Justin Fields officially named Bears starting QB moving forward
After the Chicago Bears selected former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the first round of this year’s draft, he’s been pinned as the team’s future under center.
Fields worked through training camp as the backup to veteran Andy Dalton and began the 2021 season behind him. However, the dynamic has changed in the last couple of weeks, with Dalton dealing with a leg injury.
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Fields took over the reins as the starter to which he has now entrenched himself as the starter. Head coach Matt Nagy voiced on Wednesday that the first-year quarterback will keep the role moving forward.
“After this past weekend with Justin and the growth that we saw, the discussions that we had was to be able to go in this direction,” Nagy said via ESPN.
Fields struggled in his first NFL start in the Week 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He completed only 6-of-20 passes for 68 yards and was sacked nine times. He bounced back in Week 4, leading the Bears to a 24-14 win behind completing 11-of-17 passes for 209 yards.
The transition to Fields was expected after Dalton’s injury as he looked to be the bridge starter until the franchise deemed he was ready. The Bears are now effectively moving forward with the Ohio State product through his highs and lows of the rest of his rookie campaign.
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His first test as the clear-cut starter will be against the Raiders. Las Vegas is hoping to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season.