(670 The Score) Rookie safety Jaquan Brisker is still rather new to the Bears organization, but he knows plenty about one franchise icon.
That would be former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, a turnover-forcing machine who created the “Peanut punch." Tillman has shared his wisdom with Brisker and other Bears.
“When I first came up here for rookie OTAs, he had talked with our rookies and just kind of taught us what his thinking process was, what he used to do before practice, getting his hands taped up because he knew he was going to punch the ball out,” Brisker said on the Bernstein & Holmes Show on Tuesday afternoon. “And then just certain new ways that you can punch the ball out with the offense really not noticing. He has talked to us, and I’ve talked to him on the side. And he was part of my group at the (NFL) Combine, so I got to talk to him there too before I was a Bear.
“It just depends on the ball (position) and the angle, especially when they’re not noticing you or when they’re like comfortable with the ball. That’s a great time to punch it, and then you really got to go full speed and punch that thing out. It’s just giving it all you got.”
The Bears selected Brisker at No. 48 overall in the second round of the NFL Draft in late April. He projects to be an immediate starter – and he and his teammates are aiming to create havoc quickly.
“Really just going full speed and punching the ball out,” Brisker said. “And tipping, overthrows, we got to have those. Just little things like that, just make sure we’re getting turnovers in every way possible and getting the ball back to the offense.”