LSU guard Herman Johnson continues to work his way into better shape for the NFL.
Reports out of Baton Rouge, La., are that he’s down to 356 pounds, about 10 lighter than he was at the scouting combine last month. Considered one of the top guards in the draft, Johnson said he wants to be around 350. The 6-7 Johnson played at closer to 375 at school. The Bears are believed to have been represented at the workout by Southwest scout Chris Ballard.
*** The Bears are not believed to have been one of 11 teams at the Eastern Michigan pro day. But they are expected to bring in offensive tackle T.J. Lang for a visit. Lang is drawing considerable interest and a visit could be in the works for him with Jacksonville. Teams at the workout included: Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Oakland and Tampa Bay.
*** Keep an eye on Washington State wide receiver Brandon Gibson. A league source says the Bears are very interested in him but much hinges on a private workout that will take place March 28 in Seattle. Gibson pulled his right hamstring muscle at the Senior Bowl and that prevented him from working out at the scouting combine. In fact, just two scouts showed up in Pullman, Wash., for the pro day last week as everyone is waiting to put Gibson on the stop watch. He’s a big receiver at 6-foot, 210 pounds, and was very productive as a junior when he made 70 receptions for 789 yards. He didn’t do as well last year vs. bracket coverage and with a rotating quarterback situation. Stay tuned on this one.