Minicamp Chat: WR Johnny Knox

General manager Jerry Angelo wanted to add some receivers with a certain spice in the NFL Draft, and the Chicago Bears may have found one in Round 5 with speedster Johnny Knox of Abilene Christian. Knox sat down with Bear Report for a bit after Day 2 of rookie minicamp workouts at Halas Hall.

John Crist: What is it about a small school like Abilene Christian pumping out so much speed to the NFL? You and Danieal Manning are probably the two fastest players on the roster right now.

Johnny Knox: There's not that many fast people. It's a gift being fast, so I'm just trying to use it the best I can on the field.

JC: As a collegian, you're only allowed to spend so much time on the practice field and you still have to go do school. Now, it's all football all the time. What's it been like making that transition?

JK: It's different because you don't have to worry about school and books and stuff like that. But being a professional just gives me more time to learn the playbook and become comfortable with my quarterback and my teammates.

WR Johnny Knox
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JC: You averaged 19.9 yards per catch during your career with the Wildcats, which is just an incredible figure. Aside from being so fast, what allowed you to make that many big plays and put up such an impressive average?

JK: Just practicing. Practicing helped me out there a lot, just learning the offense at Abilene. And it just carried on over to the field.

JC: Receiver is arguably the hardest of the positions to make a jump from college to the pros, especially since you have to learn all three positions. But if you could pick between X, Z, and lining up in the slot, what's best for you if you want to make an impact right away?

JK: As of right now, I really can't tell. I'm just playing different positions. I really don't have a certain spot yet. I'm just trying to learn the offense and see where they need the help at.

JC: You've been a return guy at times during your career, and you fielded some punts today at practice. What was it like to see Devin Hester watching from the sideline as you lined up deep?

JK: It feels good just having the veterans out here watching you. I'm just ready to get out of here and practice with them.

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