6 final takeaways from the Chicago Bears mandatory minicamp

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Jaquan Brisker continues to shine in this Chicago Bears defense

There are a few takeaways when it comes to Jaquan Brisker in this Chicago Bears defense. First of all, it is known that Brisker enjoys playing in the box. This allows Eddie Jackson to play more of a true free safety role and it’s possible we see him shine in the turnover game once again. The Bears haven’t had a true, in-the-box safety next to Jackson since another former Penn State safety was next to him — Adrian Amos.

Now, don’t let the connection fool you. Adrian Amos is a solid safety, but he’s vastly overrated by many — especially by many Bears and Packers fans. There is a difference here between the type of player that Brisker is and the type of player Amos is. Sure, they both play the same position and both prefer to play in the box. However, Amos was not and still is not known for his takeaways. Brisker is highly focused on takeaways and loves how this defense emphasizes them.

Matt Eberflus had this to say when asked about Brisker.

"“He has been really good. We are thrilled with his talent and his mental makeup, and where he is with his development. He needs to experience different things to put it into his mental Rolodex. He’s going to fail some and succeed a lot. But sometimes those failures can lead to even more successes.”"

Jaquan Brisker wasn’t my choice at No. 48, but I can see why he was Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus’ choice. He’s been getting high praise since he was drafted.