Steelers' Mike Tomlin Updates Where Justin Fields, Russell Wilson Stand in Offseason

Mar 25, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks to media.
Mar 25, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks to media. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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It's not remotely uncommon this time of year for NFL teams to carry two quarterbacks who could reasonably start.

However, rarely are those two quarterbacks as accomplished as the Pittsburgh Steelers' potential starters. In 2024, the Steelers will have the ability to turn to a nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback in Russell Wilson or an attractive work-in-progress in Justin Fields.

With speculation already buzzing about the state of the race, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin updated reporters Saturday on where Fields and Wilson stand heading into camp.

"You know, right now in the early stages of team development, (Wilson) is in pole position. I think his collective body of work merits that," Tomlin said.

Wilson bounced back from a bad 2022 campaign in '23, throwing 26 touchdowns against eight interceptions in 15 games.

"We're really excited to have Justin as well," Tomlin added. "And obviously during the course of team development training camp and the preseason, he'll be given an opportunity to compete."

Fields, on the other hand, threw 16 touchdowns against nine interceptions in 13 games in '23.


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