Bears rookie Justin Fields will start at quarterback Saturday for the Bears’ final preseason game against the Titans — but he won’t be the Week 1 starter.
Rather, the Bears plan to simply rest most of their veteran starters Saturday — with the exception of members the offensive line, which will protect Fields. The rookie will play the first half, coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday. Nick Foles will play the second half.
Andy Dalton will start Week 1 against the Rams. Nagy has maintained all camp that the veteran Dalton would begin the season as the Bears’ starter, regardless of Fields’ play in the preseason. Fields outplayed Dalton in the first preseason game against the Dolphins, though neither ere sharp in the second exhibition against the Bills.
Nagy has said that Fields’ development is ahead of schedule for a rookie.
The Bears traded up to draft Fields out of Ohio State less than two months after signing Dalton to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.