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Russell Wilson shares thoughts on Justin Fields having role in Steelers’ offense

Russell Wilson at a press conference

The Pittsburgh Steelers could potentially design a package of offensive plays for Justin Fields this year, and Russell Wilson insists he is in favor of the idea.

All indications have been that Wilson will enter the 2024 season as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback, barring an injury. There has been talk, however, that Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will design some plays for Fields rather than have Fields serve as a traditional second-string quarterback.

Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review asked Wilson on Wednesday if the veteran would be open to surrendering some snaps to Fields. Wilson had nothing but praise for his new teammate.

“Justin is obviously one of the most talented guys in the NFL,” Wilson said. “You know all the things he can do. The player, the quarterback that he is. He’s dynamic. It’s all about us winning. That’s the focus. I think it would strike fear in some defenses, that’s for sure.

“Justin is a franchise quarterback. He’s a guy that can do a lot of amazing things. So, we have two dynamic guys that can do a lot of special things.”

Fields told reporters on Tuesday that he is open to playing some sort of gadget role this season, though he says no such plays have been drawn up yet. The former Chicago Bears star also shot down a rumor about him being used in one very surprising role.

The Steelers are said to have full confidence in Wilson, even if Fields has every intention of trying to make head coach Mike Tomlin’s decision a difficult one. Assuming Wilson locks down the starting job, Fields still seems destined to get some touches in certain situations.

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