When former Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. slipped to the seventh round of the NFL Draft last year, his pro future seemed uncertain.
A year later, Leno looks like a fixture.
He is the leading candidate to become the No. 3 tackle for the Chicago Bears this season, which means he would play if the starting right or left tackle gets injured. Leno started one game last year.
“I look at it like I have to be the starter,” Leno told the Chicago Tribune. “I play like I am a starter because you don’t know what could happen. Like right now, I got thrown in there because Bush couldn’t go. I am ready to go. I have to be ready at all times. I don’t care if I am the swing guy, seventh guy, whatever it is.”
Leno has been studying under veteran left tackle Jermon Bushrod since he arrived in Chicago.
“I’m into progress not perfection,” Leno told the Tribune. “The same thing happens every day. Right when I am done I come off the field and talk to Bush, ‘What did you see on this one?’ I am always in his ear. Always asking him questions.”
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Leno is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.
We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.