Justin Fields: No chip on shoulder for being 4th QB drafted originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Justin Fields is now the quarterback of the future for the Chicago Bears. General manager Ryan Pace traded up to the New York GIants' 11th overall pick to take Fields.
But Fields was the fourth quarterback drafted this year. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, BYU's Zach Wilson and North Dakota State's Trey Lance went one, two three to kick off the night.
Does Fields feel slighted by being the fourth quarterback off the board? Is there a chip on his shoulder now?
"No, not really," Fields told reporters Thursday night.
The Bears have seen quarterbacks they've passed on used that slight as motivation. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes counted to 10 on his fingers after scoring against Chicago, a reference to the Bears picking Mitch Trubisky over him.
"I mean I've gone through situations where I haven't been chosen and I think the world has seen the outcome of that," Fields said. "But my goal now is not to worry about those teams. Those teams have nothing to do with me. My goal is to you know if we play that team, to beat them.
"So I'm not worried about the draft. The draft is over for me. For me personally, I'm ready to get to work."
It's a professional answer, though I'm sure some fans would hope Fields would carry a bit of a chip ala Mahomes. Or like Minnesota Vikings legend Randy Moss did against the Dallas Cowboys when he caught three touchdown passes as a rookie in the Thanksgiving Day showdown.
"I’m the kind of guy that thinks that everything happens for a reason," Fields said. "I think this is God’s plan for me to be a Bear, so I’m more than excited and I’m more than ready to get up there."