Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears franchise quarterback — or at the very least the hope is he will likely be as soon as he’s named the starter.
We’re monitoring the first-round choose’s efficiency in each sport of his rookie season.
Preseason sport No. 1: Bears 20, Dolphins 13
The primary massive increase to Justin Fields mania didn’t arrive till the third quarter Saturday afternoon at Soldier Subject.
The Bears rookie quarterback evaded Dolphins linebacker Tyshun Render close to the 15-yard line, sprinted to his left after which lowered his shoulder to plow into the top zone for an 8-yard landing run.
Bears followers who probably had been taking deep, calming breaths and reminding themselves it was solely the preseason opener for many of the first half let free with pleasure.
Fields’ NFL preseason debut didn’t get off to a reasonably begin, however the first-round draft choose did sufficient by the point he left the sport to maintain the hype practice rolling.
In about two quarters of labor, Fields accomplished 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and a 30-yard landing to Jesse James and rushed for 33 yards and a landing on 5 carries. Even when it was towards Dolphins backups, it was sufficient to additional the dialog about whether or not Fields goes to push Bears coaches to start out him over veteran Andy Dalton early within the common season.
Preseason sport No. 2: Payments 41, Bears 15
The second preseason sport was not a pleasing expertise for Bears followers, who not solely watched the quarterback the Bears discarded — Mitch Trubisky — gentle it up but in addition didn’t get their desired first glimpse of Justin Fields till the second half. They at one level booed Bears beginning quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed his two quarters 11-for-17 for 146 yards, a 73-yard landing cross to Rodney Adams and an interception.
Fields (9-for-19, 80 yards, a 59.1 passer score) was removed from spectacular within the second half and positively was not as spectacular as he was in his preseason debut towards the Dolphins. He additionally made a rookie mistake within the fourth quarter, failing to account for a blitz from Payments linebacker Andre Smith, who crushed Fields, despatched his helmet flying and compelled a fumble. A roughing-the-passer penalty negated the harm of that mistake. However it was a reminder that Fields should proceed to work round his inexperience, particularly after he produced solely 9 factors on 34 performs over six second-half possessions.
Earlier than the sport, Trubisky greeted Fields, whom he mentioned he first met when Fields visited North Carolina as a excessive schooler.
Trubisky even had some recommendation for the participant who changed him as Chicago’s nice quarterback hope.
“Simply my recommendation to him and actually to anyone is to work exhausting and deal with folks proper and good issues will occur,” he mentioned. “He’s a proficient child. He’s going to do nicely.”
Preseason sport No. 3: Bears 27, Titans 24
Justin Fields darted to the fitting out of the pocket and targeted on the Nissan Stadium finish zone as Titans defensive lineman Teair Tart chased him.
The Bears rookie quarterback noticed tight finish Jesper Horsted behind two defenders and fired the cross, which Horsted reached to seize earlier than he rolled out of the top zone.
The 20-yard landing cross with 52 seconds to play within the second quarter was Fields’ last play of his first NFL preseason. It was a pleasant ending to an in any other case modest outing, one thing for Bears followers to carry on to till they see the first-round choose in sport motion once more.
That date is marked as TBD.
After Fields accomplished 7 of 10 passes for 54 yards and a landing and rushed for 13 yards on two carries in a 27-24 victory over the Titans, he returns to Lake Forest because the backup to Andy Dalton. Bears coach Matt Nagy has pledged time and again to start out the veteran Dalton within the season opener Sept. 12 towards the Rams, and Fields’ efficiency within the third preseason sport wasn’t going to vary that.
Week 1: Rams 34, Rams 14
Justin Fields performed solely 5 snaps within the Week 1, although Matt Nagy famous the sport scenario — with the Bears behind early and stepping into the two-minute offense — restricted a few of these snaps. Fields’ NFL debut got here on the fourth offensive play, a run-pass possibility that he was a 9-yard cross down the fitting sideline to Marquise Goodwin to get to the Rams 3-yard line.
