The Chicago Bears have announced that rookie quarterback Justin Fields will make his first career start in week three with Andy Dalton out with a knee injury. Chicago announced earlier this week that Andy Dalton was the team’s starter if he was healthy, but that obviously isn’t the case for this week. Nick Foles has been listed as the team’s backup quarterback behind the Ohio State rookie quarterback. The team is taking on the Cleveland Browns in the early set of Sunday games in week three. Justin Fields is the team’s future and his performance will be closely monitored.
Matt Nagy announced that Justin Fields will be Chicago’s starting QB against the Browns.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2021
With Justin Fields starting Sunday, 29 of 33 QBs taken in the first round in the last 10 draft cycles (2012-21) will have started inside their first 10 games as a pro. And if Trey Lance starts anytime soon, it’ll be 30 of 33.
Redshirting a first-round QB rarely actually happens. pic.twitter.com/SeGUCyAX30
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 22, 2021
After Andy Dalton went down in week two against the Bengals, Justin Fields stepped in and helped win the game. His performance was somewhat rough in that win. He completed six of his 13 passes with no touchdowns and one interception. Fields also carried the ball ten times for 31 yards. The hope is with a full week of practice as the starter he will have a better performance. Cleveland’s defense will be a good test for the rookie quarterback.
Justin Fields runs in his first career score ? pic.twitter.com/hicI4hmyA3
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) September 13, 2021
This is a big opportunity for Fields and maybe even a chance for him to win the starting job at some point. For now, it is unclear how long Dalton will be out and for now it is Justin Field’s job to win games.