Bears QB Watch: Here's how Justin Fields and Andy Dalton fared on Day 2 of training camp


Bears QB Watch: Here's how Justin Fields and Andy Dalton fared on Day 2 of training camp

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While the expectations are high for what Fields can accomplish, even as a rookie so early on in his career, it’s important to keep expectations fair. After all, he is a rookie quarterback making the transition from the collegiate level to the pros.

Mistakes are going to happen, whether that’s for veterans or rookies — but especially rookies. So it’s not a surprise that Fields has some early growing pains during the first two practices of camp.

“Fields is clearly behind Dalton. It actually looked that way in two consecutive practices, too. It’s early, but it appears as if there will be some growing pains for Fields to get through. Part of that could be what the Bears are asking him to do. But he must experience them,” The Athletic’s Adam Jahns wrote following Thursday’s practice.

According to NBC Sports Chicago‘s Adam Hoge, one of Fields’ most impressive moments was an anticipatory throw to Riley Ridley that was dropped. Also, “the zip that comes off Fields’ throwing arm is natural and impressive.” But there were also some misses, which included some balls sailing on him and taking a sack on third down that almost pushed the team out of field goal range during the seven-minute drill.

Again, nothing to be concerned about. Fields said that he’s someone who learns from his mistakes — he doesn’t make the same error twice. As he continues to adjust to the game, he’s going to look like a rookie. But we’re just two practices into training camp with preseason still ahead.