Chicago Bears whose stock rose in win over Miami: QB Justin Fields
Sure, this would be the most obvious of them all. But, what Justin Fields showed against the Dolphins in his first NFL action was nothing short of impressive.
Fields extended plays with his legs and made excellent throws on the run. He used his legs to escape the pocket and gain chunks of yards. He hung in the pocket like a pro and went through his progressions patiently. What more is there to say? After a rocky start (thanks mostly to Matt Nagy’s play calling and no help from his teammates) Fields settled in.
The biggest compliment we can give Fields after this debut, though, is simply this: he was poised.
The cool, calm and collected mantra he executed the game with was absolutely brilliant. Fields did not look like a rookie. He handled it all with a veteran presence. You could see how poised he was on almost every snap he took. It looked natural. He didn’t look lost. He didn’t look rushed. He didn’t look frantic. He looked like he had “it.”
We will see just how much pressure Fields’ performance puts on Nagy and the coaching staff to potentially adjust their plan for Week 1, because the rookie showed everyone just how much different the offense can look with him under center.