Night and Day

LAKE FOREST _ The four sacks Bears rookie fifth-round draft pick Bryan Knight made in the second half of the Bears' 19-17 preseason win over St. Louis came as no particular surprise to him.

"I had four sacks in college once," he recalled.

However, at Pitt Knight was used to lining up at right end in passing situations and teeing off.

When he was drafted the Bears converted him to strongside linebacker, which he hadn't played since his freshman year of college. Thus, he hadn't done much pass rushing with the Bears in training camp until last Friday.

"They told me to go out there in nickel (situation), be out there on the end," he said. "I really didn't practice it too much, I just pass rush sometimes in practice. Coach wanted to give me an opportunity to rush."

"I was able to get there. I just kept my feet moving and was able to make some plays."

Knight knows his job on the team is anything but secure and big plays in preseason games can make the difference.

"You're trying to make the team," he said. "I'm just trying to do anything possible, practice hard, do whatever it takes, bust my butt out there."

Knight was happy about the sacks because they offset a touchdown catch by Rams tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, which looked like it might be the game-winner. No one could complain about his coverage on the play as he was stride-for-stride in the end zone with Manumaleuna and just couldn't get a piece of the ball.

"I was one step behind," he offered. "One step behind is a big difference in this league. This league is so much faster than college, it's unbelievable. It'll make your head spin."

Although Knight had 23 college sacks, he isn't sure that's his forte as a pro.

"I don't know what I do best," he said. "I'm not too good at many things. I'm just out there busting my butt trying to make some plays."

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