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Marc Trestman: Gabe Carimi is a guard for Bears
New Bears coach Marc Trestman couldn’t have been more clear when it came to saying what position Gabe Carimi will be competing at this offseason.
“More guard,” Trestman said Tuesday after the first day of voluntary minicamp after being asked if sees Carimi as a guard or right tackle. “He was hurt all last year. So we’re going to focus on him competing at the guard position with Matt [Slauson].”
Carimi did take some snaps at right tackle during practice at the Walter Payton Center. He said he’s planning on competing at left, guard, right guard and right tackle.
Jermon Bushrod is the Bears’ starting left tackle, while Roberto Garza is locked in at center. J’Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott are competing at right tackle, while Slauson and James Brown are in the mix at guard.
“We’ve got some new guys in the room,” said Carimi, who drafted with the 29th pick in 2011 out of Wisconsin to be the Bears’ right tackle . “There’s three spots open and I’m going to try to make my way into one of them. … I practiced at all three [positions]. Coach said there is not set roster yet.”
Carimi spent the offseason training in Arizona. Carimi lost his job at right tackle last season, but he was never healthy after dislocating his right knee cap in Week 2 of the 2011 season and later requiring multiple surgeries.
Carimi said his goal for the offseason was “just getting healthy. Just feeling better and feeling back to my old self like my rookie year.”