Justin Fields talks about the move, David Montgomery’s big chance, and a sneak peek at the new Bears – Chicago Bears Blog

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears center Lucas PatrickHe spent five of his previous seasons with the Green Bay PackersHigh expectations were placed on the quarterback by. Justin Fields Patrick signed as a free agent with Chicago

Those expectations were met during OTAs May.

“Fast. He can get moving pretty quick,” Patrick said. “He’s got a live arm. I mean, there were a few throws he made where that ball — it’s like it keeps getting faster in the air.

“He’s soaking everything up. Whether it’s coaches, me, or stuff he’s telling me, it’s really good. He’s really talented. I thought he was going to be really good, and he is exceeding my expectations.”

The Bears wrap up OTAs next week and then end their offseason with mandatory minicamp June 14-16. It’s early, but as new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, formerly a Packers assistant, installs his scheme, evaluations are starting to take shape.

‘Justin’s on the move a lot’

Getsy said the Bears would have “a quarterback-driven offense” predicated on what Fields does well. Chicago’s offense is expected to lean heavily on the running game and put Fields in a better position to make plays off play-action and bootlegs.

“I don't want to get too much in detail with it, but Justin’s on the move a lot, and I think he does well with that,” tight end Cole Kmet said. “That’s been exciting to see, and you see the types of throws he can make with his legs and on the run and off-schedule.”

Early signs indicate that Fields is building a strong relationship with Getsy.

“No question,” first-year head coach Matt Eberflus said. “You can sense a connection throughout the whole room. I think it’s a work in progress just like the rest of the rooms are, but we are pleasantly surprised where it is right now.”

Getsy said Fields is “ahead of pace” in picking up the new offense.

“We have to be on the same page, always,” Getsy said. “That’s where I feel like he’s grown, is communicating with me so well now, things that he’s feelings, things that he sees and so that part of it has just been tremendous for a young guy to be able to do that.”

‘Efficient and compact’

Fields stated that he was making changes to the mechanics of his pass. He is now keeping his left foot forward while shooting the shotgun. It helps him with timing and rhythm. There’s also been an effort to shorten Fields’ throwing motion.

“We’re always just trying to be efficient and compact,” quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko said. “Everything starts with our feet and building it from the ground up. And then from there just being compact and allowing him to have the best release possible from the ground up, from the waist up, with his base and all that.”

Fields' 12 fumbles (5 of them lost) was the most by a rookie Bears player last season.

Montgomery & Co. could ‘open up’ things for Fields

Running back David Montgomery enters his fourth season in Chicago, and it’s a contract year. He’s coming off a season when he rushed for 849 yards and seven TDs in 13 games. Bears' fellow back Khalil HerbertThey added fullback Khari Blasingame And drafted Trestan Ebner The sixth round. Montgomery could be a candidate to play a larger role in the Bears' receiver group.

The Bears finished 14th last season in rush, and Chicago sees an opportunity for Fields to be relieved of some of the pressure.

“Justin will be a much better quarterback if we can be productive running the football,” running backs coach David Walker said. “That’s going to open up a lot of stuff for him.”

‘A big difference’ on the offensive line

Ryan Poles, the general manager of the NFL combine, stated that the Bears had to alter their body type and get lighter to be able to run a zone-blocking system.

Teven Jenkins, who has moved from left to right tackle, the position he played in college, said he’s slimmed down to 325 pounds after being at his heaviest of 345 last season. He credits Pilates and cutting down on carbs and beer.

“It is a big difference,” Jenkins said of the scheme. “It’s a lot faster pace, a lot more up-tempo, getting around, setting edges, all that stuff. How that affects you is you got to slim down a little bit more, get faster, speeding up in certain areas.”

Jenkins isn’t the only player on the move. Larry Borom This spring, he occupied the left tackle position. Sam Mustipher This spring, he received reps at the right guard after playing 1,121 snaps at the center in 2021.

Kmet’s stock is rising

Chicago’s receiver room has one player who boasts a 1,000-yard receiving season in Darnell Mooney. Rest — Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown, Velus Jones Jr., Tajae Sharpe And Dante Pettis You have much to prove.

Kmet’s potential to become one of Fields’ top two pass-catchers is a storyline to watch. Kmet started all 17 games and caught 60 passes for 612 yard. These were the targets that he was able to reach. Jimmy GrahamThe ex-teammate, if they are not with the team anymore, should make their way to Kmet, particularly in red zone.

Getsy saw the value in targeting a tight end in the red zone in 2020 when Green Bay’s Robert Tonyan He was tied for fifth in touchdowns with 11 others. Naturally, he was a good sport. Aaron Rodgers He was throwing, but it was still a very effective game plan.

Getsy stated that Cole has impressed him. He has the ability and flexibility to play, which I believe is his best asset. So it's exciting to see him play a variety of roles in our offense.

“Some players that are out there, they're kind of like this is what they do well. Cole is one of those guys.

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