Bears’ Matt Nagy: Justin Fields would take over if Andy Dalton gets hurt

Justin Fields is the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback. And yes, the rookie will be the first choice if starter Andy Dalton gets injured.

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Bears quarterback Justin Fields practices at Halas Hall last week.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields practices at Halas Hall last week.

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Justin Fields is the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback.

And yes, the rookie will be the first choice if, hypothetically, starter Andy Dalton gets injured.

“He would be the guy,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said after Wednesday’s mandatory minicamp practice. 

Nagy laid out the depth chart yet again Wednesday — Dalton No. 1, Fields No. 2 and Nick Foles No. 3 — before saying he didn’t want to have to parse questions about the order every day of training camp. Dalton will begin the season as the starter, barring injury, while Fields will get extra practice snaps as the Bears try to develop him.

“There will be a process and a plan,” Nagy said. “We will stick to that. That plan is not going to change tomorrow. The plan is not going to change in training camp. The plan is a plan — and it’s been thought out.”

Nagy has explained the plan, in person, to all three quarterbacks. 

“All three of those guys know that you need to produce, you need to play well, you need to compete, you need to be the best quarterback you can be,” he said. “And then it’s going to be really pretty easy for us to see who that is and how that goes.”

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