Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields off to fast start in first preseason game

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Justin Fields has started his second preseason with the Chicago Bears on a fast start.

Coming into his second season in the NFL as the top quarterback on the Bears' depth chart, the former Ohio State quarterback produced a handful of highlight-reel plays in his team's first preseason game of the 2022 season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the Bears' second drive of the game, Fields lobbed a 26-yard pass down the field to wide receiver Darnell Mooney, who found enough daylight against Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed to jump up and secure a reception.

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In Fields' third drive of the game, he wasn't done, firing the football toward the sideline despite extensive pressure from the Chiefs' defensive line and finding wide receiver Tajee Sharpe on his back shoulder, securing the 19-yard reception for a first down.

Fields finished his his first preseason performance completing four of his seven passes for 48 yards, adding 10 yards on one rush.

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Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields struggled in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears

In his first season with the Bears after being selected No. 11 overall in the 2021 NFL draft, Fields appeared in 12 games and made 10 starts, completing 58.8% of his passes for 1,870 passing yards, recording seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while averaging 6.9 yards per pass attempt. He also added 420 yards and two touchdowns in the run game, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

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Fields split playing time with Nick Foles and Andy Dalton throughout the 2021 season, but is set to be the starter for the Bears heading into 2022, with backups Trevor Siemian and Nathan Peterman behind him.

Fields and the Bears will take on the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns in the final two games of the preseason before opening the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.

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