Polarizing former Steelers All-Pro takes jab at Justin Fields

A former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro player criticized a recent video of Justin Fields. Here's what to make of it.
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With minicamp wrapped up and training camp on the horizon, the eyes of Steeler nation will be on the quarterback battle between Russell Wilson and Justin Fields. Despite some reports about Fields' performance during offseason programs, it seems like the battle is wide open for either to win.

While Steelers fans and brass are optimistic about how the quarterbacks will perform, one former Steeler wasn't as impressed by a recent Justin Fields clip.

There was a video that went up on X recently of Justin Fields throwing balls to the "Route God". Former Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who most recently played in the NFL in 2021 with the Baltimore Ravens, took the opportunity to critique the clip.

Bell has not been afraid to take shots at his former team since leaving Pittsburgh in 2018, having made numerous comments about Ben Roethlisberger being the reason for him leaving town. These comments are odd considering Bell has not been in the organization for 6 years and has no ties to Justin Fields.

Fields has completed 60% of his passes through his three years in the league, which is slightly below the league average 64% completion percentage in the NFL last season. That's an element of his game that'll have to improve if he wants to be the long-term solution at the quarterback position in Pittsburgh.

While the throws may have been a tad bit late, it didn't seem like anything overly egregious from Fields. Throwing in the open field compared to against a defense is very different. The video was enough to draw a comment from the former Steelers All-Pro running back, however.

It's disappointing to see Bell taking a shot at his former team considering how his career went after leaving Pittsburgh. He couldn't stick onto a roster and failed to find the same form from his peak years with the Steelers. While I would love to see Bell rekindle his relationship with the team and city, that seems less and less likely will every shot taken by him.

Regardless of what Bell or other pundits have to say, Fields will get a chance to prove them wrong when he takes the field in Latrobe for training camp in a month.