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    Legendary NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. playfully warned that he would suit up once more if Pittsburgh Steelers players weren’t careful.  The Cleveland Browns may have handily won with one-man wrecking crew Nick Chubb, but Jacoby Brissett’s connection with Amari Cooper shouldn’t be overlooked. Cooper caught seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in their Thursday night victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And if Steve Smith Sr. suited up to take on the Steelers, he guarantees that some of those Steelers wouldn’t have even seen the field for the game. Smith Sr., who is now an analyst for NFL Network, was chatting on the sideline with his mic in hand when rambunctious Steelers players hyped up for the game came awfully close to knocking Smith off of his. I’m just speaking facts pic.twitter.com/KmFBWJRXNQ — Steve Smith Sr. (@CutToIt) September 23, 2022 “I’ll tell you what: one of these boys hit me while I ain’t in a uniform, they will not be playing tonight!” Smith joked. In a stroke of pure comedic genius, Smith smiles for 17...
    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made his firm stance on who plays at quarterback known as the Steelers open the season with a 1-2 record. Everyone watching the Steelers knew that 2022 would mark the beginning of a transitionary period as the team sought its future franchise quarterback. But how difficult this period has been, with the Steelers managing to win one game of three, isn’t how any fan would like to see the season unravel so early on. On their part, the Steelers anticipated their potential quarterback issues by bringing in several. At the beginning of the offseason, the Steelers rostered Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and the late Dwayne Haskins. During the NFL Draft, the Steelers selected Kenny Pickett. Currently, the Steelers are a rarity in the league with three possible quarterbacks, and Steelers fans are anxious to see what Pitt star Kenny Pickett can accomplish in the NFL. Not so fast, according to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. When asked if he would consider a quarterback or play-caller change after a humiliating loss to the Cleveland Browns,...
    Here’s how the Cleveland Browns took a 29-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. Hmm… But we thought the Cleveland Browns were going to sputter and fall through their first 11 games of the season while they waited for Deshaun Watson to return? Guess we better think again. The Browns shocked with a 29-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football this week, giving them a 2-1 record and temporary sole possession of the AFC North lead. The game was historic for Kevin Stefanski, and though there was a bright spot of an incredible catch for the Steelers, it showed just how they might need to push things in the direction of Kenny Pickett, even if Mike Tomlin really doesn’t want to. Here’s what the experts around the web are saying about how the Steelers pulled this off.Things started off great for the Steelers offense…The rest of the story doesn’t shed much positive light on the Steelers, so let’s start with some positivity there. The opening half gave some reason to be optimistic for Steelers...
    Pittsburgh Steelers fans will not like the throw chart of quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s performance in Week 2 against the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers started off their season on a high note after they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime on the road. In Week 2, they had the chance to get a win at home against the New England Patriots. Instead, they lost 17-14, and quarterback Mitch Trubisky did not exactly inspire the fanbase at Acrisure Stadium with his performance, completing 21-of-33 pass attempts for 168 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Steelers fans were not happy about the performance by Trubisky, so much so that those in the stadium were chanting for rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett. Those very fans will not be happy seeing Trubisky’s throw chart, courtesy of NFL Next Gen Stats. Yikes pic.twitter.com/Xqe5d8TuuC — Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) September 18, 2022 Steelers: Mitch Trubisky’s Week 2 throw chart will not make fans happy Out of the 21 completions made by Trubisky, 15 of them were less than 10 yards. Five of those completed passes were behind...
    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin employed Brian Flores in the offensive game strategy for Week 2’s matchup against the New England Patriots. It remains to be seen if that move will work out, but it’s a brilliant strategy to employ when you have a former Patriots top assistant on the coaching staff. Tomlin has Flores at his disposal. Flores, a former top Patriots defensive assistant and after that Miami Dolphins head coach (same division as New England, for those who need a refresher), is very familiar with the system. So, Flores sat in on the Steelers’ offensive meetings to give some pointers when necessary. Steelers senior defensive asst Brian Flores sat in on Pittsburghs offensive meetings this week, and chipped in with game-planning with OC Matt Canada, Im told. Makes sense, given his background/knowledge in the Patriots D. So hes valuable on both sides of the ball this week. https://t.co/h95r999pfd — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 18, 2022 Pittsburgh’s offense was putrid in their opening game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Ideally, using Flores would help matters a bit against New...
    PAIGE SPIRANAC joked that she put a jinx on the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. The social media star is a Pittsburgh Steelers supporter. 3Paige Spiranac claimed to have jinxed the Cincinnati BengalsCredit: TWITTER 3And a few days earlier, she claimed credit for the Los Angeles Rams lossCredit: TWITTER And she was delighted when her Steelers beat the Bengals in their NFL season opener this weekend. Pittsburgh won a thriller 23-20 in overtime against their AFC North rivals. Paige is a massive Steelers fan and was over the moon with the result. She posted a picture on Twitter wearing a low cut Cincinnati Bengals top. READ MORE ON PAIGE SPIRANACFAMILY SNAPS Paige Spiranac makes shocking revelation about new raunchy cowgirl photoshootGAME ON Paige Spiranac poses in daring custom NFL jersey to celebrate start of season And Paige joked: "The jinx streak is still alive. Bengals 0-1." A few days earlier, Paige said she's 'taking applications' to wear most hated team logos from fans so they lose. And she then posed in a Los Angeles Rams shirt after they were hammered by...
