Archive for the ‘Pittsburgh Steelers’ Category

2019 Steelers fantasy preview: Can Pittsburgh make up for departed stars?

Friday, June 21st, 2019

The much-publicized fracture between the Pittsburgh Steelers and All-World talents Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell finally ended, as each player found new homes and new teams in the offseason. Now, JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner (the latter of whom already increased his fantasy value by taking over during Bell's holdout) are officially WR1 and RB1 in Pittsburgh, respectively. This has long been a team with valuable fantasy assets, but can the holes left behind by Brown and Bell be filled completely?

Devin Bush confident his size won’t be an issue in NFL

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Devin Bush isn't going to be the biggest inside linebacker to ever set foot on an NFL field. At 5-foot-11 and 234 pounds, Bush is a bit undersized compared to some of his compatriots across the league. Nothing changes,” Bush said, via Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

High hopes for Donte Moncrief in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

As the Steelers clamor to replace the high-level production of receiver Antonio Brown, an unlikely candidate arrived in free agency, from the Jaguars. Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com believes that Moncrief appeared to be a clear-cut No. 2 receiver during the offseason program. “I wasn't really sure what to expect when he came in,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of Moncrief, via Kaboly.

Pro Football Focus’ biggest Patriots nemesis since 2006 might surprise you

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Pro Football Focus' biggest Patriots nemesis since 2006 might surprise you originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots have dominated the NFL since Pro Football Focus was created in 2006. The Pats have made six Super Bowl appearances and won three championships over that span, but that hasn't stopped certain players from giving consistently excellent performances against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. PFF recently researched the top team killers' in the NFL.

Alejandro Villanueva on Mike Hilton: Betting on yourself usually works

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton said recently that he's not planning to skip any of training camp, but he also hasn't budged from his stance of looking for a contract beyond the $645,000 he'd be due to make if he signed his exclusive rights free agent tender from the team. Players in that position rarely wind up landing new deals, but Hilton doesn't have to look far to find one that did. Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva got a four-year, $24 million deal in 2017 when he refused to sign his ERFA tender.

Joe Haden wishes Browns had won while he was there

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Cornerback Joe Haden has played nine NFL seasons. The Browns were 29-83 in his seven seasons there. “Every year I was here, I always felt like 'this is going to be the year.' No matter who the quarterback was, we were like, 'he's good enough to be a professional quarterback, he can make it happen for us,'” Haden said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

What’s in a nickname? NFL has had great ones in its history

Friday, June 14th, 2019

''Aints'' - Refers to the struggles of the woeful New Orleans Saints in the 1980 season when they were the first team to finish 1-15 in a season. ''Steel Curtain'' - A Pittsburgh twist on the Cold War phrase ''Iron Curtain'' for the Steelers' stellar defense of the 1970s, which paved the way for four Super Bowls in a six-season span. The Seahawks' strong defensive teams of the past decade helped win Super Bowl 48 and nearly repeated the next year.

Mike Tomlin: Can’t judge chemistry or culture until faced with adversity

Friday, June 14th, 2019

A running theme of comments from Steelers players this offseason was that the team had eradicated the drama that enveloped it last season. Trading Antonio Brown to the Raiders and watching Le'Veon Bell leave as a free agent certainly changed the mix in Pittsburgh, but head coach Mike Tomlin sounded less sure about how lasting the change will turn out to be. “You can't judge chemistry or culture until you're faced with adversity,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Emmanuel Sanders: Nobody can match how Antonio Brown works

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says the hardest-working player in the NFL is now a rival in the AFC West. Sanders said on 104.3 in Denver that his old Steelers teammate Antonio Brown, who was traded to the Raiders this offseason, is the single hardest-working player he's been around. Sanders admitted that even he can't match how hard Brown pushes himself.

Backup Plan? Job behind Steelers QB Roethlisberger wide open

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Josh Dobbs did all the right things last summer, or at least enough of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers to cut veteran backup quarterback Landry Jones at the end of the preseason and promote Dobbs to the spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Whatever gap Dobbs created over then-rookie Mason Rudolph in 2018 is gone. It's not an indictment of the ever-meticulous Dobbs so much as a return to the way the Steelers prefer to do business.