The Chicago Bears and head coach Matt Nagy have remained steadfast that free agent acquisition Andy Dalton will be the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season. In the meantime, rookie first-rounder Justin Fields will take his time developing on the bench and learning from the veteran.
However, that plan won’t prevent the former Ohio State star from getting significant snaps in the Bears’ preseason opener this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.
Nagy revealed that Fields will take the reins from Dalton, who will start, sometime in the second quarter on Saturday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. From there, he should play well into the second half and possibly even into the fourth quarter.
That means Bears fans will get a long look at their potential future franchise quarterback in just a few days time.
Matt Nagy suggests Justin Fields will take over early for Andy Dalton abs play into the second half — maybe even into the 4th quarter. Ton of reps coming for the 1st round pick.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 12, 2021
Reviews of Fields out of Bears’ camp have been overwhelmingly positive thus far. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick reported that the team was thoroughly pleased with the rookie’s professionalism and work ethic right away.
“Not going to say how crazy good some of things I have been told about Justin Fields the professional have been thus far,” Riddick wrote on Twitter. “Don’t want to hear the ‘it’s only training camp’ brigade puff up their chest and scream at the top of their lungs. BUT…it has been THAT good. Just sayin.”
Bear veteran tight end Jimmy Graham followed up that praise by comparing Fields to another well-respected Pro Bowl caliber quarterback.
“He wants to be great. He puts in the work,” Graham said of Fields. “It’s been impressive to see him so young and so focused. It definitely reminds me of Russell Wilson.”
Fields himself is staying patient with his progress and realizes that he won’t be able to develop into an above-average NFL starter immediately. Throughout training camp, he’s said that he’s focused on improving each and every time that he steps out on the practice field.
“I’m constantly growing every day,” Fields told the Chicago Sun Times. “A lot of people are anxious to see me play, but greatness doesn’t happen overnight.”
The Bears rookie will get to show off what he’s learned so far when Chicago takes on Miami on Saturday night.