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Criticism of Steelers QB Justin Fields already starting

Here comes the bad press before a single game has been played.

Michael W.

It was one of the more stunning offseason quarterback upheavals in recent memory, as the Pittsburgh Steelers completely revamped the position by acquiring Russell Wilson and Justin Fields, while also trading Kenny Pickett to the in-state rival Philadelphia Eagles and also allowing Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph to depart via free agency. 

Their moves represent an incredibly risky and yet bold outlook for the season, as both players will have a chance to work under new Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, the full-time replacement of Matt Canada. 

However, criticism of Fields has already started to roll in, with local beat writer Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointing out his lack of accuracy during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio while also saying that the starting position belongs to Wilson unless he falters badly: 

"Unless Russell Wilson is really bad in the preseason games, this is his job," he said. "Fields, from what I've seen, you know they've had a month of spring practice this year, he's a terrific athlete. But the mocks against him that I heard coming in actually turned out to be true. He's not terribly accurate with the ball, his placement isn't all that great."

Fields himself has already stated that he's going to be competing for the starting position, but based on these early reviews of his performance in OTA's, not looks as though the position of starter will in fact be Wilson's to lose. 

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