After a rough start that saw him almost fumble and nearly throw an interception, Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields scored his first NFL touchdown — and it was a doozy.
Leading the Bears on a 77-yard drive to start the third quarter in the team’s first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, Fields sealed the deal with a nifty eight-yard scramble for a score. After nearly getting dropped in the pocket for a sack, Fields stepped away from the pressure and rolled out to his left, finding pay dirt after eight yards. He was 4-of-4 for 54 yards before capping the impressive drive with the TD run.
You can watch the touchdown scamper below:
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Fields Added Impressive 2nd TD on Following Drive
Fields followed his first touchdown drive up with an equally impressive second drive that spanned 70-yards, capped off by a 30-yard TD pass to tight end Jesse James.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy has repeatedly assured the media veteran Andy Dalton will be the team’s starter, but if Fields continues to play lights out in the preseason, it’s going to become increasingly difficult for Nagy and company to keep singing that song.
Dalton played two series against the Dolphins, going three-and-out in both. Naturally, after watching Fields heat up, fans in the stands at Soldier Field reacted accordingly:
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Twitter Calls for Fields to Start After Calm & Collected Performance
The fans in the stands at Soldier Field weren’t the only ones calling for Fields to take Dalton’s place as the Bears’ starter. Fans and analysts alike took to Twitter to call for the changing of the guard in Chicago to become official already:
Fields finished the game with a pretty impressive stat line, going 14-20 for 142 passing yards and a score while also rushing five times for 33 yards and a touchdown. His completion rate (70%) was impressive, but so was his decision-making and calm in the pocket. He had a passer rating of 106.7, and while he was going up against second-and third-stringers, he also didn’t have any of the Bears’ top weapons, including Allen Robinson, David Montgomery, Cole Kmet and Darnell Mooney, to work with.
Fields showed poise after his early mistakes, playing a flawless third quarter. He extended plays with his legs, scanned the field with his eyes and tucked and ran when he needed to.
His second touchdown drive featured an impressive 20-yard run that showcased his elusiveness:
After Fields showed glimpses of his potential, many analysts called for Chicago to let the rookie play with the first-team, Dalton be damned: