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Bears’ Rookie QB Justin Fields Shows Out In Preseason Debut

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Saturday’s preseason game between the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins quickly turned into an exhibition of Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields — with fans in the Windy City hoping that the Ohio State product will yank the team out of quarterback limbo.

With former Bears experiment Mitch Trubisky departing for Buffalo, and decreased expectations surrounding Nick Foles’ longevity on the Bears roster, all eyes were set on Fields to dazzle in his debut against Brian Flores’ Miami Dolphins.

After two series played by Bears “QB1” Andy Dalton, Fields stepped in for the Bears offense and led the team to a 20-13 victory against the Fins. The dual-threat dynamic from Fields was on display: racking up 142 passing yards, 33 rushing yards and a combined two touchdowns.

His first touchdown of the preseason came on an 8-yard scramble out of a collapsing pocket; escaping to his left and evading defenders to rush in for the score.

Inching the Bears closer to a lead as they trailed the Dolphins, 13-10, in the third quarter, Fields then propelled the team over the mark with his first passing touchdown. In the final minutes of the third quarter, Fields found Bears tight end Jesse James for the 30-yard score, putting Chicago up 17-13.

Despite setting off his comeback in the second half, against Miami reserves buried in the depth chart, Fields’ lack of turnovers, and managing of the game’s momentum, kept the team ahead for the eventual win.

Justin Fields was drafted by Chicago with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Projected as a top-five pick in the first several waves of mock drafts, predictions of Fields joining the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 3 pick began to wane closer to draft night. After the 49ers selected North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, the Bears caught the falling Fields by trading with the Giants to jump up to pick No. 11. Chicago sent the No. 20 pick and three additional draft picks to New York.

With Andy Dalton still slated as Chicago’s starting quarterback, Bears fans remain on notice regarding a potential QB change leading up to their Week 1 primetime matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. I’m sorry this is all a bullshit media hype train I watched almost all of this game. He did absolutely nothing to impress me more then half of his completions were fucking check downs to the running back after holding the ball for 5+ seconds I don’t see it at all.

    • I didn’t watch, but didn’t need to. Its the preseason. Dude was playing against people who will be back to their restaurant manager jobs in three weeks. I remember vividly when Steve Spurrier and the Redskins racked up points and yards in the preseason and then the real season started. Same for Fields. Prove it to me against the best of the best and defensive schemes he has never seen before then I will believe the hype. Just like every other QB who enters the league. Not all of them are the real deal. There are a lot more Tim Couch and Johnny Manziels than Joe Montana’s. Well if it doesn’t work out surely Fields and his civil rights lawyers will blame it on racism, like when he left UGA for Ohio State.

  2. Long time Bears fan here. *sarcasm button on* I have never heard Da Bears are going be great this season, just look at our new and improved QB. First time. I could have hit James. How he got that open in the usual Bears offensive scheme is what amazes me (the defense must have fallen down, or we have just watched the first safety cut by Miami). As always the Bears are an 8-8 until proven otherwise. Also I am holding off buying the Justin Fields rookie card until the price comes down from 25 dollars to the expected $1.99. That’s been my experience. We do have a good field goal kicker. I predict 3 at a time and 3 and out. Go Bears.

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