Josh Beekman: Well, I learned a lot. I learned that this is going to be a different scheme than I'm used to. You've just got to come in like you were a freshman in college. Just willing to learn and take coaching, and just learn the lingo and the new scheme.
JC: How much different is the instruction at this level versus what you received every day at Boston College.
JB: Well, I think the instruction is the same. High-intense coach, passionate about what they do, focused on what they do. Just a little different in how they all runs things, and that's what you've got to learn. You've got to start to learn your new coach.
JC: You're coming to an organization that has been and always will be a running football team. Since offensive linemen love to run block, was that extra satisfying on draft day?
JB: It was. [On] Sunday morning when Coach Smith called me up and said I was going to be a Chicago Bear, I instantly smiled and thanked God for the opportunity to play for the Chicago Bears because they are a power-run team.
JC: Cedric Benson is a straight-ahead runner, but one of your fellow rookies, Garrett Wolfe, is a lot shiftier. Does it make any difference to you who's in the backfield in terms of how you block a play?
JB: I don't think you have to change your style. You might have to make some slight adjustments based on who's running if he's a power guy or a speed guy, but the play is the same. It's my job to do my assignment, and if I do, the play is going to be successful.
JC: You're going to be playing behind a nine-time Pro Bowl player in Ruben Brown. What can you learn from a guy like that every day in practice?
JB: Well, I think everything. I think worth ethic. I think technique. I'm going to watch a bunch of tape and see the kind of consistency that's needed at this level. But he knows what to do technique-wise, hand-wise, feet-wise. I'm looking forward to learning everything I can.
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