Justin Fields hopes to move past struggles, spark Bears' passing game


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Justin Fields believes the struggles that he has endured early in his NFL career are simply part of the process and challenges that come with playing the position.

At the same time, it’s all so uncommon for the 23-year-old Fields, who enjoyed great success in high school and college. He wasn’t used to losing when he arrived in Chicago, and he has never played this poorly before. For Fields, all he can do is keep working to improve.

It’s why Fields dove into the film from the Bears’ 23-20 win over the Texans on Sunday just hours after the game ended.

“Just learn from your mistakes knowing that you're not going to be perfect,” Fields said Wednesday. “And move on.

“Just correct each and every mistake and try to be better in every aspect.”

Fields was 8-of-17 for 106 yards and two interceptions Sunday. He has thrown for only 297 yards through three games this season. Five NFL quarterbacks are averaging more yards per start than Fields has accumulated thus far.

The Bears rank 32nd in many key passing categories. They’ve instead relied on a strong ground game, including rushing for 281 yards in the victory over the Texans.

Despite the paltry production, receiver Equanimeous St. Brown – who has four receptions and a team-leading 77 receiving yards – expressed confidence that the passing game will grow in time as the Bears become more familiar with offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s scheme.

“Everything takes time,” said St. Brown, who played under Getsy’s watch for three seasons in Green Bay. “Especially when you have a new offense, it’s not simple. But I think we’re going to get better every week. We’re only going to get better moving forward.”

The No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Fields is now 13 starts into his NFL career. That time has been mostly marked by inconsistency, first as he was forced into the Bears’ starting role in September 2021 and also when he was asked to fit into former coach Matt Nagy’s offense.

Fields and the Bears were hopeful for significant improvement in his second year in the league – and that Getsy’s offense would showcase his dual-threat abilities. Instead, Fields has scuffled and been quite critical of himself.

Following the Bears’ win Sunday, Fields described his performance as “trash” and “terrible” while crediting his teammates for leading the victory. But with that game behind him, Fields has turned his focus to this Sunday against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

“He does a really good job of not getting too high or too low, just rolling with the punches,” Bears receiver Dante Pettis said.

The Bears are hopeful rookie receiver Velus Jones Jr. (hamstring) can make his NFL debut Sunday, which would offer a new element of speed for Fields and the offense. Chicago also hopes that No. 1 receiver Darnell Mooney can emerge after just recording just four receptions in the first three games.

Fields has moved on from a disappointing personal performance and now wants to put the Bears’ passing struggles behind him too.

“My response to that is get back to work and keep working,” Fields said.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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