Justin Fields’ Comments Should Worry Steelers’ Russell Wilson

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When Russell Wilson signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency, he surely did so with the knowledge that he would be their starting quarterback next season.

But then, the Steelers went out and traded for Justin Fields, which has created somewhat of a quarterback controversy in Pittsburgh.

Wilson is entering camp as the favorite to win the job, but Fields is nipping at his heels, and he made some comments on Tuesday that should worry Wilson heading into 2024.

Fields is making it sound like Wilson is well aware of the fact that this could be a fierce competition, so perhaps this will actually be a good thing for Wilson as it may bring out the best in him.

Of course, it does seem somewhat unlikely that Mike Tomlin and the Steelers’ staff are in a coin-flip situation here. They surely view Wilson as the starter until proven otherwise.

Wilson is coming off of a decent season with the Denver Broncos in which he threw for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 66.4 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 98 in 15 games.

Those aren’t overwhelming numbers, but they are certainly a major step up from Wilson’s debut campaign with the Broncos in 2022, when he totaled 16 touchdowns and 11 picks.

Pittsburgh signed Wilson to a one-year deal, so there is a chance the Steelers may roll out Wilson as the starter in 2024 and then hand the job over to Fields the following year.

There is also the possibility that Pittsburgh may end up jettisoning both signal-callers after next season depending on what happens.

Regardless of the buzz surrounding Fields since his trade from the Chicago Bears, he has not proven that he is a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL.

The 25-year-old had the best season of his career in 2023, and even then, he registered just 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 61.4 percent of his passes and recording an 86.3 passer rating.

Fields also went just 10-28 as a starter with the Bears, and while that may definitely say a whole lot about the teams he was on during his three-year tenure in Chicago, the record doesn’t exactly look great for him, either.

Perhaps Justin Fields will finally find his footing with the Steelers, but he will have to beat out Russell Wilson for the starting job first.

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