Justin Fields catches LeBron's eye, says NFL game speed ‘was actually kind of slow to me’ after Bears debut

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For the first couple drives, Chicago Bears fans had an all too familiar experience Saturday. After months of optimism surrounding the selection of quarterback Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Bears fans briefly wondered if their faith was misguided.

That didn't last long. Fields rebounded from three rough drives against the Miami Dolphins to lead the Bears to three straight scoring drives, the second of which resulted in Fields' first touchdown in the NFL.

Fields' first NFL score looked awfully familiar to anyone who watched him at Ohio State. After pass protection broke down, Fields shoved a defender out of the way, got away from containment and ran into the end zone for the touchdown.

That success carried over to the next drive, when Fields threw his first preseason NFL touchdown to give the Bears a lead.

Fields received one more drive, but it came with the Bears buried on the 1-yard-line. He completed a 2-yard pass on the drive, but the Bears punted after three plays. Nick Foles entered the game the next time the Bears' offense took over.

Fields completed 14 of 20 attempts for 142 yards and a score. He also added 33 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown during his preseason debut.

“It was actually kind of slow to me to be honest," he said of the pace of the game, via NBC Sports Chicago.

How solid was Fields' debut? He had LeBron James tweeting about him.

Justin Fields recovers after slow start

Fields didn't start the contest. Andy Dalton got the starting nod for the Bears. Dalton played two series, completing two passes for 18 yards. 

At that point, the Bears turned things over to Fields, who received a standing ovation from fans as he took the field.

Things didn't look promising at first. Fields' first drive was marred by two straight false starts by the Bears. Fields was able to complete two passes, but the Bears failed to pick up a first down.

The second drive wasn't much better. Fields threw three incompletions, resulting in yet another three-and-out. One of those throws nearly resulted in a long completion down the right side, but the defender made a great play to break up the pass.

The third drive was a low point for Fields, who nearly threw an interception on a deflected pass and fumbled on a scramble. Fields was able to recover the fumble, but the Bears once again punted after three plays.

With 40 seconds left in the second quarter, Fields settled in. He managed a seven-play drive that resulted in the Bears scoring three points before halftime. 

That proved to be the turning point. From there, Fields looked like the player Bears fans have been desperately yearning for since ... pretty much forever

Justin Fields showed off the skills that made him a first-round pick Saturday. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Justin Fields showed off the skills that made him a first-round pick Saturday. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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