Justin Fields

Chicago Bears
Quarterback #1
Chicago Bears
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Justin Fields News

Speed added to receiver room

After the Bears added Velus Jones in the third round of the NFL draft, Fields now has two receivers who run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones, who ran a 4.31 40-yard dash, joins Darnell Mooney as the second receiver on the Bears with elite speed. During the offseason, the Bears made it a point to add weapons to complement Fields' arm strength when signing Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown, but Jones adds another level of speed to the mix. If the team can put together an offense that combines Fields' running ability with a downfield-passing element, he could emerge as a strong fantasy starter with elite upside this season.

Apr 30, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Preparing to run new system

Fields is learning a new offense that's expected to cater to his strengths the Bears' Official Site reports.

Analysis: After entering his rookie season as a backup, Fields now enters camp working with the first team with the entire offense learning the team's new offensive system. With the coaching staff intent on putting Fields' in the best position to succeed, it's likely that his running ability along with his ability to throw deep will be prioritized. After averaging 56 rushing yards over the Bears' last five games, he should be considered to have a top-12 scoring floor at the quarterback position.

Apr 20, 2022 9:03 AM EST

Officially off COVID-19 list

The Bears activated Fields (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Fields spent exactly one week on the COVID-19 list as a result of a positive test for the virus, forcing him to sit out the Bears' season finale. He thus ended his rookie campaign with 12 appearances, 10 of them starts, en route to 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 59 percent passing. The 2021 first-round pick also racked up 72 carries for 420 yards and two more scores. With Andy Dalton and potentially Nick Foles iffy to be around next season, Fields doesn't have any impediments to the starting quarterback gig in Chicago moving forward.

Jan 13, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Won't play in season finale

Fields remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's game against the Vikings, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: As a result, Andy Dalton is in line to start Sunday's season finale against Minnesota, with Nick Foles slated to serve as the Bears' backup QB in the absence of Fields, who landed on the list Thursday. Fields will conclude his rookie campaign with 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 59 percent passing and 72 carries for 420 yards and two more TDs in 12 appearances, 10 of them starts.

Jan 8, 2022 2:41 PM EST

On COVID list, likely out Week 18

The Bears placed Fields on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, Fields is vaccinated, which confirms he tested positive for the virus. While he theoretically has a chance to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol ahead of Sunday's game in Minnesota, the timing of his placement on the list means that he'll more than likely be out for the regular-season finale. Andy Dalton will presumably prepare to make his third straight start, while Fields likely ends his rookie season with a 58.9 percent completion rate for 1,870 yards and a 7:10 TD:INT over 12 appearances. He also added 420 yards and two scores on the ground.

Jan 6, 2022 9:27 AM EST

Cleared for Week 18 start

Coach Matt Nagy said Fields (ankle) will return to full practice participation Wednesday and then start Sunday's game in Minnesota, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: A couple weeks back, Nagy made it clear he'd be cautious with Fields, saying the rookie would need to be "extremely healthy" to return. That's apparently now the case, after Nick Foles and Andy Dalton led the Bears to wins the past two weeks. Fields was making progress before the injury, including in his last appearance, which came Week 15 against the same Vikings team he'll face again this Sunday. The rookie threw for 285 yards and a TD in the first matchup, though his lost fumble and struggles on third/fourth down contributed to an all-around-sloppy effort that left the Bears with a 17-9 loss despite outgaining the Vikings by nearly 200 yards. Both Fields and Vikings QB Kirk Cousins will return Sunday for what's almost certainly the final duel between Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Jan 5, 2022 10:13 AM EST

Could return in Week 18

Coach Matt Nagy said Monday that the team plans for Fields (ankle) to start Sunday against the Vikings if he's healthy, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Nagy emphasized that Fields' Week 18 status will be determined based on how he feels in the coming days, but the rookie is in line to start the regular-season finale if he's cleared to play. Fields was limited in each practice session ahead of the team's Week 17 win over the Giants before being deemed inactive, so he could have to log at least one full practice ahead of Sunday's game against Minnesota if he hopes to play. Andy Dalton drew the start in Week 17 and completed 18 of 35 passes for 173 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Jan 3, 2022 8:32 AM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Fields (ankle) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Giants.

Analysis: The writing was on the wall for Fields when coach Matt Nagy named Andy Dalton (hand) the Bears' Week 17 starter at quarterback and Nick Foles the No. 2 on Friday. Fields has yet to put in anything more than a limited practice since injuring his ankle in a Week 15 loss to the Vikings, meaning he may need to get back to all activity before Nagy feels comfortable enough for the rookie signal-caller to return to action. While Fields will sit for the fourth time in six games, his next opportunity to play will come next Sunday at Minnesota.

Jan 2, 2022 8:35 AM EST

Unlikely to play Week 17

Fields (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, but he's unlikely to be available to play after head coach Matt Nagy said Andy Dalton will start the contest and Nick Foles will serve as the No. 2 quarterback, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Fields was a limited participant in all three of the Bears' practices this week, but the rookie apparently didn't demonstrate enough progress to make Nagy feel comfortable with having him start. Look for Fields to be included on the Bears' Week 17 inactive list for the second straight week, allowing Dalton to claim the starting job from Foles as he returns from a one-game absence due to a fractured non-throwing hand. According to Biggs, Nagy said Fields is "going to do everything he can to get back next week," which seems to suggest the Bears aren't planning on shutting him down for the Jan. 9 season finale in Minnesota.