    The Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers game was pure chaos, and Twitter users reacted in kind. For those of you thinking that the first slate of games on Week 1 Sunday was boring, don’t you feel wrong now. The fourth quarter of the games was epic and intense. But no game was as chaotic as the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game. The Bengals seemingly were headed to a comeback victory after touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase. But, Evan McPherson’s extra point attempt was blocked by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to force overtime. Pittsburgh picked up the 23-20 win after a 53-yard field goal attempt by Chris Boswell was successful in the closing seconds of overtime. Chris. Boswell. The Steelers win in OT! [email protected] | #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/LRwq4wSOKU — FanSided (@FanSided) September 11, 2022 Steelers beat Bengals in chaotic overtime: Best memes, tweets Twitter users reacted to what to the mess that was the final minutes of regulation and the entirety of overtime. That, and there was feedback from wome who were trying to watch the Kansas City Chiefs-Arizona Cardinals game,...
    T.J. Watt is showing the defending AFC Champion Bengals that they might have a tough road to reclaim their title this year. Coming into the Week 1 matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals were heavy favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And why wouldn’t they be? After a trip to the Super Bowl last year, and with a young star quarterback under center with a fortified offensive line, the Steelers looked like no match for their AFC North foes as they sent Mitchell Trubisky out to start under center in Week 1. T.J. Watt had thoughts about that, though.T.J. Watt is giving the Bengals and Joe Burrow a nightmare afternoonAlready in the first half, Joe Burrow has thrown four interceptions. That’s just one below his total from his entire rookie season. Yikes. One of those interceptions was to T.J. Watt with a snap reaction to a snap throw from Burrow. Just look at this angle: T.J. Watt’s interception on Joe Burrow! #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/Fod0hEi9iq — BlitzVideos✨ (@BlitzVideos) September 11, 2022 Before swallowing up that ball, he swallowed up Joe Mixon on a...
    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. (Syndication: The Enquirer) The 2022 NFL season is underway and here are 3 bold predictions for the Week 1 Steelers vs. Bengals AFC North showdown in Cincinnati. Week 1 of the 2022 season kicked off with the Buffalo Bills beating the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. With a full slate of NFL action coming this weekend the AFC North has a divisional game in week one in Ohio with the Steelers vs. Bengals. Let’s look at three bold predictions for this weekend’s game…3 bold predictions for the Steelers vs. Bengals Week 1 matchupBengals offensive line will experience growing pains earlyIt was no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line was the weak link in last year’s Super Bowl team. The Bengals set out to improve that line and protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. They invested significant money to do so. La’el Collings when healthy is one of the league’s best right tackles and it will show when the Bengals take the field just how much better he is on the...
    Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Jamir Jones #44 and Chris Wormley #95 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 12, 2021. Perhaps former Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert liked Derrek Tuszka better than Jamir Jones, and new Steelers G.M. Omar Khan prefers it the other way around. Regardless, on Thursday the Steelers made a successful waiver claim for outside linebacker Jamir Jones — and waived Derrek Tuszka to make room for him on the 53-man roster. Notably, it was Tuszka who replaced Jones on the roster early last season, a week after Jones started in place of an injured T.J. Watt. The Steelers planned to re-sign Jones to the practice squad after he cleared waivers, but alas he was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams, making Jones the second outside linebacker the Steelers lost to a waiver claim that month, with 2021 sixth-round pick Quincy Roche being the other. Now he’s back in the fold, and figures to serve as the No. 4 outside linebacker behind T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith, and recent trade acquisition Malik Reed, who...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions on August 28, 2022. With the 2022 preseason now in the books, we are likely just a day or two away from Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin naming a starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season. The conventional wisdom is that Tomlin is going to go with free agent acquisition and former No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky, but there is anything but a consensus among analysts.Pittsburgh’s Offense ‘Moves Differently’ With No. 8 at QBFor one, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks has already come out and said that “it’s time to end the suspense and anoint the 24-year-old rookie as the Steelers’ QB1 of the present and future.” It’s more than the fact that Pickett finished the preseason with a 124.7 passer rating, having completed 29 of 36 passes for 261 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Kenny Pickett’s final preseason stats… • 29 for 36• 261 passing yards• 3 TDs...
    JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – AUGUST 20: Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during the first half of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 20, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Steelers come into the 2022 season with big changes on offense but what will the results be on the field? We have some bold predictions. Ben Roethlisberger‘s retirement might’ve been due given the quarterback’s performance on the field, but it’s impossible to deny that the Pittsburgh Steelers are entering somewhat unfamiliar territory under head coach Mike Tomlin as they venture into the 2022 season. The franchise drafted the assumed Big Ben replacement in the first round with the selection of Kenny Pickett out of Pitt. They also signed former No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky to help the cause. This defense remains impressive, as do the skill position players, but there are holes at linebacker and, more notably, on the offensive line to pair with the quarterback uncertainty. So what will this season look like in...
    Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson says former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has “still got it” after seeing him at training camp. By the time Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL career ended last season, it was pretty clear he was on a serious downswing physically. So after his visit to Steelers training camp on Wednesday, it was a bit surprising to hear someone, anyone, talk about how he could still make throws. But that’s exactly what Diontae Johnson, Roethlisberger’s No. 1 receiver last year, said.Diontae Johnson is the only person who thinks Ben Roethlisberger’s ‘still got it’Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hugs wide receiver Diontae Johnson as he visits practice Wednesday at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. pic.twitter.com/P3GYW0tCxD — Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) August 24, 2022 “He’s still got it,” Johnson said via Joe Rutter on Twitter. “I don’t think that arm will ever go away. It was good seeing him out there.” Johnson may be a bit generous to Roethlisberger on this one. His velocity issues last year weren’t just at the end of a long season. His arm had limitations throughout. That doesn’t...
    Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Steelers had a tumultuous offseason, in which they lost future Hall-of-Fame QB Ben Roethlisberger. It’s time to turn the page. Pittsburgh opens their season on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals. The defending AFC Champion Bengals will be a tough out this year. But before the Steelers can even think about their season-opener, some tough decisions lie ahead. Without Roethlisberger, the Steelers signed Mitchell Trubisky and drafted Pitt product Kenny Pickett in the first round. Mason Rudolph also remains. A tough quarterback battle in training camp is almost guaranteed to leave one player relegated to free agency, or perhaps another roster altogether. A slightly revamped offensive line will play a key role in determining just how effective the Steelers’ offense can be in Year 2 under Matt Canada, while the defense remains steady behind T.J. Watt. Cam Heyward and recently-extended Minkah Fitzpatrick. But not everyone currently on the roster can come along for the ride. Steelers surprise cuts: QB Mason RudolphOnce deemed a potential protege to Roethlisberger, Rudolph hasn’t...
    The quarterback battle for the Pittsburgh Steelers has drawn eyes all offseason, but don’t expect it to be over just yet between Trubisky and Pickett.  While we’ve seen a team or two around the NFL name their starting quarterback after the second game of the preseason, Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not among them. It’s been a heavily contested quarterback race in the Steel City this offseason, starting with veterans Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph competing with rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett. More recently, though, Trubisky and Pickett have separated themselves from the group in the competition. But between those two, Tomlin is going to get every piece of evidence possible to make a decision. The Steelers head coach said on Monday that practice this week and the final preseason game would go a long way in determining starters at certain positions, including left guard. When asked if it also included the quarterback spot, he answered in the affirmative. Mike Tomlin said the work this week and final preseason game would be significant to determining a number of...
    Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett finally provided fans with a highlight on Wednesday afternoon with an impressive two-minute drill. The pressure on Pickett, at this juncture, is not fair. But it comes with the territory. Pickett went to college in Pittsburgh, and though his high school is in Monmouth County, New Jersey, he’s looked at as a local product since Steelers fans are so familiar with him. When he was drafted in the first round, the reaction was a positive one, with draft parties across the Steel City erupting in approval. This, finally, was the chance to right the wrong of not selecting then-Pitt product Dan Marino — or at least that’s what Steelers fans though. The actual process of creating a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback is far tougher than just talk, however. Steelers: Kenny Pickett’s struggles are well documentedPickett’s training camp experience has been a whirlwind. Like most rookie quarterbacks, he’s struggled to adjust to a new offense at the professional level. Unlike most rookie quarterbacks, he hasn’t received the same sort of backing or praise one might expect...
    Harry Engels/Getty Images Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. We’re less than a week into a Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in which the lion’s share of the attention has surrounded the offense — with the competition to replace Ben Roethlisberger and “eye-opening” practices on the part of rookie wide receivers George Pickens and Calvin Austin III overshadowing other potential storylines. Meanwhile, rookie defensive lineman Demarvin Leal has quietly had a strong start to training camp, and one former scout — Bucky Brooks of NFL.com — has named Leal as the rookie defensive lineman he’s “most excited to track over the next month.” The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!Demarvin Leal Has the Potential to ‘Drive Guards and Tackles Crazy’“The ultra-talented Leal could enjoy a banner rookie season in a defense that will enable him to play fast and free at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder is a long, rangy interior defender with the strength and athleticism to drive guards and tackles crazy at the point of attack,”...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to start Kenny Pickett No. 3 on the depth chart. It’s no surprise, but does it underestimate Pickett’s potential? The consensus is in: Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett is expected to start off the season as the third-string quarterback on the depth chart behind Mason Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “Pickett, the Steelers’ first-round pick, took third-string reps throughout minicamp and OTAs, and with Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph in front of him, there’s a good chance he finishes training camp in the same place. With two other veteran quarterbacks on the roster, the Steelers aren’t rushing Pickett’s development. They can afford to be patient with the rookie and put him in a position to take over in the future by moving him along slowly and deliberately in his first year in the NFL. Trubisky has plenty of starting quarterback experience and is already emerging as a leader — plus his skill set matches offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s preference for pre-snap motion and quick throws. Rudolph looked steady in offseason training and was more consistent than...
