The Chicago Bears have had a whirlwind week.  Justin Fields made his pro debut in the preseason Week 1 win against Miami — and he looked OK.  Then the Bears signed future Hall of Fame LT Jason Peters to compete for a job at LT.  And THEN the Bears announced that Teven Jenkins’ scheduled back surgery yesterday and that he’d be out indefinitely.



Yikes, indeed.

The Bears have a lot to be excited about this season, with Fields representing more legitimate hope than they ever had in Mitch Trubisky’s tenure.  The offense has a lot of speed on it.  The defense looks rejuvenated with Sean Desai at DC.  And fans have bought in.

They better hope things come together quickly.

With that, let’s reach into this week’s Bears Mailbag.  Follow me on Twitter @DhruvKoul to continue the conversation.

Bears Mailbag

A bit more color for this one:  I truly believe the Bears value Andy Dalton not just for the steadiness he can bring to the position while Justin Fields gets himself ready, but also for what he can learn from him.  Dalton has embraced being a mentor and taking Fields under his wing, and nothing matters more to the Bears than getting Fields ready to take over the Bears’ starting QB job for the next 10-15 years.

If a QB injury happens to a prominent team elsewhere around the league and they come calling with a first- or second-round pick, then the Bears may consider it.  But I don’t think they’ll pull the trigger.  They may get more value keeping Dalton on the roster, with Fields, even after Fields takes over this season at some point.

NOTE — This was answered before news of Jenkins’ surgery broke.  He’ll obviously be going on Injured Reserve at this stage.

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