No. 4: Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Trey Lance and the Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields are likely to be linked for a long time, as both were among the favorites for 49ers fans leading up to the NFL Draft, and it’ll certainly be a storyline if both end up facing off against each other when the two teams play on Oct. 31.
For now, though, Fields’ rise to the starting job has been arguably more turbulent and worrisome for his long-term future than Lance. Particularly with head coach Matt Nagy on the hot seat and a real chance Fields winds up having to develop under an entirely new system next year.
That’s not a 2021 problem, though, yet Fields’ efforts for Chicago over three starts haven’t focused much at all on him actually passing. To date, the No. 11 overall NFL Draft choice has attempted just 72 passes, which is only 24 more than Lance, the latter having started only one game.
It’s hard to dissect exactly what Nagy is trying to do here.
At any rate, Fields owns a modest 51.4 completion percentage with just 658 yards passing and one touchdown through the air against two interceptions.
As far as context goes, Fields is in a worse situation than that of Lance with the Niners, even though San Francisco fans probably would say otherwise.