Ogunleye Proving His Worth
By Bear Report Staff
Date: Aug 28, 2005
Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye refuses to believe the old NFL axiom that preseason means nothing to veteran players.
Adewale Ogunleye came into Friday night's game against Buffalo looking like the dominant pass rusher the Bears had expected when they paid him $33.4 million last August after trading for him.
“I made some mistakes, I jumped offsides today, but I gave 110 percent,'' he said.
Ogunleye still added his fourth preseason sack in the first half against Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. Ogunleye was fifth in the NFL in preseason sacks heading into this weekend.
He had another big play taken away Friday night by replay. He had chased down Eric Moulds on an end-around and stripped the football but replay showed it occurred after the Bills' receiver touched the ground with his knee.
Ogunleye has had a few scrapes in preseason -- a slight groin injury for one -- but has managed to stay healthy. Last year a torn ankle tendon caused him to play most of the season in pain and led to a sub-par five-sack season. That's all in his past.
“It just feels good,'' Ogunleye said. "You can doubt yourself after the season you had last year and you're hoping you bounce back with everybody and you've got critics here and there but the way I'm playing now, I'm just excited to contribute.
"But I think it's a sigh of relief for me to know I'm back from this injury. It's a sigh of relief for the Bears community and the Chicago community to know that this is the kind of guy that they traded for and this is the type of play that they're going to see for 16 games."