Another preseason W! 🙌 #BUFvsCHI | #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/BXVMyIsXld
Comin' thru! 👀 @JuiceHerbert for 6. #BUFvsCHI | #DaBears pic.twitter.com/3CEC8zEo49
Football pre-season games are on. The Bills beat the Bears! Ok go Green Bay! pic.twitter.com/T8erJxuS2N
I had wondered why Spencer Brown seemed to go away abruptly in the 1st half. Here he is with the wrap on his knee, next to Stevenson getting worked on. #Bills #BillsMafia #GoBills pic.twitter.com/XtKXQj7khV
21 August, 2021 - 03:40pm
We’re just under 24 hours until the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills get underway for Week 2 of the preseason. Naturally, Bills backup quarterback and former Bear Mitchell Trubisky is grabbing all of the headlines as he makes his way back to the place he called home for the last four seasons.
Trubisky’s return has sparked a lot of debate among Bears fans recently. Many are wondering if he’s going to be booed while others are interested to see how he performs against his former team as he gets the start in place of Josh Allen. Some are also calling his return a revenge game and can’t wait to see him go head-to-head against rookie phenom Justin Fields. But Fields likely has his eyes set on another Bills quarterback and nobody is talking about it.
When Trubisky eventually exits on Saturday, Fields’ former teammate Jake Fromm will take his place. Fromm and Fields were teammates back in 2018 at Georgia. Fromm was named the starter during Fields’ freshman year and led the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship game, where they lost to Alabama. Though Fields did see action from time to time, appearing in 12 games, head coach Kirby Smart ensured it was Fromm’s team.
After the 2018 season, Fields decided to transfer to Ohio State and Fromm remained the starting quarterback at Georgia. Fromm regressed during his final year at Georgia and missed out on the College Football Playoff. He decided to forgo his senior season and was selected by the Bills in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft.
Fields, meanwhile, became one of the best quarterbacks in college football, being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2019 and leading the Buckeyes to the National Championship game in 2020 before falling to Alabama. He was considered one of the top quarterbacks in the nation for much of the last two years, totaling 79 touchdowns. Fields entered the NFL draft after his junior year, but fell to the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, where the Bears selected him.
Now, Fields and Fromm will meet for the first time since the two were teammate at Georgia. Though he had a tremendous amount of success at Ohio State, it doesn’t sound like Fields has forgotten the feeling of losing out to Fromm.
Shortly after getting drafted by the Bears, Fields was asked about having to wait to get his name called.
“I’ve gone through situations where I haven’t been chosen. I think the world has seen the outcome of that,” Fields told reporters in an obvious dig at Smart’s decision to stick with Fromm over him.
Even during Fields’ debut last week against the Miami Dolphins, Bulldogs fans were still irate over the decision to stick with Fromm after watching the Bears’ rookie light it up.
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards with two total TDs in his first preseason game.
He was so good today that Kirby Smart let him back up Jake Fromm at Georgia.
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) August 14, 2021
— Chief Rocka (@_ZeemMeetsWorld) August 14, 2021
I still think we all deserve an explanation as to why Jake Fromm started over Justin Fields.
— Taylor Hughes (@oTAYLORMADE) August 14, 2021
Fans are pitting this game as Fields against Trubisky, the past against the future. But the Bears rookie likely has his eyes fixated on Fromm, which should make for an interesting reunion of sorts.
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21 August, 2021 - 03:40pm
21 August, 2021 - 01:39pm
The Bills and Bears have one half of football in the books as these clubs are in the midst of their second preseason contest of the summer. Heading into this matchup, Mitchell Trubisky's return to Chicago for the first time as a visitor was one of the major storylines to follow. The former Bear got the start and proceeded to torch his old club by leading the Bills on four-straight touchdown drives to begin the game. Through two quarters, Trubisky has completed over 70% of his passes for 220 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton started for Chicago and didn't have as much success as his counterpart. Similar to last week, three-and-outs were an issue to begin the game and the overall offenses seemed to be out of sync with him under center. He was able to complete a 73-yard touchdown to Rodney Adams, but that was the only highlight to write home about on his day.
in the second half, the big story will be Bears rookie Justin Fields, who is looking to build off a strong debut last week. As we watch the young quarterback take the field, hang out with us in our live blog below.
This view will never get old 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/xciDArTzHp
Fields has a noticeable limp right now. Was hit pretty hard on a previous play and seemed to be favoring his right side. Injury -- if there is one -- doesn't appear to be too serious as he's still in the game.
Here's the big hit Fields took.
That's a nasty hit on Justin Fields.pic.twitter.com/ovnrCRzTNT
Fields has had some nice throws today but is 4-of-10 passing for 49 yards thus far. Really impressive with his feet (46 yards on the ground), but clearly still raw. That big sack shows that he still has room to grow to get a feel for the NFL level. Once it all clicks, however, look out.
Oh man. Fields took a MASSIVE hit. Helmet flew right off as the pass rusher had a direct line to him. Thankfully Fields is alright.
Just play the kid — even if he is working against backups
Andy Dalton was not the Bears biggest problem in the first half. The entire team stunk, as I've been tweeting. But the only time today they've looked like a team that should be sharing the field with the Bills has been when Justin Fields is at QB
Fields is probably better off just throwing it away there. Tried a little too hard to get it to his receiver, but it was a dangerous pass in traffic. Better to just throw it away and fight to live another down than risk a turnover in that area of the field.
That's what separates Fields. Was dead to rights with the pocket collapsing, but was able to roll out and get the first. He has a special combination of mobility and arm strength.
79-yard punt return for a touchdown for Buffalo's Marquez Stevenson. Felt like he was going to rip one off at some point. His speed is so apparent right when you see him.
Looks like the headset in Fields' helmet was having issues. Needed to go to the sidelined to get the play directly and ultimately forced the coaching staff to call a timeout.
In a bit of a defense of Dalton, protection was a problem at times.
Mitchell Trubisky's day is officially done. Jake Fromm is now in at quarterback for Buffalo as they begin the second half.
If Fields impresses in this second half, it's going to be really hard for the Bears coaching staff to stick by Dalton to begin the year.
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