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Steelers Coaches Bullish On Russell Wilson

Unless something unforeseen happens, quarterback Russell Wilson will be the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting QB in Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons this fall. It's his job to lose in training camp and the preseason. "I'm really pleased with what I heard coming (out) of there with Russ," NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said on the Rich Eisen Show. "I know there's been a lot of talk with him and Justin Fields. It's Russell Wilson's gig. Everything I've been told, they've been impressed with how he's thrown. Throwing with anticipation." The Athletic's Mark Kaboly also listed Fields as a "loser" in OTAs and minicamp because he feels Wilson has a chokehold on the starting gig right now. It doesn't really change anything from when head coach Mike Tomlin said Wilson would be in pole position as the starter earlier this offseason. Wilson is also embracing a leadership role and has embraced the city of Pittsburgh.

Jun 25, 2024 2:02 PM EST


Russell Wilson Off To Good Start With Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson got off to a good start during organized team activities this offseason, and his leadership was more than noticeable. Wilson also stood out with his arm talent, though, and he did nothing through 12 practices to even slightly indicate that he could lose the QB competition to Justin Fields. Wilson's work ethic, experience, arm talent and the fact that he basically took all the first-team snaps strongly suggest that nothing he can do between July 24 and the Sept. 8 regular-season opener would prevent him from starting to open the year. The 35-year-old veteran is going to need to perform all year to hold off Fields, however, and the lack of experience in the receiving corps is cause for concern from a fantasy standpoint. Wilson bounced back in 2023 in Denver after a bad first year with the Broncos, but he's merely a QB2 in fantasy in 2024 with his new team.

Jun 17, 2024 2:24 PM EST



Russell Wilson Looking Good At OTAs

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson has looked on point during organized team activities this week with his new team, and the 35-year-old still appears to have plenty of arm strength. Wilson's accuracy was spot on this week, whether in warmups, drills or competition periods, including a 70-yard pass in stride to receiver Quez Watkins on Thursday. His ability to sell play-action fakes was also noticeably better than the other QBs this week. Wilson is in pole position to open the 2024 season as Pittsburgh's starter under center for Week 1, but Justin Fields, a former first-rounder, is competing to make starts for the Steelers at some point in 2024 as well in what is a contract year for him. Fields' presence and dual-threat abilities will be a threat to Wilson's value as a QB2 in fantasy in his first year in the Steel City.

May 24, 2024 1:40 PM EST


Justin Fields Says He's "Definitely Competing" With Russell Wilson

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Justin Fields said he's "definitely competing... Russell Wilson knows that. We're competing against each other every day." I definitely don't have the mindset of me just sitting all year." Head coach Mike Tomlin said the veteran Wilson will be in pole position to start under center in Week 1 this fall. However, Fields could certainly find himself starting for the Steelers sooner than later in 2024 if Wilson looks more like he did in a disastrous first year for the Denver Broncos in 2022. Because of the fact that Fields is fully expected to be holding a clipboard on the sidelines to begin the season, it will be hard to recommend him as anything more than a QB2 in superflex fantasy leagues with high-end upside if he ends up winning the starting job eventually. The 25-year-old former Bears QB will be a free agent after the 2024 season after having his fifth-year option declined.

May 21, 2024 9:15 PM EST


Steelers Say Russell Wilson "Has Pole Position" To Be Starting QB

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reiterated that quarterback Russell Wilson "has pole position" to be the team's starting QB in 2024. And "when it's time to compete, Justin Fields will be given an opportunity to show his capabilities," Tomlin said. The head coach also said that Fields "oozes talent." The Steelers are going to run with the more experienced 35-year-old Wilson over Fields to open the 2024 campaign after signing Wilson to a one-year deal this offseason. Wilson had a nice bounce-back campaign in 2023 with the Denver Broncos, throwing 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in 15 games, but he'll be looking over his shoulder in the Steel City and doesn't exactly have a ton of receiving options to work with in what's expected to be a run-first offense under Arthur Smith. Although Fields is set to start as the backup, he has way more QB1 upside in fantasy.

Mar 25, 2024 2:01 PM EST



Russell Wilson Still Considered The Starter

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reached out to quarterback Russell Wilson on Saturday night when the team was trading for Justin Fields to let him know that he was still considered the team's starter going into the 2024 season. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that while that is Tomlin's plan, Fields is going to compete, regardless. The 35-year-old Wilson will open the regular season as Pittsburgh's starter after a bounce-back campaign in 2023 in his final season with the Denver Broncos, but the aging signal-caller is going to need to play well to hold off Fields, who has more fantasy upside because of his elite rushing abilities. With George Pickens, Van Jefferson and Calvin Austin III currently the team's top-three receivers, Wilson will be a high-end QB2, at best, in fantasy for what will likely be a run-first offense.

Mar 17, 2024 1:04 PM EST


Steelers Officially Sign Russell Wilson To One-Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Friday that they have officially signed quarterback Russell Wilson to an undisclosed one-year deal. As was fully expected this offseason, the Denver Broncos released Wilson with a post-June 1 designation, and he quickly latched on with the Steelers for the 2024 season. The 35-year-old will be in a competition with former first-rounder Kenny Pickett in training camp this summer, but the expectation is that Wilson will win the job, especially when considering how bad Pickett was as the starter last year before getting hurt. As of right now, the Steelers' top two wideouts are George Pickens and Calvin Austin III after the team traded Diontae Johnson to the Carolina Panthers, so Wilson doesn't exactly have a standout group of offensive weapons to work with. After a bounce-back year in Denver in 2023, he should be considered a midrange QB2, at best, heading into his first year in the Steel City.

Mar 15, 2024 12:04 PM EST


Russell Wilson Signing With Steelers

Quarterback Russell Wilson is planning to sign a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Denver Broncos gave Wilson permission to meet with Pittsburgh after informing him last Monday he'd be released when the new league year began on March 13, and the 35-year-old signal-caller will sign a "team-friendly" deal with the Steelers. Although Wilson put up only 204.7 passing yards per game over 15 starts in 2023, his lowest since his rookie year, he compiled a solid 26:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio and is almost certainly an upgrade over Kenny Pickett. The former Pro Bowler is unlikely to deliver gaudy fantasy numbers in 2024, but Wilson provides the black and gold with a veteran presence and functionality under center that they've struggled to find amid the post-Ben Roethlisberger era. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will employ a run-heavy approach, but the fantasy value of Pittsburgh's receivers increases with the move.

Mar 11, 2024 12:42 AM EST


Russell Wilson Set To Meet With Steelers

Veteran quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of 2024 free agency, according to Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team. Wilson was released by the Denver Broncos this week after posting an 11-19 record over two seasons with the organization. The Steelers are likely looking to upgrade the quarterback spot from either Kenny Pickett or Mason Rudolph, and Wilson could be attractive as a veteran option on the market. It's still early in the process, but Wilson could provide value boosts for wide receivers Diontae Johnson and George Pickens. Despite his decline in Denver, he still threw 42 touchdowns over the last two years, compared to a combined 16 for Pickett and Rudolph. The former Pro Bowl signal-caller is unlikely to post QB1 numbers in fantasy football moving forward, but he could be a serviceable QB2 in Superflex formats.

Mar 7, 2024 12:15 PM EST


Broncos Give Russell Wilson Permission To Speak With Other Teams

Before free agency starts next week, the Denver Broncos have given soon-to-be-released quarterback Russell Wilson permission to immediately begin talking and meeting with other teams in their home cities, according to sources. Wilson, who had a bounce-back year in 2023 under head coach Sean Payton, will get a jumpstart on free agency, although it's unclear how much interest other teams will have before Kirk Cousins and Justin Fields find their new teams. The 35-year-old's short tenure in Denver has to be considered a disappointment, considering how much the Broncos gave up to acquire him from Seattle. Still, he showed improvement in 2023 and has the ability to run an offense proficiently if he's surrounded with the right weapons. It's unlikely that Wilson will be a recommended QB1 target in fantasy in 2024, but he could be a high-end backup, depending on where he ends up.

Mar 6, 2024 2:06 PM EST


Broncos Inform Russell Wilson Of Release

The Denver Broncos have informed veteran quarterback Russell Wilson of his release ahead of free agency. He will be officially let go on March 13 when the new league year begins. After being traded from the Seattle Seahawks to Denver in exchange for quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Shelby Harris, tight end Noah Fant, and four draft picks, Wilson signed a five-year $242.5 million deal with the Broncos. Just under two years later, the organization is heading in a different direction at quarterback. Wilson threw for 6,594 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions and posted an 11-19 record as the Broncos' QB. He will now be available for a team seeking a veteran starter. The move leaves the franchise with an NFL record $85 million in dead money.

Mar 4, 2024 4:29 PM EST


Broncos Haven't Received Calls On Russell Wilson

When asked about quarterback Russell Wilson's trade market this offseason, Denver Broncos general manager George Paton said he hasn't been contacted by any teams. Meanwhile, head coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday that a decision on Wilson's future with the team will come "in the next two weeks" before the start of free agency. Expectations are that Wilson will be released before the start of the new league year on March 13, which will cause Denver to carry an $85 million dead-money salary cap hit in 2024. The 35-year-old had a bounce-back season in 2023 in his second year with the team, but his fate seemed sealed when the Broncos benched him for the final two regular season games. Wilson didn't appear finished quite yet last year, but even a move to a better team in 2024 wouldn't ensure that he'd be a trustworthy QB1 in fantasy.

Feb 27, 2024 2:27 PM EST


Russell Wilson Not Expected Back In Denver

What the Denver Broncos decide to do with quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason is one of the biggest storylines in the NFL. The Broncos can keep him in the fold for 2024, knowing the quarterback room will be awkward after they benched him for the final two games of the season. Virtually no one around the NFL expects Wilson to return, though, since it would lock in $37 million in 2025 guarantees. They could pay him $37 million of 2024 guarantees to go away, knowing offsets will be minimal with prospective teams leveraging Denver's guaranteed money against him. It will be tough to trade him. The money paid to Wilson handcuffs a team that is probably going to be forced to go cheap at QB, either with veteran Jarrett Stidham, another veteran or a draft pick.

