9 takeaways from the Bears' 18th training camp practice


9 takeaways from the Bears' 18th training camp practice

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With rookie quarterback Justin Fields expected to see the field as a starter at some point this season, there’s a growing concern about his lack of reps with the first-team offense. After all, there’s only so much playing behind a struggling second-team offensive line and with backup receivers who aren’t making plays on the ball.

Last week, head coach Matt Nagy said he’d like to get Fields some reps with the starters on offense and against a starting defense. That didn’t happen last week or against the Bills. But the hope is that changes when Chicago heads to Tennessee to face the Titans in the preseason finale.

We’re headed in the right direction. While Fields didn’t get reps with the first-team offense or against the starting defense during Monday’s practice, he did get some reps with the first-team skill players, including Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Jimmy Graham and Damiere Byrd.

While Andy Dalton is still very clearly getting the first-team reps, I’ve seen Justin Fields complete passes to Allen Robinson, Jimmy Graham and Darnell Mooney today. So they are working some of the top pass catchers in with Fields. #Bears

— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 23, 2021

JF1 to Arob in 7 on 7s pic.twitter.com/hXDmUGKUpl

— Da Justin Fields TailGate Show ™️ (@DaTailGateShow) August 23, 2021

There was one play during practice where Fields threw a pass to Robinson, which was just out of his reach. It was the perfect example of why these first-team reps are so valuable and necessary for Fields, as he needs to work on his timing with his receivers.