That and the landing run had been the 2 most profitable performs. The others, together with a shovel cross to Allen Robinson for a achieve of 1 yard within the third quarter, had been much less notable.
Three of the performs had been within the pink zone. The remainder of the time Fields mentioned he acted as if he had been within the sport, repeating the play name when it got here by means of as if calling it within the huddle and preserving his legs heat in case Nagy known as upon him.
Fields mentioned the restricted alternatives weren’t tough to deal with as a result of they’d been going over the eventualities in observe.
“You get a really feel concerning the ambiance, see how briskly these guys are coming,” Fields mentioned. “It’s completely different if you’re really on the sector relatively than being on the sideline, so that you simply get that have on there. Simply being on the market, simply getting used to the pace and stuff.”
Week 2: Bears 20, Bengals 17
On third-and-9 with the Bears clinging to a three-point lead at Soldier Subject, Justin Fields noticed “an enormous, extensive gap” open to his left.
The rookie quarterback took off, slid by means of the grasp of Bengals defensive finish Trey Hendrickson and beat defensive finish Cam Pattern to the first-down marker with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play. David Montgomery adopted with a pair of runs to realize one other first down, and the Bears held on for a 20-17 victory.
Fields could have quite a bit to appropriate from his first prolonged NFL outing after he performed the whole second half due to Andy Dalton’s knee damage, which nonetheless is being evaluated. Fields accomplished 6 of 13 passes for 60 yards, rushed 10 occasions for 31 yards and threw a fourth-quarter interception that the Bengals was a landing one play later.
However in a sport that received a little bit too shut for consolation on the finish, that 10-yard scramble helped Fields end on a excessive word and provides the Bears (1-1) their first win of the season.
“I don’t suppose I’m happy with how I performed in any respect,” Fields mentioned. “There’s much more in me that I’ve to indicate. That’s going to come back with time. I do know it’s not going to occur in a single day, so I’m simply going to maintain grinding and it doesn’t matter what occurs, I do know I’m meant for this. I’m meant to be right here.”
The massive query is whether or not Fields could have a chance to indicate extra of what he can do in Week 3 in Cleveland.
“I’ll be ready,” Fields mentioned. “I’m going to do the identical factor that I did this previous week, and if Andy can’t go, then I’ll be getting reps with the first-team offense, so I believe I’ll even be extra ready for that than I used to be right now.”
Week 3: Browns 26, Bears 6
As Justin Fields stood in a cramped media room beneath FirstEnergy Stadium after his first NFL begin, the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback started to get goosebumps.
And never the great variety.
“The way in which I really feel proper now, I’m not used to this,” he mentioned. “I don’t like feeling like this. … Actually whereas I’m saying this, I’m getting goosebumps as a result of I simply don’t like feeling like this. So I’m simply going to get again and I’m going to work.”
Fields had by no means had a day fairly like Sunday’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns, when the joy of the first-round choose’s first full sport was pummeled repeatedly into the sector by the Browns’ 9 sacks.
It began with 4 minutes, 18 seconds to play within the first quarter, when Jadeveon Clowney shoved previous Bears proper sort out Germain Ifedi to take down Fields for a lack of 10 yards.
Over the remainder of the sport, Fields had just one prolonged drive by which he wasn’t sacked. Myles Garrett set a Browns franchise file with 4½ sacks, which included simply operating round left sort out Jason Peters. Clowney had two, and 4 different gamers chipped in.
Past that, Fields and the Bears didn’t discover any rhythm as they netted 47 yards of offense. Fields accomplished 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards and no touchdowns and rushed for 12 yards on three carries. Based on CBS, the Bears’ 1.1 yards per play was the second-worst common of any crew this century.
Bumps are to be anticipated as Fields begins a journey the Bears hope will result in him changing into the franchise quarterback, however he and coach Matt Nagy clearly had been shocked at how unhealthy it turned Sunday.
