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Justin Fields wants to win Bears starting QB job over Andy Dalton

Yardbarker 5/14/2021 Zac Wassink, Yardbarker
a baseball player wearing a helmet: Justin Fields © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Justin Fields

Former Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton joined the Chicago Bears via a one-year, $10 million contract in March, in part because he was told he would be the team's starter. 

That, of course, was before Chicago traded up to select Ohio State Buckeyes signal-caller Justin Fields with the No. 11 pick of this year's draft. Fields is participating in this weekend's rookie minicamp sessions and has left no doubt he is eyeing the starting QB spot on the depth chart. 

"Of course I think everybody on our team should be striving for a starting job, and if you’re not there’s no reason for you to be here," Fields told reporters on Friday, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. "So of course I’m going to do everything I can to get that starting job. It’s not up to me. Coach Nagy has a set plan for my development, but I’m just going to work hard, keep my head down and keep grinding it out every day." 

Head coach Matt Nagy is participating in minicamp virtually after he had close contact with a family member who tested positive for COVID-19.  

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