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06/18/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic feels like a different player in his second season, and coaches are seeing signs of a breakthrough.
There was no hitting in minicamp, but Bostic is finding his way to the right place more often than not.
Bostic was thrust into a starting role as a rookie after veteran D.J. Williams' season-ending torn pectoral muscle. As expected, he often struggled, in part because he was taking on more than the on-field role.
"A lot of the stuff we were doing last year was unorthodox to me," Bostic said. "I had never really done (it) before and I had to think about it. This year, I can react more."
When the Bears also lost veteran weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs from the defensive huddle, Bostic did a nosedive. He wasn't alone -- the rest of the defense declined, too, and every missed tackle highlighted who the Bears were missing.
Defensive end Jared Allen sees on last year's film a Bears defense that not only was injured, but went through a difficult transition that he believes is now over.
"(Brian) Urlacher (retiring) is huge," Allen said. "I mean, that's like losing a quarterback. So obviously there was going to be adjustments for guys learning how to play different positions."
A year later, the learning curve still exists on and off the field for Bostic. He isn't receiving the luxury of zeroing in on one position.
The Bears have used him in the offseason as a middle linebacker, as well as on the strong side and on the weak side. He's been either a starting or backup strong-side linebacker or backup middle and weak-side linebacker in non-contact scrimmages, although it's sometimes difficult to ascertain because coaches rotate players greatly until training camp begins.
12/12/13 - LB Jon Bostic and LB Khaseem Greene both have been guilty of overrunning plays at times, resulting in what has looked like poor fits for the run defense. According to coordinator Mel Tucker, the Bears have corrected the problem and are worrying more about simply being physical.
"We're to the point now where we pretty much where we need to be. Now, it's about finishing," he said.
11/14/13 - LB Jonathan Bostic produced his first career interception Sunday to set up a field goal, and apparently that wasn't all he did right. "I thought Jonathan had his best game, myself, in terms of his physicality in terms of running from sideline to sideline," coach Marc Trestman said.
08/21/13 - LB Jon Bostic received a $21,000 fine on Wednesday for lowering his head while hitting San Diego Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie in a preseason game last Thursday.
Bostic hit Willie in the chest area on a short pass in the Bears' 33-28 win. The force of the blow caused Willie to drop the ball. No penalty was called.
Teammate and fellow Bears linebacker Lance Briggs confirmed the news Wednesday morning when he tweeted, "Bostic's hit illegal. Hit on Dustin Keller. Legal."
Keller, a tight end for the Miami Dolphins, is out for the season after suffering a knee injury on a low hit that the NFL considers legal by Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last weekend.
Bostic took over as the Bears' No. 1 middle linebacker after D.J. Williams sustained a calf injury early in training camp. He has a $405,000 base salary this season.
Bostic will have the option to appeal the fine.
05/08/13 - LB Jonathan Bostic agreed to a four-year contract with the Bears Thursday.
Bostic is a candidate to fill the void at linebacker created when the franchise decided to break off contract talks with veteran mainstay Brian Urlacher.
Bostic and former Denver Broncos' inside linebacker D.J. Williams are the primary competitors to start at middle linebacker in 2013.
The 50th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bostic is the fifth of the Bears' six draft choices to agree to contract terms.
He had 237 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and five interceptions at Florida.