When the Chicago Bears signed Andy Dalton in March, they alerted social media that their "QB1" had arrived.
Even after drafting Justin Fields at No. 11 overall, head coach Matt Nagy has maintained that stance, and in an appearance on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman, Nagy said that's still the case.
"No. I mean Andy is our starter," Nagy said. "Again I can't predict anything. You know how it goes. There's so many things that can happen between today and Week 1. But Andy is our starter and Justin is our No. 2 and we're going to stick to this plan."
The Bears moved on from Mitchell Trubisky, their No. 2 overall pick in 2017. Signing Dalton, a three-time Pro Bowler who stepped back into the spotlight when Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5, was enough to plug the hole.
Dalton finished 2020 with 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions, going 4-5 through nine starts for the Cowboys.
But at the draft, Fields brought a glimmer of hope to Chicago.
Fields finished the 2020 campaign with 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns through eight games for Ohio State a year after appearing in 14 games and throwing for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Reporters seemed impressed with Fields during OTAs:
Minicamp began Tuesday and will run through Thursday before training camp later this summer. If nothing changes in terms of Nagy's stance, it'll be Dalton who gets the start against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1.