Lovie Smith knew Julius Peppers was a good football player. But he's been even more impressed after seeing him in person.
"A 300-pound man, that moves like a defensive back. That's what you're dealing with," Smith said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do. It's hard sometimes for a guy to move into a leadership role, that quick, but that's exactly what he's done.
"We can't wait to take the next step with him."
The next step could be something new, because of the defensive lineman's athleticism and versatility.
"We have a lot of things in store for him, that we haven't done in the past, when you have a special player like that," Smith said.
"I think Chicago Bears fans will love what they see from him."