TEAMMATE: Justin Fields is Stronger, Faster Version of Dak Prescott

The comparisons surrounding Chicago Bears’ rookie quarterback Justin Fields have been flying left and right since the moment he was selected 11th overall in April’s NFL Draft. You can add one more to the list from one of his own teammates, wide receiver Jon’Vea Johnson, who spent time with Pro Bowl QB Dak Prescott in Dallas for two years. When comparing the two young quarterbacks, Johnson had this to say to Adam Jahns of The Athletic:

“Justin’s just a little more athletic than Dak, or a lot more I guess you could say, a lot faster. When he gets running out of the pocket, he can keep a play alive…A younger guy and faster. His arm might be a little stronger than Dak’s too, that’s a weapon right there.”

A faster, stronger, more athletic Dak Prescott? It’s fair to say that Johnson’s realization of his own words saying ‘that’s a weapon right there’ is correct. The Bears have not had that caliber of quarterback in the history of the franchise. Fields’ preseason performances have left a lot of fans clamoring for the rookie to make an appearance in Week 1, however head coach Matt Nagy is sticking to his guns and giving veteran Andy Dalton the start on Sunday Night Football against the Rams. Through his three preseason appearances, Fields went 30/49 for 276 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, while adding 92 yards on the ground for a 96.98 passer rating.

The numbers aren’t entirely eyepopping, but they’re still very respectable for a rookie QB (even if they came against mostly backups). On top of that, seeing the offense stall out with Dalton under center has definitely contributed to fans starting to get antsy about Fields making his regular season debut sooner rather than later.

While we won’t be able to immediately verify if Johnson’s suspicions are correct about what the Bears have in their QB of the future, it’s only a matter of time until we see Fields’ athleticism on display with the starters.

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Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson is the Media Manager for ChiCitySports and the host of the 1Up Fantasy podcast on the ChiCitySports Podcast Network. He has over 15 years in broadcast experience with ESPN Radio and CBS, and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago's 670AM The Score.

2 thoughts on “TEAMMATE: Justin Fields is Stronger, Faster Version of Dak Prescott

  • August 31, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    O.k. if he’s a different build and better than Dak, it sounds like he’s his own person and shouldn’t be compared to anyone.

  • August 31, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    And Fields also had about 6or 7 dropped passes. Can you see Dalton completing the Td throw Fields hit his 4th string TE with? i can’t. Dalton never did that with good supporting cast in Cincinnati or with a good crew of WRs in Dallas last yr. Da Bears aren’t a SB team yet,so let Fields learn

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