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Veteran D.J. Williams getting first crack at Bears’ MLB job, but Bostic “in the mix”
Bears coach Marc Trestman said veteran D.J. Williams is the “lead dog” in the battle for the starting middle linebacker, but added that it’s way too early to forecast or handicap any kind of position battles five weeks before training camp opens.
Jon Bostic, who replaced Williams as the starter after Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 6 against the New York Giants, is assumed to be Williams’ main competition. But Bostic is working at all three linebacker positions, Trestman said, and “is competing at a really high level and … is right in the mix.”
As Trestman seemed to explain it, Williams is getting first crack at the job.
“I’m just hoping he can be 100 percent,” Trestman said. “He’s had an offseason to work. He’s been competing hard and when he’s playing well, it’s visibly noticeable in terms of what we can do with the middle linebacker position. But we have competition there. He’s certainly the lead dog there, but we do have competition.”