Justin Fields did not simply take the sector on “Sunday Night time Soccer” in his NFL debut. The primary-round rookie was additionally the one Bears quarterback to rating a landing towards the Rams, capping Chicago’s longest drive of the night with a read-option run. Now, the query is: What occurs subsequent? Andy Dalton was serviceable however unspectacular within the Bears’ 20-point loss to Los Angeles, so is it attainable Fields will get the decision in Week 2? May coach Matt Nagy really flip the keys over to the first-year signal-caller for Chicago’s dwelling opener towards the Bengals?
As of now, that does not appear possible. Addressing reporters after Sunday evening’s Week 1 loss, Nagy mentioned the Bears entered the sport with a particular plan for Fields and executed that plan; the previous Ohio State standout threw two passes and ran as soon as as situational aid for Dalton. However Nagy does not essentially appear pressured to place Fields on the sector considerably extra, not to mention on a full-time foundation.
“He did an important job,” Nagy mentioned. He is a weapon for us. He clearly made a helluva run … The instances that he obtained in there, he did nicely … (and) we’ll proceed to continue to grow with that stuff.”
Nagy added that sure elements — just like the Bears trailing by a lot and/or being compelled to run the two-minute offense — possible restricted Fields’ snaps towards the Rams. That, together with the very fact Chicago is utilizing Fields in any state of affairs, would appear to recommend the workers believes the rookie QB is prepared for real-game motion. Why else would the rookie be getting extra snaps within the occasion the Bears have been nearer to pulling off the upset towards Los Angeles on Sunday evening?
Nonetheless, for all the explanations — justified or not — that Dalton entered 2021 because the designated QB1, all indications are that the longtime Bengals veteran will stay below heart going into Week 2, with Fields possible sprinkled in as soon as once more as a complementary piece. The extra snaps Fields takes, nevertheless, the extra Nagy and Co. will possible be confronted with the truth that their backup QB is not simply the group’s larger long-term funding at QB, but in addition the extra gifted QB of the current.
Within the meantime, Fields is content material placing the group and its QB choices first.
“Nevertheless my function performs out,” he mentioned after the sport, “I will be right here for the group. No matter this group and Coach Nagy want me to do to assist us win, I will do.”
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