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Bears Rookie Sanborn Sees His Childhood Dream Become a Reality

Jack Sanborn spent his childhood in the Chicago region and always had a childhood dream of playing for the Bears and making plays like the ones he made on Saturday at Soldier Field.

The undrafted rookie linebacker from Wisconsin, who was born and reared in the Chicago suburb of Deer Park and went to high school at Lake Zurich, excelled on both defence and special teams during the Chiefs game, which the Packers won 19-14 to open the preseason.

Sanborn, who was playing for the Bears and whose head coach, Matt Eberflus, has promised that his squad will be “fanatical” about creating takeaways, registered an interception and a fumble recovery on two different plays during the third quarter.

The Bear’s offence capitalised on two errors by scoring a touchdown and kicking a field goal, which contributed to the team’s 19-point run after the half that allowed them to overcome a 14-0 deficit.

According to Sanborn, “It’s something that we harp on all the time in practice,” and “we harp on it all the time.” “In the National Football League, the most important statistic is the number of takeaways.

We started out with a takeaway, and then shortly after that, we got another one, which allowed us to build some momentum.”

The pass that was intended for tight end Jordan Franks was intercepted by Sanborn on the third play of the second half. The pass in question was thrown over the middle by Shane Buechele.

Sanborn described the situation as follows: “We were in cover 2 and the receiver tried to halt in front of me.” “I made a decent break.

The quarterback made an attempt to thread it in, but I boxed him out a little bit and was able to keep hold of it because of it.”

In addition, Sanborn recorded five tackles and one tackle for a loss on the defensive side of the ball, as well as two tackles on the special teams.

He made the third stop, but it didn’t count because the Bears were called for a penalty when they were returning a punt.

Overall, Sanborn’s first game with the team that he grew up rooting for was an unforgettable experience.

He described it as “amazing,” and I agree. “My guess is that quite a few children, particularly those living in the vicinity, would be interested in doing something like that.

Therefore, it is without a doubt a dream come true, practically in every manner. My mentality was more along the lines of “let’s go out there and play,” and “do whatever you’re asked to the best of your ability and things will happen.””


Jack Sanborn makes an interception for his hometown squad.

Jack Sanborn gets the ball back after the defence forces make a mistake.

Stepping up: Trestan Ebner, a running back and return specialist from Baylor who was selected in the sixth round, was another first-year player who made plays that had a significant impact.

Ebner scored the first touchdown for the Bears by returning the opening kickoff for 34 yards, leading the Bears in rushing with 31 yards on six carries, and scoring on a ball from backup quarterback Trevor Siemian that was for 12 yards in length.

When asked about his participation in the first kickoff, Ebner responded as follows: “That was a pretty good way to get the jitters out of my system. I didn’t end up doing all that much. If I’m being completely honest, the blocking was excellent.”

On third-and-9, Siemian completed a touchdown pass to the undrafted player by throwing a short toss to him. After he had secured possession of the football, Ebner squared his shoulders and broke past the defence of three defenders to reach the end zone.

“Once I caught it, I wasn’t going to let anybody tackle me right there,” he said. “I wasn’t going to let anybody get me.” “I just needed to want it more than they did,” I told myself.

Trestan Ebner executes a dangerous cut to set up a 27-yard gain.

Trevor Siemian Hits Trestan Ebner for 12-Yard TD

Changing their minds: Additionally, second-round draught pick Jaquan Brisker performed admirably in his debut NFL game.

The graduate of Penn State who started at safety opposite Eddie Jackson had four tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one pass breakup in his stat line for the game.

During one of the team’s possessions in the second quarter, Brisker demonstrated his playmaking abilities.

Within the span of four plays, he delivered a powerful hit on receiver Skyy Moore after a short reception, knocked running back Derrick Gore to the ground for a loss of two yards, and broke up a throw that was intended for the receiver Devin Gray on third down.

After missing seven practises due to an ailment that has not been disclosed, Teven Jenkins made his comeback to practise this past Saturday and was gradually reintroduced into the gameplay at that time.

His playing time at right tackle grew significantly during subsequent practices, and he started and played most of the second half of Saturday’s game against the Chiefs.

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“Being able to do the ramp-up period was beneficial for me, especially for today so that I could get my body back to 100 per cent,” Jenkins said.

“When I was able to do the ramp-up period, that was beneficial for me.” “It went extremely well. As time wound down, I found myself fixating on the scoreboard.

I needed to pull myself back to reality to acknowledge the fact that I am still present. My physical health is perfect. I am up to the challenge. I have no choice but to put faith in myself.”

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