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Friday, December 20, 2013
Emery: Bostic could be on the move to OLB

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – A season-ending injury to veteran D.J. Williams forced the Chicago Bears to install 2013 second-round pick Jon Bostic at middle linebacker, but the move could be temporary.

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Bears general manager Phil Emery said on ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” on Friday that Bostic’s pure speed and ability to chase down plays from the back side makes him a candidate to possibly move to outside linebacker in the near future.

“He has made growth,” Emery said. “I think our fans have seen him make some dynamic plays. The guy can run; there is no way you can deny that. He can close space and he is a striker. I would say he’s second to Lance Briggs as being able to unload on you in space and knock you backwards. He loves football.

"He’s definitely had some problems this fall or fitting in terms of his gap responsibility at times. All the things that he is seeing now at the speed he’s seeing them are new to him. So that’s the normal rookie adjustment.

"He’s at middle linebacker; maybe in the future his best position might be at one of those outside spots where he is filling from the backside and able to use his unique talents to the best of his ability.”

Bostic, who recorded the second-fastest time among linebackers at the 2013 NFL combine, has 64.5 tackles, one sack, one interception and 3.5 tackles for loss in eight starts.