Meet the Stars From the Bears Preseason

Jack Sanborn
  Linebacker Jack Sanborn made quite a name for himself on Saturday during the Chicago Bears victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Relatively unknown to even most Bears fans, he is going to be a favorite to watch in upcoming games. An Illinois native, Sanborn was a four star recruit in high school and named Pioneer Press Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season. Receiving offers from many notable colleges including Duke, Iowa and Michigan State, Sanborn chose to take up the University of Wisconsin’s offer, becoming a high performing Badger. Leading the team twice in tackles and making the All Big-Ten first, second and third teams throughout his career, Sanborn declared for the 2022 NFL draft. He was later signed by the Bears as a unrestricted free agent (UFA) and the rest is history.

  On Saturday he was a tour de force, leading the team with 7 tackles (all solo), an interception and a fumble recovery. Bears fans will keep an eye on him, perhaps wondering if he could add to the history of storied Chicago Bears linebackers. 

Tajae Sharpe
  Tajae Sharpe is a veteran of the league, drafted in 2016 by the Tennessee Titans. The wide receiver has been a sort of journeyman around the league, playing for four teams since he left the Titans in 2019. Prior to signing with the Bears this year, he saw playing time for the Atlanta Falcons, starting in 15 games. He may have a new lease on his career if he continues to show out during preseason. On Saturday he racked up two catches for 44 total yards which included a slick one handed grab. 

Jaquan Brisker
  Selected at pick 48 in this year’s draft, many Bears fans are hoping Brisker’s talents can help shore up Chicago’s backfield defense. However, this rookie has much more pressure on him. The pick used to select him came from the Bears trading away superstar Khalil Mack, the man who had been the face of the Chicago Bears since 2018. Brisker recorded four tackles during his playing time versus the Chiefs and was a constant presence on the field, nearly netting himself an interception. 

Dazz Newsome
  Newsome had an impressive showing on Saturday (with one blunder in the form of a muffed punt), making a name for himself in surprising fashion. Newsome has actually been a Chicago Bear for two years, but broke his collarbone the same day he signed his rookie contract. Initially waived by the Bears and then having a journey on the practice squad, he’s found himself back on the main roster. It’s safe to say that even with the fumbled punt, he remained strong by netting himself a reception touchdown and speedy 13 yard run. Officially listed as a wide receiver, he has the potential to become very versatile. 

Trevor Siemian
  Siemian is a familiar name in the NFL world and an established veteran. Drafted in 2015, Siemian backed up Peyton Manning on the Super Bowl 50 winning Denver Broncos. He started the next two seasons but began surfing across various teams as a backup after being benched midway through 2017. Come 2022, he has signed with the Bears on a two year deal and recorded two touchdowns versus the Chiefs on Saturday. Going 7/13 for 89 yards during the game, he is sure to provide Bears fans with touchdowns throughout the preseason.
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