Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is listed as questionable leading into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, and the Bears seem to be playing it safe.
The Bears don’t have much room for error as they fall dead last in the NFC North standings with a record of 3-8, and they’re in a tough situation with quarterback Justin Fields being listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury.
The Bears reportedly don’t want to make Fields’ injury worse, so Trevor Siemian will most likely start in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. This would be a wise decision as not allowing Fields to get proper rest time could make his injury worse and risk long-term effects.
The Bears have the best chance of success with Justin Fields
Fields hasn’t been the best quarterback for all of this season, but he’s still consistently shown improvement and his recent upswing has proven he’s a necessary piece to future of the team. He’s been a main starter over the past two seasons, while Siemian and Nathan Peterman have been in backup roles. They also haven’t had many starts over the past few seasons, so it’s a bit risky to run the possibility of keeping Fields out longer than he needs to be.
Fields has improved since last season as well, and though he may not be to the caliber of some of the biggest NFL stars, he’s certainly growing into his role as starter.
Since last season, his completion percentage has improved from 58.9 to 59.6, yards per pass from 6.9 to 7.2, passer rating from 73.2 to 86.2 and quarterback rating from 31.4 to 54.4. He’s making great improvements that are showing, and he’s the most promising quarterback in Chicago.
On the other hand, Siemian has only played eight games since 2017 and Peterman has only played two since 2018. There’s no telling if they’ll be able to pull it together or not to start until they’re sent in, but Fields shows the most promise and the Bears are right in letting him heal properly.