After taking a closer look at the film from the Bears loss to the Chargers, rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent is remaining focused on his preparation and details ahead of his third NFL start this weekend in New Orleans.
"I think just obviously continuing to hone in on the weekly process," Bagent said. "Just getting everything completely nailed down, and once you get out onto the field, just being able to read and react and just trust what you see and go through your progressions, and value the ball above all else."
Last Sunday night against the Rams, Bagent threw for 232 yards and completed 25 of 37 passes attempts. While the rookie's longest completion in his first start was a 17-yard pass to running back D'Onta Foreman, Bagent looked for more deep ball opportunities against the Chargers. On the first play of the game, he connected with receiver Darnell Mooney for a 41-yard gain. While Bagent believes he missed another opportunity to get a deep ball to receiver DJ Moore, the QB was content with his pass selection.
"The one that sticks out to me, DJ had a read route there early in the second quarter," Bagent said. "Other than that I thought I took advantage of some deep shots and was able to go through my progressions pretty smoothly. But that one does stick out, and that's just eye discipline and having my body and eyes aligned to where I'm supposed to be at the right time."
After rushing for 160+ yards in four straight games, the Bears offense totaled just 73 yards on the ground against Los Angeles.
Bagent attributed the dip in rushing production to the offense's slow start.
"I think that can have an effect on the offense," Bagent said. "It's just with early hiccups that we had. Then I think later on in the game we had a crease, a couple runs there. But it's all about that quick start. Pass game or run game, if you get out to a hot start with either one of those, that can usually carry into the second and third quarter at least. So being able to start a little faster was my biggest take."
While last Sunday marked Bagent's first start on the road, he said there wasn't much of a difference in his operation aside from using a silent cadence, something he didn't utilize during his college career.
With the Bears headed to the Caesars Superdome, Bagent and the offense are preparing for an even louder environment than what they experienced at SoFi Stadium.
"Just [need] great communication, thorough communication, re-emphasizing communication at a more extent level," Bagent said. "Then just listening up, no talking in the huddle and being as loud as I can."
While Bagent, his coaches and teammates have all expressed confidence in his ability to perform at the NFL level, additional reps in live situations will only increase that comfort level. Bagent is looking forward to that additional time on task.
"Repetition is the mother of all learners, so the more reps I can get at this full speed in the game, I'm sure the more comfortable I'll be," Bagent said. "So it's always good to continue to get reps and I'm just looking forward to continue to develop the best that I can through this time."