November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Jon Bostic (1) points out a play against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Bostic has strong debut for Chicago Bears in loss to the Carolina Panthers

Last night was definitely weird watching the Chicago Bears defense take the field, forgetting that Brian Urlacher was no longer with the team or in the league.

I noticed that veteran linebacker Lance Briggs had a couple plays where he lined up inside, instead of outside. Which was pretty interesting for me to see, remembering when Urlacher was injured a couple seasons ago, Briggs didn’t want to move to the middle, so Nick Roach took over instead.

When it was time for Bostic to take the field, I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the entire time. From snap to snap, I was trying to focus on Bostic, following his every move while the game was on. The kid is quick to get to the ball carrier and then that play that set everything in motion.

Bostic dropped back into coverage in the first quarter of last nights game, reading the quarterback and eventually stepping in front of a pass intended for former Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, picking it off and returning it 51 yards to even the score at seven early on in the game.

“I was spying the quarterback. I was reading Cam’s front shoulder, but really it was the blocking that kind of got me in the end zone for the touchdown. Everybody was pitching in, getting down the sideline for me to get in there.” Bostic told

With D.J. Williams battling an injury and having to watch from the sidelines, although he is happy for the kid making a big play, he had to be worried knowing how great Bostic was playing.

The Bears lost to the Panthers 24-17.

The Chicago Bears play the San Diego Chargers in Chicago next Thursday on ESPN. I’m positive Bostic will get the start with the first team defense.

Tags: Chicago Bears D.J. Williams Jon Bostic

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