In what may seemingly be the most noticeably terrible snapshot of his exceptionally youthful vocation in the NFL, a tenderfoot quarterback imparted trust in a partner.
In the final quarter against the Bengals, clutching a noteworthy lead, Justin Fields didn’t see a linebacker and tossed his first profession block attempt. It prompted a score the following play as Cincinnati cut a once 17-point Bears’ benefit to three.
However Cole Kmet saw something about his attitude on the following series.
“I think it’s his poise. That’s something that really stands out. Last weekend, even when he throws that pick, it’s next play, which is just really impressive. We’ve seen that,” said Kmet of Fields. “He has an ultimate confidence in himself, which is really cool to see. When the quarterback has confidence in that, it instills confidence in everyone else.”
For sure Fields did that, evading safeguards on a third and-9 on the last drive that helped the Bears seal up their first success of the 2021 season. Those snapshots of reaction are ones that a ton of players ponder since the tenderfoot is preparing to begin his first NFL game against the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.
“Like I said last week, he’s always calm and collected, and he’s just wanting to make the play and get a “dub” for the team,” said receiver Darnell Mooney of Field. “It’s been showing on the field, showing off the field as well, in practice, and with him getting a lot of reps this week, it’s showed as well.”
The key currently becomes changing the offense implied for Andy Dalton to work for Justin Fields, making an arrangement that will draw out the greater part of the first round pick’s ability. That work falls on Matt Nagy and Bill Lazor over the three practices days in the current week to prepare to confront a Browns’ group that made the end of the season games a season back.
“We were able to get a feel for things we like or don’t like with him in training camp and then in the preseason,” said Nagy. “Now we get together as a staff and we just talk through the things that we think that he does well for us and you’ve got to put everything into play. Everything about a first game into play and be able to give him and our offense the best opportunity.”
Lazor concurred with Nagy that everything’s tied in with taking what they’ve seen from Fields in their experience with him to make an arrangement that going to capitalize on him.
“Some of it is the same. You try from all accumulated reps of spring and training camp and preseason games to take that information in of what you as think fits that player,” said Lazor. “Obviously, as you mentioned, the first regular season start makes it a little bit different. But he’s played in big games before, you all have seen him enough that you can probably bet that he’ll handle it just fine.”
In the mean time, players will simplify changes the get ready for Fields for an hour rather than only a couple of plays like the most recent fourteen days.
“Outside of extra throws, really just communication. Just like you and I right now, just talking things out, making sure we’re on the same page,” said receiver Marquise Goodwin, knowing they’ll have to be right from the start on Sunday.