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Greene hopes to make most of extra reps

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 29, 2013 – 12:27 pm

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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Tucker impressed with Bostic, Greene

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 12, 2013 – 8:17 pm

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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