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    Getty Steelers LB Ulysees Gilbert prepares to take the field. The NFL journey for linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III has been a long and winding one. Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft, Gilbert was hampered with injuries in his first two seasons. Gilbert reverted to Pittsburgh’s reserve/injured list after clearing waivers on August 11. He was enjoying the best camp of his career in a battle for an inside linebacker spot when, according to Steelers Now, he suffered an ankle injury during a tackling drill at practice on August 6. UG3 with his foot in a boot. Having a good camp. This is a bummer. pic.twitter.com/ZaQ2KenZg3 — Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) August 8, 2022 “You know, I’ll be out a couple of weeks,” Gilbert told Steelers Now of the injury. “It’s not ideal, but it’s just another obstacle to overcome.” It’s been one obstacle after another for Gilbert. Dealing with back issues on and off since college, Gilbert found himself on injured reserve in the second half of his rookie season with...
    Patrick Smith/Getty Images Ben Roethlisberger hands the ball off to Kalen Ballage during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on January 9, 2022. The Green Bay Packers are looking to sign a free agent running back ahead of their preseason opener on Friday, and there’s a good chance that individual will be a former Steeler. On Tuesday the Packers worked out five running backs, including two who recently played in Pittsburgh, this according to the NFL’s daily transaction wire. Jaylen SamuelsCandidate No. 1 is Jaylen Samuels, 26, who was a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2018 out of North Carolina State. Samuels — 6-feet-tall and 225 pounds — seemed to have a promising future after a rookie year that saw him carry the ball 56 times for 256 yards (an average of 4.6 yards per carry), while also catching 26 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns. But his numbers declined precipitously in 2019-2020, so it was hardly a surprise when he failed to make the 53-man roster in 2021. He was deemed worthy of a spot...
    Getty Jaylen Samuels #38 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a first down in the third quarter during the game against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on December 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) The Green Bay Packers are clearly still searching for another running back to add to their rotation ahead of Friday’s preseason opener against San Francisco. According to the NFL’s official transaction wire for August 9, the Packers hosted running backs Jaylen Samuels, Dexter Williams, Kalen Ballage, Stevie Scott and rookie Calvin Turner for roster tryouts on Tuesday with their practice numbers at the position currently down to just four healthy rushers. Samuels, a 2018 fifth-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers, could be an appealing option for the Packers given his capabilities as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. While he recorded just 131 carries for 459 yards and a touchdown in three seasons with the Steelers, he added another 550 yards and four touchdowns on 82 receptions. He also played in three games as a member of...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Rasheed Bailey #16 of the Carolina Panthers can't make the catch against Brian Allen #29 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a preseason game on August 30, 2018. Friday was a busy day around the NFL for tryouts and workouts, with several ex-Pittsburgh Steelers getting an opportunity to potentially get back in the league. For one, former Steelers fifth-round pick Brian Allen worked out for the New Orleans Saints, as per the NFL’s daily personnel notice. Allen — 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds — appeared in 16 games for the Steelers in 2017-18, but the ex-Utah Ute has been a fringe NFL’er ever since. He went on to spend time with the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills before starting one game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, then joined the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad late that season. The Cleveland Browns subsequently signed Allen away from the Bengals in January 2021 and he appeared in three games with Cincinnati last year after the Bengals re-signed him. This spring Allen was the first defensive back selected...
    Getty Images Former Steelers offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (left) with former Steelers wide receiver James Washington. On Monday the Arizona Cardinals worked out a half-dozen players, including former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Rashaad Coward. If Coward ends up signing with Arizona, he would become part of an offense that features former Steelers running back James Conner and former Steelers offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum. Cardinals worked out Jaylan Alexander, Rashaad Coward, Justin Hilliard, Cheyenne O'Grady, Marcus Tatum and Javin White — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 2, 2022 Rashaad Coward originally joined the Steelers in March 2021; strangely, it was an online gamer/Reddit user/Packers fan who broke the news of the signing. Coward worked with Pittsburgh’s first-team offensive line through all of last year’s offseason program and into training camp. But he was part of the team’s final round of roster cuts in late August, before getting re-signed in early September. He proceeded to appear in four games before the Steelers released him in mid-October, with almost all of his action having come on special teams. He was not...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images Javon McKinley #83 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a touchdown with Dedrick Mills during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 21, 2021. On Monday the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they have signed wide receiver Javon McKinley, 24, who originally entered the NFL with the Lions, catching on with Detroit as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 draft. He spent most of last season on Detroit’s practice squad, but was released by the Lions in May of this year. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Much like current Steelers wide receivers Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin, McKinley is a big-bodied wideout who played his college football at Notre Dame. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, McKinley caught a total of 53 passes for 985 yards and seven touchdowns for the Fighting Irish. Almost all of that production came when he was a fifth-year senior in 2020, when he had 42 receptions for 717 yards (17.1 yards per catch) and...
