Justin Fields saw his first NFL action Saturday in his preseason debut. While some rookies struggle to adapt to the quicker pace of the pro game, he didn’t have any such issue.
“It was actually kind of slow, to be honest,” Fields told reporters after the game, per The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain. “Going against [the Bears’ defense] every day slows it down for me.”
Fields’ ability to quickly process information showed, and his performance left Bears fans buzzing about the quarterback.
Fields put forth a strong effort in Chicago’s 20-13 win over Miami. He got off to a slow start but then got into a rhythm in the third quarter. He led the Bears on their only two touchdown drives and he was responsible for both scores, one passing and one rushing.
He completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and added another 33 yards rushing.
Fans weren’t the only ones impressed with Fields. Bears coach Matt Nagy spoke after the game about the rookie’s poise.
“The one thing that you felt from Justin . . . was that he was extremely calm the whole time,” Nagy told reporters.
Plenty of prominent athletes joined in the praise on Twitter. LeBron James, Dwayne Haskins, Dez Bryant and media personalities were among those who commented. Below is a handful of the best reactions to Fields’ preseason debut:
Justin Fields is so SPECIAL man!! Keep going Young 👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 14, 2021
Justin fields making a statement and I love it!
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 14, 2021
Justin Fields is so calm back there boy is going to be Top 10 soon
— Taylor Gabriel (@TGdadon1) August 14, 2021
Justin Fields has now led more third-quarter touchdown drives than the entire Bears offense had in 10 games last season.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 14, 2021
Even though Justin Fields has the legs to burn and eat up a defense, he’s willing first to allow pass plays to develop and be a passer first. That pause and collect will be one of his greatest attributes. Makes him special. That was an impressive rookie debut after a slow start.
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) August 14, 2021
justin fields the first QB ever to look cool in a bears uniform
— charles (crying online) mcdonald (@FourVerts) August 14, 2021