BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The hazing and challenges will certainly come, but for one day at least, Bears second-round pick Jon Bostic didn’t necessarily experience any rookie pains. Bourbonnais felt like Gainesville for the former Florida Gator in his first full day at camp.
“The whole coaching staff and the players kind of make it feel like home. Since I’ve been up here, it’s been like a home away from home,” Bostic said.
A few players mentioned a college-feel to Marc Trestman’s staff and how things are run, especially opening camp with a much-discussed conditioning test. Bostic said his transition has been made easier thanks to the similarities with what he had in college not too long ago.
“The coaches, how they run everything, it’s similar to how we ran everything at Florida,” he said. “I know a lot of people say coming in, it’s always a big change, a big jump, but I feel like really, it’s like how coach [Will] Muschamp ran his program the last two years.”
As for that conditioning test (or “accountability exercise,” as Trestman described it), Bostic said his Florida roots helped him get through it.
“Coming from Florida, that humidity out there helped out a lot during the conditioning test,” Bostic said. “Down in Florida, it’s tough running the conditioning test down there, especially coming from Chicago and then trying to go down there and run, and then coming back, but it made the conditioning test a lot easier.
When practice opens on Friday, Bostic will be working at middle linebacker with veteran D.J. Williams, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason. It will be a closely-watched position as we see who will fill the shoes of Brian Urlacher.