    Emilee Chinn/Getty Images Joe Schobert of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Kalif Raymond of the Detroit Lions on November 14, 2021. On Saturday July 30, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joe Schobert had a tryout with the Denver Broncos, as per the NFL’s daily transaction wire. It’s at least the second tryout that Schobert has had in the past two months, having already visited the New Orleans Saints in early- to mid-June. Honestly, it’s a little surprising that the former fourth-round pick hasn’t hooked on with another team since the Steelers released him on March 17. To be sure, Schobert would not have been worth the $8.75 million salary he was scheduled to earn in 2022, which explains why he was viewed as Pittsburgh’s top cut candidate during the early part of the offseason. But it’s difficult to understand how he isn’t yet on someone’s 90-man roster. Keep in mind that he’s a former Pro Bowler who has been responsible for at least 103 tackles in each of the past five years. Last season he recorded 112 total tackles...
    Getty Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger celebrates with DT Cam Heyward. If you follow the Pittsburgh Steelers during the offseason — and since you’re reading this, you do — you’ve noticed the tennis match of sorts between Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Heyward. In his first in-depth interview since retiring in January, Roethlisberger spoke freely on a variety of topics with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook — maybe too freely. We’ve all heard about it by now. The primary bone of contention was Roethlisberger’s comments which appeared to be taking jabs at his former teammates. ALL the latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Steelers! When Roethlisberger was asked about his biggest regret, it was easily winning just three playoff games since the Super Bowl loss Green Bay Packers a decade ago. He seemed to lay the onus at the feet of his ‘me-type attitude’ teammates. “I feel like the game has changed,” Roethlisberger told Cook. “I feel like the people have changed in a sense. Maybe it’s because I...
    Stephen Dunn/Allsport Wide receiver Charles Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Arrowhead Stadium. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Charles Johnson has died at the age of 50, with CBS-17 in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. the first to report the news on the evening of Tuesday July 19. Another Raleigh-Durham television station, ABC-11 (WTVD), has since indicated that “an investigation into Johnson’s cause of death is now underway,” with the former Super Bowl champion having been found dead at an area hotel. “Raleigh police were called to a hotel on Spring Forest Road on Sunday afternoon,” related ABC-11 early on the morning of July 20. Charles Johnson Worked at a Wake Forest High SchoolCBS-17 notes that Johnson was employed as assistant athletic director at Heritage High School, a public school in Wake Forest, N.C., where former Steelers cornerback Dewayne Washington served as head football coach for three seasons (2015-17) and ex-Steelers running back ‘Fast’ Willie Parker worked as one of Washington’s assistants. Washington and Johnson were Steelers teammates for...
    Stephen Maturen/Getty Images Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings makes a first down run as Doug Costin of the Jacksonville Jaguars defends in overtime at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 6, 2020. Last week the Pittsburgh Steelers added defensive end Daniel Archibong to the team’s Reserve/Retired list, opening up a spot on the 90-man roster just a week before the start of training camp. Now it appears that the Steelers plan to replace Archibong with yet another defensive lineman. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Steelers have held tryouts with five defensive linemen who played in the USFL this year, two of whom have previous NFL experience. The five linemen in question are: Doug Costin, Freedom Akinmoladun, Domenique Davis, Dondrea Tillman and Willie Yarbary. As training camps inch closer, the Steelers tried out five players who played in the USFL this year: * DT Doug Costin* DE Freedom Akinmoladun* DT Domenique Davis* DT Dondrea Tillman* DT Willie Yarbary — Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 18, 2022 Follow the Heavy on Steelers page for the latest...
    Getty Former Cleveland Browns DB Karl Joseph making a play during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas has thrived when making additions via the waiver wire. Countless players that were considered another team’s trash became a treasure for the green and white. Now they need to hit the same magic when cut day approaches in August. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Should Shake Free Sooner Rather Than Later Play Bengals tried to STEAL a big money Jets free agent away AFTER he already signed ????Boy Green hops on to tell the story of how the Cincinnati Bengals tried to STEAL a big-money New York Jets free agent AFTER he already signed his contract! You can read more about the story here: heavy.com/sports/new-york-jets/bengals-steal-jets-money/ Also, don't forget to like the video, hit subscribe, & check out the official Boy Green merch…2022-06-24T12:31:42Z Ahead of the massive six-week break for NFL players, every NFL reporter for ESPN revealed their...
    Getty Images Defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Former Pittsburgh Steelers sixth-round pick Isaiah Buggs is working out for the Atlanta Falcons at the team’s minicamp, this according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. Atlanta Falcons working out Isaiah Buggs, Emeka Emezie, Adam Coon, Dakota Allen, Jalen Dalton and Jonotthan Harrison — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) June 14, 2022 Buggs — who was selected No. 192 overall in 2019 out of Alabama — has been looking for a new NFL home since getting waived by the Steelers on January 8, 2022, just prior to the team’s regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. It was considered a curious move at the time, with one insider calling it a “weird end” to a Steelers career that looked to be on the rise three or four months months earlier. Recall that he was the organization’s choice to replace starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu in the starting lineup after Alualu suffered a broken ankle in Week 2, but by the end of the year he was inactive/unavailable with illness and...
