LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are counting on Justin Fields to fabricate into the franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky by no approach changed into.
It’s accurate no longer determined when his opportunity will attain.
The Bears thought to go with aged Andy Dalton as the starter to inaugurate the season, hoping he could give them the neatly-liked play they lacked in fresh seasons and enable their latest prized rookie to watch and learn.
“If Andy controls Andy and we now like success on offense and we play neatly and we’re successful, that’s a upright element,” coach Matt Nagy acknowledged. “I contemplate we’d all heed that’s a upright element whereas this kid develops and continues to develop and learn and watch tape. But at the same nick-off date, Justin desires to form everything he can from Week 1 within the video, within the meetings, at comply with, frequently being appealing.
“Because you’re one play away.”
The Bears exasperated their followers when they traded up 9 spots with the Unique York Giants to draft Fields with the No. 11 retract. It modified into every other mammoth swing to land the franchise quarterback Chicago has lacked for a long time.
Fields comes with a essential more intensive resume than Trubisky, the No. 2 overall retract in 2017. He modified into a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 and the Worthy Ten Offensive Participant of the Year each and each of his two seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Georgia.
In the preseason, Fields looked love he modified into appealing. He showed his skill to squeeze passes into tight windows and lengthen performs with his mobility.
But Dalton could be the one staring at Aaron Donald when Chicago visits the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 12. The longtime Cincinnati Bengals quarterback signed a one-365 days, $10 million contract after spending closing season in Dallas. If the Bears fight early, the calls for Fields figure to develop louder.
“Correct like to catch unprejudiced right thing about every comply with discover I pick up,” Fields acknowledged. “I will’t be defeated by, ‘There’s no more preseason video games.’ Correct every discover in comply with, and each play I pick up, I’ve purchased to treat it love a sport and recover on that play.”
The quarterback storyline isn’t the one one to watch.
Chairman George McCaskey opted to stick with overall manager Ryan Tempo and Nagy after closing season, citing the workforce’s culture. But if the workforce struggles all over again?
The Bears did form the playoffs for the second time in three years closing 365 days. But they purchased there as the seventh seed in an expanded self-discipline. They then bowed out with a convincing wild-card loss at Unique Orleans after going 8-8 within the frequent season for the second 365 days in a row.
With three-time All-Legit Khalil Mack leading the approach, the Bears’ defense stays a energy. The Monsters of the Halfway accurate haven’t been somewhat as dominant in fresh years.
The Bears like long gone from ranking third overall in 2018 to 11th, and from leading the NFL with 36 takeaways to finishing tied for 25th with 18 in 2020. Mack had 9 sacks in his second straight season in single digits.
Getting nose tackle Eddie Goldman abet after he opted out of closing season as a consequence of COVID-19 considerations ought to abet the inner. But age shall be an situation with linebackers Danny Trevathan (31) and Robert Quinn (31), lineman Akiem Hicks (31) and Mack (30) all of their 30s. The Bears even like a brand new coordinator after selling Sean Desai to interchange the retired Chuck Pagano.
LINE ’EM UP
A mammoth anxiety for the Bears is the offensive line.
They signed 39-365 days-historic Jason Peters in mid-August, hoping the 2-time All-Legit can solidify the left tackle dwelling with second-spherical draft retract Teven Jenkins missing the launch of the season following abet surgical treatment. Correct guard James Daniels (quad) and upright tackle Germain Ifedi (hip flexor) are coming off accidents.
On the a great deal of hand, the blocking off improved after Chicago shuffled the line late closing season. The Bears moved Cody Whitehair from center to left guard and inserted Sam Mustipher at center.
Considerable person receiver Allen Robinson hoped to price a multiyear deal. As an alternative, he’ll play under the $17.9 million franchise tag.
Chicago’s most legitimate playmaker, Robinson is coming off for certain one of his only seasons as a legit. He caught a occupation-high 102 passes, and his 1,250 yards were second only to the 1,400 he had in his 2015 Legit Bowl season with Jacksonville.
ON THE RUN
Running abet David Sir Bernard Law enters his third 365 days taking a see to contain on a stable form closing season, when he ran for 1,070 yards and eight touchdowns. He came on stable down the stretch, with 598 yards and 7 TDs within the ultimate six frequent-season video games.
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