CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 09: Jonathan Bostic #57 of the Chicago Bears intercepts a pass thrown by Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during a preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 9, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Even high draft picks can have a hard time cracking the starting line-up in their rookie year. However, Bears second-round draft pick Jon Bostic has been making a name for himself. With D.J. Williams' future uncertain, Bostic has a chance to start.
He played the entire first half against Carolina on Sunday and picked off Cam Newton for a touchdown. General manager Phil Emery stopped to congratulate Bostic after the game, and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is happy with how the Florida product is coming along.
“I like his progress,” Tucker told the Chicago Bears website. “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.”
Williams was signed to replace Brian Urlacher, but he injured his calf on the first week of training camp. He hasn't practiced since and is week-to-week on his injury. He isn't expected to play in Thursday night's pre-season game. His absence is Bostic's opportunity to shine.