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‘Support in every way’: Chicago Bears work to help QB Fields with whatever he needs

CHICAGO (SCS) — The Chicago Bears return to Halas Hall this week for volunteer-organized team activities.

As CBS 2’s Matt Zahn reported, the Bears are doing a lot to help quarterback Justin Fields as he transitions from rookie to sophomore.

Head coach Matt Eberflus has a very specific plan for what he wants from his backup quarterbacks when it comes to helping Justin Fields develop, and former North West Trevor Siemian certainly seems to be agree with that.

“I mean support in every way — mental support, being there for him. Helping through the learning process. You know, that’s what these veteran quarterbacks do,” Eberflus said. “If there are any questions he has on the side, that’s what they’re there for.”

“The other part of being a substitute is being there for the guy who’s playing. Being his guy. Not giving him too much, but giving him exactly what he needs. You don’t want to be a guy with all those opinions,” Siemian said. “Understanding your teammates – how can you help make the Bears the best team possible?”

New center Lucas Patrick said Fields has already exceeded his lofty expectations, and one trait in particular stood out.

“Fast. He can move fast. He’s a fun guy. He’s young, so he likes to have juice and energy,” Patrick said. “He’s got a living arm. A few throws he made today where that ball – it’s like it’s getting faster and faster through the air,”

Matt Eberflus didn’t seem too frustrated that Robert Quinn and Mario Edwards were still not in attendance, saying he wished everyone were there, but stressed that it was always voluntary.


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