    The best compliment Nick Boyle might’ve gotten this offseason is that he doesn’t look like Nick Boyle anymore. Or at least not like the Nick Boyle of recent memory. Said offensive coordinator Greg Roman: “He looks like a completely new guy this year. It’s unbelievable what he’s done, the hard work he’s put in.” And first-year tight ends coach George Godsey: “You can obviously tell, looking at him, he’s physically different.” And coach John Harbaugh: “He does look like a new guy.” The further the Ravens tight end gets from the misery of the past two seasons, the better. Injuries have limited Boyle, 29, to just five games since he underwent what he called “the worst surgery of my life,” a 2020 knee operation that repaired his meniscus, PCL, MCL and fracture damage. A clean-up procedure last summer delayed Boyle’s comeback, and he remained hobbled after returning to action last season. At the Ravens’ organized team activities, however, his limp is barely noticeable. Any concerns about the November 2020 injury that derailed his career are mostly gone, too. Boyle said...
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Tyler Bray of the Chicago Bears looks to throw under pressure from Ifeadi Odenigbo of the Minnesota Vikings. The Pittsburgh Steelers remain in the market for additional depth behind reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt and fellow starting outside linebacker Alex Highsmith. So Jeremy Fowler’s report that the Steelers are working out a trio of pass rushers on Wednesday is hardly a surprise. The Steelers are working out several pass rushers, per sources – Wyatt Ray, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Trent Harris. Pittsburgh should have a roster spot open after a release last week and could sign one of these three. — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 1, 2022 As noted by Fowler — senior NFL reporter for ESPN — the Steelers have a roster spot open in the wake of the recent release of rookie defensive lineman Trevon Mason, one of four tryout players signed on May 16, 2022, in the wake of the team’s rookie minicamp. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! All...
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Ben Roethlisberger #7 and Ramon Foster #73 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 16, 2016. On May 11, 2022, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers insider Gerry Dulac stirred up controversy when he said it was “safe to assume” that there is some “bad blood” between Ben Roethlisberger and his former employer. Steelers fans, by and large, tended to dismiss Dulac’s comments, with some choosing to believe that Roethlisberger’s offer to mentor 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett refutes the idea that he’s upset with the organization. Appearing with Eddie Provident on DK Sports’ Ramon Foster Show earlier this week, former Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster added context to both of those news bits. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!Money at the Root of the Problem?“As far as Ben leaving on bad blood or bad terms, there could be an inkling,” said Foster, before making reference to the fact that Roethlisberger took a pay cut to return for one...
    Getty Former Steelers quarterback Michael Vick is coming out of retirement. A former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is coming out of retirement. Michael Vick, who played his final season in the NFL in 2015 with the Steelers, is coming out of retirement to play for the Fan Controlled Football League during the final week of its regular season, according to Frank Pingue of Reuters. Vick is best known for his stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, where Vick become a four-time Pro Bowler. “Michael Vick, the once-dynamic NFL quarterback whose involvement in a dogfighting ring halted a breathtaking career in its prime, has agreed to come out of retirement to join startup league Fan Controlled Football, a source told Reuters on Friday,” says Pingue.Report: Vick Returning Due to OwensThe 41-year-old Vick will become the third former NFL superstar to participate in the 7-on-7 league, joining the likes of Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens. The FCF is played on a 50-yard indoor field and features eight teams — double the amount from its debut season last year —...
    Scott Taetsch/Getty Images Pittsburgh Steelers helmet The Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off their 2022 rookie minicamp on Friday May 13, with the sons of two former Steelers standouts taking part on a tryout basis. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!Kevin Greene’s Son, For OneTeresa Varley of Steelers.com revealed the surprising news in a tweet on Friday, noting that Gavin Greene, son of late Steelers Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is getting a chance to show what he can do, much like he did last weekend when he tried out for the New York Jets. Among the players at @steelers rookie minicamp on a tryout basis are Mississippi College LB Gavin Greene, the son of late Steelers Hall of Fame LB Kevin Greene, and South Carolina LB Damani Staley, the son of Duce Staley, a former Steelers RB now coaching with the Lions. — Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) May 13, 2022 Gavin Greene — 6-feet-tall and 250 pounds — is a linebacker who played for the Division II Mississippi...
    David Eulitt/Getty Images Terrell Suggs of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes around the block of Trent Scott of the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019. On Friday May 13, 2022, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the signing of former Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Trent Scott to a one-year contract. Scott, 28, has played in a total of 53 games (with 19 starts) over the course of the past four seasons, having originally entered the league in 2018 as a rookie undrafted free agent out of Grambling State. He offers a certain amount of position flexibility, with eight career starts at right tackle, eight at left tackle and three at right guard. New Steelers offensive line coach Pat Meyer — hired on February 15, 2022 — is certainly familiar with Scott’s work, as Scott worked with him in Los Angeles (2018-19) and in Carolina (2020-21). Presumably, Meyer has a higher opinion of Scott’s play than Pro Football Focus, which gave him a lowly 39.6 overall grade in 2021, after 60.2, 49.4 and...
    Getty Mitch Trubisky warms up before a game against the Houston Texans. Mitch Trubisky is offering condolences for teammate Dwayne Haskins, who was killed early on Saturday in an accident near Trubisky’s Florida home. Trubisky, who left the Buffalo Bills in free agency to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, had invited quarterbacks and pass-catchers from his new team to Florida so they could practice and train together in the offseason. Haskins was among this group, and died on Saturday after being struck by a vehicle while reportedly trying to cross a highway. Trubisky is now speaking out, sharing his experiences with Haskins and the heartbreak he feels at the death of his young teammate. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Trubisky Remembers Haskins ‘Big Heart’In a statement posted to his Instagram page, Trubisky wrote about his relationship with Haskins, especially how the 24-year-old had welcomed him to the Steelers. “I am absolutely heartbroken,” Trubisky wrote, via SI.com. “Dwayne made such an impact on me in...
