When the Bears traded up to select Justin Fields at No. 11 overall in the 2021 NFL draft, many touted his ability to become the franchise quarterback the team has desperately searched for, for decades. Expertness cited his big arm, playmaking ability on the ground, and incredible grit and toughness. Now, another QB superstar and bitter Bears rival is adding his voice to the chorus.
“I think he’s a really talented kid,” Aaron Rodgers said about Fields on the “Pat McAfee Show.” “You can obviously see he’s got a really good arm on him. He can really move around and extend the plays and make plays outside the pocket… He has a lot of star qualities with his presence and his abilities.”
Rodgers saw those abilities on full display on Sunday Night Football, when Fields bounced back from a bad pick-six, to throw a perfect dart to Damiere Byrd for a 54-yard touchdown. Fields busted off big gains with his feet too, rushing nine times for 74 yards. While those are impressive feats for a rookie quarterback, Rodgers offered some advice for how Fields can get even better in 2022 and beyond.
“The most important thing for young players is to continue to work on the little things, the little details,” Rodgers said. “Even as an older player, every year you go back and watch the previous year’s film, and try to work on one specific thing during training camp. I think it’s too much to ask, ‘I’ve got to work on six different things to improve.’ Take one or two things that you really want to work on in the offseason. It could be ball handling, it could be footwork in the pocket, just little things to improve on. And if you start stacking years and years of trying to work on one, or maybe even two specific things, you can really become a star.”