Camp feels like home for rookies
BOURBONNAIS – The hazing and challenges will 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 Florida roots helped him get through it.
“Coming from Florida, that humidity out there helped out a lot during the conditioning test,” Bostic said.
When practice opens Friday, Bostic will be working as a middle linebacker, along with veteran D.J. Williams, who signed a one-year deal this past offseason.
Roster move: The Bears moved swiftly Thursday after learning of Sedrick Ellis' sudden retirement by signing veteran defensive end Jamaal Anderson to a one-year deal. Like Ellis, Anderson is a former top-10 pick, going eighth overall to the Atanta Falcons in the 2007 draft.
As a rookie in '07, Anderson started all 16 games and made 30 tackles, but both of those numbers are career-highs. Anderson played in only two games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season before having surgery on his quadriceps. The Bengals released Anderson on July 10.
Eyes on the kicker: Robbie Gould was a popular player after comments he made Wednesday night on ESPN AM-1000 regarding his contract, saying he tried to renegotiate two weeks ago and the Bears “said there was no money. Let me put it to you this way: If they wanted a guy, they’re going to find a way to sign him if it meant that much to him.”
On Thursday, Gould clarified his stance.
“I didn’t disagree with anything that Phil Emery said. He’s not going to give anyone a deal,” Gould told reporters. “There is no money. Until they can get the number where they can find a way in 2014 to keep a lot of guys, that is what they’re going to do. It’s not rocket science.” Gould later took to Twitter, adding, “I apologize to any fan who feels ill will towards those comments. Lets go win a championship.”
No new deals: Players entering the last years of their respective contracts, like Gould, had to answer questions about knowing that no extension will come during the season.
Cornerback Tim Jennings: “It’s not disappointing. I guess it’s just writing on the wall for a lot of guys.”
Safety Major Wright: “I’m not worrying about my contract. It’s just another year where I have to prove that I can play this safety position.”
Returner Devin Hester: “I’m more excited that this is my contract year. I’d rather do my contract after the season is over because the way I’m feeling now, I could boost my stock a whole lot from where it’s at now.”
Marshall in shape: Receiver Brandon Marshall posted an impressive photo Thursday morning on Instagram, showing his body composition checkpoints. He came in at 6.2 percent body fat and 235 pounds.