Fields and his offense started off slow, as two of their first three practices ended in puntings while the other was flipped on downs. As the Bears faced a two-minute drill on their last possession of the first half, Matt Nagy finally opened the playbook and let his rookie quarterback take a few chances on the field. On a 3rd and 6th, Fields identified a situation where his tight end Jesper Horsted had a safety shot – and threw a pass that resulted in a defensive pass interference penalty. The 20 yards gained on the penalty was the biggest “play” Chicago had recorded all night, and then Fields followed it with the pitch of the game two snaps later.
Fields delivered a touchdown pass on the run – placing the ball in a window where only receiver Horsted could catch it even though he was on double coverage and working in a tight space along the touchline. It was a time when you could feel everyone’s eyebrows at Nissan Stadium rise at the same time, as it was understood that it would definitely be the game of the game.
So what was that feeling everyone had on Fields’ last pitch of the preseason? Horsted simply said it was the power of Justin Fields.
“It was just kind of an example of the power of Justin Fields,” Horsted said after the game. “He is excellent for prolonging the game.”
“No one else could have caught that ball except maybe my other teammate – maybe I would have taken it from him, I have to see the movie. But it was a good ball, just enough space for me to go in and out with both feet limit, but no defender could have got this ball. “
After the 27-24 win over the Titans, Coach Nagy spent a lot of time on Fields’ touchdown pass talking to reporters, admitting that the one thing he thinks Fields does a great job with is keeping the eyes on the ground. Nagy also said he came to see how special his rookie quarterback was outside the pocket.
“He did a lot of good things,” Nagy said. “So I would say that with our situation with Andy and where he’s at, he did everything he could to make us feel good that if we had to put him in the game or if we had to put him in the game, it would be fine. “
Dalton will be the Bears’ starting quarterback when Chicago takes on the Los Angeles Rams on September 12, but one has to wonder when Nagy makes the move for Fields. The young quarterback has made a statement about his potential with his last game of the preseason, or at least the kind of “power” he has when it comes to shaking things up downstream.