“(It’s) form of such as you’re in a darkish area and also you simply wish to do all the pieces you may to simply get a win,” Fields mentioned. “Like it doesn’t matter what it’s, regardless of how lengthy I’ve to remain within the facility. It doesn’t matter what.”
Week 4: Bears 24, Lions 14
Every week after Justin Fields was sacked 9 occasions and had 1 web passing yard, he accomplished 11 of 17 passes for 209 yards and one interception and was sacked as soon as within the Week 4 win over the Lions. The rookie quarterback hit extensive receivers Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney with deep photographs.
“I used to be simply completely happy to see us get again on monitor this week and execute from the O-line to the receivers to the operating backs to me, so it was an excellent day.”
Throughout the week main as much as the sport, Nagy declined to disclose who can be calling performs. However Nagy acknowledged after the sport that offensive coordinator Invoice Lazor dealt with it Sunday.
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Week 5: Bears 20, Raiders 9
In his first sport since being named the beginning quarterback going ahead, Justin Fields tossed his first profession landing cross in a 20-9 street victory over the Raiders.
Fields, who made his third straight begin, performed by means of a few exhausting hits to finish 12 of 20 passes for 111 yards and a landing — a 2-yarder to Jesper Horsted.
Fields turned in a gutsy efficiency, taking part in all however a number of performs regardless of hyperextending his left knee within the second quarter.
“That son of a buck is hard,” coach Matt Nagy mentioned of Fields. “He’s powerful. He’s confirmed that when he was in school. He proved it out right here.”
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Week 6: Packers 24, Bears 14
Justin Fields noticed Inexperienced Bay Packers nostril sort out Kenny Clark leap earlier than the ball was snapped late within the first quarter Sunday at Soldier Subject and ready to take a shot on what he assumed was a free play.
Fields moved to his proper and ripped a deep cross nicely over Allen Robinson and into the top zone, the place Packers security Darnell Savage wrapped his arms across the soccer as he tumbled to the bottom.
The play would have been no massive deal if officers had penalized Clark for leaping offside — besides a penalty wasn’t known as. Savage had intercepted Fields.
“When he picked it off, I used to be confused on why there weren’t any flags on the bottom,” Fields mentioned. “So I don’t know if the refs simply missed that or he didn’t leap offside or what.”
As a substitute of the Bears getting a 5-yard penalty of their favor, the interception swung momentum away from the Bears within the 24-14 loss to the Packers.
Week 7: Buccaneers 38, Bears 3
Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields threw three interceptions and dedicated 5 turnovers in a disastrous 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
He accomplished 22 of 32 passes for 184 yards with no touchdowns and the three interceptions. He was sacked 4 occasions.
He didn’t come throughout as downcast speaking concerning the loss afterward, however the CBS cameras definitely captured him on the sideline in a dour temper.
“It’s not only one factor. It’s a bunch of issues,” Fields mentioned. “I’m simply going to depart it at that. We’ve received to proceed to work. I imply, occasions like this, occasions if you get blown out, you’ve received two selections — you may both say, ‘F it, I’m going to cease. I’m going to cease working. I’m going to cease taking part in.’ Or you may go the opposite route and say, ‘I’m going to maintain working.’ And I do know me, myself, regardless of what number of picks I throw, regardless of what number of L’s we take, I’m going to maintain going. That’s simply the very fact and that’s simply who I’m. By no means going to cease and I’m at all times going to maintain going.
“It’s probably not anger. It’s identical to … I’ve by no means been on this place the place I’m shedding, so I don’t know tips on how to really feel. My solely response to that is simply to maintain working. I’m not indignant in any respect. On the finish of the day, it occurred. We’ve unhealthy days. Y’all have unhealthy days. And y’all can both get depressed or y’all can rise up the subsequent day and go to work. And I believe that’s what our crew goes to do and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not indignant in any respect. Simply (unhealthy stuff) occurs.”
