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.