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Bears 2022 training camp preview: Quarterbacks

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With less than a month left until Chicago Bears training camp, it’s time to start thinking about the roster the team will bring to Lake Forest.

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It starts with the most important position: quarterback, where quarterback Justin Fields has been in the spotlight this offseason. Aside from Fields, there were big changes in the quarterback room, with Andy Dalton and Nick Fowles dropping out and Trevor Simian and Nathan Peterman coming in.

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This new regime, led by general manager Ryan Poles, has been criticized for how it has treated Fields this offseason, especially when it comes to the lack of untested weapons and the state of the offensive line. But they also brought in a new offensive coordinator, Luke Getsy, so Fields could succeed.

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Let’s take a look at the quarterbacks heading to training camp:

Justin Fields

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The treatment of then-rookie Justin Fields last season was questionable at best and sloppy at worst. Fields is wrapping up a tough rookie season that led to the layoffs of Ryan Paice and Matt Nagy, a sign that the organization is thinking about Fields’ potential success. Now, despite criticism over his support lineup and offensive line, it’s hard to argue that Fields is in a better position in second grade under Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflux.

It starts with new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, who has built this entire offense around Fields. Unlike Nagy’s mode, we’ll see the Bears capitalize on Fields’ strengths, including his mobility and long-range shot, while also giving him the opportunity to succeed by utilizing game action and setting up a big-running formation. All eyes will be on Fields’ development this season as he takes a big step forward and feels like a winning season.

Trevor Simian

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The Bears’ backup quarterback situation worsened this offseason after Andy Dalton left as a free agent. Instead, general manager Ryan Poles brought in Trevor Simian as Fields’ understudy, where it was indicated that Poles felt Simian was a better fit for this offense than Nick Foles, who had been released earlier in the offseason.

Simian, a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2015, started the season from 2016 to 2017. But after leaving Denver, he mostly served as a reserve with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. The hope is that we won’t see much – or at all – Simian during the regular season. But because of the unpredictability of the NFL, the backup quarterback is always one game away. And Chicago is betting that Simian will be a smooth potential transition.

Nathan Peterman

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Last season, the Bears had the best third-team quarterback in the league, Fowles. They now have one of the NFL’s most fluid quarterbacks, Nathan Peterman, waiting in the wings as a third-line quarterback. Peterman spent his first two seasons with the Bills from 2017 to 2018, where he made four starts. He opened the 2018 season as Buffalo’s starting quarterback before being replaced by first-round rookie Josh Allen after Peterman posted a 0.0 quarterback rating and was later released.

Peterman has spent the last few years with the Las Vegas Raiders, where he served as an understudy for Derek Carr. He briefly faced the Bears last season in place of Carr, where he had two rushes for two yards. Unlike last year—when Fowles hit the salary cap—the Bears are unlikely to have three quarterbacks. Peterman will likely be put on the practice team in case of an emergency.

The big question is: Will Justin Fields take a step forward in Season 2?

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No one expects this Bears team to be a contender in 2022. But the season will still be considered successful if Fields takes a step forward in his development. While there has been a lot of criticism about how Chicago has handled Fields this offseason – when it comes to the lack of a proven weapon and offensive line – there is still reason to believe he will improve.

The Bears implement a new Getsy-led offense based on Fields’ skill set. Getsy understands the importance of building the offense around the quarterback first, where we have to get a lot of Fields on the move, using play action and letting him throw it deep. While Fields may not yet be ready for his breakout season, he has what it takes to take a step forward in his development.

Training camp position preview

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We present our Bears 2022 training camp position previews, in which we break down each player by position and examine the most important question facing the group.

  • defender

  • Running back (will be 7/4/22)

  • Wide receiver (expected 07/06/22)

  • Hard ending (to be 7/8/22)

  • Attack line (will be 10.07.22)

  • Inner defensive line (will be 12.07.22)

  • Edge rusher (will be 14.07.22)

  • Midfielder (16.07.22)

  • Cornerback (18.07.22)

  • Security (20.07.22)

  • Special Teams (07/22/22)

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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