    Getty Tyrann Mathieu runs with the ball after intercepting a pass. Calls by fans for the Pittsburgh Steelers to ink veteran defensive back Tyrann Mathieu have been loud and proud since before the March 16 start of NFL free agency. Pittsburgh is one starter short at the safety position, and despite Steelers Nation’s pleas, Mathieu is still on the market. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the three-time All-Pro isn’t in a hurry to cement his future. “I don’t get the sense that he’s in a rush at all,” Rapoport told Pat McAfee on March 25. “Like every year, there are a couple of free agents, who kind of just linger out there and wait for maybe the draft. Maybe if a team needs a safety, needs a leader, maybe they don’t get what they wanted in the draft, they come get him. I could see Honey Badger being out there for a while.” Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness ALL the latest Steelers news straight to...
    Mike Tomlin says he did not hire Brian Flores as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers out of sympathy for the former Miami Dolphins head coach. Tomlin, who like Flores is Black, did so because Flores is “a good coach.” That Flores had sued the NFL and three teams — the Dolphins, Giants and Broncos — claiming racist hiring practices, did not dissuade the long-time Steelers coach in any way, Tomlin said Monday at the NFL owners meetings. A member of the league’s powerful competition committee and one of the most influential coaches in the sport, Tomlin spoke strongly about the lack of minority head coaches in the NFL. He, Houston’s Lovie Smith, Miami’s Mike McDaniel, who is biracial, the Jets’ Robert Saleh and the Commanders’ Ron Rivera are the five minority head coaches among the 32 teams. About 70% of the players are Black. “I haven’t been in any discussions and no, I don’t have a level of confidence that would lead me to believe that things are going to be better,” Tomlin said. “I’m more of a show...
    Getty Mitch Trubisky has agreed to a two-year, $14.2 million deal with the Steelers. Randy Mueller, the 2000 NFL Executive of the Year, brings over 30 years of experience in the football business, including stints as the general manager of Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins. With Heavy, Mueller breaks down the latest NFL news from a front office perspective. You can follow Randy on Twitter @RandyMueller_ I love these three early free agent signings and here is why. One of the key components to having success in the NFL free agent window is the skill set of valuing players. That’s not to get confused with evaluating. The two are not independent of each other, but meshing skill sets and numbers is the key to team building and one of the toughest things young GMs in the business struggle with.  Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Evaluating is what we all can do. In its simplest form, it’s just writing what you see. But that...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are saying goodbye to longtime defensive coordinator Keith Butler. For his replacement, Mike Tomlin should look to a former rival. The Steelers and Ravens have maintained one of the best rivalries in the NFL this century thanks in large part to their defenses. So it’s fitting that both teams are undergoing a major shakeup to their defensive staff this offseason. The Ravens parted ways with defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale on Friday. On Saturday, the Steelers confirmed the retirement of defensive coordinator Keith Butler. What if Pittsburgh used the change in Baltimore to fill their own opening? Steelers could replace Keith Butler with Don ‘Wink’ MartindaleMartindale’s résumé is strong having played a role in the Raven’s Super Bowl XLVII victory as a linebackers coach. He took over as DC in 2018. The first three years under Martindale were outstanding on defense with the team ranking in the top 3 in the league in points allowed each season. In 2021, Baltimore slipped to 19th in the NFL allowing 23 points per game. That was still a spot higher...
    Getty Ahkello Witherspoon has been making an impact for the Pittsburgh Steelers. On March 19th, 2021, the Seattle Seahawks inked cornerback Ahekllo Witherspoon to a contract worth $4 million. About a week before the regular season, the Seahawks traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2023 fifth-round pick, with the Steelers taking over the full guaranteed contract. Before Seattle, Witherspoon spent his first four seasons with the team that drafted him, the San Francisco 49ers. He started in 33 of a total 47 games, where he was given a career-best defensive grade of 80.2 for the 2020 season according to Pro Football Focus.  Since being traded to the Steelers, he has earned a 79.3 defensive grade for the 2021 season with just one game left. On January 3rd against the Cleveland Browns, Witherspoon recorded two broken-up passes and an interception to earn him an 87.8 defensive grade on the day, according to PFF. https://www.steelers.com/video/highlight-witherspoon-nabs-interception  Pete Carroll was excited about bringing Witherspoon into the fold for the Seahawks. “We’ve seen him play over the years…and we’ve seen the...
    With Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL career about to end, former teammate Le’Veon Bell sent him an emotional message on Twitter.  For Pittsburgh Steelers fans out there, things sure are emotional right now. The scenes at Heinz Field were special on Monday night, as Ben Roethlisberger was sent off like a king. Yes, we know he hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but it’d be the shock of the century if he didn’t at this point. In the past few days, fans, players and former teammates have been showering him with love. The long list now includes Le’Veon Bell. The two shared some memorable seasons together in Pittsburgh, and the running back took to Twitter to let everyone know how much Big Ben means to him. I can honestly say, I wouldn’t have made it this far without you 7 … I appreciate everything, & will miss watching your greatness…one of the very few who’s done it all with ONE TEAM … what ???????? a ????????career???????? I’m proud to say that I ever had a chance to play with you ???????????? HOF’er pic.twitter.com/4b4Q8ScJol...
