One storyline for the Chicago Bears throughout the offseason has been the status of quarterback Justin Fields. The 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has been the second quarterback on the team’s depth chart since being drafted, speculation about when Fields will start continues to arise.
For those who followed Fields throughout his college career, the Georgia native originally committed to the University of Georgia where he was a backup during his freshman year in 2018, before transferring to Ohio State for his 2019 season. Now in the NFL, Fields is once again tasked with sitting and learning behind veteran Andy Dalton to earn the starting job, something he’s had to do in the past.
“Just getting better everyday,” Fields said via the Bears official Youtube page. “I mean, I’ve been in a situation like this before and all I did was get better. I feel like if you can control what you can control and come to work everyday with a positive attitude and a want to get better then there’s no stopping you.”
Hard work, dedication, and commitment are three traits that Fields has continued to showcase throughout his college career and as a rookie in the NFL. Add in resiliency, something that was on display throughout the 2020 season for Ohio State, and its clear Fields is the perfect fit for a fanbase starving for a franchise quarterback.
“Great things don’t happen all at once. I’m just going to be patient,” Fields said. “I’ve been in this situation before where I’ve had to learn behind a guy, so this is nothing new for me. I’m just going to take it day by day, get better each and everyday. I’m going to trust coach Nagy and the whole coaching staff here to develop me and make me the best quarterback I can be.”
As Fields rookie season progresses, patience will be required from every side, from fans to coaches to the Bears front office. Fields’ past has shown that everytime he’s needed to prove himself, he’s done and proven himself at a high level, something that will be on display once again throughout 2021.