    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris is not wearing a visor in his second NFL season. Najee Harris’ reasoning behind not wearing a visor in his second year with the Pittsburgh Steelers should absolutely terrify opposing linebackers and other would-be tacklers. Harris appeared on the latest episode of All Things Covered with former Steelers defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Bryant McFadden. What he said to his fellow Steelers brother should put the rest of the league on notice.“I’m just strictly business. I wanna see a m**********r’s eyes,” said Harris to McFadden. No doubt about it, that comment is going to carry favor with Steelers Nation, 100 percent. Harris comes from humble beginnings in Antioch, California. His blue-collar ethos made him a Doak Walker winner and a national champion while at Alabama. With a change of guard at quarterback, Harris understands fully he must be sensational throughout his sophomore season in the league. Here is the entire conversation between Harris and McFadden on All Things Covered. Steelers RB Najee Harris tosses visor faster than you can say Head Ball...
    In a recent interview, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opened up about his thoughts on the team — maybe he shouldn’t have.  As much as football is a brutally physical game, the strategy required to succeed creates an inextricable mental element. Ben Roethlisberger, the team’s franchise quarterback for 18 years, must be acutely aware of that. So when Roethlisberger decided to offer his thoughts in an exclusive interview with The Pittsburgh Post=Gazette’s Ron Cook, he had to know that his comments wouldn’t be helping today’s locker room. Based on his comments, it didn’t seem like Big Ben was concerned about whom he might offend or the distractions he might cause. During his interview, Roethlisberger called out Kevin Colbert for wanting him to leave (even though he feels like he could have played this year), college athletes for being “coddled”, and blamed Rashard Mendenhall for fumbling away Super Bowl XLV. Below are Ben’s choice words for younger athletes entering the NFL with a “me-type attitude”: “I feel like the game has changed. I feel like the people have changed in a...
    Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Steelers will need to make a few roster calibrations before Week 1 arrives. It will be a new era of Pittsburgh Steelers football once toe meets leather in early September. For the first time since 2003, Ben Roethlisberger will not be part of this team. He decided to retire after last season, paving the way for Pittsburgh to sign Mitch Trubisky in free agency, as well as take former Pitt star Kenny Pickett in the 2022 NFL Draft. While the defense should be fantastic, there are a lot of questions surrounding the Steelers offense. Maybe camp reveals a few things? Here are three players currently on the Steelers roster who probably will not be come September.Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 players who will not be on the roster by September 1 3 Mason Rudolph QB Pittsburgh Steelers Is Mason Rudolph as a third-stringer worth keeping around for another season?2022 will be the fourth NFL season out of Oklahoma State for former third-round pick Mason Rudolph. Once drafted to be the heir apparent...
    If the NFL is looking for parity, it could not have asked for more from the AFC North in 2021. The divisional race went down to the penultimate week, with all four teams in playoff contention and the Cincinnati Bengals climbing from worst to first and ultimately to the Super Bowl. Injuries left the Ravens, the AFC’s top seed after 12 weeks, on the outside looking in. But they’re preparing for another divisional slugfest in 2022 as they try to catch the Bengals, while the talented Cleveland Browns await news on their quarterback and the Pittsburgh Steelers explore life without their longtime face of the franchise. Here are five questions we’re asking about the AFC North as training camp looms: Who’s going to play quarterback in Cleveland? The Deshaun Watson situation raises troubling questions that go far deeper than the outcome of a divisional race. The Browns guaranteed Watson a record $230 million because they believe he can be the centerpiece of a championship team. They did so despite the fact he was facing 24 lawsuits from women alleging sexual...
    PITTSBURGH Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, was first drafted to the team in 2004. However, the NFL star made a big announcement on Thursday, January 27, 2022, regarding the next steps of his NFL career. 2Speculation surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's supposed retirement from the NFL swirled in December 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty Is Ben Roethlisberger retiring from the NFL? Roethlisberger, also known as 'Big Ben', was drafted by the Steelers as a first-round pick in 2004. While speaking to the press on Thursday, December 30 of 2021, the quarterback hinted that Monday, January 3 could be his last game of the season and of his career. During a media conference, Big Ben stated: "I don’t ever speak in definites or guarantees, that’s just not what I’ve ever done or who I am." He continued: "But looking at the bigger picture, I would say that all signs are pointing to this could be it." Read More on The US SunSHOCK CLAIMS Inside dark past of Steelers quarterback accused of raping woman in hotelBEN'S ASH Meet Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger's wife Ashley...
    Keeping the ball out of Najee Harris’ hands is bad news for Kenny Pickett and the entire Pittsburgh Steelers offense. The Pittsburgh Steelers plan on limiting Najee Harris’ touches, which is bad news for Kenny Pickett and the rest of the offense. Pittsburgh used a first-round pick on the former Doak Walker winner out of Alabama last spring. Harris did lead the NFL in touches and offensive snaps a season ago, but the Steelers need him to be the focal point of their offense now. Unless they believe Mitch Trubisky can be a Pro Bowler again, or Pickett is ready to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders, what are they doing?! Here is what Harris said about the matter on Tuesday prior to the beginning of Steelers minicamp.“We are doing that a lot this year (where) I will not be on the field, I guess, (as much),” said Harris on Tuesday before day one of Steelers minicamp. “I will be on the field a lot — but on certain downs, I will not be on the field. Just (pick...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers could still make valuable roster pickups before training camp with USFL players like defensive end Chris Odom.  The inaugural season of the United States Football League reboot came to a close this past Sunday when the Birmingham Stallions overcame the Philadelphia Stars, 33-30, to win the championship. As the league rule states, upon the conclusion of Sunday’s season finale, USFL players are officially permitted to field offers from NFL organizations. If an offer is made, and the current team the player is on agrees to release them from their contract, USFL players are free to join 90-man NFL rosters for training camp. While the championship game was riddled with some of the leagues biggest stars, there is someone else who the Pittsburgh Steelers have expressed an interest in: Houston Gamblers defensive end USFL Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Odom. We talked about Chris Odem as a potential #Steelers target – hes set to work out for 3 teams according to @NFL_DovKleimanhttps://t.co/GdOTqnzoDh — SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) July 6, 2022 According to Steeler Nation’s Matthew Tristan, Odom is...
