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Bears’ Justin Fields gets honest career projection from Pro Bowl defender

Bears Justin Fields Aqib Talib

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields hasn’t lit up the NFL landscape so far in his first season. Although he has had a few highlights here and there, the 11th overall pick in the 2021 draft hasn’t been very effective for the 3-6 Bears.

In nine games, including seven starts, Fields has only four touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. He has thrown for 1,282 yards and 6.9 yards per pass attempt. He has been sacked 29 times, the most in the league, and lost 219 yards, which is also the highest mark in the league.

At least one big-time former player has confidence in Fields, though. Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib said on the PFF Fantasy Podcast that he’s getting on the Fields bandwagon early.

Growing pains are always expected of rookies, including in one of the most important positions in all of sports. Showing improvements throughout the season is what makes for a promising rookie campaign, even if that rookie isn’t very good yet.

Fields’ numbers may not be very good by the season’s end, but as long as he continues to develop, his first professional season may not be a complete bust. He said that has been able to recognize different defenses more, which is a key step in his growth as a player. Talib hopping on Fields’ bandwagon early shows that there is plenty of hope for the rookie quarterback.