Justin Fields’ Chicago Bears opener started off slow.
Justin Fields started his first NFL action the way you’d kind of suspect — a little slow. There were a couple of miscues in his first drive — a false start by Javon Wims and Elijah Wilkinson at back to back plays. Had Wims not committed a false start penalty, it would have certainly been a delay of game, as the play clock was expiring at the time of the infraction.
Fields next series was a quick three-and-out with three straight incompletions from Fields. This was followed by a Fields fumble on third down the next series, which the Bears recovered.
While some Bears fans took to Twitter to express a combination of disgust and concern, it was grossly premature, as we saw later in the game.
At the end of the day, fans must remember that Fields is a rookie, and no matter how talented, there was, and frankly is, going to be a learning curve. But even despite some of his early missteps, there was something unmistakeable about his performance — he never looked overwhelmed which brings us to takeaway number two.