Packers Rival to the South has an interesting mini-camp
The Chicago Bears put the wraps on an interesting, and crucial, mini-camp held in Lake Forest. For the team there was some spectacle as well. They took a “team-building day” and rented out the United Center. The Green Bay Packers did not seem to make any type of public display in terms of team building like Chicago did.
Bears defensive player Justin Jones also helped drum up the rivalry a little with some off-handed comments on the Pack.
But on the field the team is looking to get QB1 Justin Fields comfortable with his new receivers.
On the ground last season, Fields was magical at times, rushing for over one thousand yards (1,143). He played in 15 games. In his career he has thrown for 24 touchdowns but also thrown 21 interceptions.
It is the passing game for the Bears that must improve. And the team’s dealing away the number one overall pick was done to help fix some of that. Acquiring DJ Moore has seemed to help.
According to Bears beat reporter Courtney Cronin,
“Fields, who enters his third season, will have a true WR1 in Moore. We’ve already seen the two establish a connection and build chemistry in OTA’s… Fields increased comfort level is noticeable too, especially with his timing.”
For Justin Fields this is a big offseason. He is looking to make that jump to a “top ten” NFL quarterback. If he can do it, it will need to be through the air. He already has proven he can stretch the field by running the ball. (Running for a thousand yards is no joke.) In practice it appears the Bears are planning to do everything they can to get the passing game going.
It hasn’t all been good
Reports also surfaced that Fields has had some noticeable struggles. This external tweet below discusses some strange decisions made by Fields in simple check-down plays.
Of course the very valid and acceptable argument can be made that it is just practice and he is supposed to be making mistakes to improve. But from different videos and different “takes”, it seems like it has been more of a struggle than a finished product.
In such a quarterback driven league, as Fields goes, so will the Bears.
Packers and Bears Quarterback play
Of course the same can be said of the Packers.
If Jordan Love can rush the ball half as well as Justin Fields and throw the ball better, that bolds well for the Pack. Of course in such an important position, mini-camp can weigh more on the minds of fans then maybe it should.
But the rivalry continues. And with reports out of Bears camp neutral to poor, Packers fans are certainly more than interested.
The Packers face off against the Bears in week one, Sunday September 10 at 3:25 in Chicago. That game will do a lot to see if Packers QB Jordan Love can keep up with Fields. Interestingly enough both Love and Fields are the same age (24 years old).
How they continue to develop and work will ultimately have a major impact on how their respective seasons end up.
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