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Bears hope for more positive signs from OLT Webb

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By Dan Parr

A Week Six bye will give the Bears time to recalibrate and take a hard look at their roster to consider whether any changes need to be made.

Yet, barring a clunker from J'Marcus Webb vs. the Jaguars — who have recorded a league-low two sacks this season — a shakeup at left tackle heading into a Week Seven Monday-night game vs. the Lions seems much less likely than it did following Chicago’s Week Two meltdown loss to the Packers, when Webb drew the ire of QB Jay Cutler for his poor pass protection.

It certainly does not appear that 2008 first-round pick Chris Williams, who was given an opportunity to compete against Webb for the starting OLT job early in camp, will be making an appearance on the O-line anytime soon.

Backup OT Jonathan Scott, who signed with the Bears on Sept. 10, was on the active roster for the first time this season in Week Four while Williams was a healthy scratch from the game.

Some team observers believed a poor Week Four performance would have cost Webb his starting job and resulted in a promotion for Scott. While the Dallas game was one of his better performances of the season, Webb has yet to prove himself to be a reliable blind-side protector of Cutler on a weekly basis. He has allowed 3½ sacks through four games, according to STATS, LLC, and has been penalized only once.

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