    Nick Cammett/Getty Images Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the sidelines before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 31, 2021. On Friday the Pittsburgh Steelers held their third and final practice in the runup to Sunday’s home game against the winless Detroit Lions (0-8). Afterwards, the team issued its last injury/participation report of the week, revealing that second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool has been ruled out with a toe injury after missing practice for a second consecutive day. All six of the other injured players were full participants in practice in Friday, including rookie running back Najee Harris (foot) and rookie center Kendrick Green (hamstring), both of whom were limited in practice on Thursday. For what it’s worth, Harris did not speak to the media on Friday, a day in which he is typically available. But per Brooke Pryor of ESPN, second-year offensive guard Kevin Dotson did speak with the media, and said he believes the former first-round pick will be in the lineup on Sunday. No Fridays with Najee...
    Getty Mike Tomlin had some parting words for Melvin Ingram. The Pittsburgh Steelers finally honored Melvin Ingram’s wish to be traded. On Tuesday, November 2, the Steelers traded Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round draft pick, ending his short stint with the club. Ingram had inked a one-year deal with Pittsburgh after a prosperous nine-year career with the Los Angeles Chargers, seeing him garner three consecutive Pro Bowl selections (2017-2019). Ingram’s stint in Pittsburgh ends with the following statistics: six games, 10 tackles and one sack. While head coach Mike Tomlin was respectful in his comments regarding Ingram’s trade, he also took a slight jab at his former player on his way out. Tomlin thanks Melvin Ingram, talks of the pitfalls of free agency, then adds "it's better to have volunteers as opposed to hostages." ???? — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 2, 2021 Steelers Eventually Bite on Chiefs TradeIt became clear early on that Ingram wouldn’t return to dominant pass-rushing form in Pittsburgh. As a result, trade calls started coming in for the 32-year-old outside...
    Melvin Ingram wants out of Pittsburgh due to a lack of playing time, but the Steelers don’t want to trade him to an AFC team. Ingram hasn’t fit well into the Steelers linebacker rotation, meaning something’s gotta give. He signed with Pittsburgh in the hopes of being a veteran presence in their 3-4 defense, but instead has been stuck on the bench. So, where could Ingram wind up? According to one NFL insider, the Chiefs already made an offer. The following is from ESPN’s Aditi Kinkhabwala: “As @RapSheet reported this weekend, OLB Melvin Ingram does indeed want out of Pittsburgh after seeing a reduction in his playing time. I’m told KC made an offer, but the #Steelers ideally don’t want to send him to an AFC team. Could the #Cardinals make a good trade partner?” Chiefs rumors: Melvin Ingram trade in the works?The Chiefs had Ingram in for a visit as recently as this offseason, but the Steelers swept in and stole him from right under them. With the Steelers obvious need for linebacker depth at the time — especially...
    Getty Sean Davis The New England Patriots signed former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis to the practice squad on Wednesday, per NFL.com‘s Ian Rapoport. The #Patriots signed DB Sean Davis to their practice squad, source said. The former 2nd round pick for the #Steelers worked out yesterday in New England. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2021 The Patriots had Davis in for a workout on Tuesday. Apparently, they liked what they saw and brought the 27-year-old in as a member of the practice squad. Davis could be activated and elevated as soon as the upcoming weekend’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.What Does Sean Davis Potentially Offer the Patriots?Can Davis help the Patriots’ pass and run defense? Zach Hicks of Stampede Blue offered this assessment of Davis’ strengths right before he signed with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year: While his career does appear to be in a downward spiral at the moment, there are some things on film that immediately stand out in his game. He is one of those players who isn’t just a workout warrior,...
    With JuJu Smith-Schuster likely out for the season, the Steelers need to sign a replacement, or at the very least some wide receiver depth. Smith-Schuster was a popular target of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as the veteran QB was one of the main reasons JuJu returned to Pittsburgh this offseason. Considering Smith-Schuster signed a one-year prove it deal, such an injury is all the more heartbreaking. Smith-Schuster’s wallet is hurting along with his shoulder. JuJu is set to miss at least four months after undergoing shoulder surgery. He had 15 catches and 129 yards on what’s been a subpar season for the Southern Cal product. With Smith-Schuster out, the Steelers have invited former Bears wideout Anthony Miller in for a workout and physical. Assuming all goes well, they could add him this week. With JuJu Smith-Schuster facing surgery, the #Steelers are planning to bring in free agent WR @AnthonyMiller_3 for a physical tomorrow, I’m told by someone apprised of the team’s plans. The former second round pick of the #Bears is known as tough, and a good worker. — Aditi Kinkhabwala...
