The Chicago Bears are in the middle of their second and final volunteer OTA, and today was the day the media was allowed to gather in Halas Hall to take in the festivities. This was also the lone head coach Matt Nagy, and a few players were made available after training via Zoom press conferences.
The offense was missing a couple of players, most notably Allen Robinson, Jimmy Graham, Nick Foles and Anthony Miller, who, according to Nagy, was out with a minor injury that he called “a little nick.” And on defense, the only two starters on the field were Roquan Smith and Tashaun Gipson, even though corner Desmond Trufant and the Nickel hopefuls were all on the field practicing.
But like the last round of OTAs, these are all volunteers, and the veterans have all participated virtually. The Bears are holding their mandatory minicamp on the 1
Under Bears policy, what the media is allowed to report on is very limited, but the consensus from Wednesday is that rookie quarterback Justin Fields killed it.
Can not go into details. But from what I saw, it was a very good day for rookie QB Justin Fields today. #Bears
– Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) June 9, 2021
Yes, it’s just practice, and yes the players are just in shorts and helmets, but everything that is positively shown from Chicago’s new QB is being hyped up.
But that was not all good news about Fields as he continued his transition to the pro game.
Justin Fields dropped two snaps from under center today.
But there was so much more to his day. He threw a beautiful deep ball to Damiere Byrd for a TD.
Fields also corrected his teammates at the line, making sure to have the right staff in his jaw.
Good day to him
– Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 9, 2021
Nagy said today’s practice was a bit sloppy at times, but a few crushed snaps forming a QB who spent most of his former football time in shotguns is not that big of a deal, plus he probably worked with the back up center, so this will get better.
The beauty of Fields’ deep ball was a theme for the day, and Nagy took the time in his press to talk about the command of the offense that his young QB is already showing.
Reports from Halas Hall were that veteran QB Andy Dalton did not have the best day with three interceptions in 7 at 7.
a bear qb was very good today and a bear qb was not. in completely independent news, Justin Fields has a cannon
– cam ellis (@KingsleyEllis) June 9, 2021
You can check out Matt Nagy’s full press in the integration below.
Bear center Sam Mustipher also met the media today and he said he gained £ 10 this offseason as he focused on building strength while working alongside Bears’ legend Olin Kreutz.
Right now, he’s penciled in as a starting center, but he knows he needs to keep working hard. “Whether it’s in the training team, whether it’s in the active list, whether it’s like a starting center, I prepare every offseason with the exact mindset that I’ll have to be great to play,” Mustipher said. “Last year showed the fruits of my labor.”
Mustifer’s full press conference can be seen here.
The tight end Cole Kmet was free with Fields and said “He has been fantastic so far. Great teammate. Great person. Coming into work every day with your head down and ready to do the right thing. He comes out here every day to be great and you can see that. ”
Nagy said he imagines Kmet’s role in offense growing in Year 2, and Kmet said he’s stronger and faster and looking forward to an actual NFL offseason.
Kmet’s press conference can be seen here.
Second-year receiver Darnell Mooney said he wants to be more of a threat to defenders this season and also be more of an asset to his team. He also refused to take the bait when asked about the comments from Ram’s corner Jalen Ramsey.
Asked about his new QB and his ability to throw it deep, Mooney said he throws a “beautiful ball”, adding that Fields is “very accurate” and said he was “a great player and a good player”. person.”
“I caught one or two deep bullets from him,” Mooney said. “The very first one he threw up to me, I smiled midway just to see the ball in the air and right where it was located.”
Mooney’s full press can be heard here.
Running back Damien Williams said part of the reason he chose Chicago as a free agent was his familiarity with the offense, which had been in a similar scheme with the Chiefs in 2018 and 2019, and so when he met coaches and players , it was an easy decision for him to sign with the Bears.
“I feel like one of the rookie kids,” Williams said when he was back in the NFL after opting out of the 2020 season. “First day back, new guy in the building. I’m just embracing it right now, really. ”
Williams was also asked about his rookie QB, and he described a game where “he threw a ball in cover 2. There’s a small hole shot that you have to get into. Back shoulder. It was beautiful.”
See Williams’ press conference here.