    DAVID MAXWELL/AFP via Getty Images Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher with quarterback Kordell Stewart on December 9, 2001. Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger are inarguably the two best quarterbacks in Pittsburgh Steelers history, with the former already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the latter a shoo-in to be enshrined five or six years hence. But the 3rd-best QB is a much more difficult question, with the debate coming to life in recent days after Steeler Nation posed the question on July 5. Who is the 3rd best quarterback in #Steelers history? Neil ODonnell, Kordell Stewart, Bobby Layne, Tommy Maddox?? https://t.co/RrOGydOLRt — SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) July 6, 2022 Follow the Heavy on Steelers page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Ex-Steelers QB Kordell Stewart Echoes the ThoughtThat’s when former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart, 49, replied to Steeler Nation asking fans to weigh in with their thoughts. Some made the case for Stewart, pointing to the fact that he made the Pro Bowl in 2001, the same year he finished fourth in the NFL...
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Kyle Allen of the Carolina Panthers reacts after his last play on offense as Washington’s Chris Odom celebrates on December 1, 2019. On July 6, the agent for USFL Defensive Player of the Year Chris Odom revealed that his client has workouts scheduled with three different NFL teams, with perhaps more auditions to come. 3 workouts scheduled for @Chrisodom98 today. The calls are starting to come in fast for the USFL Defensive Player of the Year. — Louis Bing (@AgentLouisBing) July 6, 2022 The Pittsburgh Steelers “need” to be one of the teams to hold a tryout for Odom, insists Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot, who is not the only NFL observer to suggest this possibility, with Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review being another. Follow the Heavy on Steelers page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Improved Depth at OLB is a PriorityIt would not be a surprise if the Steelers are one of three teams who are taking a look at Odom, as the depth behind reigning NFL DPOY...
    Getty Steelers HC Mike Tomlin reacts to a penalty flag versus Ravens. “Embarrassing, inexcusable and illegal” is how Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin initially described the costly blunder during a 2013 Thanksgiving night matchup versus the Baltimore Ravens. In Week 13, the 5-6 Steelers visited the 5-6 Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, and the game was not favoring Pittsburgh. Down 10-0, Steelers’ Shaun Suisham kicked off to Jacoby Jones, who undoubtedly envisioned taking it all the way. And he almost did. But special teamer Cortez Allen put a stop to the score — with a little help from Mike Tomlin. ALL the latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Steelers! He Could Go All the …As Jacoby Jones was tearing down the Pittsburgh Steelers sideline, Mike Tomlin appeared to interfere with the play. Just as the broadcast announcer said, “He could go all the…,” Jones veered slightly outside to avoid colliding with Tomlin, who was jumping out of the way to dodge the runner. Allen tackled...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to lose one of their most coveted assets, wideout Diontae Johnson, to the Green Bay Packers next season.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are renowned for their loyalty, and the recent extensions of their league-leading defensive players demonstrates that. Before the 2021 season, defensive end TJ Watt made history with a massive deal, then went on to make history on the field with an incredible season. This offseason, the Steelers secured a future with renowned safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, and it was expected that wide receiver Diontae Johnson would be next in line. Whether it’s because the Steelers are looking for a comprehensive rebuild with Juju Smith-Schuster already gone or they’re confident that they can draft another talented receiver for less, the Steelers aren’t expected to pay Johnson this year. That means that the 26-year-old receiver will be hitting free agency in 2023, and as soon as he does, he apparently already has a sizable deal waiting for him with the Green Bay Packers. According to The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly, Johnson will “sign with the [Green Bay] Packers next year...
    Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills is pursued by Cameron Heyward and T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 12, 2021. The oddsmakers at DraftKings have 12 teams ahead of the 50-1 Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of their odds of representing the AFC in Super Bowl LVII, with only the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Houston Texans in Pittsburgh’s rear view mirror. But are the Steelers really the 13th-best team in the AFC — on course for a 5- or 6-win season? Kyle Brandt, for one, doesn’t think so. During a segment on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on July 1 he said: “They’re not gonna go 6-11. They never do, they never will. Here’s what’s gonna happen. Late October, we’re gonna be saying, ‘Wow, look at the Steelers, they’re 6-3….’ As long as the coach is there and the defense is there,” the Steelers will win, he concluded. It’s not blind optimism, either. One can make the argument that each and every position group is as good as — or better...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Justin Jackson of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the ball against T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 2, 2018. “That dude is a bell cow. He’s gonna have to be a bell cow for us,” said Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, speaking about No. 1 running back Najee Harris during his recent appearance on The Pivot podcast. “If this train is going anywhere in 2022, he’s going to be a major component of it, and he’s capable,” added Tomlin, for emphasis. All of that is almost certainly true, and Harris’ new-and-improved action figure-like physique suggests he’s as well-suited as any to being the 2022 version of a bell cow, equally adept and running and pass catching. But it’s also in Tomlin’s interest to employ a back (or two) who can spell Harris. Even if he’s “capable,” it won’t be easy for the former first-round pick to maintain the workload he shouldered during his rookie season, when he had 307 carries for 1,200 yards and 74 receptions for another 467 yards, resulting...
