Justin Fields has to keep the momentum going in his first preseason action with the Chicago Bears
Obviously, all the eyes will be on the quarterback play more than anything else. It is Chicago football, after all. The question is, how long until Andy Dalton is replaced by rookie Justin Fields?
After Thursday’s practice, Matt Nagy told reporters that Dalton very well could play just one series. It all depends upon how that series goes. He then said that Fields will get “a ton” of reps and play into the second half.
While that’s good news for Bears fans who have longed to see Fields play, it’s also a bit scary. The Bears shouldn’t risk injury to their franchise quarterback, but want to see him play extended time on the field of course.
Throughout training camp, Fields has looked like the real deal. Watching him in a real game, preseason or not, is going to be a blast. His momentum has carried him through camp, but now it’s time to put it on display. If Fields goes out there and disappoints, it will be a huge letdown — even though the preseason is where you want to see the mistakes get made so they’re out of the way by Week 1.
Speaking of Week 1, if Fields balls out, you better believe the conversation heats up about whether he should be the team’s starter to begin the season.