Jordan Mills happy to be with fellow Bears rookie Kyle Long
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org May 10, 2013 9:26PM
Chicago Bears Rookie Camp
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:05PM
Jordan Mills’ scouting report on Oregon guard Kyle Long is quite a bit more succinct than general manager Phil Emery’s:
‘‘This dude is a beast.’’
Mills, the Bears’ fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, ‘‘scouted’’ Long in Oregon’s victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
‘‘My offensive-line coach [Pete Perot] told me to pay attention to the O-line and what they’re doing and their technique,’’ Mills said. ‘‘In the Oregon game, he was like, ‘It’s the same offense. They’ve got a great dude by the name of Kyle Long. He’s a great player. Watch him.’ ’’
Long and the Oregon offense did not disappoint in a 35-17 win.
‘‘The way he dominated the Kansas State defensive line . . . I was like, wow, this dude is a beast,’’ Mills said. ‘‘[I thought], hopefully we get to play together or meet up in the NFL and I get to talk to him and meet him.’’
Mills met Long at the Senior Bowl and the scouting combine but reconnected for the first time as a teammate this week as the Bears opened their rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. The two linemen have become fast friends, and Mills has grand visions of them becoming anchors of the Bears’ line for years.
‘‘When I first met him at the Senior Bowl . . . he had a big smile on his face. ‘What’s up, buddy?’ ’’ Mills said. ‘‘It was like we’ve known each other forever. I didn’t know he was going to be my teammate. But I’m glad he is.’’
Long has simple goals for minicamp.
‘‘Just continue to try to earn the respect of my teammates and coaches and try to solidify my knowledge of this offense,’’ he said. ‘‘Get more and more reps.’’
He won’t get as many as he’d like because of an NFL rule that will prohibit him from participating in organized team activities before his class at Oregon graduates on June 17.
‘‘Obviously I’m behind the eight-ball a little bit because I won’t be here with the team,’’ Long said. ‘‘But I have somebody in place and I’ll have the installations ahead of time. It’s kind of like if you miss a week of school and you’re sick, you want to get the lesson plan from the teacher ahead of time.’’
Bears coach Marc Trestman called the delay ‘‘a minimal obstacle’’ that won’t hamper Long’s development. Long will continue working with former Bears line coach Tony Wise. He’ll participate in coaching sessions with Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer via computer.
‘‘Kyle is a very smart guy,’’ Trestman said, ‘‘and we know he’s going to do everything he can to get himself ready physically and mentally as we get through our veteran minicamp and into training camp. [It’s] nothing we can’t handle.’’