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Jon Bostic | Linebacker | #47

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (50) / CHI
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Lions acquired LB Jon Bostic from the Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.
The 50th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bostic was traded from Chicago to New England last September. He made two special teams tackles for the Pats. Former Patriots executive Bob Quinn is now the Lions' general manager. May 9 - 6:02 PM

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Patriots acquired ILB Jon Bostic from the Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

The 50th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bostic has yet to play this season because of an ankle injury. He also missed a lot of the offseason program with a back issue. Bostic wasn't a fit under the new regime, and the 0-3 Bears are open for business. In New England's 4-3 scheme, Bostic can play any of the three linebacker positions. His strength is his speed as a sideline-to-sideline player.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 08:23:00 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns said ILB Jon Bostic "doesn't look fully healthy."

Bostic missed time this offseason with a back injury. He is on the field at training camp, but apparently not at 100%. Bostic will likely open the season behind Christian Jones, Shea McClellin and Mason Foster on the depth chart.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 12:12:00 PM

Bears ILB Jon Bostic (back) is still sidelined at OTAs.

Asked what he's seen from Bostic, coach John Fox replied, "Nothing. He hasn’t been at practice." Bostic needs to get on the field under a new regime. The former No. 50 overall pick has shown virtually nothing through two NFL seasons. Mason Foster, Christian Jones, and Shea McClellin are in the mix on the inside.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 01:44:00 PM

Bears ILB Jon Bostic is sitting out pre-draft workouts with a back injury.

Bostic had back problems early last season. It's unclear whether he underwent offseason surgery. Under a new coaching staff, nothing will be assured for Bostic after two relatively disappointing seasons to open his NFL career.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 02:29:00 PM

LB Jon Bostic left the Bears' Week 5 game with a back injury.

He is questionable to return. Rookie Christian Jones is filling in.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Jon Bostic and D.J. Williams are splitting time at middle linebacker during OTAs.

Per CSN Chicago, Bostic is making a "strong impression" even in these non-contact sessions. It sounds like the Bears are rethinking whispers that had Bostic moving to the strong-side, especially with Shea McClellin showing well there. Getting more speed and explosiveness on the field is a must for Chicago, who was historically inept against the run last season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 11:56:00 AM

ESPN Chicago expects Jon Bostic to move to outside linebacker.

There's been conflicting reports on whether the Bears will keep Bostic at middle linebacker this season. He struggled against the run as a rookie, but has the skill-set to be the best fit there in the long-term. If Bostic is moved to the outside, D.J. Williams will regain his starting job at the "Mike" spot.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Jon Bostic is expected to work primarily at middle linebacker this offseason.

Bostic's rookie year was a struggle as he got absolutely abused on the ground, helping the Bears turn in one of the worst seasons ever against the run. It caused some whispers that he could be moved outside. But the Bears lack superior alternatives, so they'll just have to hope he develops strongly this offseason and takes the job by the horns. It's an IDP situation to monitor.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Bears GM Phil Emery said Friday the future of second-round LB Jon Bostic may be at outside linebacker instead of in the middle.

Bostic has had a difficult time shedding blocks since taking over as Chicago's starting middle linebacker, and is one of the primary reasons the Bears have been so porous versus the run. It's conceivable Bostic will end up on the strong or weak side long term, taking away from his Dynasty IDP prospects.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 03:23:00 PM

ESPN Chicago believes "it's going to be difficult" for the Bears to demote rookie MLB Jon Bostic when D.J. Williams (calf) returns.

Williams has been sidelined since camp began with a "severe" calf injury. Bostic has made his fair share of mistakes through two preseason games, but also jumped off the screen on multiple occasions. The rookie brings obvious energy to Chicago's defense. Bostic could be a stud rookie IDP if he keeps the job.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 02:45:00 PM

ESPN Chicago believes rookie MLB Jon Bostic could "wind up making a serious push" to unseat D.J. Williams in the starting lineup.

Williams is out indefinitely with a calf injury, so Bostic is soaking up first-team practice reps and will start Chicago's preseason opener. The 50th overall pick in April's draft, Bostic is considered the Bears' future at the position. If he plays well with Williams on the shelf, that future could begin in Week 1.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 01:20:00 PM

Bears second-round pick Jon Bostic is practicing "almost exclusively" at middle linebacker with the second-team defense in camp.

Bears DC Mel Tucker declared Bostic vs. D.J. Williams an "open competition" in May, but Williams clearly has the early edge. Bostic will probably take the reins sooner rather than later. For now, he's a wait-and-see IDP prospect.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 11:23:00 PM

Bears DC Mel Tucker says second-round pick Jon Bostic is in an "open competition" to start at middle linebacker.

Bostic is capable of playing all three linebacker spots, but he shouldn't have any trouble beating out D.J. Williams at his natural position. The Bears will likely go with a committee of Williams and James Anderson on the strong side. Fourth-round pick Khaseem Greene projects as Lance Briggs' eventual replacement at weak-side linebacker.
Sat, May 11, 2013 08:02:00 PM

Bears agreed to terms with No. 50 overall pick LB Jon Bostic on a four-year contract.

Bostic, a physical thumping linebacker, is expected to compete with veteran D.J. Williams for the starting middle linebacker job as a rookie. If Bostic beats him out, then Williams could move to SAM linebacker. First-round pick OG Kyle Long is the only Bears' draft pick yet to sign.
Thu, May 9, 2013 02:32:00 PM

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