Andy Dalton Named Bears’ Week 1 Starter over Justin Fields, Matt Nagy Says

Bleacher Report

Chicago Bears fans will continue to wait for Justin Fields to be the team's quarterback, as head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Andy Dalton will open the regular season as the starter.

Nagy announced after Saturday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills that the 33-year-old will be under center for the Bears against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1.

"We need to see him in the regular season," Nagy said of Dalton.

It became apparent during the Bills game that Dalton had the inside track on the starting job. He played the entire first half, and with only three preseason games on the schedule this year, this will likely be the week that teams showcase their starters.

Dalton finished 11-of-17 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Bears signed Dalton as a free agent in March. It was assumed at the time, based on the team's Twitter account, that the veteran was going to be the starter.

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