June 20th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Gabe Carimi was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft to play offensive tackle.

Which tackle position remains to be seen. With the lockout still underway, rookies like Carimi are getting a little antsy to get their first taste of training camp.

Carimi simply wants to figure out where he will play on the offensive line and so do the Bears.

Carimi had this to say about his off-season in the Chicago Tribune:

“You’re going to feel more confident in the stance that you have been playing your career at,” Carimi said last week from Madison, Wis., where he is wrapping up an eight-week training program he began after the draft. “It doesn’t matter to me as long as I can make an impact on the team that it needs.”

“I would assume some rookies are really going to struggle,” he said. “If they come from a spread offense or a completely different offense that really isn’t what you consider pro-style.

“We ran a pro-style offense the entire time I was at Wisconsin so I am very familiar with all of the run-blocking schemes. There are different names and calls and how you communicate with the linemen, but you start by associating stuff with plays you did run until you fully grasp it.

“That’s where I had a leg up in the competition (to be drafted). If there was going to be a long lockout, I’m a guy who has been taught football the right way and it would be an easy transition to learn plays.

“Obviously, I would like to have more time going against guys like (Julius) Peppers to get a feel for the different competition level. I also would like to get that camaraderie with the O-line that is so crucial. You would like the time (lost by the lockout), but I don’t think it’s going to be to the point where I’m not playing good football.”

All quotes from Chicagotribune.com

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