    Dylan Buell/Getty Images Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts from the sideline on November 28, 2021. In April 2021, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin signed a three-year extension that binds him to the team through the 2024 season. So it’s highly unlikely that Tomlin will be fired anytime soon. Nevertheless, longtime Steelers insider Gerry Dulac believes that Tomlin “should be” on the hot seat. He indicated as much in his June 23 chat for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, during which he was asked whether Tomlin’s seat “should be at least lukewarm by now”? “After the past three playoff performances, it should be,” responded Dulac. Steelers insider says Mike Tomlin should be on the hot seat entering the 2022 season. Wow. Do Steelers fans agree? pic.twitter.com/3fJbftIWg2 — Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) June 23, 2022 Follow the Heavy on Steelers page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Pittsburgh Has Allowed 135 Points in Its Last 3 Postseason GamesDulac refers to the fact that the Steelers have allowed more than 40 points in each of their last...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers have beefed up their defensive line for the 2022 season by signing Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year deal this afternoon The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals‘ rivalry is one of the greatest in NFL history. These two AFC North teams always seem to deliver when they play each other on the field, and it has led to some of the best moments in the league’s history. Even though no football is being played right now, the rivalry is still going strong. Pittsburgh dealt their AFC North rivals a blow this afternoon when they managed to snatch Larry Ogunjobi away from them in free agency. Ogunjobi signed a one-year deal to join the “Steel Curtain,” and he figures to slot into a starting role on the Steelers’ defensive line. Former Bengals’ DT Larry Ogunjobi has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source. Ogunjobi now will have played for the Browns, Bengals and Steelers, leaving the Ravens as the lone Ogunjobi-less AFC North team. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2022 The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is...
    From a pure talent standpoint, Greg Cosell does not think there was a better wide receiver prospect from the 2022 NFL Draft than George Pickens, now of the Pittsburgh Steelers. When Greg Cosell speaks glowingly of an NFL Draft prospect or younger player, you better listen up: He thinks the world of George Pickens. During his most recent appearance on The Ross Tucker Football Podcast, Cosell said strictly from a talent standpoint, Pickens was the best wide receiver prospect he scouted in last year’s draft class. The Pittsburgh Steelers used their second-round pick on the former Georgia standout. Off-the-field issues and injury concerns are reasons why Pickens was not a top-32 overall selection. Cosell does believe that Pickens is going to the ideal spot for him, as the Steelers organization is known for cultivating elite wide receiver talent. He also gets to play for an outstanding head coach in Mike Tomlin. Will Pickett-to-Pickens become synonymous with Steelers football for a new generation of fans? “George Pickens, to me, based purely on tape was overall the best receiving prospect in this draft...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in Mitch Trubisky to start for them. Despite a push from Kenny Pickett, that appears to be his trajectory. Pickett was the Steelers first-round selection out of the University of Pittsburgh in this April’s NFL Draft. Eventually, he will have a firm grasp on the starting quarterback position for the professional team in the Steel City, as well. But doing so from the outset will not be as simple. The Steelers signed Trubisky to a two-year contract, ideally to play as a bridge quarterback for their signal-caller of the future. Pittsburgh now has both of those features in place. As a pro-ready QB, Pickett could theoretically be an upgrade from Week 1-on. But doing so would put him at risk of failure, something the Steelers would rather avoid. Letting him watch, at least for a few weeks while the more seasoned Trubisky leads the charge, makes more long-term sense. Steelers: Mitchell Trubisky established as starter for nowWhile the Steelers coaches insisted fans and media shouldn’t read too much into team OTAs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are having a quarterback battle ahead of the 2022 season, and the team should bring left tackle Eric Fisher in to protect him. At the conclusion of their 2021 season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL. That meant the team that started him for the majority of his 18-year career had to find his replacement. They added a free agent in the form of Mitchell Trubisky and used their first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft on Kenny Pickett. Now, the duo and Mason Rudolph are expected to have a competition in training camp to see who will be the Week 1 starter for Pittsburgh’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. One way the Steelers could help out whoever the starter is is to bring in a solid blindside tackle. Luckily for them, Eric Fisher is still a free agent.Steelers should sign offensive tackle Eric FisherFisher is the former first-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent the majority of his career with the team, where he...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Stephon Tuitt’s NFL career is over. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive lineman announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he feels called to move on from the game following the death of his younger brother in June 2021 and Tuitt’s recent graduation from Notre Dame. “I am thankful to have had the opportunity to represent the city of Pittsburgh for the past eight seasons, and am blessed to leave this game with my health,” Tuitt said in a statement released by the team. Tuitt had 34 1/2 sacks with the Steelers, who selected him in the second round of the 2014 draft. He had a career-best 11 sacks in 2020 while helping Pittsburgh win the AFC North title. Tuitt, however, did not play last season after his younger brother, Richard Barlett III, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia last June. Tuitt also underwent knee surgery over the summer and while he did go through an extensive rehab, he did not return to action. His teammates expressed optimism that Tuitt would play in 2022, with good friend...
