Odds to Be Bears’ Beginning QB in Week 1
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields watches in the course of the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA school soccer recreation in opposition to Clemson Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. Fields is a possible first spherical choose within the NFL Draft, April 29-Could 1, 2021, in Cleveland.(AP Photograph/John Bazemore, File)
- The Chicago Bears traded up within the NFL Draft to pick Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields within the first spherical
- The Bears say veteran Andy Dalton stays QB1 on their depth chart
- A have a look at the Bears’ QB state of affairs and the percentages on who will begin in Week 1 could be discovered beneath
The Chicago Bears picked their quarterback of the long run final week once they traded as much as take Ohio State’s Justin Fields with Eleventh-overall choose.
Whether or not Fields would be the Bears’ beginning QB in Week 1 stays to be seen. The Bears even have two veteran quarterbacks on their roster in Andy Dalton and Nick Foles.
The oddsmakers consider Fields will start the season holding a clipboard.
Odds to Be Bears’ Beginning QB in Week 1 of 2021 Season
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Odds as of Could third.
Tempo Makes His Transfer
As soon as Fields received by the top-ten picks with out being chosen final Thursday, Bears common supervisor Ryan Tempo made his transfer.
Tempo traded the Bears’ first-round alternative, Twentieth-overall, to the Giants to maneuver into New York’s spot at No. 11. The Bears additionally despatched a fifth-round choose on this yr’s draft together with a first-rounder and a fourth-rounder in 2022 to the Giants.
The choose appeared to make everybody completely happy in Chicago.
— Tommy Hawk (@BhawkTommyHawk) Could 2, 2021
Fields had an excellent two-year run at Ohio State following his switch from Georgia. He was the Large Ten Offensive Participant of the 12 months each seasons whereas throwing for five,373 yards and 63 touchdowns with simply 9 interceptions. He additionally led the Buckeyes to the convention title and the School Soccer Playoff each years.
Final season, Fields had 2,100 passing and 22 TD passes within the pandemic-shortened season. Ohio State made it to the nationwide championship recreation earlier than shedding to Alabama.
— Bear Down Weblog (@BearDown_Blog) Could 3, 2021
Dalton the Favourite
Each Tempo and coach Matt Nagy mentioned following the draft that Andy Dalton stays the starter. The Bears signed Dalton to a one-year, $10-million contract as a free agent in March.
Nonetheless, Tempo additionally mentioned, “we gotta see the way it all performs out.”
Dalton spent the primary 9 seasons of his profession because the starter with the Cincinnati Bengals. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent throughout final offseason to be Dak Prescott’s backup.
Dalton wound up beginning 9 video games after Prescott sustained a season-ankle damage in Week 5. Dalton accomplished 64.9% of his passes for two,170 yards and 14 touchdowns with eight interceptions and had a passer ranking of 87.3.
Andy Dalton and Michael Gallup coming in tremendous clutch for the #Cowboys. That is an unimaginable seize.
— NFL Replace (@MySportsUpdate) October 11, 2020
The Cowboys have been 4-5 in Dalton’s begins. Whereas not nice, Dallas had a 2-5 file when Prescott, Ben DiNucci or Garrett Gilbert began.
In Cincinnati, the 33-year-old Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs 4 instances and was chosen to a few Professional Bowls.
Is Fields Able to Take Area?
The query surrounding Fields is whether or not he is able to step proper right into a QB1 job within the NFL or if he wants developmental time. Along with Dalton, the Bears have one other skilled quarterback in Nick Foles.
Draft analysts are break up on whether or not Fields is NFL-ready. For his half, Fields believes he generally is a plug-and-play QB within the professionals however what else would you anticipate him to say?
Just one rookie quarterback was a starter in Week 1 final season. That was Joe Burrow, who was chosen first total by the Bengals and changed Dalton.
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Burrow performed in 10 video games earlier than a knee damage ended his season. He handed for two,688 yards and 13 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. The Bengals went simply 2-7-1 in his begins and 2-4 of their six different video games.
San Diego Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert gained the NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months. Nonetheless, he didn’t develop into the starter till Week 2 after Tyrod Taylor suffered a punctured lung.
Bears Should Win Now
Will probably be fascinating to see if Tempo, Nagy and Fields are collectively for very lengthy.
Whereas the Bears made the playoffs final season regardless of an 8-8 file, they have been routed by the New Orleans Saints in an NFC wild card recreation. The franchise hasn’t gained a postseason recreation for the reason that 2010 season and there’s warmth on Tempo and Nagy to finish that drought.
Moreover, the duo must get it proper with Fields after whiffing on Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears traded up a spot to No. 2 within the 2017 draft then took Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
Trubisky had his moments. Simply not sufficient.
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2020
The Bears went 29-21 in 4 seasons when Trubisky began, and he took them to the playoffs twice. Nonetheless, Chicago declined the fifth-year possibility on his rookie contract and Trubisky signed with the Buffalo Payments in March to again up Josh Allen.
With Tempo and Nagy in win-now mode, Dalton appears the very best guess to open the season because the starter even when he doesn’t current nice worth at higher than even cash.
John Perrotto has been overlaying and writing about sports activities for numerous retailers for over 40 years. His work has appeared within the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Related Press, Baseball Digest, and extra. John relies out of Beaver Falls, PA.