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Wilson: Fields package on offense 'would strike fear in some defenses'

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Russell Wilson is the Pittsburgh Steelers' starter, but the veteran quarterback is open to occasionally ceding his spot to backup Justin Fields to give defenses a scare.

"Justin is obviously one of the most talented guys in the NFL," Wilson told Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday. "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."

Fields is among the most dynamic running quarterbacks in the NFL. Only reigning MVP Lamar Jackson boasts more yards on the ground (2,352) among passers than Fields (2,220) since Fields was drafted in 2021.

The former Chicago Bears standout is also first in yards per rush with 6.2, and his 14 rushing touchdowns trail only Jalen Hurts (38), Josh Allen (28), and Taysom Hill (16).

Fields said Tuesday that he's open to having a package of plays specifically for him but added the Steelers have yet to implement any.

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

The 35-year-old Wilson was an explosive rushing threat earlier in his career. But he's recently been more hesitant to use his legs, averaging 267 yards and nearly three touchdowns a year over the past three seasons.

The Steelers revamped their quarterback room in March, signing Wilson as a free agent before acquiring Fields in a trade with the Bears.

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