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Justin Fields lands starting job with Bears

By Sports Desk October 06, 2021

Justin Fields has been promoted to the starting job full-time with the Chicago Bears, Matt Nagy confirmed on Wednesday.

Number 11 overall pick Fields had to wait for his chance initially behind veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who signed a one-year contract in Chicago in March.

Dalton started the first two games of the season, completing 73.5 per cent of his passes for 262 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

But a knee injury then kept the 33-year-old out as Fields came in for his first NFL starts, having had a role from the bench across the first two weeks, scoring a rushing touchdown on his debut against the Los Angeles Rams.

That is the only score Fields has contributed so far, despite consecutive starts against the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions. He has thrown two picks and completed a measly 48.1 per cent of his attempts.

Yet Fields has also hinted at his potential, with his 10.24 air yards per attempt ranking second among QBs with 50 or more throws.

Nagy has seen enough to install the rookie under center, having previously insisted Dalton would return when fit.

"I told you the last couple of weeks we've had some good conversations internally," the Bears head coach said. "It's helped us in the last couple of weeks.

"Continuing that process this week it's led to making the decision to move with Justin as the starter.

"We've been patient with this, we've grown with him, we're proud of Justin. He's been a great team-mate from the very beginning."

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