    Getty Images Matthew Wright (No. 16) of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 3, 2021. On Sept. 27 the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Pittsburgh Steelers placekicker Matthew Wright to the team’s practice squad. On Thursday, the Jaguars elevated him to the active/inactive roster, and according to Ian Rapoport, national insider for NFL Network, Wright will be doing the kicking for the Jaguars tonight (Sept. 30) against the Bengals in Cincinnati. That’s hardly a surprise, as Jacksonville placekicker Josh Lambo was ruled out of the game on Sept. 29 when Jacksonville released its Wednesday injury/participation report. Lambo’s absence is not injury related, according to the report, which indicates that the issue is “personal.” So it’s worth noting that Lambo has struggled mightily during the first three games of the regular season. Per Pro Football Reference, Lambo, 30, has missed all three of his field goal attempts this year, and has missed two of his first seven extra-point attempts. Matthew Wright Lacks Leg Strength, But Offers AccuracyMatthew Wright would appear to be a good alternative to...
    Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Linebacker Derrek Tuszka of the Denver Broncos on August 20, 2020. On Saturday afternoon the Pittsburgh Steelers made a pair of roster moves designed to address roster holes created by recent injuries. First and foremost, the team elevated linebacker Derrek Tuszka from the practice squad, doing so just hours after All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt was ruled out of Sunday’s AFC North showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. The team also promoted wide receiver Cody White from the practice squad, as the team would otherwise be short a wide receiver now that Diontae Johnson has been ruled out with a knee injury. As noted by Steelers.com, after Sunday’s game both Tuszka and White will automatically revert to the practice squad without having to pass through waivers.Derrek Tuszka is a Former Denver Broncos Draft PickTuszka, 25, entered the NFL last year as a seventh-round pick of the Denver Broncos, having been drafted No. 254 overall out of North Dakota State. In his last year with the Bison, he was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Linebacker T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles quarterback Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders on September 19, 2021. The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t required to issue another injury/participation report until Sept. 22, but Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes that the names of at least three defensive starters will be prominent on Wednesday’s list. On Monday night, the longtime Steelers insider reported that “the Steelers may not have all members of the Groin Club—Joe Haden, Devin Bush and T.J. Watt—ready for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.” The Steelers may not have all members of the Groin Club — Joe Haden, Devin Bush and T.J. Watt — ready for Sunday's game against the Bengals. — Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 20, 2021 That’s bad news for a Steelers defense that gave up 26 points and 382 passing yards in a home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 19, thanks in part to the absence of all three. Haden and Bush missed the Raiders game in its entirety, having suffered groin injuries...
    Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Donte Moncrief of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by the New England Patriots during a game on September 08, 2019. When the Houston Texans cut former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief in late July, it seemed like it might be the end of the road for the eight-year NFL veteran. Not so fast. According to longtime NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, on Monday the Texans worked out Moncrief, along with five other players. Texans worked out Donte Moncrief, who was cut by the team before training camp with a non-football injury designation — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 13, 2021 The Texans originally inked Moncrief to a one-year, $1.15 million contract in March, despite the fact that he didn’t exactly set the world on fire at any of his last three NFL stops—with the Steelers, New York Jets and New England Patriots. Of the three, he had the most success in New England (in 2020), as he appeared in six games and caught one pass for 15 yards while rushing for four yards. He...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Patriots players had Tuesday off, but the front office was busy building up its contact list. The Patriots worked out 10 players on Tuesday, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, including former Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges. The 25-year-old Hodges signed with Pittsburgh after going undrafted out of Samford in 2019, and started six games as a rookie after Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph both went down with injuries. Hodges threw for 1,063 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions, with the Steelers going 3-3 in his starts. He spent last season on the Pittsburgh practice squad and signed with the Los Angeles Rams over the summer, but was waived on Aug. 23. Here is the full list of players who worked out with New England on Tuesday: DB Grayland Arnold RB Nick Bawden G Jake Eldrenkamp TE Miller Forristall C Lamont Gaillard TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart QB Devlin Hodges DB Joshua Moon DT Destiny Vaeao WR Connor Wedington The Patriots just saw Nakia Griffin-Stewart in joint practices with the New York Giants, as well as Grayland Arnold when he...
    Peter Aiken/Getty Images Le'Veon Bell boxes the goal post after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 15, 2017. The Baltimore Ravens are looking to shore up their running back depth in the wake of J.K. Dobbins’ season-ending knee injury, which he suffered during the team’s preseason finale against Washington. That depth might come courtesy of a former rival. According to Field Yates of ESPN, Baltimore worked out a pair of veteran NFL backs on Monday, including ex-Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets tailback Le’Veon Bell. The Ravens are trying out RB Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 6, 2021 It’s the first sign of interest in the 29-year-old Bell since the start of unrestricted free agency, who has been out of work since his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs expired earlier this year. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Steelers!Le’Veon Bell Predicted 2021 Would be His Comeback YearYet the obvious lack of interest...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Jerald Hawkins #65 during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. The Pittsburgh Steelers have their share of question marks at offensive tackle, but they appear to have firmly moved on from Jerald Hawkins, who has had two separate stints with the team (2016-18, 2020). Now the New England Patriots are taking a look at the former fourth-round pick, this according to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Mike Reiss. The Patriots had free-agent OT Jerald Hawkins in for a workout. Hawkins entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2016. The LSU alum has appeared in 19 career games (1 start), spending time with Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Houston. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 27, 2021 Hawkins Was Re-Signed by the Steelers in 2020Hawkins arrived in Pittsburgh in 2016 out of LSU, but was never able to rise above a backup role, in part due to injuries. In his first go-round with the organization, he appeared in five games with just one start, and finished two of his...
