Fields Fields Quashes Rumors of Returner Role: ‘Not Here to Do That’


Justin Fields Shuts Down Kick Return Rumors, Emphasizes Starting QB Ambitions

Fields Debunks Keystone Cops Rumors

Justin Fields, the electric quarterback recently acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers, has shot down rumors suggesting he may be moonlighting as a kick returner next season. “Nah, I’m not here to do that,” the 25-year-old asserted.

Clarifying the source of the chatter, Fields explained that his teammate Jaylen Warren’s recent podcast comment was misconstrued. “Coach Danny (Smith) was basically just trying to send a message that no matter who you are, you could be on special teams. He just used that as an example,” Fields said, referring to Pittsburgh’s special teams coordinator.

Fields found the social media frenzy amusing. “It’s funny how serious social media takes everything,” he remarked. “It was kind of funny to me when everybody was making a big deal about it for no reason.”

Undeterred by Expected Benching

Despite being traded to Pittsburgh in March, Fields remains confident in his abilities and ready to compete for the starting quarterback role. The Steelers currently have Russell Wilson, a veteran signal-caller, but Fields is undaunted. “I’m definitely competing,” Fields declared. “Russ knows that. We’re competing against each other every day.”

Emphasis on Team Success

Fields emphasized that his primary goal is to contribute to the team’s success. “I definitely don’t have the mindset of me just sitting all year. I’m coming in here every day giving it all I got and pushing him to be his best, and he’s pushing me to be my best every single day,” he said.

Kick Return Rule Changes

The NFL is implementing significant rule changes for kick returns in 2024 aimed at improving safety. While these changes have made returns less frequent, Fields believes they will add to the excitement of the game. “I think it’s going to be really exciting,” he said. “I think it’s going to make teams be a little more creative on how they attack it and the whole field position aspect of it is really going to be important.”

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