Dec 31, 2021 11:31 AM EST

Remains limited at practice

Fields (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The limited activity marks no change from Wednesday, making it tough to gauge whether Fields is on track to be available for Sunday's game against the Giants. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, head coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Fields would need to be "extremely healthy" to play this weekend, perhaps suggesting that the rookie will have to put in a full practice by Friday in order to return to the lineup. Andy Dalton, meanwhile, practiced fully for the second day in a row Thursday after sitting out the Week 16 win over the Seahawks with a groin injury, which may be enough to put him in the driver's seat for the Week 17 start.

Dec 30, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Still limited, unlike Dalton

Fields (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, while fellow Bears QB Andy Dalton (groin) returned to full participation.

Analysis: Earlier Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy said it was still too early to determine a starter for Sunday's game against the Giants, though he did mention that Fields would need to be "extremely healthy" to play, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. In other words, the Bears won't rush their first-round pick back into action at the end of a non-playoff season, but they're still open to playing him if/when he's truly healthy. His work on the practice field this week figures to be a big part of that evaluation.

Dec 29, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Sitting out in Week 16

Fields (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game in Seattle, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Fields emerged from last Monday's loss to the Vikings with an ankle injury that only allowed him to practice one time this past week. On Friday, coach Matt Nagy named Nick Foles as the Bears' Week 16 starter at quarterback with Andy Dalton (left hand/groin) ruled out and Fields' status in question. With Fields unavailable Sunday, Ryan Willis will serve as Foles' backup.

Dec 26, 2021 11:39 AM EST

Status up in air for Sunday

Fields (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle.

Analysis: Fields kicked off Week 16 prep with a limited listing on the Bears' injury report, only to not participate in any drills once the team took the practice field Thursday and Friday. Coach Matt Nagy announced that Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Bears this weekend, and it's to be determined whether Fields will be able to serve as the backup, per Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic. If Fields eventually is inactive Sunday, practice squad member Ryan Willis would serve as the No. 2 to Foles.

Dec 24, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Downgrades to no activity Thursday

Fields (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: The Bears held a walkthrough Wednesday, after which Fields was listed as a limited participant. Now that the team returned to a normal session, though, he didn't take part in any drills. It's unclear if Fields' ankle issue is putting him in danger of being absent Sunday in Seattle, but Andy Dalton (left hand/groin) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and practiced in full. An inactive Fields would yield quarterback duties to Dalton.

Dec 23, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Picks up minor ankle injury

Fields (ankle) will be listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Fields reportedly hurt his ankle during Monday's 17-9 loss to the Vikings, but it doesn't sound like anything serious given that he never left the game and might've been healthy enough for a limited practice Wednesday (if the Bears hadn't held an indoors walkthrough). In any case, the rookie figures to get another start this Sunday in Seattle, with Andy Dalton (reserve/COVID-19) and Nick Foles on hand in case Fields' ankle takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

Dec 22, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Throws late touchdown

Fields completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown while adding 35 yards on seven rushes in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Fields could've had a much better game, but the coaching staff chose to go with a run-heavy approach for the first three quarters despite facing a Vikings defense that was one to target. Once the Bears were down by 14 points in the fourth quarter, the team finally turned Fields loose, and he had two drives in which he moved the Bears down the field, but threw a number of incomplete passes in the end zone. However, with time expiring, he threw a touchdown to Jesper Horsted to salvage his fantasy day. He'll finish the fantasy playoffs with a pair of favorable matchups against the Seahawks and Giants, and his rushing ability should give him a reasonable scoring floor with potential for upside.

Dec 20, 2021 8:24 PM EST

Full participant at walkthrough

Fields (hand) was listed as a full participant on Thursday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Field bruised his left hand during Sunday's loss at Green Bay, a contest in which he completed 18 of 33 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while taking nine carries for 74 yards. But the injury didn't impact his ability to handle every rep at Thursday's walkthrough, which can't be said for Andy Dalton (left hand), who was a non-participant. If Dalton doesn't gain clearance to play Monday against the Vikings, Nick Foles again would serve as Fields' backup.

Dec 16, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Dealing with bruised hand

Fields suffered a bruised left hand in Sunday's loss to the Packers, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Fields wasn't sidelined due to his injury in Sunday night's matchup, and coach Matt Nagy didn't sound too concerned about the issue Monday. The injury is to Fields' non-throwing hand, and he isn't expected to miss any time. While the Bears could monitor the rookie's workload during practice this week, especially since Andy Dalton (hand) was unavailable in Week 14, it wouldn't be surprising to see Fields play Monday against Minnesota.

Dec 13, 2021 10:44 AM EST

Combines for 300+ yards plus 3 TOs

Fields (ribs) completed 18 of 33 pass attempts for 224 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (one fumble lost) while rushing nine times for 74 yards in Sunday's 45-30 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: The entire Bears' unit put up an exciting fight against the Packers for the majority of the contest, but Fields didn't have a particularly strong game in terms of passing. The rookie quarterback was returning from a rib injury that cost him two weeks of action, but it wasn't like he was performing that well from the pocket prior to getting hurt (58 percent completion rate with a 6:10 TD:INT ratio prior to Sunday's loss). The Vikings have been one of the worst passing defenses this season, so perhaps Fields can offer streaming value in next Monday's divisional matchup.

Dec 12, 2021 11:09 PM EST

Receives clearance to start Sunday

Coach Matt Nagy said Fields (ribs) has been medically cleared and will start Sunday's game at Green Bay, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Fields missed the last two games after he suffered multiple small rib fractures in a Week 11 loss to the Ravens. Andy Dalton (hand) started for him in the interim, but now that Fields is healthy again the rookie first-round pick will direct the Bears offense. When he faced off with the Packers back in Week 6, Fields completed 16 of 27 passes for 174 yards, one touchdown and one interception while taking six carries for 43 yards.

Dec 8, 2021 10:02 AM EST

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