Feb 20, 2024 12:18 PM EST


Sean Payton Not Closing The Door On Return Of Russell Wilson

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson bounced back from a disastrous 2022 season in 2023. The veteran completed over 66% of his passes for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 15 starts. However, the Broncos still benched him for the team's final two games, marking what looked to be the end of his time in Denver. However, head coach Sean Payton said Wilson has a chance to return in 2024, "That final decision has not been made," Payton said. Ultimately, this report should be taken with a grain of salt, as things have seemingly gotten ugly between the QB and the head coach. It would be surprising if Wilson is back in Denver next year, but Payton has not closed the door on it happening.

Jan 9, 2024 2:32 PM EST


Russell Wilson Expected To Be Cut In March

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is expecting to be cut by the Broncos in March, according to league sources. Wilson has been starting for Denver for almost two months while knowing the organization would likely move on from him after this season. The team made it aware to Wilson's representation in late October that he would lose the starting job and be made inactive for the rest of the year if he didn't defer the injury guarantee of $37 million that he has for 2025. The 35-year-old had a nice bounce-back season in his second year in Denver in 2023, throwing for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions, but it wasn't enough to lead the Broncos back to the postseason for the first time since the 2015 season. Jarrett Stidham will start in Weeks 17 and 18 against the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, respectively.

Dec 27, 2023 7:43 PM EST


Broncos To Bench Russell Wilson For Final Two Games

The Denver Broncos will bench quarterback Russell Wilson for the final two games of the regular season, thus preserving their financial flexibility for the offseason, according to sources. Jarrett Stidham will now take over Denver's offense in Weeks 17 and 18 against the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders. Wilson already has $39 million guaranteed in 2024, but he has an additional $37 million that would become guaranteed if he can't pass a physical by early March. Heading into Week 17, Wilson is the NFL's seventh-rated passer with 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. The 35-year-old was much better in 2023 than he was in his first year in Denver in 2022 and will finish his second year with the Broncos as a top-10 fantasy QB. Although Wilson was much better this year with head coach Sean Payton running the offense and avoided costly turnovers, he still had only two games with 300-plus passing yards.

Dec 27, 2023 12:21 PM EST


Russell Wilson Throws Two Touchdowns In Week 16

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson completed 25 of his 37 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 26-23 loss to the New England Patriots. Wilson also saw some production in the run game, carrying the ball four times for 20 yards on the ground. He was without his No.1 option in wide receiver Courtland Sutton (concussion) for most of the game, as Sutton left the game early with an injury and did not return. The former Wisconsin Badger makes for a strong play in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers, a team allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Dec 25, 2023 1:17 PM EST


Russell Wilson Ranks As QB2 For Christmas Eve Game

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson ranks as a high-end QB2 option in fantasy football ahead of his game against the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve. The Broncos are coming off a difficult game versus the Detroit Lions, though Wilson actually looked solid in that contest, completing 18 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown, and one turnover. He has thrown for at least one touchdown in every game this year and currently ranks as this season's QB13 in fantasy football. He gets a slightly softer matchup this week in the form of the Patriots, who have allowed 18 total touchdowns and just nine interceptions to opposing quarterbacks this year. With that said, the Patriots have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, so managers invested in Wilson's performance should temper their expectations.

Dec 23, 2023 1:05 PM EST


Russell Wilson Underwhelms In Primetime Loss To Lions

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson threw a touchdown and avoided interceptions in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, but he also had a costly fumble in the 42-17 blowout loss on Saturday evening. All in all, he went 18-for-32 for 223 yards passing and also ran the ball seven times for six yards and an additional touchdown. The 35-year-old's lone touchdown pass went to Lil'Jordan Humphrey three yards out, and his TD scamper came on a one-yard sneak at the goal line in the fourth quarter with the game well out of hand. If not for garbage time with the team down multiple scores, Wilson probably wouldn't have topped 200 yards passing. Wilson has been great at avoiding turnovers in 2023, but his passing ceiling hasn't been very high, and that will probably continue in a Week 16 matchup at home against the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve next week.

Dec 17, 2023 1:04 PM EST


Russell Wilson Has QB1 Streaming Appeal Against Detroit

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson came just shy of the 20-point fantasy mark in the Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Chargers but has still reached 20 fantasy points in four of his last six games. He'll have a great chance to cash in as a QB1 streamer again in Week 15 as the team travels to Detroit to take on the Lions on Sunday night. The 35-year-old only has two 300-yard games in 2023 (in Weeks 2 and 3) but has a fantastic touchdown-to-interception ratio of 23 to eight on the year. Wilson won't have to worry about bad weather inside the dome on Saturday night and will be facing a Lions secondary that has been very generous this year, especially in the last five weeks, as they've allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game (22.7) to QBs in that time, including 10 passing touchdowns. Wilson will have a solid floor in Week 15 and is worth considering as a low-end QB1 streamer for fantasy lineups.

Dec 16, 2023 10:37 AM EST