2. Justin Fields has not been as hit or miss as a passer
One of the differences between Fields and Bagent, other than the sacks, was that Fields was making more plays happen than Bagent. Fields had much better yards per attempt metrics and was much better at pushing the ball down the field.
While he still pushes the ball down the field at the same clip, he has not been as dynamic as a passer. First off, he is putting the ball in harm's way a bit more. His turnover-worthy throw rate went from 2.4% in the first five games to 4.4% in the last five.
What is interesting to note is that his interception rate has actually dropped from 3.7% to 1.8% in his most recent starts. That is surprising but appears to be a regression. He was not deserving of so many interceptions earlier in the year, and now a few interceptable passes are falling to the ground.
Still, on the flip side, his touchdown rate is also down from 6.7% to 4.5%. For what it is worth, his big-time throw rate is down just slightly, from 4.4% to 4.2%, so that is not a big deal. Still, those big throws are turning into touchdowns less often.
Does this mean that Fields is sacrificing touchdowns and potentially at risk of throwing more interceptions due to the focus on avoiding sacks? Or could this eventually even out over time?