Carimi

Tackle

The Bears have to take for granted that the left tackle position is going to be messed up this year, regardless of whether J'Marcus Webb or Chris Williams ends up playing the position. Both have been disappointing in camp. "I don't even know which one's out there," Jay Cutler said, suggesting a position battle in which the winner will be the less incapable of the pair.

G.M. Phil Emery couldn't fix every hole he had during the draft (he had Alshon Jeffery rated higher than the remaining tackles on the board when pick No. 45 came around), so it's going to be up to offensive coordinator Mike Tice to shift the pocket to the right, behind promising second-year tackle Carimi. It's not a traditional approach, but Cutler will roll Carimi's way often this season—he's always felt comfortable throwing on the run.

Matt Forte, too, will take advantage of the return of Carimi, who was limited to just two starts and 100 rookie-year snaps while recovering from knee surgery. Carimi made his mark at Wisconsin as the best run-blocker in the 2011 draft, and Forte loves rushing behind him. When Tice game-plans this year, look for him to run Forte to the right as much as he rolls Cutler that way.

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