Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/50 - Jonathan Bostic, LB, 6-1, 245, Florida...Bears believe he has the versatility to play all three linebacker positions. Started Gators career on the weak side but made all 32 of his starts at middle linebacker. Above-average agility and speed. Ran 4.61 40-yard dash and 4.24 20-yard shuttle. Plays with more finesse than brute strength and is more flashy than consistent. Father, Jon Bostic, was a defensive back for the Lions from 1985-87. - The Sports Xchange
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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.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/50 - Jonathan Bostic, LB, 6-1, 245, Florida...Bears believe he has the versatility to play all three linebacker positions. Started Gators career on the weak side but made all 32 of his starts at middle linebacker. Above-average agility and speed. Ran 4.61 40-yard dash and 4.24 20-yard shuttle. Plays with more finesse than brute strength and is more flashy than consistent. Father, Jon Bostic, was a defensive back for the Lions from 1985-87. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Bears general manager Phil Emery isn't predicting that second-round pick Jonathan Bostic will be a Day One starter. But Emery believes the 6-1, 245-pound Florida linebacker has the versatility, athleticism and intelligence to step in as the starter at any of the three linebacker spots sooner rather than later.
That's a comforting thought, considering seven-time Pro Bowl weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs will turn 33 this season. Free agents D.J. Williams and James Anderson, the new starters in the middle and on the strong side, respectively, both have one-year contracts. "The reason we like Jon (is) he's a three-position linebacker," Emery said. "We felt that it was very important that if we were going to take a linebacker in the second round, that we get somebody who could immediately fill in (at) all three spots; that we would have a good football player in place right now. "Obviously he'll be given an opportunity to earn a starting job. We see him as a future starter." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Bostic enrolled at Florida a semester early, as a weak-side linebacker, but he wound up getting all 32 of his starts, including 26 over the past two seasons, at middle linebacker. Bostic says he's fine at any of the linebacker spots. "It really doesn't matter to me," he said. "I went to college (having played) corner and safety and I knew I was going to be a linebacker going in. I went to college to play Will (weak-side linebacker). "But (coaches) slid me over to Mike (middle linebacker). It was kind of just natural for me. Linebacker is linebacker. It's just where you line up, so it's not really that big of a difference to me."
At the very least, Emery expects Bostic to be a core special teams player as a rookie and to also make a contribution on defense. After the Chargers made Manti Te'o the first linebacker taken in the second round (38th overall), linebackers Kevin Minter and Kiko Alonso were taken at 45 and 46 before the Bears grabbed Bostic at 50. The Patriots took linebacker Jamie Collins two picks later. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Emery preferred Bostic to those taken in the same vicinity for several reasons. "One is intelligence," the Bears' general manager said. "He's a guy that can line up others. We brought him in for a visit, we felt very good about his football aptitude and his ability to line everybody else up on the field. Two, he's fast. He's one of the fastest linebackers in the class. Three, was his positional flexibility, and four, special teams. He fit the bill." Like first-round pick Kyle Long, Bostic has exceptional athleticism. He ran a 4.61 40 and a 4.24-second 20-yard shuttle at the Combine, among the fastest times for all linebackers. Also like Long, Bostic has NFL bloodlines. His father, Jon Bostic, played defensive back for the Lions from 1985-87. - The Sports Xchange
03/24/13 - 2013 Florida Pro Day: Florida held its pro day outdoors and under a light rain on Saturday. Workouts were held on FieldTurf and watched by 20 NFL team representatives, including the head coach and general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Coltsí offensive and defensive coordinator, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive back and linebacker coaches and the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator and four position coaches. Sixteen Florida Gators participated. Jon Bostic, LB (6-1 1/8, 238) - He did well in the positional work outs. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com