Not only did the Chicago Bears win their regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, they did so while receiving a whole bunch of contributions from the new guys.
Among them was rookie safety Jaquan Brisker. Who, in his NFL debut, came through in a big way. Brisker, a second-round pick from Penn State, played 100 percent of the defense’s snaps and filled the stat sheet while solidifying what was a woeful secondary last year — particularly in Week 1 in 2021. What a difference a year makes!
With that being said, Brisker is up for a major award:
I couldn’t pick a better way to cap your first week in the pros than by being named the league’s top rookie for that week.
Brisker has some stiff competition. Fellow rookies Jahan Dotson (Commanders WR), Isiah Pacheco (Chiefs RB), Travon Walker (Jaguars DL), Cade York (Browns K), and Drake London (Falcons WR) are also up for the award. What a cast of rookies shining in their debuts! But Brisker has a case to take home the title. His debut featured 4 solo tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss, and a fumble recovery in a Bears win. And not just any old win. Nope. It was an upset victory against a 49ers team that entered the game seen as Super Bowl contenders. I expect being a Bears standout in an upset win should get Brisker a ton of votes. Want to submit yours? You can vote here.