Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers smiled at the thought of what he might tell Jonathan Bostic as the rookie prepares to start his first game as an NFL middle linebacker.

“I don’t think I’ll tell him much of anything” Peppers said. “What worked for me won’t necessarily work for somebody else and everyone has to find their own place.

“Besides he’s got a lot of ability or he wouldn’t be here.”

Bostic will have his own challenges moving literally into the middle of a veteran defense with Peppers Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman around him.

Briggs started as a rookie albeit at the strong-side spot in his fourth NFL game after playing as a reserve in the first three. Bostic had played exclusively on special teams before last Thursday when he had to replace D.J. Williams when the latter suffered a season-ending chest injury.