6 takeaways from Chicago Bears first day of mandatory minicamp

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Chicago Bears Takeaway No. 5: Matt Eberflus expects more offensive success in training camp

One of the reasons that Matt Eberflus is not overly concerned about Justin Fields throwing interceptions at this point in the offseason is that the offense is literally passing on every play. The team is not going to run the ball until the pads are on. This gives the defense an advantage.

Once the pads come on and play action is used more consistently with the threat of an actual run, Matt Eberflus believes that Justin Fields’ “luck” will change. We will have to wait until July to find out, but reports are that Fields had another rough part of practice today. He threw a pick-6 to Jaylon Johnson and another interception to rookie safety, Jaquan Brisker. We can have these interceptions in June, but they need to start to disappear come July, August and into the regular season.

Luke Getsy and Justin Fields have been putting in the work with Fields’ mechanics. He has made changes to his throwing motion to help lessen the time it takes for him to throw the ball. He changed which foot he starts his backpedal with and he’s been focusing on his footwork. With this new system, the hope is that Fields can find more success with the shorter passes and still hit on his excellent deep throws. We need to see Fields improve this season — it’s a critical year for him.