The Chicago Bears started fresh with a new head coach and general manager this offseason with hopes of creating a more sustainable offensive approach. A lot of pressure is going to be put on quarterback Justin Fields to improve, but there are concerning reports coming from training camp.
Chicago Bears Training Camp
Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune noted how often Fields is being forced to tuck and run during team offensive drills. It is leading to a familiar disjointed rhythm. A disjointed rhythm that led to one stalled drive after another in 2021. The Bears averaged just 18.3 points per game (No. 27 in NFL).
There could be a number of reasons for this development. For one, the Bears are down three of their top four wide receivers. Byron Pringle, Velus Jones Jr. and N'Keal Harry all remain sidelined. Fields may be holding onto the ball too long simply because no one is open over the middle of the field.
Keep in mind Fields was also sacked 36 times in 12 games last season. He was constantly taking on contact and reports suggest it may have made more than just a physical impact. The Ohio State product is rolling out at the first feeling of pressure rather than holding his ground and making a pass.
It's not all bad news for Fields, though. He did throw three touchdown passes during red zone drills on Thursday and was placing the ball where only his receivers could grab it. His mobility is certainly a great advantage to have, but the next step is learning not to lean on it too much.
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