Rookie Jon Bostic relegated to note-taking role
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 9, 2013 8:53PM
Updated: September 9, 2013 10:00PM
Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic played against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he also was a spectator and diligent note-taker.
Just several days after actually being the Bears’ starter at middle linebacker, Bostic didn’t get one defensive snap in the 24-21 victory against the Bengals. He played only on special teams, getting 18 plays.
Veteran D.J. Williams played the whole game at the “Mike,” getting 42 snaps (plus three on special teams), or 72 percent of the Bears’ defensive plays. Linebackers Lance Briggs and James Anderson were on the field for all 58 defensive snaps.
It was thought that Bostic would take over for Williams on some series, but with the Bears falling behind early on, it never happened.
But Bostic wasn’t bothered by the lack of playing time.
“Really, I’m doing whatever the coaching staff asks of me, whether it’s play 100 snaps or two snaps or play 1,000 plays on special teams,” Bostic said. “I’m just going to keep doing what they ask of me and keep learning.”
In order to learn, Bostic said he watched all three linebackers, but also how the defensive linemen and defensive backs handled their assignments. He also adhered to some advice from Briggs.
“You’re going to see this team again. You’re going to see this coordinator again,” Bostic said. “Lance taught me from Day 1 to make sure I keep a notebook against these coordinators. You’re going to see these guys a 100 times.”
Bostic, though, prepared for the Bengals like he was the starter.
“I can’t prepare like I’m second string and I’m playing only on special teams because anything can happen,” Bostic said. “D.J. could do something or even James Anderson or somebody gets hurt or something like that and can’t go. Somebody else has to be able to go into the game. It’s just making sure I know my stuff, so it’s not a drop-off there.”