When we get a chance to play a cheap QB with rushing upside, we do it.
Fields is a 227-pounder with 4.4 wheels. He ran for 867 yards and 15 scores over 2 seasons at Ohio State. Fields’ athleticism immediately translated to the NFL field this preseason, when he racked up 92 rushing yards and 1 TD on 92 snaps (about a game and a half’s worth). He carried 10 times for 31 yards on 42 snaps last week.
Fields has been inconsistent as a passer so far and isn’t in an ideal spot to make his 1st start on the road vs. a talented Browns defense. But Cleveland has struggled so far, ranking 31st in Football Outsiders’ pass defense DVOA. And Fields certainly has plenty of potential as a passer.
Really, though, we’re playing him for the price and that rushing projection.