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As a continuation of the position battles to watch in Bears training camp, here's a look at the offensive line.

Offensive Tackle
– The Bears bolstered this position in the off-season when they lost former mainstay, John Tait to retirement and John St. Clair, who filled in nicely for the injured Chris Williams, to free agency. The Bears scrambled and nabbed Kevin Schaffer and Orlando Pace from the free agent pool and combine them with the return of the Bears last year's top pick, Williams, the Bear OT tandem is a battle in training camp.

Future Hall-Of-Famer, Orlando Pace, is penciled in for the left tackle spot where he dominated all his career (minus injuries). The right tackle spot is up for grabs between Schaffer and Williams. In all honesty it's Williams job to lose because more money is invested in him as a first round pick. However, Schaffer is a more-than-capable bookend who is a great fit for the Bears emphasis on the run game. However, Williams did nothing to prove this worth when he was injured for most of his rookie season while Schaffer had a quality campaign for a struggling Cleveland Browns team. Nonetheless, whoever loses out, will be the top back-up, and with Pace and Williams coming off injuries, a little insurance is not a bad thing.

Offensive Guard – Last year, this position featured lackluster names in Roberto Garza and Josh Beekman but had solid performance. Just look at Matt Forte's statistics last year, I mean they must've done SOMETHING right. However, with the addition of Frank Omiyale, a position battle ensues. Garza shouldn't have much to worry about, his job on the right side should remain his because he is an underrated pulling guard. However, despite Beekman's solid performance, he may end up being the back up because of the Bears eagerness to bring in Omiyale. Omiyale is a mystery as he was a back-up in Carolina, but showed solid skill in limited duty. The Bears are obviously high on him since he was gobbled up at the start of free agency.

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