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NFC North Rundown: Justin Fields more than impresses in Bears debut

The rookie quarterback lived up to his billing in game one of the preseason, while gaining a potential protector up front at tackle.

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After all the years of waiting, could the Chicago Bears have finally found a star quarterback?

After an impressive performance, particularly in the third quarter of Saturday’s first preseason game, Justin Fields gave Bears fans plenty to think about as the exhibition slate rolls along. Making plays both with his arm and legs, a poised Fields was the talk of the division after the first week of the preseason.

Today’s rundown dives deeper into Fields’ debut while also touching on a potential starting offensive tackle signed by the Bears this week. Meanwhile, another first-round pick had a solid first outing in Detroit, while Patrick Peterson is doing a bit of teaching to fellow cornerbacks in Minnesota.

Chicago Bears

Bears preseason week 1: Stock up/stock down

More on Justin Fields to come, but he was one of five Bears players with the arrow moving upward, while a pair of his passing targets trended in the opposite direction.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Justin Fields’ preseason debut in the Chicago Bears’ 20-13 win over the Miami Dolphins

It was a more than encouraging debut for the first-round pick and future franchise quarterback. Here are a few observations from his first preseason showing.

Roster Move: Bears add veteran OT Peters

With experience at tackle remaining a consistent question mark throughout the offseason, especially with a recent injury to Teven Jenkins, Chicago bolstered its front with the addition of a former All-Pro.


Detroit Lions

Lions vs. Bills preseason stock report: A whirlwind day for Craig Reynolds

Julian Okwara’s stock found itself going in both directions following the Lions’ first preseason contest.

Breaking down all of Penei Sewell’s 22 snaps in preseason opener

Speaking of first-round pick breakdowns, here is a play-by-play recap of the Lions’ rookie offensive tackle’s debut.

Lions’ Dan Campbell clarifies clock management choices in preseason-opening loss

The new Detroit head coach decided to value passing reps over wins and losses late in the team’s first exhibition game.


Minnesota Vikings

Stock up, stock down from the Vikings’ loss to the Broncos

Kellen Mond gained a positive review under center after game one, while cornerback Cam Dantzler gave up a long touchdown pass.

Vikings’ Patrick Peterson: The teacher who is still learning in Year 11

Not only is Peterson trying to prolong his NFL career in a defensive system that has helped other older corners to do so, but he is helping several of his younger teammates to develop their eye discipline and press coverage skills.

For the Time Being, Vikings Kicking Competition Ends

Minnesota’s kicking competition is now done to a lone survivor.