Chris Williams but won't be battling too many elite pass rushers on that side of the line.
Status Update: Omiyale better prove he can play right tackle and justify the four-year, $14 million contract he got from Angelo last offseason, or else his time as a starter in this league will be over.Matt Forte and should only have gotten better going forward. However, once Angelo changed his philosophy along the offensive line, now preferring tackles that can also play guard rather than guards that can also play center, Beekman didn't have a chance to hold off Omiyale despite arguably being a better blocker.
Status Update: The coaching staff still seems to be down on Beekman, so even if he is currently atop the depth chart at left guard, expect a draft choice or free agent signee to take that gig away from him in 2010.John St. Clair this past offseason, with the former Brown Shaffer ending up the swing tackle in Chicago and the former Bear St. Clair starting at right tackle in Cleveland. Once future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace proved to have nothing left in the tank, the Bears parlayed his relatively minor groin injury into the excuse they were looking for to bench Pace, move Williams to left tackle and get Shaffer in the lineup on the right side. He didn't do anything to hurt his cause, but Shaffer didn't do enough to make Omiyale's flip back to tackle unnecessary.
Status Update: Much like St. Clair, Shaffer is better served as a swing tackle off the bench than as an every-week starter, whether he likes it that way or not.
Status Update: It's hard to make a judgment now before the draft, plus free agency will spike again this summer, but look for Louis to get some reps behind Beekman at left guard and perhaps create some competition there.
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