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Bostic gets chance at middle linebacker

October 16th, 2013

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jonathan Bostic hopes to make the most of their opportunity.

The Chicago Bears have been known for center linebackers from Bill George to Dick Butkus to Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher.

Now Bostic, a rookie from Florida with a reputation just for big plays and big hits, makes his first NFL begin Sunday against the Washington Redskins instead of D. J. Williams, who is out for the season with a ruptured pectoral tendon.

“Every week I’m preparing like I’m the beginner, anyway, ” Bostic said Monday. “It’s just really the fact showing how it kind of happened.

“You always hear `next and also, anything can happen, ‘ but the scenario that happened, it’s kind of like, guy, these things really do happen. ”

Williams went out against the Gambling in the third quarter after wanting to make a tackle. Bostic, a second-round pick, had started every preseason game because Williams suffered a pulled calf muscle early in training camp.

“He hasn’t spent a lot of time out there but he has played, ” Bears trainer Marc Trestman said.

“He’s in the next-man-up scenario, he doesn’t have the experience certainly that D. J. has, but they have speed and he’s an forceful young man. ”

Bostic made an immediate impression in the preseason opener with an interception and TD return against Carolina.

“He’s been with us a long time, inch Trestman said. “He’s been with us in the minicamps and training get away and he had a lot of playing time in the preseason.

“So having been with us and knowing what the NFL is about, six weeks might be a benefit to him. ”

Bostic has had to make a good adjustment to playing mostly zone pass defense with the Bears.

“Florida we were a big man-to-man team, ” he said. “We just do more things in a different way than what we did at Florida. ”

Bostic’s training in the NFL involved more than a brand new system. He’s had to curb the way in which he plays after drawing a $21, 000 fine in preseason for a hit on San Diego broad receiver Mike Willie.

It was another example of Bostic trying for the big play, and he’s learning the adjustment.

“You’ve got to let the big plays come to you, ” Bostic stated. “You can’t try to go out right now there and try to force a big play because that’s when mistakes happen. inch

Bears cornerback Bernard Jennings said the loss of Williams is certainly difficult to overcome.

“He’s played some good ball for us, but I’m excited about Bostic, ” Jennings said. “I know he wear a show this preseason.

“I know a lot of men are excited about Bostic, to see what he’s going to be doing. ”

The Bears’ defense did receive some good news Monday when nose tackle Stephen Paea was able to practice for the first time since suffering a toe injury in Week 4 contrary to the Detroit Lions.

“He worked out here today therefore we’re optimistic, ” Trestman stated. “He’ll have the rest of the day away and tomorrow and be ready to go. inch

Defensive tackle continues to be the biggest Bears depth concern right after losing Henry Melton and Nate Collins for the season to torn anterior cruciate ligaments.

In a roster move Monday, the particular Bears added defensive end Tracy Robertson to their practice squad, a spot that came open when defensive tackle Christian Tupou was relocated to the 53-man roster.


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