Dan Orlovsky shreds critics who say Justin Fields can't get off first read
Justin Fields continues to be one of the most talked-about players in this year’s NFL Draft. Some think the quarterback is one of the top prospects available, while others are critical of his skills.
One of the biggest narratives against Fields during the pre-draft process has been his “inability to get off his first read.” It’s been a silly argument for weeks now, and ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky attempted to put it to rest on Get Up recently.
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Not only did Orlovsky use words to explain why that’s wrong, he provided video examples of Fields working through his progressions and hitting targets that weren’t his No. 1 receiver on a specific play.
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“One of the things that has been said about Justin Fields when it comes to his play is he struggles to process, meaning he struggles to get to the second, third or fourth progression,” Orlovsky says. “And my dispute, for months, has been that is not what the tape says.”
Below is the clip.
One of the criticisms of Justin Fields by NFL scouts has been that he "struggles to process" the second, third and fourth progression.@danorlovsky7 : "That is not what the tape says!" pic.twitter.com/BfjaxlE2dw
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) April 5, 2021
“So the question isn’t, ‘Justin Fields, can he process this, can he get to three or four?’ Yes!” Orlovsky said. “When he’s asked to. I’m not going to hold it against him because his coaches are really good and No. 1 gets open a lot. And he’s got really good receivers. When they get open, he gets it to them. Justin Fields is plenty good at getting to two, three and four in his progressions.”
There’s still a lot of conversation about where Fields will fall in the NFL Draft. We’ll find out later this month.