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"The benefit of having a guy like James Daniels is he can play different positions," coach Matt Nagy said. "So (we'll) be able to let him come in here and play guard and see what he can do, learn from the other guys, let (offensive line coach) Harry (Hiestand) teach these guys the technique. He's a young kid now, (and) his arrow is pointing up, (and) it gives us an opportunity to let Cody (Whitehair) grow at center. That's his spot."

For the sake of continuity, allowing Whitehair to remain at center is important, especially after the way he helped quarterback Mitch Trubisky transition as a rookie taking snaps directly from center, after he operated out of the shotgun at North Carolina. Whitehair was mostly a guard at Kansas State, but 28 of his 32 NFL starts have been at center, including all 16 as a rookie, since he was drafted in the second round (56th overall) in 2016.

Hiestand, who is one of the most respect O-line coaches in the NFL, has signed off on the move, which gives it instant credibility. Daniels doesn't seem at all overwhelmed by the move, and it could make his transition to the NFL smoother.

"My true freshman year at Iowa I played all guard," Daniels said. "It's hard, but you don't have to make the calls and you don't have to snap, which are two things that centers do that people don't realize how hard it is."

The fact that Daniels' technique is better than most rookies, and that he's a quick study, should help him overcome the hurdles that come with the position change.

"He's doing well," Nagy said Saturday, after weather forced the practice inside the Walter Payton Center for a second straight day. "When you see him in the huddle, when we're calling plays, he's very focused. You can see he's listening to the plays; he's trying to understand it. He's just so entrenched into what's going on. He's not looking (like) anything is too big for him.

"This kid is really into it. He's into the details. When you have a kid who's into it like that, you're at an advantage because he's going to listen. He's going to be a sponge and soak everything up, so he can develop."

The rookie minicamp roster lists the 6-foot-4 Daniels at 295 pounds, which would be small for an NFL guard, but he said he weighed 310 when he left Iowa on Thursday. Daniels said he can add or subtract weight depending on the target weight he's eventually assigned, and Nagy doesn't see that as a problem, especially for a still-growing 20-year-old with a large frame.

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Hopefully another success in a long line of U of Iowa OLmen. 

Can't wait to see the interior play of this OL.

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6'4 under 300........ wow.  I had the impression he was thicker than that.

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Anyone know he why he plays with braces on both knees? Preexisting medical problem?

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It might just be that he has gotten used to them....I know Iowa coaches require every OLman to wear them every game and practice to try and avoid as many knee injuries as possible. This has been a practice as far back, for Iowa, as I can remember.

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It might just be that he has gotten used to them....I know Iowa coaches require every OLman to wear them every game and practice to try and avoid as many knee injuries as possible. This has been a practice as far back, for Iowa, as I can remember.

So long as that is the case, good for him for doing that.

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The Bears’ big bet on G James Daniels is also a bet on their offensive line guru

Patrick Finley

Having coached college kids at Tennessee and Notre Dame all decade before returning to the Bears as offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand knows the importance of explaining why.

Center/guard James Daniels, the first of the Bears’ two second-round picks last month, can appreciate it.

‘‘When we were doing drills and individual [work], he actually takes the time to talk about each individual drill and why you hold your hands this certain way or why your feet are this way,’’ Daniels said during rookie minicamp Saturday at Halas Hall. ‘‘I really appreciate how detailed he was in every single drill we did. . . .

‘‘It just makes things easier. If a coach tells you to do a drill and he doesn’t explain what’s the point of doing the drill, you’re like, ‘Why am I doing this?’ So when he explains every single point in the drill and how it translates over to the field, I think that’s really helpful.’’

It’s easy for people of a certain age to roll their eyes, but the fact remains: At the college level and now the pros, players want to know the rationale behind their actions. Coaches no longer can give the stock parenting answer: ‘‘Because I said so.’’

‘‘I’m not sure if that’s a generational thing, but it just makes sense,’’ Daniels said. ‘‘If you’re just taught to do something, just do it, you’re like, ‘Why am I doing that?’

‘‘Like, why do you stop at stoplights? Just simple stuff like that. I mean, if you go through the stoplight, you’re going to get killed.’’

There are few people who can explain the whats and why-fors of the NFL better than Hiestand, who was coach Matt Nagy’s first hire in January.

When the Bears drafted Daniels No. 39 overall out of Iowa, they bet big on him — but also on Hiestand, who served as their offensive line coach in 2005-09. At 20, Daniels is the youngest player on the Bears’ roster. Iowa produces many offensive linemen, and the Bears are intrigued to see what happens when they combine that pedigree with Hiestand’s expertise.

Daniels won’t turn 21 until September, making him younger than Hiestand’s prized pupil, guard Quenton Nelson, was in his last season at Notre Dame. Irish tackle Mike McGlinchey, who was drafted No. 9 overall by the 49ers, played his final college season at 23.

‘‘To have a guy like coach Hiestand, who deals with these guys on an every-day basis in college . . . they’re kids,’’ Nagy said. ‘‘And we’re turning these guys into men. It’s definitely a benefit to have Harry here. He understands it. It will be really neat to see how that relationship grows over time.’’

The Bears are making it easier on Daniels, who played mostly center in college, by beginning his career at left guard. He doesn’t have to make calls or snap the ball, which allows him to focus simply on blocking the man in front of him.

At 6-4, Daniels carries 310 pounds easily. The Bears haven’t asked him to gain weight yet, but they might. Nagy said Daniels only will get stronger with age.

Nagy described Daniels as a finesse player at Iowa, but he didn’t mean it pejoratively.

‘‘You like to have that nasty in the O-line guys,’’ he said. ‘‘And he’s got it.’’

Ask Daniels about the biggest change between college and his first week at Halas Hall, and he says: ‘‘After I’m done, I don’t have to go to class.’’

So he has ample time to learn Hiestand’s terminology.

‘‘It’s the exact same [blocking] combination [as at Iowa], but it’s called something else,’’ Daniels said. ‘‘It’s just hard to translate those words over and things like that.’’

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I am never a proponent of drafting a guy with the intent of switching their position. If you want a guard, draft a guard. But at least we have a coaching staff with some credentials. the odds are Hiestand is smarter than us. We have to hope he knows what he is doing. And like Shadow pointed out, the season is still a long ways away. Who knows who will be center come game one.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

 

At 6-4, Daniels carries 310 pounds easily. The Bears haven’t asked him to gain weight yet, but they might. Nagy said Daniels only will get stronger with age.

 

 

I would think at 6-4, 310 would be the minimum they would would like him to carry.......... as for playing guard, he did play some guard in college so LG should not be that big of a transition.  The switch from C to guard is much more natural than from any inside position (C-G) to outside (OT) and vice versa.

 

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

I am never a proponent of drafting a guy with the intent of switching their position. If you want a guard, draft a guard. But at least we have a coaching staff with some credentials. the odds are Hiestand is smarter than us. We have to hope he knows what he is doing. And like Shadow pointed out, the season is still a long ways away. Who knows who will be center come game one.

Never say never, after all, Urlacher was a safety in College.  There are exceptions to every rule.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

I am never a proponent of drafting a guy with the intent of switching their position. If you want a guard, draft a guard. But at least we have a coaching staff with some credentials. the odds are Hiestand is smarter than us. We have to hope he knows what he is doing. And like Shadow pointed out, the season is still a long ways away. Who knows who will be center come game one.

Never say never, after all, Urlacher was a safety in College.  There are exceptions to every rule.

But there are rules to every exception!

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