Rookies Long, Mills have looked good, but Trestman isn’t ready to name starters
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter August 19, 2013 10:25PM
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:27AM
Too much too soon?
Rookies Kyle Long, Jordan Mills and Jon Bostic are playing well in starting roles in the preseason. But the Bears don’t want the hype to get too far ahead of the actual performance. It’s still the preseason. And they’re still rookies.
Coach Marc Trestman, though, acknowledged that Long and Mills will start again Friday night against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland.
‘‘There were enough good things that happened that we want to give them another opportunity to play a little bit more against the first group and see what they can do,’’ Trestman said after the Bears resumed practice Monday at a refurbished Halas Hall.
Long in particular excelled against the Chargers. But the Chargers came into the game with no sacks and only one pressure in their opener, so it remains to be seen how difficult a test it really was for Long and Mills. Trestman isn’t ready to name them starters for the season opener against the Bengals on Sept. 8 at Soldier Field.
‘‘They were athletic. They were physical,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘Jordan got to play against [former Pro Bowl end Dwight] Freeney for a couple of snaps and learned a lot in those first couple of snaps.
‘‘Just overall there was an upside in assignments, physicality and athleticism. We’re not ready to pass judgment yet overall. We’re just going to let this thing play itself out. But to me, it was a positive experience for our team to have them out there. They kept their poise. They did a lot of good things. They made mistakes as well, that we think they can improve on and we’ll see how it goes.’’
Bostic made a highlight-reel play with a jarring tackle of Chargers receiver Mike Willie. But defensive coordinator Mel Tucker called Bostic’s overall performance ‘‘a mixed bag.’’
‘‘He did some good things and he did some bad things, too,’’ Tucker said. ‘‘We all need to improve. It’s never as good as you think or as bad as you think when you watch the tape.’’
Can Bostic be ready to start against the Bengals?
‘‘I don’t like to get into hypotheticals. We’ll take it day by day,’’ Tucker said.