3 stats Chicago Bears need to see Justin Fields improve in 2023

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1. Justin Fields must work the middle of the field for the Chicago Bears

If you were to describe Justin Fields as an NBA type of player, it would be that he lives on three-pointers and layups. To be a complete player he needs to work on his mid-range game. Last season Justin Fields was fourth in deep ball percentage. He also was sixth in passes behind the line of scrimmage.

So, if it was not a deep ball or a screen, he was not throwing it much. That shows because he was 35th in passes from 0-9 yards, and he was 30th in passes from 10-20 yards. To become a more well-rounded player, we need to see Justin Fields perform better in these middle areas of the field.

In some ways, the Chicago Bears added some players who fit the Justin Fields more skill set. DJ Moore is a deep ball maven, and Tyler Scott also has serious deep speed. Beyond that, Travis Homer and Roschon Johnson may catch a lot of balls behind the line of scrimmage.

At the same time, the reason the Bears added DJ Moore is because he has shown he can dominate in all three levels of the field, and Scott did a lot working after the catch. Beyond that, this will come down to playing within the offense more.

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The offense will call for him to mix it up to all levels of the field. Fields has the knack to either throw it short when called or hold out for a big play when he has chances. There will be times when the five-yard completion is the optimal play, and the Chicago Bears will need to see Fields hit that.