Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) reaches for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start QB Justin Fields vs. Lions, Andy Dalton doubtful

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday night that rookie Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback against the visiting Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Bears also said that veteran Andy Dalton (knee) was downgraded to doubtful. Chicago coach Matt Nagy said Friday that he wouldn’t name a starter until he knew Dalton’s status.

If Dalton is made inactive on Sunday, it will mark the second straight game he has missed due to the injury. Nick Foles will be the backup if Dalton isn’t available.

Dalton sustained a bone bruise on his left knee during a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and missed last week’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

The 33-year-old Dalton is in his first season with the Bears and has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 draft, started against the Browns and it didn’t go well. He completed 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards but gave 67 yards back on nine sacks. Chicago had 47 yards of total offense.

Overall, Fields is just 14-of-35 passing (40 percent) for 138 yards and one interception in three games.

–Field Level Media

Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the first quarter of the NFL Week 2 game between the Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. The Bears led 7-0 at halftime.

Cincinnati Bengals At Chicago Bears

Andy Dalton questionable; Bears to make QB decision on Sunday

Andy Dalton was listed as questionable due to his ailing knee on Friday, and Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said a decision on a starting quarterback won’t be made until close to kickoff against the visiting Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Dalton was a limited practice participant and Nagy’s decision to not name a starter indicates a willingness to give Dalton time to recover. If Dalton can’t play Sunday, rookie Justin Fields will start.

“Andy is getting better each day and we’re going to see where he’s at on Sunday,” Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters after practice.

Nagy said he doesn’t foresee any situation in which veteran Nick Foles starts Sunday.

Dalton sustained a bone bruise on his left knee during a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and missed last week’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Dalton said he is making progress but was short on details when it came to his practice workload on Friday.

“With the injury, you’re just trying to get back as soon as possible,” Dalton said. “I feel really good about where I’m at. …

“I did some things (in practice) and felt good about where I was and everything. I’m going to leave it at that.”

The 33-year-old Dalton is in first season with the Bears and has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 draft, started against the Browns and it didn’t go well. He completed 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards but gave 67 yards back on nine sacks. Chicago had 47 yards of total offense.

Overall, Fields is just 14-of-35 passing (40 percent) for 138 yards and one interception in three games.

“Last week wasn’t the performance we want to put out,” Fields said on Friday. “We talked about that and we expect to be better this week.”

Among other injuries, star outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the previous two days. Mack is listed as questionable, along with cornerback Xavier Crawford (back) and receiver Darnell Mooney (groin).

Linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) will miss the contest, as will safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring).
–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Matt Nagy not ready to name starter vs. Lions

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy was confident in identifying his quarterback depth chart on Wednesday.

As for the identity of his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the visiting Detroit Lions, that’s a cloudier picture.

“As far as a QB update, I’m going to hit on a few things here, we expect both Andy (Dalton) and Justin (Fields) out at practice in some capacity and we’ll update their status based on their participation,” Nagy said Wednesday.

“In regard to the depth chart … Andy’s the (No.) 1, Justin’s the 2 and Nick (Foles) as the 3. Starter will be sorted out once we have a clearer picture moving forward here. We’ll know more and we’ll clear that up.”

Dalton, 33, sustained a bone bruise in his knee on Sept. 19 during the Bears’ 20-17 win against one of his former teams, the Cincinnati Bengals. He sat out Chicago’s 26-6 setback to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

Fields, 22, suffered a right hand injury during his first career start last Sunday. The Bears recorded 47 total yards (46 rushing, one passing) in 42 plays and yielded nine sacks in the loss.

Foles, 32, has yet to play since joining the Bears (1-2).

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterbacks Justin Fields (1) and Andy Dalton (14) look to pass footballs during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears coach Matt Nagy taking time on QB decision

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy plans to be deliberate when determining the pecking order at quarterback this week.

Rookie first-round pick Justin Fields made his first career start Sunday at Cleveland in a 26-6 loss, and the Browns helped the Bears produce disastrous results: 1 passing yard and 42 total yards in 47 plays. One first down in 11 third-down snaps. Nine sacks allowed.

Fields required X-rays on his right hand after the game and was pressured on 60 percent of his dropbacks. X-rays were negative.

Fields was elevated from the backup role due to a knee injury to starting quarterback Andy Dalton.

“Big picture, after watching the tape, it’s stating the obvious to say we obviously have to be a heck of a lot better offensively and get into a rhythm,” Nagy said Monday.

The Bears face the Detroit Lions on Sunday and Nagy said he will update the status of the team’s quarterbacks on Wednesday.

“It keeps you up at night, because you want to figure out why,” Nagy said. “I care about this situation immensely.

“That’s what we’re working through right now, so I can’t definitely say (who) is the starter. Everything is on the table.”

Nick Foles, the No. 3 quarterback is healthy.

“They’re all three under consideration right now,” Nagy said. “We know where Nick’s at health-wise, but we just want to keep an eye on Justin and Andy.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) rushes the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Andy Dalton leaves with knee injury

Bears quarterback Andy Dalton exited Sunday’s game with a left knee injury.

