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With <!--Default NodeId For Rosevelt Colvin is 292196,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292196]>Rosevelt Colvin</A> days away from being a former Bear, the team is finalizing their off-season plan. However, they won't look for a replacement for the strong side linebacker because they feel there is an alternative already in place on the roster.

GM Jerry Angelo has mentioned Bryan Knight's name when Colvin's has come up. While, the Knight knows the team has high expectations for him in 2003 he doesn't want to be compared to Colvin.

"They expect a lot out of me and I don't plan on disappointing them in any way, shape or form," Knight said. "I'm going to go out there and play and my goal is to become a starter."

"I don't want to be compared to him. Rosey is a heck of a player; I mean he's real smart. That's what gives him the edge most of the time. He knows the opponent's offense. Then what he's able to do athletically adds another dimension."

Still, there are similarities between Colvin and Knight because of their college careers and transitions into the pro ranks. Both played defensive end in college and were then converted to strong side linebackers that could rush the passer in nickel situations.

During the off-season the personnel people from the team has talked continuously talked about speed and improving it on both sides of the ball.

Head coach Dick Jauron mentioned several things when describing Knight as a good athlete that will grow as a linebacker, but highlighted one area of his game.

"He's got speed, which is critical in the National Football League on both sides of the ball," Jauron said. "We put a high premium on speed and need it, so he's got the speed to play he's got the attitude to play."

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