Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has not exactly gotten off to a great start in his young NFL career.
Now in this pivotal third season, it is essentially put up or shut up time for Fields, who has struggled ever since the Bears took him with the 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Chicago is already 0-2 this season, with Fields throwing for 427 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 70.7.
Not exactly great numbers.
Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team took to X this week to delve deeper into Fields’ statistics since the signal-caller joined the professional ranks, and the numbers aren’t pretty.
To be fair to Fields, the fact that the club is 5-22 in his 27 starts is also indicative of how poor the Bears’ roster has been as a whole over the last few years, but given that Fields is the quarterback, he is obviously going to take the brunt of the blame.
Expectations were high for the 24-year-old when he entered the league, as his combination of passing skills plus his athleticism had many scouts salivating, especially considering how successful Lamar Jackson has been with the Baltimore Ravens.
However, Fields has certainly been no Jackson thus far.
While he has flashed elite athletic ability, particularly last season when he rushed for 1,143 yards and eight scores while racking up 7.1 yards per carry, Fields’ overall performance under center has left much to be desired.
Justin Fields was most recently seen going 16-for-29 with 211 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions (including a pick six) in a Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also rushed the ball four times for three yards and a score.
Things won’t get much easier for the Bears next Sunday, as they will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.