Bear QB Justin Fields thinks his offense is progressing well but can still improve in all areas of the system.
“I think we are improving every day” Fields said, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “We are not where we want to be yet, of course… I think we can improve in everything. As long as we continue to improve every day, we will be in a good position. »
Fields feels he needs to do a better job of checking or kicking the ball when plays aren’t available.
“One thing I need to do a better job [of] this year is when the game is not there, throw the ball or check it”, Fields said. “It’s a big thing that I have to get used to because I feel like I’m in college [I] I had very good players around me, and we are in the league now. The defense is also paid to make plays. But when the game is not there, move on to the next game.
Bear HC Matt Eberflus believes Fields is “just on time” with its evolution.
“He does a good job; he’s on schedule.” said Eberflus. “We feel good where he is. The footwork is clean. The functioning is improving day by day and we are only taking one step at a time.
Packers second round WR Christian Watson focuses on mental rehearsals during training camp while recovering from knee surgery. Watson explained that he was frustrated that he couldn’t be out there competing with his team, but was trying to keep a positive mindset and absorb the playbook.
“It’s really frustrating, but I tried not to affect myself too much,said Watson, via Sports Illustrated. “There are still things I can do to improve and continue to be part of everything, doing mental rehearsals and staying in the playbook. So I try to look at the positives and stay at negative points away. But obviously it’s frustrating not being able to be there and having those opportunities to obviously create that connection with ’12’ and all the other receivers and just the team as a whole.”
GM Packers Brian Gutekunst isn’t concerned about Watson’s long-term status, but noted that, especially as a rookie, going through field reps is invaluable experience.
“I don’t care too much about it in the long run,“said Gutekunst. “But whenever a player misses the time they’re missing right now, you’ll need to be in catch-up mode. He’s a really smart guy. I know he works very hard and has very good work habits. So I know he will get there. We’d love to have him there right now, but he’s a young player we have high hopes for and expect him to play a big role in what we do in the future. So we’re not going to rush.”
On a positive note, Watson has already caught the attention of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
“He’s a smart boysaid Rodgers. “It would be nice if we could remove him from the PUP (list) so he can do some of the step-by-step things, but he’ll be fine. He is super athletic, he followed the whole off-season program with us. You see, he’s been in my pocket asking questions after period and during individual time, so I’m not worried about him.”
Packers rookie WR Romeo Doubs impressed QB Aaron Rodgers with its ability to create games.
“Every day… there was at least some sort of “wow” game for him,said Rodgers, via Around the NFL. “And it’s quite rare for a young person like that.”
Doubs knows that despite the praise from Rodgers, he has to keep piling on big plays.
“I feel like my camp is going really well,said Doubs. “But just for me, I keep telling myself to focus on what’s next throughout the day. I just make sure I try not to be too high or too low with myself.”
Doubs is focused on building Rodgers’ confidence and achieving what he believes he can do in his first year in the league.
“I have to set myself a standard to make sure Aaron trusts me enough, whether I’m a rookie,said Doubs.