The Ohio State star has reportedly looked good all through training camp. We’ve seen plenty of praise from his coaches and teammates, and it is starting to look like he may be the best player in the Bears’ QB room right now.
According to Adam Hoge of NBC Sports, Fields was “nearly perfect” during the red zone period at today’s Bears practice. “Well there’s no doubt the best QB on either field today was Justin Fields,” he wrote.
Things will be very interesting as the Bears get into the preseason. It makes sense to try and bring a rookie quarterback along slowly, but the team has some talent on the roster, and is coming off of a playoff berth. If Fields is clearly the best player, it’ll be hard to keep him off the field.
Well there’s no doubt the best QB on either field today was Justin Fields. Just completed a nearly perfect red zone period. Only incompletion was a drop by Riley Ridley in the back corner of the end zone on a good ball. All of Fields’ talent was on display. #Bears
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 12, 2021
There is also plenty of pressure on head coach Matt Nagy, who is 28-20 in his three years, with back-to-back 8-8 seasons. He has the rare chance to bring along a second early-first round quarterback after former No. 2 pick Mitchell Trubisky regressed from 2018 to 2020. If Fields is going to win more games than Dalton, even if he’s not a perfectly finished product this year, there will be a big push for Nagy to insert him into the roster.
The Bears open preseason play on Saturday against the Miami Dolphins, before dates with Trubisky and the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans to close out the summer.
We’ll see if it is Justin Fields or Andy Dalton under center when the regular season begins on Sept. 12. If the former Buckeye star does get the nod, it won’t be an easy one, as the Bears head to face Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams.