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Fans See Caleb Williams in a Different Light as He Fumbled Through First Day of Practice; “He’s a Bust”

Ayush Juneja
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Former Jets GM Casts Doubts on Caleb Williams’ Playoff Hopes With the Bears

Caleb Williams has entered the NFL with a lot of hype and a label of generational talent. Is this hype dying down, now that his first day of practice was an underwhelming affair? While most fans are still optimistic about his chances in the NFL, his first practice at the OTAs had some fans labeling him a “bust.”

It’s in no way unheard of for a rookie quarterback to struggle during camp, but the expectations from Williams have been sky-high since day one. Reports from the Bears camp indicate that Williams struggled during OTA drills against league starters, with a lot of “near interceptions.” Additionally, Williams completed just 3 passes in 7 on 7’s, with most of the passes being “completed to the flat,” and he “held onto the ball for a long time.”

Fans bombarded social media with comments predicting Caleb to be unsuccessful in the league. Some even relegated the young QB to the fate suffered by Zach Wilson. Fans said,

Another chimed in and wrote,

Williams’s arrogance once again came into question as a user commented,

And someone else added,

Others said,

While there are an overwhelming number of fans who believe Williams is a bust, there were some fans who pointed out that Patrick Mahomes, while arguably the greatest quarterback playing in the league right now, faced similar issues during his own training camp.

Fan Digs Up Patrick Mahomes’ Stats to Invalidate Caleb Williams’ Critics

The Chiefs fans on social media came out in support of the Bears and Caleb Williams by digging out an old report of Patrick Mahomes during his time at his first OTAs. As per a fan, the 2-time NFL MVP had a similar showing at the OTAs as he threw 7 picks in his first 6 training camp practices.

Many stated that these reports are meaningless and that Williams should be given a fair chance in the league to prove himself like Mahomes was. The media too had been critical of the 3-time Super Bowl winner, before he eventually proved himself. While fans on Calebs’ side don’t have unrealistic expectations that he will end up just like Mahomes, they remain optimistic.

There are many instances of QBs picked in the first round being busts. JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, Matt Leinart, David Carr, Josh Rosen, etc. That doesn’t mean Caleb Williams is headed down the same path even without playing a snap in the NFL.

The Bears for the first time have built an optimum atmosphere for a QB to succeed. If Caleb manages to throw for over 4000 yards in his first 4 years, he will have already achieved more than many QBs in Chicago’s history.

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Ayush Juneja

Ayush Juneja

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Ayush Juneja is an NFL Journalist at the SportsRush. New to Gridiron, he has been following the sport for past 9 months and has authored over 400 articles so far. As a sports enthusiast and a true adrenaline junkie, he finds the physical side of sports to be more thrilling and engaging. A big fan of Liverpool F.C., he now roots for another red team in San Francisco 49ers and would love to see a match at Levi's Stadium and Michigan Stadium. American culture and politics fascinates him and would love to experience it first hand.

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