Rookie first-round pick Justin Fields started the second half for Chicago with the host Bears leading the Cincinnati Bengals, 7-3.

Dalton grabbed his lower left leg following a sack in the second quarter. On the next play, he broke from the pocket to escape pressure and scurried out of bounds, again reaching for the outside of his leg as he returned to the Bears’ bench.

After meeting with the team’s medical staff and testing his agility, Dalton briefly went to the locker room. He returned and was officially listed as questionable.

Bears running back David Montgomery is the team’s emergency third quarterback.

After rushing for a first down to move the chains, Fields fumbled on his opening drive of the second half but recovered the ball to spare the possession and bring on the Chicago punt team.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) celebrates their 20-13 win over the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Justin Fields (groin) returns to practice

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields returned to practice Thursday after being held out with a groin injury the day before.

Newly signed left tackle Jason Peters also made his training camp debut and rookie offensive lineman Larry Borom was on the field for the first time since entering the concussion protocol on Aug. 6.

Fields, 22, was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a score in a 20-13 preseason win against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

Peters, 39, signed with the Bears on Saturday. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first team All-Pro has started 203 of his 213 career games with the Buffalo Bills (2004-08) and Philadelphia Eagles (2009-20).

Borom, 22, was drafted in the fifth round out of Missouri.

–Field Level Media

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Bears QB Justin Fields: ‘Made for this’

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is willing to sit to begin his NFL career because he trusts the coaching staff. But he’ll also be working every day to take the No. 1 job.

Fields, speaking Friday before the team began rookie minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., said he won’t rock the boat if Chicago plans to let him learn from the sideline as a rookie.

And if he’s thrust into the spotlight, where he stood Friday, Fields said it’s all good.

“I kinda feel like I’m made for this. I’m built for this. It’s nothing new to me,” Fields said at Halas Hall.

“I think everybody on our team should be striving for a starting job and if you’re not, then there’s no reason for you to be here. So, of course, I’m going to do everything that I can to get that starting job. It’s not up to me, coach Nagy has a set plan on my development and stuff like that. I’m just gonna work hard and keep my head down and just keep grinding it out everyday.”

The Bears signed Andy Dalton in free agency and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles remains on the roster. Former first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky was allowed to leave in free agency and signed with the Buffalo Bills.

But Chicago traded up with the New York Giants to select Fields 11th overall for a reason. The Ohio State product was the fourth quarterback chosen in the 2021 draft.

Coach Matt Nagy, speaking to NFL Network on Wednesday, was again implying a commitment to Dalton.

“The obvious one here with the draft just happening is with (Fields) and us going up to get him. We know what we have sitting in front of us with him. We gotta make sure that he has a successful entry plan and we don’t know how that’s gonna look,” Nagy said. “But at the same point and time, we have (Dalton) on our roster. Andy’s come in here and done a really good job in these Zoom meetings and he’s really excited, too, to be a big part of this and see what he can do with us. It is unique. It’s gonna be different.”

Nagy is not available this weekend due to a close contact testing positive for COVID-19. Nagy has not yet received the vaccine and is in quarantine. He’ll review workouts of Fields and others post-practice as the Bears begin developing a plan for Fields and the QB position entering training camp.

“I think it’s very important for the players to trust the coaches and the coaches to trust the players,” Fields said. “Whatever coach Nagy has planned for me, it’s what I’m going to do, and what I’m going to follow.”

–Field Level Media

Trevor Lawrence (from left), Justin Fields, Zach Wilson


Odds swing, favor Mac Jones over Justin Fields at No. 3

Odds for the No. 3 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft are on the move again with Mac Jones and Justin Fields trading places once more.

Fields revealed to NFL teams that he managed epilepsy as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. Reports surfaced with that medical information on Wednesday.

Since then, odds for the No. 3 pick by the San Francisco 49ers swung dramatically in favor of Jones. The Alabama quarterback and national champion held the lead over Fields until a second pro day, with head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch of the 49ers in attendance, gave him a bump with oddsmakers.

Fields was +175 to go third overall with Jones favored at -150 before he held his second pro day workout based on DraftKings and PointsBet odds.

Following the pro day, Fields was the favorite (-121) and Jones dipped to +100.

Now one day after his epileptic condition became public, books are heavily favoring Jones (-145 at FanDuel) to go third and Fields’ (+165) over-under for where he will be picked is leaning to the over (3.5).

At DraftKings, Fields is +175 to be the No. 3 pick behind Jones (-167).

Betting the over on Fields being drafted before pick 3.5 is -230 at FanDuel and the under is +184.

DraftKings moved the over-under pick selection market on Fields to 4.5. The over is +150.

The Atlanta Falcons own the No. 4 pick behind the 49ers, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars. The first three picks are all expected to be used on quarterbacks.

If Fields slips according to oddsmakers measurements, another team could move up to acquire the fourth pick. The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears are considered likely partners with the Falcons if a trade is consummated for Fields at No. 4.

