Bears C Grasu on first career start: 'I was just doing my job'
Chicago Bears center Hroniss Grasu made his first start of the season in a Week 5 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but he's not making a big deal about it. In fact, Grasu said he wasn't even nervous about it on game day.
"No," Grasu said when asked, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. "I am just a calm guy. You just trust yourself and you don’t let pressure get to you. I had a good feeling about it throughout the week. It was a good week of preparation. I was just doing my job."
Grasu did his job well in a challenging setting. His performance drew genuine praise from a veteran teammate on the offensive line.
"Hroniss did really good," left guard Matt Slauson said, per the Tribune. "He balled. He played confident. For your first start to see a guy like (Chiefs nose tackle Dontari) Poe and in a stadium like this on the road, I thought he did great."
Grasu, a third-round pick out of Oregon in this year's draft, was filling in for Will Montgomery, who will spend the remainder of the season on injured reserve with a broken leg. Although Slauson originally filled in at center with reserve O-lineman Patrick Omameh at guard, it appears as though the Bears can count on Grasu to hold up as the team's starting center moving forward.