NFC North starting quarterbacks ranked from worst to best

With Aaron Rodgers gone, who is at No. 1 in the NFC North?

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2. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

This is the year for Justin Fields to take the next step. The Bears have finally surrounded him with the receiving talent he needs. Now it's on Fields to prove himself as a passer.

There's no denying his potential. Fields is already an explosive playmaker with his rushing ability. He ran for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022, the best rushing numbers of any quarterback.

If he can take the next step as a passer, look out.

Fields' passing numbers have been disappointing. In the past two seasons, Fields has thrown for 4,112 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions with a passer rating of 79.7.

Last season, he finished 26th in the NFL for passing yards and 25th in passer rating. There is work to be done.

However, how much of it was down to the offense he played in? Fields didn't have many pass-catching options and played in a run-heavy system. With the Bears adding DJ Moore, Tyler Scott, and Robert Tonyan this offseason and Chase Claypool late last year, Fields now has a deep receiving corps to throw to.

Fields is already tough to defend due to his rushing ability. With an improved supporting cast, can he take the next step as a passer?