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All eyes are on quarterback Justin Fields heading into a pivotal second season, where the hope and expectation is that Fields will take a big step forward in his development.
While we won’t get clarity on the on-field element until the pads are turned on, one thing Fields has already improved on is taking on a bigger leadership role. This is something his teammates have already noticed.
“His leadership has taken a step forward,” said offensive guard Cody Whitehair. “And that just comes from the fact that he’s more comfortable from year 1 to year 2, a little more experience, seeing things a second or third time or fourth time, and he won’t do than keep growing.”
Fields has started to express his expectations more as he takes ownership of this attack, and that’s something that has impressed Cole Kmet.
“He’s just been great in terms of vocalizing everyone and showing what he wants from everyone,” Kmet said. “It was fun to be a part of and fun to watch and exciting to continue building on that leading into training camp.”
The Bears defense also took note of Fields’ command of the huddle and offense this offseason. Defensive tackle Justin Jones sings his praises and expects Fields to make a jump in Year 2.
“He’s got dominant field leadership, a legit field general,” Jones said. “He pisses the guys off, gets the guys going.
“I’m really excited about the season he’s about to have. Once you’ve played your first year, you’ve seen the speed of the game, you’ve seen how the guys move, how fast the window is closing. You see how quickly the receivers are opening. I’m excited. He’s much more comfortable now.
The hope is that comfort translates into success in 2022.
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