The Bears spent two of their first three picks in this year’s draft on linebackers, selecting Florida’s Jon Bostic in the second round and Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene in the fourth. Since 1991, the only other linebacker they’ve chosen with one of their first three picks was some guy named Urlacher.
It’s still extremely early, but to this point in training camp Bostic and Greene have both impressed first-year defensive coordinator Mel Tucker with their playmaking ability, demeanor and work ethic.
In Friday night’s preseason opener in Carolina, Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown and Greene tied for the team lead with four tackles and recorded one tackle-for-loss.
With veteran free-agent acquisition D.J. Williams still sidelined due to a calf injury, Bostic continues to line up as the Bears’ starting middle linebacker.
“I like his progress,” Tucker said. “I think he’s gaining confidence in what he’s being asked to do from technique and assignment standpoints, like any new player in a system. But he has very good demeanor. It’s not too big for him. He’s physical, and if he continues to keep his head down, work hard, keep his mouth shut and do what we ask him to do, he’ll gain the respect of his teammates more and more every day.”
Greene played on all four phases of special teams against the Panthers. But his best moment came when he knifed into the backfield and dropped DeAngelo Williams for a two-yard loss on second-and-goal from the 1.
“[Greene] is progressing nicely,” Tucker said. “He’s picking up the scheme. I think he’s more certain about what he’s supposed to do in is alignments because he’s very detail-oriented. He wants to do it right, and so it’s important to him that he executes. He really wants to be on top of it, so he’s put the work in. He’s more at ease and more comfortable at getting aligned; therefore, he can play faster. I think that’s what you saw on the field.”
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