It was just one game for the Chicago Bears against a bad Las Vegas Raiders team.
One good game where he threw for 162 yards does not mean Justin Fields should sit on the bench for the rest of the season.
The Raiders might be the worst three-win team in the NFL. They were starting Brian Hoyer who last played good football when ironically he was a backup for the Chicago Bears.
Some are taking this and thinking not only should Fields be on the bench, but the Bears’ seven-decade-long search for a franchise quarterback is over.
Plain and simple, if the franchise is going to move on from Fields in the offseason, having Bagent on the roster does not mean the team shouldn’t take a quarterback in the first round.
There is a reason he went undrafted and it has to be more than just playing Division II ball. Bagent’s arm strength is limited. Some folks did observe at the Senior Bowl practice that he can get the ball down the field.
He is going to need to show that arm as defenses are going to start scheming to take away the short passes Bagent completed against the Raiders.
Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy might have called a lot of short passes to limit the chances of Bagent turning the ball over. Then again, Nathan Peterman had to come in for the last play of the first half to attempt a Hail Mary pass.
In addition, if you want Bagent to replace Fields, you are talking about replacing a quarterback who threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns in two of his previous three starts.
Playing well on one Sunday is not enough to wipe out Fields playing well for seven quarters recently. Although Bagent’s play only amplified Fields’ struggles as a passer in the rest of the quarters he has played.
Bagent showed he operates out of the pocket much better in one game than Fields has in his entire career.
Bagent is probably not going to make the amount of amazing plays Fields has made so far.