Ok so here is a viewpoint from someone who normally doesn’t get asked-Jermon Bushrod.
Bushrod is not the quarterback. He is not a coach. He is not a scout. What he is, however, is a left tackle who has had the opportunity to face some of the guys the Bears picked up. He was also a teammate of one of them. He is pretty happy that he won’t have to face them anymore.
In an interview with Chicagobears.com, Bushrod gave his point of view of some of the Bears pickups.
Bushrod faced Jared Allen five times in his career (three times while with the New Orleans Saints and twice last year). He is glad he doesn’t have to face him anymore.
“Every time I play him it’s the same thing,” he said. “He just tries to find a way and he doesn’t stop, whether he’s trying to go outside, through you or trying to make an inside move. It’s good to have him on the squad because he can show his leadership in his play. He’s somebody for the younger guys to look up to and somebody for us to continue to practice against so we can get better offensively.”
The only time he gets to face Allen now is during practice. That’s enough for him.
Bushrod also got to go up against Willie Young, a pickup who played with the Detroit Lions the past four seasons.
“He’s another relentless one. He gets a lot of pressure on the quarterback. I’ve studied him over the last couple years and he flies off the ball. He’s very quick. I’m excited about practicing against him as well and just having him on our team because I’ve seen the type of pressure he gets. When you play a guy like him, it’s going to be an all-day battle.”
Bushrod was a teammate of Brian De la Puente. He is happy to have his friend play alongside him once again. “First off, he’s a good dude,” Bushrod said. “I played with him for three years in New Orleans, so I know the type of player he is. He’s smart and he plays with good leverage. Honestly, it’s a great pickup for us because he can play not only center but both guard positions as well.”
Bushrod sees some good battles going on during Bears’ practices. That should prepare them for the rigors of a 16-game schedule. Hopefully, that translates into a successful season.