5 storylines to watch in Bears' preseason opener vs. Chiefs

5 storylines to watch in Bears' preseason opener vs. Chiefs

Published August 13, 2022
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While a good number of NFL teams are resting their starters, we’ll get to see the Bears’ starters for a short time. Head coach Matt Eberflus said that the starters will play between 15 to 20 reps in the preseason opener — although it’ll vary by player and not everyone will play. He also noted that some will play in the 10 to 15 range, which you figure would include quarterback Justin Fields.

Chicago has been hit by a number of injuries over the last week, which means we probably won’t get to see rookies Kyler Gordon and Velus Jones Jr., as well as David Montgomery and Cole Kmet, who’ve been sidelined for a couple of days. But given the object of preseason, as far as veterans, is to get out of their healthy, perhaps that’s not such a bad thing.

Saturday’s preseason opener will provide us our first — albeit, limited — live look at second-year quarterback Justin Fields in Luke Getsy’s offense. Fields’ development remains the most important thing this season, and it’s the key to the team’s overall success moving forward. While Fields isn’t surrounded by the flashiest supporting cast — or healthiest, at the moment — this new offense should do wonders for him. Getsy built this offense around Fields’ strengths, so it’s safe to say it’s the anti-Matt Nagy offense.

Fields has shown incremental progress this summer as he gets a firmer grasp on he offense. And lately, he’s been doing it in less-than-ideal circumstances, as he’s without some of his top wideouts in Byron Pringle, Velus Jones Jr. and N’Keal Harry, as well as tight end Cole Kmet. Fields has shown improvement in several areas, including his leadership, footwork, throwing motion and overall decision-making. Now, we’ll get a chance to glimpse it (briefly) in live action.