The Chicago Bears plan to start Andy Dalton in Week One of the 2021 season ahead of rookie Justin Fields, who they traded up to select with the 11th overall pick at the NFL Draft.
Last Updated: 16/06/21 9:48am
Head coach Matt Nagy had stood firm on the Chicago Bears’ intentions to begin the 2021 season with Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback over rookie Justin Fields.
In an interview on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast, Nagy was asked if there was a “possible scenario” that would see Fields play in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams on September 12.
“No,” Nagy said. “I mean, Andy is our starter. And again, I can’t predict anything. You know how it goes: There’s so many things that can happen between today and that Week 1. But Andy is our starter and Justin’s our No. 2 and we are gonna stick to this plan.”
The Bears moved up nine spots in the first round of April’s NFL draft to select Fields out of Ohio State at No 11 overall.
They sent the New York Giants their first-round pick (No 20), their fifth-rounder (No 164) and their 2022 first- and fourth-rounders to make the move.
Fields was the fourth quarterback taken in the draft, falling just behind Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars), Zach Wilson (New York Jets) and Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers). But Chicago do not appear to be in a rush to play Fields.
The Bears signed Dalton to a one-year, $10m deal in free agency, and general manager Ryan Pace told reporters in early April that Dalton would be their starter. That was four weeks before they traded up to pick Fields. Nick Foles also remains on the roster.
Dalton played significant snaps for the Dallas Cowboys last year once Dak Prescott went down for the year with a broken ankle. He started nine games and finished the year with 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions, having spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Nagy spent time on his podcast appearance describing how happy the coaching staff and front office were to pull off the trade to land Fields. But he reiterated that Dalton was always going to be the No 1 to start 2021.
“For us, we put together this plan, and the plan is that Andy is the starter,” Nagy said. “Andy’s played 10 great years in this league and had a lot of success. And we’re excited to be able to have him come in here and do what we think he can do, but yet also teach Justin how to play quarterback — all of us together — and insulate him so he can maximize his strengths.”
The Milwaukee Brewers have gone out and traded for pitcher Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers on deadline day.
As you might have been able to guess, the Milwaukee Brewers are busy on the MLB trade deadline trying to improve their roster for a deep postseason run. Well, this isn’t quite the move fans were hoping for, as the club just acquired veteran reliever Daniel Norris from the Tigers.
Norris, the former No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect back in 2015, never lived up to his hype and is having a year to forget in 2021.
The Milwaukee Brewers are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers, sources tell @kileymcd and me.
Daniel Norris trade for the Brewers is nothing to phone home about
Milwaukee supporters sure were hoping for some better news, as Norris is currently sporting a 5.83 ERA this season. That’s not the kind of production you want from a reliever, which is why the Brewers receive a C grade for this deal.
Meanwhile, for Detroit, they’re getting a B+ for moving Norris. In return, Tigers beat writer Jason Beck is reporting Detroit is receiving 21-year-old pitching prospect, Reese Olson.
Berrios, who is under team control through the 2022 season, was one of the most sought-after starters on the trade market. He has 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Twins this season. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire six-year career with the Twins and outside his rookie season he has never had an ERA above 4.00.
The move gives the Blue Jays a third ace starter to join Robbie Ray, Alek Manoah and Cy Young finalist Hyun-Jin Ryu. It also is the latest blockbuster move in the AL East arms race after the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all made trades in recent days to add power bats to their lineups.
The Blue Jays enter play Friday, their first home game at the Rogers Centre in nearly two years, fourth in the division with a 51-48 record. They are 9.5 games back of the Red Sox for first in the division and 4.5 games out a wild card spot.