Vaughters: Takeaways Are 'Cultural Thing' For Bears

James Vaughters forced and recovered a fumble against the Giants on Friday.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
August 19, 2019 - 2:52 pm
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(670 The Score) Bears outside linebacker James Vaughters found his way into the Giants' backfield at MetLife Stadium on Friday night and did what he had been taught to do. 

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Vaughters navigated to Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, knocked the football loose and recovered the fumble. It was a strip-sack and recovery for the 26-year-old Vaughters, who's fighting for a roster spot.

"It all happens pretty quickly," Vaughters said on the Bernstein & McKnight on Monday morning. "I came off the ball and as soon as the chip happened, I think I blinked my eyes for a bit. And then as soon as I opened them, I see nothing but green grass and the quarterback. I just hit the ground running.

"But reaching with that right hand when we're coming off the left side is something we practice every day. It's something that coach talks about every day in practice. Sometimes, those things just happen naturally."

Vaughters has positioned himself well during the preseason. Beyond Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd and Aaron Lynch, the Bears don't have any roster locks at outside linebacker.

A two-year standout in the Canadian Football League, the Chicago native Vaughters knows forcing turnovers will only help his case for a Bears team that led the NFL in takeaways in 2018.

"It's a cultural thing," Vaughters said. "(Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano) wants to build a culture thinking about takeaways in practice thinking about takeaways in games. We have players who have already done that in the past. It's almost like two strong forces coming together.

"It's good to do those things in practice and finally see them manifest in a game."