The Chicago Bears officially named Justin Fields the starting quarterback for Week 3’s game against the Cleveland Browns while veteran Andy Dalton continues to recover from a bone bruise to his knee.
It’s an exciting time for Bears fans, who instantly took to Twitter to express their joy. Here’s a small sample of what’s happening on the social media platform:
What’s of more importance than the fan reaction is the impact Fields’ insertion into the lineup will have on the team. He instantly gives the offense juice, both as a downfield passer and runner.
“He’s very confident,” offensive lineman Jason Peters said of Fields this week, “so when he calls a play you just want to make sure you do your job because you definitely believe in the kid that he’s going to make a play for you. And most of the time he does.”
The Bears will need every bit of Fields’ playmaking ability Sunday against the Browns, who top to bottom have a better roster than Chicago. The Bears were a seven-point underdog prior to Fields getting the nod; We’ll see how much he moves the needle in Las Vegas.
Fields career trajectory is eerily similar to Ben Roethlisberger’s, who was also the 11th overall pick, began his career as a second-teamer behind Tommy Maddox, entered the lineup in Week 2 because of a Maddox injury, and never looked back after making his first start in Week 3.
Whether Fields can match what Roethlisberger has been able to accomplish since his first start is a big ask, but there’s no doubt he has the moxie to do it. For now, it’s about securing a win in Cleveland, and Fields knows a thing or two about getting those Ws in Ohio.