With most Bears starters not suiting up in Thursday night’s preseason finale, Khaseem Greene is eager to take advantage of the expanded playing time he’ll likely get against the Browns.
“Every opportunity to play for me is exciting,” said the rookie linebacker. “It helps me learn the game; make mistakes so I can get on film and correct and definitely not make them when it counts, when my team is counting on me and when the coaches are counting on me. Even in the exhibition games, it’s still on me not to make mistakes. It’s just more or less getting more game experience.”
Greene, who has been working primarily behind perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs at weakside linebacker, has impressed defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
“We just keep talking to him about playing faster and faster every day and working to get better,” Tucker said. “It starts with his technique fundamentals, his alignments and things like that and just playing fast and not worrying about making mistakes. It’s a daily process with all these guys, just trying to find ways to improve every time out, whether it’s practice or a game. I’m excited to see these guys. They’re going to get a lot of reps in this game.”
The Bears spent two of their first three draft picks on linebackers this year, selecting Jon Bostic in the second round and Greene in the fourth. The two rookies have bonded since Day 1.
“We have a great relationship,” Greene said. “We feed off of one another. We push one another. If I make a mistake he’s there to correct me and if I know he’s making a mistake I can say, ‘Look, Jon, that was the wrong call and let’s get it fixed the next play.’ That’s the type of relationship we have with one another.”
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