    Harry How/Getty Images Melvin Ingram III (#54) of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a sack during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019. As the opening of training camp approaches, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain desperately thin at the outside linebacker position. After projected starters T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, the team’s best options to serve in backup roles appear to be: journeyman Cassius Marsh, who has been with seven different teams during his seven NFL seasons; and rookie sixth-round pick Quincy Roche. After those two the Steelers would be forced to turn to one of several former undrafted free agents with no NFL experience, including rookie UDFA Calvin Bundage (Oklahoma State). That said, it’s hardly a surprise to see Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) reporting that the Steelers plan to host former Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram III for a visit sometime this week. Moreover, he may not be the only outside linebacker/edge rusher they bring in. Steelers remain on the hunt for pass rush...
    Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Dwayne Haskins wants to put a very forgettable run with Washington in the past. The 24-year-old is looking for the chance to start fresh and to carve out a role in a crowded quarterback room that’s headlined by two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Just coming here to Pittsburgh, I want to prove to the coaching staff and my teammates just how much I love football and that I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here," Haskins said. "I want to show them that my mind is in the right place and I’m willing to work and earn a spot here." The Steelers signed Haskins to a futures contract in January, giving the former Washington quarterback a second chance after he flamed out in the nation’s capital in less than two seasons after being taken with the 15th pick in the 2019 draft. Haskins went 3-10 as a starter in two seasons. He completed 60% of his passes, while throwing 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Haskins, who grew up...
    Justin Berl/Getty Images Jordan Poyer of the Buffalo Bills intercepts a pass intended for Deon Cain of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 15, 2019. Wide receivers don’t want to play in the Baltimore Ravens’ run-oriented, Lamar Jackson-led offense. That’s the narrative that has dogged the Ravens for quite some time, and the issue came to the forefront in mid-March when unrestricted free agents JuJu Smith-Schuster and T.Y. Hilton both rejected the Ravens, electing to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Steelers! As a result, the Ravens turned to the draft (again) to add talent at the position, selecting Rashod Bateman (Minnesota) with the No. 27 overall pick in the first round and Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State) with the No. 131 overall pick in round four. Yet according to Todd Karpovich, who covers the Ravens for si.com, it’s former Steelers receiver Deon Cain who was the “most impressive wide receiver at the Ravens’ voluntary...
    Getty Images According to ESPN’s sports analytics writer Seth Walder, Jacksonville Jaguars senior vice president of football operations and strategy Karim Kassam is no longer employed by the organization. “The reason that Kassam is no longer with the team was not immediately known,” adds ESPN staff writer Michael DiRocco, noting that “Kassam was hired Feb. 19 to oversee the team’s football technology and analytics department in addition to salary-cap administration while working with [new] head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke.” Kassam is the second individual hired by the new regime to leave the organization. Director of sports performance Chris Doyle resigned in mid-February after just one day on the job. The Jaguars were criticized for hiring Doyle, who had been “accused of making racist remarks and belittling and bullying players” while he was the strength coach at the University of Iowa, noted DiRocco at the time. Shortly after the news broke, Kassam sent a tweet that seems to confirm the above report, saying, “I enjoyed my time with the Jaguars. I have had the...
    Getty Pittsburgh Steelers helmet. According to the official athletics website of Slippery Rock University, quarterback Roland Rivers III has accepted an invite from the Pittsburgh Steelers to try out at the team’s rookie minicamp later this month. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Steelers! Rivers—6-foot-2 and 234 pounds—last played in 2019, when he led Division II Slippery Rock (13-1) to its best season in school history, while also winning the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the Division II college football player of the year. He was also named National Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team All-American, taking his team to the NCAA Division II national semifinals. Along the way, he tied the Division II single-season record for touchdowns (61) and obliterated Slippery Rock single-season records for completions (322), passing yards (4,460), passing touchdowns (52) and total offense (5,160). Roland Rivers Was the QB at Penn State’s Pro DaySince then Rivers has worked diligently toward his...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Outside linebacker or edge rusher is a need for the Steelers and a position they might look to fill early in this year’s draft. Penn State’s Micah Parsons is the top linebacker on the board, but he decided to opt-out last year, which may cause him to slip down draft boards. Parsons has all the intangibles including 4.39-second speed and he is very versatile. READ MORE: Bat In Pitcairn Tests Positive For Rabies After Biting At Least 1 Child Penn State also has another edge defender who could go in the first two rounds. Jayson Oweh is just as fast as Parsons but lacks consistency, which could cause him to fall out of the first round. Miami’s Jaelan Phillips has it all – size, speed and athleticism. He probably won’t make it out of the first round. READ MORE: Former Pine-Richland Head Football Coach Eric Kasperowicz Releases District Letter Detailing Why He Lost Job One name to keep an eye on is Tulsa’s Zaven Collins. He’s big and flashed a ton of potential but didn’t play for...
