Pros and cons of Seattle Seahawks adding Justin Fields

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Pros of Seahawks trading for Justin Fields

Justin Fields could be developing into a Lamar Jackson-type player. Fields has the ability to run extremely well, extend drives, and put his team in a position to score points that a team with a more pedestrian quarterback would not. He had 1,143 yards rushing in 2022 with an average of 7.1 yards a carry and scored 8 touchdowns on the ground. This after the bears finally seemed to figure out that Fields could help the offense with his legs as well as his arm.

Fields is still a so-so passer but he also doesn’t have a lot to work with in Chicago as far as quality receivers. Heck, he even has a terrible offensive line. Fields has awful offensive coaching and a front offense that appears to have no clue as to how to improve offensively. So some of Fields’ potential issues are that he has no help of any kind.

He did complete 60.4 percent of his passes in 2022, his second season in the NFL. This was an improvement over his rookie year. His touchdown-to-attempt percentage went from 2.6 in 2021 to 5.3 this past season. His adjusted net yards per pass attempt improved from 4.24 to 4.63. And he finished ninth in the Associated Press NFL MVP voting.

Fields will only be 24 years old when the 2023 season begins, and assuming he improves even more which he should with better coaching by the Seahawks and far better receivers, he could be a franchise quarterback for a decade still. He isn’t quite as good as Russell Wilson was in Wilson’s second year but Fields has also been playing with a much worse team. Fields could develop into the next Wilson.