- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sure, he made a dynamic play when he picked off Cam Newton and returned the interception 51 yards for a touchdown. But one play didn’t eradicate any of the mistakes Bostic made in the game.
“You can’t really point out one thing,” Bostic said. “It’s everything from my stance, my alignments, the steps I’m taking. It’s not one specific that I can point out. From watching film, I’ve got to make sure I’m carrying those things over that we corrected in the meeting room onto the field.”
That process began when the team returned to the practice fields at Olivet Nazarene University.
In addition to the interception Friday, Bostic contributed two tackles, including one for lost yardage, and one pass breakup, filling in for injured starting middle linebacker D.J. Williams (calf). Bears coach Marc Trestman pointed out the club isn’t “anointing” Bostic after one promising performance.
After all, Williams has produced seasons of 90 tackles or more in five of the past six years, making it somewhat of a longshot for Bostic to unseat him. Besides that, Bostic is considered the future at the position while Williams is now.
Pleased about putting together such a solid debut, Bostic kept things in perspective.
“(The game) was similar to practice. A few things were moving a little faster, but I was making some of the right reads,” Bostic said. “Most of the things I knew I was making mistakes on, I was making mistakes on. We said going in to just make (the mistakes) at full speed, and we’ll correct it when we get back.”
The key for Bostic now is to start eliminating some of the mishaps. Just three minutes and 59 seconds before intercepting Newton, Bostic trailed Carolina receiver Brandon LaFell as he caught a 3-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead after Graham Gano's extra-point kick.
Carolina executed a pick route, and Bostic was spying Newton on the play and admitted he could’ve ran over quicker to defend LaFell.
“Obviously we felt good about a lot of things, but there’s still a lot of things we can clean up, play better in some areas,” Bostic said. “But that’s what camp is for, (we’ll) come back this week and correct things.”