How Justin Fields fared on Day 8 of Bears training camp

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The Chicago Bears held their third padded practice on Thursday, which marked their eighth so far this summer.

Justin Fields is in his first training camp as the starting quarterback. Unlike last summer, Fields will get all of the starting reps as he works to build his chemistry with his weapons and fine-tune the details of the new offense under Luke Getsy.

Following an off day, Fields and the offense returned to the practice field, where they got plenty of work against the scout team defense in what turned out to be the most grueling practice of the summer so far.

We’re taking a look at the good, the bad and the noteworthy with Fields from the eighth practice of Bears training camp:

The Good

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The Bears offense played against the scout-team defense for a good portion of practice, which meant Fields was going up against the second-team. Fields found success with some nice throws to tight end Cole Kmet and rookie wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., who was the recipient of the longest reception of the day.

According to The Athleticone of the standout plays from Fields wasn’t a flashy play rather one that shows the offense is making progress.

It wasn’t an explosive play, but a simple third-down conversion will stand out for an offense still trying to figure things out. Fields did a good job recognizing a blitz and got the ball quickly to Kmet, who had blockers in front of him for a long gain and a first down.

The Bad

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While Fields and the offense thrived against the scout-team defense, they weren’t without their mistakes. Fields overthrew wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown for what would’ve been a long touchdown and he was also intercepted by rookie safety AJ Thomas. But overall, it was a solid period for Fields.

The Bears practice ended with a couple of “play-it” periods against the first-team defense, where they were asked to score. While Fields’ connection with Darnell Mooney has been one of the best parts of camp, it certainly sounds like Fields sometimes tries to force the ball to Mooney. Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Chicago had one example:

Fields rolled left and had N’Keal Harry running open around the 5-yard line. But he looked past Harry and tried to fire a strike to Darnell Mooney, but the pass was wide and fell incomplete.

During those “play-it” periods, Fields targeted Mooney on all four of those pass attempts. Fields’ connection and trust in Mooney is obvious, but he’s going to have to learn to trust other targets come the regular season when Mooney draws double-teams. Right now, it’s clear Mooney is his top option on most plays.

The Noteworthy

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For the first time in training camp, the Bears brought out the scout-team defense. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said they wanted the offense to get practice against a 3-4 defense, given the Packers and Vikings run a 30-front.

The Athletic broke down Fields’ performance against the scout defense:

It makes sense but also meant Fields went against the second-team defense for a portion of practice. His longest completion of the day — a deep ball to Velus Jones Jr. — occurred in the scout-team sequence. He also overthrew Equanimeous St. Brown, who had gotten behind the defense. Tight end Cole Kmet had another long gain against the scout team.

The offense got off to a solid start against the scout defense during 11-on-11, where Fields had some nice connections with Velus Jones Jr. and Cole Kmet for big gains. They also ran a tight end screen to Kmet, which went for solid yardage.

But there were also mistakes, including Fields overthrowing Equanimeous St. Brown for what would’ve been a long touchdown and Fields getting picked off by safety AJ Thomas.

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