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Summary from the Final Week of Camp
Justin Fields has no lingering effects from a minor groin injury that sidelined him last week. Head coach Matt Nagy reiterated that Andy Dalton would be the Week 1 starter, despite pressures from the fans and media to roll with Justin Fields. An unnamed NFL executive told Matt Lombardo that Fields should be the team’s Week 1 starter but alluded to Nagy’s time in Kansas City, where Patrick Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith. Nagy did hint at there being a possible change of guard, saying they would start “whoever is going to be best for the Chicago Bears, and that's going to obviously deal with production and wins." Most beat reporters expect Fields to take the starting job sooner than later. The rookie was an efficient 7-of-10 for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Titans and ran for another 13 yards.
On top of a great running back in David Montgomery, the team has solid depth in Tarik Cohen, Damien Williams, and Khalil Herbert. Montgomery spent the offseason working on his speed and pass-catching, which could help him earn more snaps. Cohen has yet to practice as he recovers from an ACL tear and will start the season on the PUP list. Expect Damien Williams to play a relief role. Herbert looked solid this preseason and earned a spot on the final roster but won’t see any meaningful carries barring injuries higher up the depth chart.
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