Bears OT Borom drops weight, gains quickness

Staley Da Bear

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Mar 16, 2019

Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo told reporters earlier this week that Borom reduced his weight from 352 pounds last year to 322, joking that the 22-year-old wanted to "get skinny" to appear in "those swimsuit issues." Castillo added that the Bears would like Borom to play at about 332 pounds.

"He's a big man that's athletic, that played good competition," Castillo said. "We're excited. We're going to put him over there [at right tackle] behind Germain [Ifedi] and let him compete with Germain."

Borom has enjoyed working with Castillo on the practice field this weekend, honing his skills and technique. The veteran offensive line coach is a firm believer in building muscle memory via repetition.

"My biggest thing was just to keep my head in the playbook," Borom said, "learn the playbook in and out, and just be able to take in any information that I can from coach Castillo, with small details regarding footwork, technique, pretty much anything, just soak up as much information as I can."

Borom appeared in 33 games with 19 starts the past three seasons at Missouri. He started all eight contests he played in 2020 at right tackle after opening 11 contests in 2019—eight at right tackle, two at left guard and one at left tackle.

"My strength is I feel like I can pass protect with the best of them," Borom said. " One thing I'm going to need to work on is just smaller, little technique things regarding just some things in the run game, maybe footwork here and there, hand placement. But other than that, I feel like I can pass block with the best of them."