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10 takeaways from Bears' second week of voluntary OTAs

SMG Logo By Alyssa Barbieri of SMG | Slide 1 of 10: While it's just practice, it's hard to ignore the praise that rookie quarterback Justin Fields continues to receive during offseason workouts. Specifically when it comes to his command in the huddle, something that is impressive given he's a rookie entering the league. According to The Athletic's Adam Jahns, Fields was giving out orders to his teammates -- veterans and rookies -- throughout practice, including getting his receivers into the right alignments during 7-on-7 drills and noticing and waiting for the right personnel on a play call. “What he does is he sits back there with (quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo) when Andy (Dalton) is running the show,” coach Matt Nagy said. “He’s back there repeating every word and he’s flipping it and he’s going through in his mind how to call the play — like he’s in the huddle. “The big part of that is getting the right personnel, understanding the formations, where’s the ball at: It’s on the left hash, right hash, middle of the field, first wide vision. And so he’s going through all of that. I thought (Wednesday) he had a real good day of seeing that. I thought he spun the ball well.” While Fields has been impressive throughout the offseason, he's been far from perfect. He struggled with quarterback-center exchanges -- fumbling two consecutive snaps -- which prompted the Bears to change centers. But it's to be expected given he's never taken snaps under center until now.

Fields continues to impress with his command, but he did struggle with QB-center exchanges

While it's just practice, it's hard to ignore the praise that rookie quarterback Justin Fields continues to receive during offseason workouts. Specifically when it comes to his command in the huddle, something that is impressive given he's a rookie entering the league. According to The Athletic's Adam Jahns, Fields was giving out orders to his teammates -- veterans and rookies -- throughout practice, including getting his receivers into the right alignments during 7-on-7 drills and noticing and waiting for the right personnel on a play call. “What he does is he sits back there with (quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo) when Andy (Dalton) is running the show,” coach Matt Nagy said. “He’s back there repeating every word and he’s flipping it and he’s going through in his mind how to call the play — like he’s in the huddle. “The big part of that is getting the right personnel, understanding the formations, where’s the ball at: It’s on the left hash, right hash, middle of the field, first wide vision. And so he’s going through all of that. I thought (Wednesday) he had a real good day of seeing that. I thought he spun the ball well.” While Fields has been impressive throughout the offseason, he's been far from perfect. He struggled with quarterback-center exchanges -- fumbling two consecutive snaps -- which prompted the Bears to change centers. But it's to be expected given he's never taken snaps under center until now.
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