Despite not hearing his name called during the NFL Draft earlier this year, Minkins signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears and participated in the teams mini-camp.
"I went to minicamp and put in my work, but now with training camp starting I have to go in and really make it happen," said Minkins, who notched 37 career starts as a Cardinal.
Minkins recorded 162
career tackles at U of L
"I'm going to go up there and show what I can do," continued Minkins. "I'm working on special teams this year...that's the key for me this year."
Following mini-camp, Minkins returned to Louisville, which he plans on keeping as his home, and continued preparing for life in the National Football League by working out frequently at the Cardinals football facility.
"This is a great place to workout at," Minkins explained. "Not everyone has this kind of place to workout when they are at home."
Minkins, who was able to secure a spot in the Cardinals secondary early in his career at Louisville, hopes to do the same this year on the Bears special teams unit, while also focusing on Chicago's defensive philosophy.
"My goal is to make special teams and learn the defensive system there," Minkins said.
Minkins will likely receive his first NFL game type action on August 12, when the Bears travel to St. Louis to face the Rams.
Best of luck Josh!