DraftKings is offering a special prop with -150 odds the top four 2021 draft picks will be quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (left) shakes hands with head coach Kyle Shanahan after their win against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? 49ers set to attend second pro day of Justin Fields, Trey Lance

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman (11) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, are the San Francisco 49ers locked in on a new quarterback?

Signs point that way as multiple reports indicate the team brass of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be in attendance for the second pro day workouts of prospects Trey Lance (North Dakota State) and Justin Fields (Ohio State).

Fields has his second pro day on Wednesday and Lance is scheduled for his second showing April 19 (Monday), just 11 days before the draft.

Fields is staging another workout in part because the 49ers were in Tuscaloosa, Ala., watching the Crimson Tide draft class that could produce a record number of first-round picks later this month. That includes quarterback Mac Jones.

Interest in the 2021 quarterback class is through the roof and speculation points to the top three or four selections in the draft being spent on QBs, starting with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DraftKings lists Lawrence as a -10000 favorite to be the top pick in the draft.

Lynch was in attendance for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day right before the franchise acquired the No. 3 pick in the draft from the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins secured the 49ers’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 as well as first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They also received a third-round selection in 2022.

That 12th overall pick didn’t stay with the Dolphins for long. Miami sent it, along with the 123rd overall pick and a 2022 first-round selection, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Nos. 6 and 156 overall picks in 2021.

The Dolphins initially acquired the third overall pick as part of the trade that sent left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

While Miami has Tua Tagovailoa as its starter, the trade put the 49ers in play to land one of the top-tier QBs of the draft.

Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 pick, while the New York Jets traded their own starter, Sam Darnold, and at No. 2 would have a choice from among Wilson, Fields, Lance and Alabama’s Jones.

Drafting a quarterback third overall could create additional draft dominoes considering the 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo in the fold.

Garoppolo, 29, was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and guided the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2018, and his cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

–Field Level Media

Dec 22, 2020; Boca Raton, Florida, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) attempts a pass against the UCF Knights during the first half at FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson heavy favorite to go No. 2 over Justin Fields

Zach Wilson’s steady rise up draft boards has the BYU quarterback the heavy favorite to be selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields had long held that position behind presumptive No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. But Wilson’s surge that began while BYU was routing most opponents last season has continued into the pre-draft process.

Lawrence is still being offered at -5000 by PointsBet and -2000 by DraftKings to be the No. 1 overall pick, currently held by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wilson now holds the second-shortest odds at both sportsbooks (+1000 and +800, respectfully), and is being offered at -167 by DraftKings to be the No. 2 overall pick. Fields is next at +260, followed by North Dakota quarterback Trey Lance (+700).

Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound Utah native, is considered the most accurate passer in the class while having enough arm strength to make every necessary NFL throw. Compared to the Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield by Lindy’s Draft magazine, Wilson is a more dynamic athlete but will need to learn how to quickly work through his progressions at the next level.

Fields is still the higher-rated overall prospect by some analysts. His raw talent and toughness is unquestioned after playing through a rib injury to lead Ohio State to the national title game last month.

Most of the concern with Fields is that he comes from a loaded program at Ohio State that featured a bevvy of playmakers around him. However, he’s a dynamic dual-threat quarterback capable of becoming the face of a franchise, drawing comparisons to Dallas’ Dak Prescott with his combination of arm talent and competitiveness.

The New York Jets currently hold the No. 2 overall pick, followed by the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.

Oregon’s Penei Sewell (-715) is the heavy favorite by DraftKings to be the first offensive lineman drafted. LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase (-150) continues to lead Alabama teammates DeVonta Smith (+125) and Jaylen Waddle (+700) to be the first wide receiver off the board.

Clemson’s Travis Etienne is -200 to be the first running back selected, followed by Alabama’s Najee Harris (+125).

NFL Draft order:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-15
2. New York Jets, 2-14
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans), 4-12
4. Atlanta Falcons, 4-12
5. Cincinnati Bengals, 4-11-1
6. Philadelphia Eagles, 4-11-1
7. Detroit Lions, 5-11
8. Carolina Panthers, 5-11
9. Denver Broncos, 5-11
10. Dallas Cowboys, 6-10
11. New York Giants, 6-10
12. San Francisco 49ers, 6-10
13. Los Angeles Chargers, 7-9
14. Minnesota Vikings, 7-9
15. New England Patriots, 7-9
16. Arizona Cardinals, 8-8
17. Las Vegas Raiders, 8-8
18. Miami Dolphins, 10-6
19. Washington Football Team, 7-9
20. Chicago Bears, 8-8
21. Indianapolis Colts, 11-5
22. Tennessee Titans, 11-5
23. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks), 2-14
24. Pittsburgh Steelers, 12-4
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams), 1-15
26. Cleveland Browns, 11-5
27. Baltimore Ravens, 11-5
28. New Orleans Saints, 12-4
29. Green Bay Packers, 13-3
30. Buffalo Bills, 13-3
31. Kansas City Chiefs, 14-2
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-5

–Field Level Media