    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool fired back at critiques of his work ethic and assumptions about Diontae Johnson, who is not at OTAs. The 2021 season ended on a sour note for Chase Claypool, who was blasted by the NFL world for celebrating a catch as the seconds dwindled down in a critical game. Perhaps no one was as harsh as former Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who called Claypool “mentally and emotionally underdeveloped.” Claypool is back on the field at OTAs and is ready to prove doubters wrong. For the first time, according to Claypool, younger players are looking up to him as a leader on the team. “I feel like it’s the first time on the Steelers that my voice is being actively heard, and I’m taking that seriously,” Claypool told 97.3 The Fan. “I’m trying to help the young guys because I was there last year and two years ago.” Claypool also offered insight into the Diontae Johnson contract negotiation situation. Johnson hasn’t shown up for OTAs, but Claypool insisted that this wasn’t a cause for...
    May 26, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts during organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Steelers still have a roster capable of making the playoffs this season, but these three offseason mistakes could really haunt Pittsburgh.  The success or failure of Kenny Pickett is going to ultimately define this offseason for the Steelers. That doesn’t mean Pittsburgh didn’t do a lot more roster work. Quietly, Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh brain trust did a lot of heavy lifting. The team still wants to be a meaningful playoff contender in 2023, but it’s hard to see a path to Super Bowl contention unless Pickett wildly exceeds expectations. The offense was very limited under an aging Ben Roethlisberger last year. The hope is that by loosening things up Pittsburgh can score more points. That’s why the offense was a major focus of the draft and free agency. All three of the team’s worst offseason moves occurred on that side of the ball. 3. Letting Trai Turner walkTurner wasn’t...
    Scott Taetsch/Getty Images Pittsburgh Steelers helmet On the night of May 24, 2022, Aditi Kinkhabwala – formerly a reporter for NFL Network – broke the news that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be hiring former Eagles executive Andy Weidl as the team’s new assistant general manager. This just ahead of a report confirming that Omar Khan would be Kevin Colbert’s replacement as general manager. On the morning of May 25 she broke more news, reporting that the Steelers are adding yet another personnel man to the front office, namely former Detroit Lions vice president of player personnel Sheldon White. More #Steelers front office moves: former #Lions VP of Player Personnel Sheldon White will join Andy Weidl to run personnel as Kevin Colbert retires. White’s son, Cody, has been w/ the Steelers for two years. (Omar Khan will continue managing the cap/money.) — Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) May 25, 2022 The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!White is a Former NFL Defensive Back, Longtime Detroit Lions ExecutiveSheldon White, 57, came into...
    (CNN)Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he was fatally struck by a dump truck on a South Florida highway in April, according to a report from the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office obtained by affiliate WSVN and shared with CNN.Haskins, 24, was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595, near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on the morning of April 9 when he was fatally hit, CNN previously reported. The Florida Highway Patrol told the medical examiner that Haskins ran out of gas on the side of I-595 and left his vehicle on foot around 6:15 a.m. to look for gas, the report says.Around 6:30 a.m., witnesses began calling 911 to report a pedestrian walking in the lanes of traffic, the report says. The dump truck driver told authorities he was driving along in the dark when Haskins appeared in the center lane of the highway and the driver hit him.According to the report, Haskins' blood alcohol level was 0.20 at the time of his death, which is...
    Getty Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins died tragically on April 9. It’s been just over six weeks since the tragic and mysterious death of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Finally, there are answers for those seeking them. Haskins, 24, died on impact after being struck by a dump truck while walking along a south Florida interstate looking for fuel for his disabled rental car. The medical examiner’s report, obtained by the Miami Herald on Monday, May 23, Haskins was “reportedly witnessed waving cars down on the shoulder” of the interstate before he was struck by the dump truck. Haskins’s car was found on the side of the road with a woman inside. Her relationship to Haskins is unknown. The cause of Haskins death, which was ruled accidental, was blunt force trauma, according to the autopsy report released by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office and obtained by the Herald. The quarterback was in south Florida with Najee Harris, Chase Claypool and several other offensive teammates working out with newly-signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who lives in Florida. According to a toxicology report,...