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Week 8: 49ers 33, Bears 22
When Justin Fields hopped throughout the purpose line within the south finish zone at Soldier Subject and flung the soccer into the air in celebration, the second felt vital.
Sure, to the Bears followers who screamed in appreciation of Fields’ insane 22-yard landing scramble but in addition to the rookie quarterback himself.
“Yeah, I’m not going to lie, that was superior,” Fields mentioned. “I used to be excited, as y’all might see.”
If there was a silver lining to the Bears’ 33-22 loss to the 49ers, it was that Fields had a number of the spectacular performs followers have dreamed about for the reason that Bears drafted him at No. 11 within the spring.
Fields accomplished 19 of 27 passes for 175 yards and an 8-yard landing cross to Jesse James. The Bears rookie additionally lastly let free on the bottom, totaling 103 yards on 10 carries, together with 4 runs of 15 yards or extra, towards a 49ers protection that has had a lot better success slowing opponents’ passing video games.
He’s the second Bears quarterback since at the very least 1960 to hit 100 or extra speeding yards, relationship to Bobby Douglass, who did it 3 times.
Week 9: Steelers 29, Bears 27
After kicker Chris Boswell made a 52-yard subject purpose to place the Steelers up by six factors late within the fourth quarter at Heinz Subject, Bears coach Matt Nagy appeared down the sideline at Justin Fields.
The Bears rookie quarterback was smiling.
“My mindset was like, ‘It’s time. We’re right here,’” Fields mentioned. “You could be the man who at all times will get put in that place and doesn’t present up. Otherwise you could be that man who reveals up in massive moments. That’s what my mindset was. I used to be simply calm and targeted on exhibiting up.”
Over the subsequent 1 minute, 6 seconds on the play clock, Fields confirmed up.
He led the Bears on a seven-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 16-yard landing cross to Darnell Mooney to take the primary Bears lead of the sport.
“(Fields) stepped up and made quite a lot of performs, A-Rob as nicely, Mooney, all these guys, and actually and really, we let these guys down,” inside linebacker Roquan Smith mentioned after the 29-27 loss.
Week 11: Ravens 16, Bears 13
For these Bears followers hanging on by means of this 3-7 season as a result of they at the very least can watch rookie quarterback Justin Fields’ progress, the 16-13 loss to the Ravens was like taking a helmet to the intestine.
Fields missed many of the second half at Soldier Subject after struggling injured ribs, and his standing is in query for Thursday’s sport towards the Lions at Ford Subject.
Bears coach Matt Nagy was usually evasive together with his solutions about Fields’ damage after the sport.
He mentioned he didn’t know if Fields’ ribs are damaged, whether or not the damage occurred on one play or was a results of a number of hits or if there’s a probability Fields might get well in time for the Thanksgiving sport.
Fields’ last play was a 6-yard run with 12:12 to play within the third quarter. Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser hit Fields after which pulled him down by his leg. Fields walked to the sideline and spent a few minutes speaking with Bears coaching employees earlier than heading into the damage tent after which the locker room.
Week 12: Bears 16, Lions 14
“We’re actually lucky that it’s nothing long-term; it’s positively not an IR factor,” mentioned Bears basic supervisor Ryan Tempo on his pregame present on WBBM-AM 780. “It’s extra of a day-to-day factor. We’ll get by means of this sport. The benefit of it’s you’ll have some further time after this sport to re-evaluate, not simply Justin however another guys, get them wholesome, and get them able to roll.”
Bears coach Matt Nagy mentioned earlier this week he didn’t know whether or not the damage was from a single play or a number of hits. Fields left the Week 11 loss to the Ravens early within the third quarter after he was taken down on a 6-yard run.
The Thanksgiving sport was the primary sport Fields has missed since he took over as Bears starter for then-injured Andy Dalton in Week 3. In aid work, Dalton accomplished 24 of 39 passes for 317 yards, a landing and an interception to steer the Bears to the victory over the winless Lions.