Knox Pleased to Compete for Starting Job Again.............
Knox on starting WR job: 'I'm just glad there is a competition'
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...0-25120105.jpg Johnny Knox vs. Roy Williams. (US Presswire photos)
By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter 1:57 p.m. CDT, August 25, 2011
Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake clearly left the door open for Johnny Knox to regain his starting job over Roy Williams. And Knox is more than ready to seize the opportunity.
"Yes, most definitely I want to start,'' Knox said Thursday. "I started last year. I want to start this year, but I know it's going to take a competition to do that.''
- Drake wasn't pleased with Williams' effort in Monday night's 41-13 exhibition loss to the Giants. The veteran receiver was targeted three times without a catch and he bobbled one opportunity.
"What Roy has to understand is Johnny Knox will be in there if things don't get better, in a hurry,'' Drake said Wednesday.
The coach went on to explain how Knox has accepted his demotion well and taken it as a personal challenge, studying his playbook more often and compiling better notes in the class room.
"Starting or not, I was motivated from the beginning,'' Knox said. "There's always going to be competition. I'm just glad there is a competition.
"You could say the (playbook issues), that was being young. But that's in the past. I've grown up. I'm mature. I know how to approach this business a little bit better now.''
Knox started 16 games last season and led the team with 960 receiving yards. This preseason, he's been running with the second unit while working as the primary return man.
Drake somewhat called out Knox during training camp, while offensive coordinator Mike Martz claimed the starting job was handed to Knox last season as a result of his blazing speed.
"You have to be able to accept criticism,'' Knox said. "When somebody corrects you or disciplines you, you have to be willing to accept it and learn from it.''
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