BOURBONNAIS – Jon Bostic has been a preseason story ever since he stepped in at middle linebacker with the No. 1 offense in the wake of a “week-to-week” calf injury to D.J. Williams.
Williams remains out of practice with his calf wrapped and Bostic is on course to start his second preseason game, Thursday night vs. San Diego. Bostic was part of a swarming defense that assailed the offense throughout Monday’s practice and, most important, is making an increased impression on his coaches and teammates.
“I like his progress,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “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 a 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.”
The Bears will effectively start their top four rookies against San Diego: Bostic (No. 2), Kyle Long (No. 1) at right guard, Jordan Mills (No. 5) at right tackle, and linebacker Khaseem Greene (No. 4) on multiple special teams.
Shuffling up front
While attention has focused on the demotion of J’Marcus Webb to second-string/swing tackle, other moves have been taking place on the depth chart.
Left guard Matt Slauson has worked in at center with the No. 2 offensive line, behind Roberto Garza. Tackle Eben Britton, who played some guard last year in Jacksonville and in early offseason practices, also stepped in at center as the Bears sort through not only their starting five, but which seven offensive linemen they will keep active on Sundays.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett remains not only away from games and practice, but also at home as he deals with a concussion suffered in the Bears’ Aug. 2 practice. Joe Anderson returned from a missed day with a shoulder ding but Devin Aromashodu continues to get most of the work as the No. 3 offense.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton is being held out of practice and away from the field altogether as he goes through the protocol for the concussion he sustained in the Carolina game.