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Caleb Williams Responds to Fan's Joke on Struggles During Bears Practice at OTAs

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Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams replied to a fan's sarcastic jab at some his early struggles during OTAs.

On Friday, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft responded to a post on X.

Williams dealt with a "stretch of inconsistency" during the red-zone portion of practice on Thursday, although he doesn't appear to be letting any overreactions affect him and is playing along with the jokes (h/t ESPN's Courtney Cronin).

His teammates haven't been worried about his brief struggles either, with veteran safety Kevin Byard telling the 22-year-old to keep pushing through adversity.

"I said something to him at the end of practice like, 'Keep it going. We're going to keep making you better,'" Byard said, via Cronin. "And not necessarily saying he had a terrible day, but days like this are going to make you better."

"You have a returning top-15, top-10 defense, obviously going against a younger rookie quarterback who's getting acclimated and learning things," he added. "That's what it is supposed to look like."

Despite the Bears' overall struggles in 2023, they ended the regular season by ranking No. 12 among NFL teams in yards per game allowed. It's understandable that Williams might need some time before he's effortlessly carving up professional secondaries.

Head coach Matt Eberflus also acknowledged the learning curve that the former Heisman Trophy winner has faced.

"This is the first time going against a pro defense, and a pretty good one," Eberflus said (per Cronin). "It's going to be learning for everybody. They're getting everything together. It was progress. I saw progress from the first day to the second, the second to the third."

Given his impressive collegiate production, it's fair to assume that Williams should look better as the offseason progresses. During his final year with the Trojans, he completed 68.6 percent of his throws for 3,633 yards and 30 touchdowns compared to a mere five interceptions.

Williams is aware of some of the extremely early criticism that he's faced, but the incoming rookie doesn't seem to be taking it too seriously.

   

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