Why D.J. Moore is Already Pressuring the Chicago Bears to Keep Justin Fields

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The debate on what to do with the first overall pick in 2024 is running rampant in Chicago Bears circles, but many, players included, have voiced their support for quarterback Justin Fields, especially after the team's dominant 37 - 17 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fans and D.J. Moore Express Their Wishes to the Chicago Bears

The game ended with chants of "We Want Justin" echoing from the fans standing in front of their Soldier Fields seats, and general manager Ryan Poles was one of many Bears on the sideline who was able to witness this outcry of support.

For Poles, it is not just the fanbase who is trying to influence perhaps the defining decision of his career, but the players within his locker room, specifically star wide receiver D.J. Moore. Moore joined the Bears ahead of last year's draft thanks to the deal to move down with the Carolina Panthers, and now, the receiver is campaigning to trade the pick again and stick with Fields at quarterback.

The important part of Moore's support is that it is unconditional, as the receiver lauded his quarterback even after the team's late-game collapse against the Cleveland Browns. To be fair, this game was particularly difficult to pin on Fields, who nearly connected on a game-winning Hail Mary. Still, following the game, Moore was asked about Fields' future in Chicago, to which the receiver retorted "What makes him not the quarterback for the Chicago Bears right now? I get ya'll got everybody coming out [of the 2024 draft], what, it's like two of 'em? I don't think they're better than Justin."

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Moore's words were as loud following the win against the Falcons, especially when asked if he heard the fans chanting for his quarterback. "I did hear those chants," Moore stated, "and I know [the front office's] box is right there. So I know they heard that stuff, too." Following the game, the receiver had nothing but praise for Fields, especially on his magical third and down conversion where he evaded multiple potential sacks.

"I've said it before I'm going to keep saying it: What makes him not the quarterback? The Houdini act should've put the nail in the-- he's not a running back. He is him... I want him to be the quarterback." These are strong words coming from Moore, who is currently enjoying a career-best season. Perhaps it is from Moore's time in Carolina, and his history with quarterback disfunction, that makes him such a big supporter of Justin Fields in Chicago.