FOX college football reporter defends Ohio State QB Justin Fields from recent criticism
Fox college football reporter and studio host Jenny Taft says the criticism of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has gone too far.
Fields’ rank amongst this draft’s top quarterbacks continues to slip as time goes on. With less than a month to go before draft day, it’s now possible that Fields could be the No. 4 or No. 5 quarterback off the board.
He’s also not expected to go higher than the No. 3 overall pick, as Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson seem to be entrenched into the top two spots.
A big part of the reason for Fields’ slide is his performance in two games from this past season — against Indiana and Northwestern. Although Ohio State won both of those games, he was a combined 30-of-57 for two touchdowns and five interceptions.
However, Taft made a point to contextualize those performances during FOX’s Undisputed show on Wednesday afternoon.
“You gotta remember, he was perfect his first three games of the season,” Taft said. “He had 11 touchdowns, 11 incompletions. And there were a lot of COVID issues for Ohio State this year. You have to at least keep that in mind … And he was also injured. He had a thumb injury that we were reporting throughout the game, I was reporting that.
“I trust Ryan Day and their relationship. He said, ‘Whatever you invest in that kid, you’re going to get back.’ He has the potential to be a franchise guy for a very long time.”
Here’s a full clip of Taft’s take on Fields:
Felt the need to weigh in a bit on @justnfields today … especially because I’ve been around him plenty over the last couple years. I believe he is special and trust what Ryan Day thinks about his potential as well. @OhioStateFB @ryandaytime @undisputed @CFBONFOX pic.twitter.com/1NJ5kjYVCw
— Jenny Taft (@JennyTaft) March 31, 2021
The 2021 NFL draft is set for April 29-May 1.