Justin Fields not phased by expectations of being Chicago Bears QB

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2021: 11, Justin Fields, Chicago Syndication The Columbus Dispatch

`The Chicago Bears opened up day one of rookie minicamp at Halas Hall and naturally, all eyes were on rookie quarterback Justin Fields. As expected, Fields impressed on day one, showcasing poise and a calm demeanor all throughout the day. Few know what means being quarterback of the Chicago Bears is like. The pressure of playing quarterback in the NFL is hard enough but a quarterback’s every move in Chicago will be under the microscope.

“I kind of feel like I’m made for this. I’m built for this. It’s nothing new for me,” Fields said.

Playing at Ohio State for two seasons, Fields knows what it’s like to perform on the big stage. Starting for the Buckeyes between 2019 and 2020, Fields tossed 63 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. The 22 year old’s production was impressive but so was his performance in the college football playoffs, where he tossed six touchdowns against Clemson.

Coming to a big city like Chicago, Fields has continued to embrace the pressure that comes with being a rookie quarterback for the Bears. Fields predecessors have struggled. The pressure was an issue for Mitchell Trubisky, who was just a one-year starter at the University of North Carolina.

Don’t expect the Bears to reveal who the starting quarterback will be anytime soon. While head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace have insisted veteran Andy Dalton will be the starter, Fields has been vocal about winning the Bears’ starting job.

“Everybody on our team should be striving for a starting job and if you’re not, then there’s no reason for you to be here,” Fields said. “So, of course, I’m going to do everything that I can to get that starting job.”

It’s clear that Fields will continue to lead by example, work hard, and do everything that it takes to eventually become the Bears’ starting quarterback. Whatever comes his way, he’s fully willing to embrace being a starting quarterback in the NFL, especially in Chicago, the NFL’s third biggest market.