Rookies Jaquan Brisker, Jack Sanborn are big H.I.T.S. in Bears’ preseason opener

Rookie safety Jaquan Brisker has never not felt comfortable since becoming a Bear. The second-round draft pick has embraced the expectation of being a Week 1 starter. He’s had no trepidation about the adjustment to the NFL level. And he was unfazed by a brief holdout prior to the start of training camp.

He’s been the epitome of confident without being cocky — a guy in the right place at the right time who seems to know he’ll be here for awhile.

So it was not a big surprise that Brisker seemed to fit right in as a starter in his NFL debut in the Bears’ 19-14 victory over the Chiefs in the preseason opener at Soldier Field.

“I had to get warmed up at first,” Brisker said. “I felt like it was great being in the stadium and playing next to great guys like Eddie [Jackson] and the rest of the defense. I thought it was a great experience for the first time.”

Brisker wasn’t perfect — he missed a tackle in the first series —but he acclimated pretty quickly. By the second quarter — against the Chiefs’ backup offense — he was showing the instinct and aggressiveness that had the Bears celebrating his availability with the 48th overall pick of the draft.

In one four-play sequence, Brisker put a big hit on running back Skyy Moore, dropped running back Derrick Gore fr a two-yard loss and “baited” third-string…

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