    Former Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor described how the Pittsburgh defense set out to hit the soul out of their opponents. Why are the Pittsburgh Steelers always so ferocious on defense? It’s a mindset thing, according to former Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor. During his 12-year career with the team, Taylor learned a thing or two about what it takes to make it on one of those defenses. It’s intense. “My linebackers brainwashed mind,” Taylor said on the Lights Out Podcast with Shawne Merriman. “My linebackers felt knocking someone out was better than catching the interception. I need you to take the soul out of another grown man. That was the motto in the locker room. “If you play linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, your whole mindset is run through a brick wall and not think twice about it. We loved coming to the sideline and saying, ‘I got a body.’ That was the whole thing in Pittsburgh when I was playing, put a body on the resume.” ????????LIGHTS OUT [email protected]_SwagginU talks about the @steelers model in the locker room...
    Nic Antaya/Getty Images Donovan Peoples-Jones of the Cleveland Browns attempts to catch a pass against Steven Nelson of the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 03, 2021. On Tuesday the Pittsburgh Steelers released starting cornerback Steven Nelson, four days after reportedly giving him permission to seek a trade. The roster move came less than an hour after Nelson fired off what he described as a “little out of my character” tweet, one in which he implored the team to stop holding him hostage. Making a public announcement is a little out of my character, but you guys made your decision please don’t hold me hostage #dontholdmeback — Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) March 23, 2021 ‘We Need Volunteers, Not Hostages’The Steelers were apparently hoping to get something in a trade for Nelson, but it seems he was getting impatient waiting for a trade partner to materialize, hence the contentious tweet. His use of the word “hostage” is an obvious reference to a phase occasionally used by Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who in recent years has been known to say, “We...
    Steelers fans get to see some former stars and one big rival compete for a title Sunday in the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh Steelers fans were riding high after the team jumped out to an 11-0 start this season. The final result was two straight losses to the Cleveland Browns that included an embarrassing playoff exit. The nightmare continues for Steelers fans with Sunday’s Super Bowl. One side features former star running back Le’Veon Bell. The other features Antonio Brown and former rival Tom Brady. Steelers fans will have a tough time finding any rooting interest and may just want to enjoy the commercials.Changing fortunes in PittsburghThe Steelers last won a Super Bowl during the 2008 season. Brown showed up in 2010 and Bell joined the team in 2013. Their respective tenures were filled with plenty of promise, but a lack of results in terms of achieving the ultimate goal. The deepest the team got with both stars was the AFC Championship Game during the 2016 season. You may recall that postseason because the Patriots ultimately won the Super Bowl...
    Rob Carr/Getty Images Cornerback Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers wipes his head on the sidelines during a game against Baltimore Ravens on September 11, 2014. Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor won two Super Bowl rings with Ben Roethlisberger, but he was unequivocal when asked about whether the 17-year veteran should retire. “A hundred percent,” he said, in an interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. Taylor isn’t necessarily worried about Roethlisberger’s arm, he’s more concerned about Big Ben’s legs. “It’s the mobility part, and if you’re looking at the AFC North, the three young quarterbacks—they’re young, they’re mobile, and they’ve got playoff experience, and you don’t want to set your organization behind three years.” In other words, Taylor believes the Steelers won’t be competitive with a 39-year-old Roethlisberger going against the upstart franchise quarterbacks in Pittsburgh’s division—namely, Joe Burrow of the Bengals, 24, Lamar Jackson of the Ravens, 24, and Baker Mayfield of the Browns, 25. “If they didn’t have a Lamar Jackson, if they didn’t have a Baker Mayfield, if they didn’t...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS Sports) — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner is speaking out after his former roommate, Chad Wheeler of the Seattle Seahawks, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence. In a tweet Banner said: “Chad Wheeler is someone completely different than my roommate and brother at SC, and today I had to come to terms with that. What he did was heartbreaking, and I will never forgive. My thoughts, and prayers go out to the victim. She and her health should be the upmost priority.” Chad Wheeler is someone completely different than my roommate and brother at SC, and today I had to come to terms with that. What he did was heartbreaking, and I will never forgive… My thoughts, and prayers go out to the victim. She and her health should be the upmost priority — Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) January 27, 2021 Wheeler was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, and accused of assaulting his girlfriend over the weekend. The Seattle Times reported that Wheeler told his girlfriend to bow to him,...
    Duck Hodges is taking his talents out West. Hodges no longer had a place in Pittsburgh, as he was relegated to the practice squad and eventually even replaced in that form. The Steelers signed Dwayne Haskins to a futures contract early this offseason, meaning Hodges — who was cut last season — would not return. An undrafted free agent signing out of Samford, Hodges played a surprising role on the 2019 Steelers after Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Hodges was elevated to the active roster and eventually received a starting opportunity when Mason Rudolph struggled with injuries of his own. While he’s not the answer at signal-caller for any good NFL team, Hodges is trying to carve out a backup role for himself somewhere. Perhaps the Los Angeles Rams could be that opportunity. Excited for the opportunity to sign and be apart of the @RamsNFL! I’ve been to LA before ???? let’s get it! pic.twitter.com/2gqGDNhcuo — Devlin Hodges (@DevlinHodges10) January 24, 2021 Hodges enters a sticky situation with the Rams in LAIt’s unknown how long the marriage between...
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