26. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
With Matt Nagy out as head coach for the Chicago Bears, Justin Fields’ value should be on the rise. As a rookie in 2021, Fields had just 1,870 yards and seven touchdowns but he also added 420 yards on the ground. His play improved as the season progressed and that was even with Nagy seemingly calling every play that went against the rookie’s strengths.
Having said all that, Fields does need a coach who will help him take his next step as a passer. He’s got all the tools but
25. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos
For the second season in a row, Teddy Bridgewater took over as a starting quarterback for a new team. In 2020, he went from New Orleans down to Carolina and threw for 3,733 yards. However, he was 4-11 as a starter so the Panthers moved on as they landed Sam Darnold in a trade — and we all saw how that worked out.
Bridgewater ended up in Denver with the Broncos and threw 3,052 yards with 18 touchdowns and just seven picks. He was a solid game manager but the team was still just .500 with him starting and he doesn’t really move the needle. Chances are, they will look for an upgrade in the offseason but he can at least keep a team treading water.