Fitting In

After spending his last two years in Cleveland, the recently signed Keith McKenzie will suit up in orange and blue for the Chicago Bears this season. McKenzie, a former 7th round draft pick of divisional foe Green Bay, comes into Chicago fresh of off a season ending injury suffered against the Bears in their miracle fourth quarter comeback versus Cleveland.

McKenzie had three sacks in six games before an ankle injury, and had 8 sacks in each of the two years before last. The Bears assume that their signing will pay dividends, especially with the recent injury suffered by starting defensive end Bryan Robinson. Though Bryan Robinson is still hurt he insists he will be healthy for training camp as well as the regular season.

The veteran understands his job.

"My job is to come in when (Robinson) is tired and be the relief. I feel like when I come in the game it's like another starter coming in the game. We won't have to worry about any type of fall off or lack of play from second teamers."

On Monday, October 7th, McKenzie will line up against his former team, the Green Bay Packers in primetime. The defensive end will have to line up against old teammates but he insists it does not bother him.

"That's all in the past, the last time I played with Green Bay in 1999, this is 2002. I am a Chicago Bear now."

McKenzie's objective is to now chase down elusive NFC North quarterbacks such as Brett Favre, Daunte Culpepper, and unknown rookie Joey Harrington. The Bears have had a weak pass rush in years past, but McKenzie should bolster the team's pass rush this season along with rookie Alex Brown.

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