RG Kyle Long named to PFF All-Rookie Team
Bears rookie guard Kyle Long has been named to the Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team.
Long, selected with the 20th overall pick in last year's draft, started all 16 games and helped block for quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Josh McCown and created holes for running back Matt Forte who was healthy the entire season for the first time since 2010.
Drafted out of Oregon, Long was an important piece of the offensive line puzzle alongside rookie teammate Jordan Mills on the right side of center Roberto Garza. Mills recently went through foot surgery while Garza is currently the only 2013 starting offensive lineman not under contract.
The Bears organization and general manager Phil Emery was hammered by the media for taking the 6-foot-6, 313-pound lineman too early. However, the former Duck has been efficient in his first year and helped the offense set franchise records in total yards (6,109), first downs (344), yards passing (4,450) and passing touchdowns (32).
Long was also named a Pro-Bowl alternate last week.