Chicago Bears 2014 Training Camp Profile: Khaseem Greene
The Chicago Bears drafted Khaseem Greene out of Rutgers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. At the time, Greene was viewed as one of the nation’s most dominant linebackers in college. After all, Greene was one of the most productive defensive players in the history of Rutgers football and he was coming off a spectacular season. Greene had a ton of growing pains in his rookie season, as he was a rotational linebacker for the worst defense in the NFL.
In his first season with the Bears, Greene had 33 total tackles and an interception. At 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, Greene is small to play the inside linebacker position, but he is fast enough to play the outside linebacker position and that was ultimately his position last year. Lance Briggs missed a huge chunk of the 2013 season and that was big because Briggs was mentoring Greene. With Briggs’ injury, the Bears were left with two young, unproven linebackers in Jon Bostic and Greene.
A year later, Greene looks to improve behind a better pass rush. While it may sound odd, the addition of first-round pick Kyle Fuller will help because he will show down opponents and that will make it easier for Greene in the pass-rushing game. That being said, Greene is an intriguing player because he has the ability to play linebacker and make tackles in the backfield and he has the ability to get after the cornerback around the edge. Green has talent, but he needs coaching to become the player the Bears want him to be.