Justin Fields impresses Bears rookie teammates with leadership

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Fields is '100% about business' at Bears rookie minicamp originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

When Matt Nagy laid out what he and the Bears would be looking for in their next starting quarterback at the outset of the offseason, he mentioned three criteria. “I'd say leadership, decision-making and if you have some versatility as a quarterback with your legs, great.”

You don’t have to watch much tape to see that Justin Fields easily checks the last box. Taking a look at his college numbers, namely his 68.4 completion percentage and his 67:9 TD:INT ratio, it’s safe to say he ticks the second box too. But now, just a day into rookie minicamp, Fields’ fellow rookies are reporting he definitely makes the grade as a leader, too.

“He’s 100 percent about business,” said Larry Borom. “It’s not fun and games when we’re on the field. It’s definitely 100 percent business and he wants to do the job at the highest level that he can. I try to echo that with my play and it works out.

“It sets the tone for the whole offense. If you see your quarterback, he’s not messing around, it makes everyone else want to work 10 times harder.”

“Definitely, he gives out (a serious) demeanor on the field,” said Khalil Herbert. “I think guys gravitate towards it and it spreads to guys in the locker room. When we’re out there and he’s locked in, dialed in, making sure we’ve got the calls, got the plays, got the cadence. And it definitely helps, I feel like it runs a lot smoother, knowing what we gotta do, how to do it. To have that kind of clean, crisp mindset when we attack the line of scrimmage.”

No matter how impressive Fields performs at rookie minicamp, it still seems unlikely that he will win the starting job over the weekend. And Fields himself says he’s ok with that.

“I’m not oblivious,” Fields said on Friday. “I know I’m not gonna come out here and, you know, be mistake-free. Mistakes are gonna happen as a rookie. It’s just learning from those mistakes and getting better each and every day. And just progressing.

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

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

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