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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10/27/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic (back) did not play against New England but is expected to return for the Packers game.
10/24/14 - LB Jon Bostic is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the New England Patriots with a back injury.
10/22/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic practiced Wednesday on a limited basis after missing two games due to a back injury.
10/20/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic missed the Miami game due to a back injury and his status is day to day heading into preparations for the New England game. His place in the nickel was filled by Darryl Sharpton, who had six tackles and a quarterback hit.
10/15/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic was able to practice on a limited basis after missing last week's game due to a back injury. He is day to day and could be a late-week decision.
10/14/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic missed Sunday's game with Atlanta due to a back injury suffered against Carolina. He is day to day.
10/08/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic missed Wednesday's practice with a back injury
10/06/14 - LB Jonathan Bostic suffered a back injury and had to leave the game Sunday. He was replaced for several downs by rookie Christian Jones, but the injury wasn't thought to be serious.
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.