Back at his original position, Chris Williams is looking forward to competing with J’Marcus Webb for the Bears’ starting left tackle job. But after missing the final seven games last season with a wrist injury, Williams likely would be just as enthusiastic if given a chance to play wide receiver.
“I am just excited to get back on the field,” said the 2008 first-round draft pick from Vanderbilt. “I got hurt about Week 9 last year, so I am just excited to actually play ball again.”
Williams joined the Bears as a left tackle, but was moved to right tackle in 2009 after the team signed free agent Orlando Pace. Williams returned to left tackle late that season before being switched to left guard in 2010. He then started the first nine games at left guard in 2011 before getting hurt.
Although Williams will be battling for a starting job this summer, his mindset will remain the same.
“I am just here to work,” Williams said. “I come in every day and work hard. The competition will take care of itself. I’m not really changing my approach to training camp at all.”
If Williams doesn’t win the competition, he could serve as the third swing tackle or end up at another position.
“Chris has been a good football player,” said coach Lovie Smith. “He’s been that way since he’s been here. Injuries have slowed him down. But what we’ve seen from him is a big, athletic guy that can play a lot of positions.
“It’s our job to get him in the right position. Exactly where he ends up, that’s what you come to camp for. We have options with Chris. We can make a case that he can play just about every position on the offensive line.”
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