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Countdown to Kickoff… Jordan Mills Days Until Chicago Bears Season Opener


May 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tackle Jordan Mills (67) walks off the field after the rookie minicamp on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

I decided to do a countdown to the Chicago Bears season opener on September 8th versus the Cincinnati Bengals.  Thanks to one of my Twitter followers, I decided to combine the countdown with a roster preview of sorts.

We’re Jordan Mills days from the start of the start of the Bears season.  Or perhaps you’d prefer to think that we’re Kyle Moore days from the start of the season?  Who is Jordan Mills, you ask?  Let’s learn about the Bears rookie offensive lineman.  Want to get to know free agent defensive end Kyle Moore?  Read on…

The Bears drafted Jordan Mills in the 5th round of the 2013 draft out of Louisiana Tech.  He played both guard and tackle in college and is expected to be in the mix for playing time at the right tackle position.  He, along with Kyle Long, Matt Slauson and Jermon Bushrod account for the overhaul of the Bears offensive line.

Mills seems like an ideal candidate for Aaron Kromer to work his magic and mold him into a stud offensive tackle.  I’m not sure he contributes right away in 2013, but unless he flops in training camp, it would be too risky to try to stash him on the practice squad.  Who knows, maybe he comes up with one of those mysterious injuries late in camp and winds up on the IR.

Kyle Moore comes to the Bears after a couple of two-year stints with Buffalo and Tampa Bay respectively.  He was a fourth round draft pick by the Bucs out of USC.  He played in 15 games over two seasons with Tampa before making his way to Buffalo by way of Detroit’s practice squad.  Over his 4 year career, Moore has appeared in 31 games and collected 56 tackles and 3 sacks.

Moore is a project for the Bears and figures to be competing for a back of the rotation roster spot.  He will have to come up big in the preseason and add value in special teams to make the team.

We’re 67 days from kickoff.  Are you ready???