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Seven Things We've Learned About Jon Bostic


As players take their final breaks before training camp, we take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.

Next up is veteran linebacker Jon Bostic.

1. Bostic's family has athletic roots.

Bostic's father, John Bostic, was a sixth-round pick in the 1985 NFL Draft and played three seasons with the Detroit Lions as a defensive back.

Meanwhile, his younger sister Jayla is a senior on the University of Florida track and field team. She currently ranks in the top 10 in program history in both the weight throw and the hammer throw.

2. He has been reunited with a few college teammates in Washington.

Bostic also attended Florida, playing football for the Gators from 2009 to 2012. During his college career, he had a chance to play alongside two current Redskins: tight end Jordan Reed and wide receiver-turned-cornerback Quinton Dunbar

"I know a lot of guys, just linebackers or defensive linemen," Bostic said during OTAs. "You watch them on film and like the way they play the game."

3. Bostic made big contributions at Florida.

Bostic decided to stay local and attend Florida despite receiving offers from other Division I powerhouses like LSU, Florida State and Clemson. He started to see action during his sophomore year, playing in all thirteen games.

He went on to start every game at middle linebacker the next two seasons. As a senior, he finished third on the team in tackles (68), second in sacks (3.0) and third in quarterback hurries (4). His performance led him to be named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to college football's best linebacker.

4. Bostic is coming off the best two seasons of his NFL career.

A second-round pick in 2013, Bostic spent his first two NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears before being traded to the New England Patriots and then shipped to the Detroit Lions in 2016. Injuries plagued Bostic during these years.

Despite these setbacks, Bostic recently emerged as a consistent and durable linebacker in this league. Pro Football Focus has rated Bostic's last two seasons with the Colts and Steelers as the best of his career. Since 2017, he has a combined 103 solo tackles, 3.5 sacks and eleven tackles for loss.

5. Bostic has impressed coach Jay Gruden.

The Redskins were the first team to show interest in Bostic after Pittsburgh released him on the last day of the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed with the Redskins almost a month later.

"He came in here for a couple days. He picked up the system quickly," Gruden said during minicamp. "He's running around. He's playing fast, smart. You know he's a physical player, we can't tell that without pads on, but that's his MO as a player. I've been impressed with him."

6. He was called "the explainer" in college.

When he played at Florida, Bostic's teammates called him "the explainer" because he wanted to know where the defensive backs were and what calls they were making. Often, Bostic could tell what play they were going to run before they called it.

"Lead by example. Be vocal when I'm out there. That's one of my main strengths is how vocal I am," Bostic said. "And I know defenses backwards and forwards."

7. Bostic has experience playing running back.

At Palm Beach Central High School, Bostic carried the ball 75 times for 468 yards as a running back in 2008. His performance helped him play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Despite his success running the ball, he was a highly touted linebacker recruit. He was ranked the fourth best linebacker nationally and the No. 64 overall recruit in the Rivals 100 for his class.

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