    The late Dwayne Haskins had a blood-alcohol level of 2 1/2 times the legal limit when he was killed on a South Florida highway last month, the Miami Herald and Fox Sports radio reported Monday. Two blood samples were taken, blood coming back at .20 and another fluid at .24. The legal limit in Florida is .08. The Herald cited the autopsy report released by the Broward Medical Examiner's Office. The Fox report cited investigators. Haskins also tested positive for ketamine and norketamine, per the report. Both drugs can be used as medical anesthetics or recreationally, per the report. Haskins had been out at a Miami nightclub the night before and got into a fight before leaving. He was in the car with a 'female companion' who was not his wife when they ran out of gas. Haskins walked around for 20 minutes looking for gas, per the report. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins 'drank heavily' and had ketamine before he was mowed down by a dump truck in Florida, reports say Kalabrya Haskins and Dwayne Haskins pictured on Instagram...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during pregame warm-ups at Heinz Field on December 5, 2021. On Thursday May 19, 2022, longtime Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NFL. He broke the news via Tweet, and went on to hold an emotional 40-minute press conference with head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta at his side. Shortly after the news came down, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took to Twitter to express his appreciation for Koch and his long, distinguished career. His message — which read: “Sam Koch… much respect!” — is especially notable because Tomlin uses Twitter infrequently (only eight times thus far in 2022) and his NFL-related tweets are few and far between. Sam Koch…much respect! — Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) May 19, 2022 ‘Sam Koch Changed Punting’: John HarbaughDuring the aforementioned press conference, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh shed light about why Mike Tomlin — and much of the rest of the NFL — has so much respect for...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for their first season without Ben Roethlisberger as quarterback. Here is the team’s full schedule, as well as some predictions. The Pittsburgh Steelers made it to the playoffs this past season, but were blown out of the Wild Card round by the Kansas City Chiefs. After their campaign ended, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL after 18 seasons. Pittsburgh already had Mason Rudolph on the roster, but they signed former Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year contract. Then, with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Steelers selected Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett. Who becomes the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 remains to be seen. On May 12, the Steelers found out their full schedule for the 2022 season. Here is how we predict the campaign will end for them.Pittsburgh Steelers schedule 2022 Week 1: at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS Week 2: vs. New England Patriots, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS Week 3: at Cleveland Browns, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime (Thursday Night...
    Justin Berl/Getty Images Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers during a game against the Clemson Tigers at Heinz Field on October 23, 2021. Outgoing Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert believes that he’s leaving the team in the capable — albeit smallish — hands of former Pitt Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett, the team’s first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. But not everyone agrees with the assessment made by Colbert, head coach Mike Tomlin, and the rest of the Steelers organization. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!The Steelers ‘Selected the Riskiest (QB) Prospect’Count Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report among the skeptics. In his May 2 feature on “The Biggest Draft Mistakes That Could Have Been Avoided,” Wharton labels the selection of Kenny Pickett in Round 1 as the single-greatest error in this year’s draft — a more egregious mistake than the Carolina Panthers drafting Matt Corral instead of trading for Baker Mayfield, and worse than the New England Patriots “reaching” for offensive guard Cole Strange in the first round,...
    An NFL player-turned-neurosurgeon has shared the secret behind his incredible success, saying he challenges himself to get 2 percent better every day by breaking down large, seemingly impossible goals into manageable tasks.  Dr. Myron Rolle, 35, was a Rhodes Scholar before he was drafted by the NFL to play for the Tennessee Titans and later the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Harvard neurosurgery resident can also add author to his resume.  In his upcoming book, 'The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery,' Rolle opened up about his life philosophy and journey of self-improvement.  'You have small wins every single day, and then a month from now, two months from now, a year from now, you say, look how much better I've gotten, and look how much more I've improved,' he told People of his 2 percent way of life.  Dr. Myron Rolle, 35, opened up about his 2 percent philosophy for success, saying he breaks down large goals into manageable tasks to achieve his dreams  Rolle studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar...
    The Baltimore Ravens really wanted to draft Memphis wide receiver Calvin Austin III in the fourth round, but the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers beat them to the punch by one pick. As Najee Harris was announcing the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ fourth-round pick of Calvin Austin III live from Mexico City in day three of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens‘ war room could not believe their arch rival took their guy one pick before them. While Pittsburgh had already used a second-round pick on former Georgia standout George Pickens to re-solidify their receiving corps, Baltimore did not expect for the former Memphis star Austin to be going to the Steelers. They ended up taking Coastal Carolina tight end Isaiah Likely with the pick they were hoping to use on Austin. It is good, old-fashioned division rival pettiness. Echoing from the Ravens’ war room after the Steelers’ pick of Austin, “you gotta be kidding me.” The Ravens wanted Calvin Austin III. The Steelers took him one pick before they could get him. Someone in the Ravens draft room shouted, “You gotta...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers got one over on the rival Baltimore Ravens when they grabbed a coveted playmaker right before them during the 2022 NFL Draft. NFL rivalries aren’t just reserved for battles on the field in the fall. Satisfying victories can also come during the offseason. The Steelers managed just that feat during the 2022 NFL Draft with their fourth-round selection of Memphis wide receiver Calvin Austin III. Austin came off the board with pick No. 138, one spot ahead of where the Ravens had apparently planned to take him. Steelers annoyed Ravens by picking Calvin Austin IIIPeter King’s inside look at Baltimore’s draft process revealed the moment when the Ravens’ found out they’d been thwarted. “Gotta be kidding me,” someone in the Ravens’ war room blurted out after the pick came up on TV, according to King. Austin was supposed to help Baltimore offset the loss of Marquise Brown, who they traded to the Cardinals. His comparable speed would have been a big help. “Austin wasn’t a must-have. But he was the next target. He was Baltimore’s guy,” King...