Chicago Bears: Comparing Justin Fields preseason to other rookie QBs

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Chicago Bears quarterback, Justin Fields showed that he will be ready to start sooner rather than later. Chicago fans were hopeful that Justin Fields could win the starting job over Andy Dalton with a good preseason. Although that didn’t exactly happen, Fields still did enough to show the Bears he will be ready when they call his number.

Fields completed 30 of 49 passes for 276 yards and three total touchdowns, with no turnovers. He also showcased his dual-threat ability, leading the team in rushing yards for the preseason with 92. Fields routinely showed good ball placement and made several nice plays from outside of the pocket.

One of the biggest factors in deciding when Fields will start is how the offensive line looks early on in the season. The Bears are still figuring out who they will start at offensive tackle to replace the injured Teven Jenkins. The Bears will want to limit the shots their young quarterback takes, and they will likely wait until they have found the best possible line combination before they put him in.

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Dalton could be a serviceable starter, but with how Fields looked, it would be surprising if he kept the job for more than three or four games.