Seven starts into his pro career, Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields has thrown twice as many interceptions as he has touchdowns. However, Fields’ auspicious performance in Week 9 at Pittsburgh left Cris Collinsworth convinced that Chicago has found its QB of the future.
Justin Fields was PFF’s highest-graded QB in Week 9…
Chicago’s got their QB1.
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) November 9, 2021
As Collinsworth pointed out on Twitter Tuesday morning, Fields was PFF’s highest-graded signal caller in Week 9. The former Georgia and Ohio State star completed 17 of 29 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. Fields did throw an interception against the Steelers–but overall showed major progress. After struggling mightily through his first few starts, Fields looks to have settled in.
“Chicago’s got their QB1,” Collinsworth believes. And while he might be right, Fields has a long way to go. Heading into his Week 10 bye, the rookie ranks 33rd in QBR and 28th in passing yards. In addition to his eight interceptions, Fields has lost 5 fumbles. As with most rookie quarterbacks, Fields’ ball security has been lackluster.
In a year devoid of playoff expectations, Chicago can prioritize Fields’ development. His impressive Monday night ended with a heartbreaking loss, but Fields heads into the bye week with newfound confidence.
Coach Matt Nagy has two weeks to game plan for a daunting Week 11 bout versus Baltimore. The 6-2 Ravens visit Soldier Field on November 21st.
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