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Dalton Looking Forward To Bears Sunday Starter Against The Rams

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The Chicago Bears are hopeful that former Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton will be able to produce some offense in their opening day affair in Los Angeles against the Rams.

Dalton has had some competition now that first-round draft pick former Ohio State QB Justin Fields has joined the roster, but that’s not stopping him from playing at a high level.

“That’s the worst thing you can do, is look over your shoulder,” he said. “So, I think that’s understanding that is key. …

“We’re talking about tuning out the stuff you don’t need to focus on and knowing where you need to put your time and effort and all that kind of stuff. I think that’s just where I’m at. You don’t worry about all the other stuff.”

Most seem to think that Dalton will be under center for a while until Fields can get get caught up with game knowledge and hopefully help put the Bears in a good position.

“I’ve seen his play speed affect the offense,” offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said of Dalton.

“I’ve seen his cadence affect the offense, his tempo in and out of the huddle affect the offense. And there’s no doubt that his confidence has affected the offense.”

The Bears told Dalton that once he signed a one-year deal worth $10 million that he would be the opening day starter against the Rams.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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