Fields Named Starting Quarterback For Bears

by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times

October 6, 2021

CHICAGO — Justin Fields, the Chicago Bears‘ first-round draft pick, has been anointed the team’s starting quarterback.

Fields earned his first career victory against the Lions on Sunday, completing 11 of 17 passes for 209 yards.  Andy Dalton has been sidelined since Week 2 due to a bone injury in his left knee.

After trading up nine spots in the draft to take Fields at No. 11, the Bears devised a strategy to develop the former Ohio State star to replace veteran Andy Dalton.  According to head coach Matt Nagy, Fields’ improvement on the field made the decision easier.

Fields has completed 25 of 52 throws for 347 yards and two interceptions, 17 carries, ran 55 yards, and scored 1 touchdown this season.

Time will tell if Fields has the “right stuff” to bring the Bears through a successful season.  Bears face the Raiders next Sunday.

Bears QB Andy Dalton Could Miss Additional Time Because Of Knee Injury

by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times

September 25, 2021

CHICAGO — Justin Fields will make his first NFL start for the Chicago Bears on Sunday in place of starter Andy Dalton.

Bears quarterback Andy Dalton, 34, was sidelined last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals with a bone bruise on his left knee and could be out for another week or two.  Dalton suffered no cartilage or ligament damage and will not require surgery, but his return will be determined by how quickly the bone bruise heals.

The Bears have not placed Dalton on injured reserve, which would require him to miss at least three games. 

According to Coach Nagy, Dalton will be the starter for the Bears when he fully heals.  The team entered the season with the intention of sticking with Dalton for as long as possible, giving Fields time to develop during his rookie year.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft by Chicago, said Wednesday that he is ready to start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, emphasizing that he has been “preparing for this moment for a long time.”

After filling in for Dalton, Fields completed 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards and an interception while rushing 10 times for 31 yards against the Bengals last Sunday.

BEARS SIGN OGLETREE TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times

August 5, 2021

HALAS HALL — On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears signed veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree to a one-year contract.  Ogletree, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 235 pounds, has started all but one of the 95 games he has appeared in since the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 30th overall pick in 2013 out of Georgia.  In eight seasons with the Rams, Giants, and Jets, he has 7 1/2 sacks and 12 interceptions.  Ogletree was signed to the Jets’ practice squad in Week 1 of last season, but was released after three tackles in two games.

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