Bears guard Eric Kush could be in the spotlight Thursday night
Eric Kush could get his first start with the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
Sounds like #Bears LG Josh Sitton will miss some time after ankle injury. Ted Larsen replaced him vs JAX. Eric Kush might get call Thursday.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) October 18, 2016
Veteran Ted Larsen replaced Sitton for one play in Week 6 when he went down with an injury, but promoting Kush to a starting job on a short week could be an interesting play for the Bears.
He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, and he made one start that season. He remained with the Chiefs through the 2014 season and was waived before the start of the 2015 season. He spent the remainder of 2015 bouncing around practice squads, making stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans before landing with the then-St. Louis Rams last November.
During the Rams' transition to Los Angeles this offseason, Kush was featured on HBO's Hard Knocks and was a fan favorite, due in large part to his love of tank tops.
The Rams waived him before the start of the year and the Bears quickly signed him to their 53-man roster. He immediately had to start learning another new offense.
“I’ll have plenty of time to get in with the o-line coaches and hammer out the details of all the concepts and all the plays and everything and get to work and study and get ready to roll,” Kush said at the time, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “The concepts are the concepts. It’s all, ‘This type of zone; this type of man scheme; this type of gap scheme; it’s all the same. They just call it something different, and handle little things within that concept differently and that’s what you’ve got to study and pick up on.”
Kush is listed as a center but is flexible enough to play either guard position. He shows off strength at the point of attack and can also make plays when asked to get to the second level.
Larsen is the safe pick for the Bears on Thursday night, but if they want to see what they have in Kush, it makes sense for them to give him a chance against the Packers. Chicago has an uphill battle to climb in terms of making the playoffs, meaning the remainder of the season for the team should focus on the development of some of its younger players.
There is no real fit for Larsen in the team's long-term plans considering he is on a one-year deal, and Kush is still just 27 years old. If the Bears decide to give him a chance on Thursday he could solidify a spot on Chicago's roster for the future.
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