Justin Fields: I think I’m different from past Ohio State quarterbacks

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Ohio State has not been known for producing high-quality quarterbacks.

Justin Fields could start to turn that perception around.

While Dwayne Haskins is still young, he’s the latest flop out of Columbus, with Washington releasing him before the end of his second season with the club. The Football Team selected Haskins at No. 15 overall in 2019.

Fields is expected to be a first-round pick in next month’s draft. After impressing during his Pro Day workout, the quarterback said he wasn’t sure why his school has struggled to produce NFL starters at his position.

“I don’t know those guys personally. I don’t know their work ethic. I don’t know what they were taught,” Fields said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. “I know what Dwayne was taught was a little similar to what coach [Ryan] Day was teaching me. But in all honesty, I think I’m different than those guys. I know my work ethic is unmatched, and just my dedication and passion to wanting to be great is just another level.

“In terms of the past quarterbacks, I can’t control that. The only similarity that me and those guys have is that we wore the same uniform. So if they want to say that, then that’s on them. I’m going to focus on myself and focus on continuing to get better in every aspect of the game.”

Fields played eight games in the pandemic-shortened season for Ohio State, throwing for 2,100 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 383 yards and five TDs en route to being named the 2020 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

18 responses to “Justin Fields: I think I’m different from past Ohio State quarterbacks

  1. I like his approach. It’s boring hearing the tired routine of “never pick a QB from Ohio State / USC etc.” Sure, they haven’t worked out in the recent past but that’s never an indication that it won’t work out for any players going forward. Every single player is different.

  2. As always, lazy scouts. Scouts used the same logic for Aaron Rodgers, which is why he fell. Now the dude is Hall of Fame-bound. Each QB should be scouted on their own merit and not the fact that other QBs who went to that school have not been good in the pros.

  3. You don’t draft the school. If he is good he will succeed. I think he has accuracy problems throwing in tight windows like we saw vs Indiana and Penn St.

  4. That’s a low bar you’ve set Justin, with the likes of Troy Smith, JT Barrett, Terrelle Pryor, Art Schlichter, Bobby Hoying, and now Haskins as the legacy.

    *THE* Ohio State Quarterback Factory.

  5. It’s not a running school any longer. The qbs perform a different job there today. You’ll see them getting better and better. The program is right behind Alabama with victories and players

  6. I’m an OSU fan and I’m unsure about Fields. I will say, however, that he threw some absolutely fantastic moon-shot bombs against Clemson in the playoff game. Those were impressive.

    OSU’s game is usually based around a bell-cow back and then the plan is to capitalize on that with play action. The other part is that a lot of college QBs have short starting careers these days. Lawrence started for three years – that’s REALLY unusual for bigger schools now because they have so many guys in line who’ve been promised the starting job. QBs are lucky if they get to start in their junior year.

    This is also why we see so many QBs transferring these days – they were promised things that didn’t happen (or expected a job to be handed to them and it wasn’t).

    I have no idea what to expect from Fields, or any of the other QBs. Remember when Tua was the sure thing last offseason? No one thought Justin Herbert was a sure thing – of course if he has a rough season this year everyone will turn on him. Why is anyone this year any different?

  7. I think Justin read the same reports I have that SF traded up for Mac Jones. Justin won’t fall past Carolina though.

  8. Fields is better than Lamar Jackson when he came out of college. If he goes to a team that prefers the QB play primarily in the pocket? Who knows? In a Bills or Ravens type offense, he’ll be very good.

  9. It is fool’s gold and some dimwit gms/owners/coaches like bright shinning things. OSU QB’s look like superstars when the are playing a lot of teams that would be lucky to have one potential NFL player, OSU has what 10 to 20 and most OSU QB’s could be decent RBs or WRs. What this adds up to his QB’s throwing to wide open players, then find out once in the NFL they can’t throw into tight places or read a defense. Not to mention most OSU’s QBs have speed so when they run against much lesser talent they again look like superstars, but once they get to the NFL where everyone is fast they look like an average NFL RB.

    It is a coin flip if Fields will be a bust or not, just like all the other QB’s in this draft. Don’t forget Fields got beat out by Fromm who barely made a NFL roster as a back-up.

  10. I mean this with all due respect because I was a huge fan of his but no one ever questioned Tim Tebow’s work ethic either. It takes more than that to succeed.

  11. AFW says:
    March 31, 2021 at 11:05 am
    I’m an OSU fan and I’m unsure about Fields. I will say, however, that he threw some absolutely fantastic moon-shot bombs against Clemson in the playoff game. Those were impressive.

    OSU’s game is usually based around a bell-cow back and then the plan is to capitalize on that with play action. The other part is that a lot of college QBs have short starting careers these days. Lawrence started for three years – that’s REALLY unusual for bigger schools now because they have so many guys in line who’ve been promised the starting job. QBs are lucky if they get to start in their junior year.

    This is also why we see so many QBs transferring these days – they were promised things that didn’t happen (or expected a job to be handed to them and it wasn’t).

    I have no idea what to expect from Fields, or any of the other QBs. Remember when Tua was the sure thing last offseason? No one thought Justin Herbert was a sure thing – of course if he has a rough season this year everyone will turn on him. Why is anyone this year any different?

    This is spot on. Not only did he throw those moon shots against Clemson, he did it on one hip toughing it out. With his play action proficiency I could see him being attractive to SF

  12. I was impressed by the bombs Fields threw, with accuracy, during the Clemson game. In the games I saw when Tebow was in college, he had a tendency to throw the ball up for grabs and hope his receiver would catch it. To me he never looked like an NFL QB. Fields looks like he has potential.

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