Tomlin: Reduced Snaps led to more impactful play from Blake

Brandon Boykin’s first quarter interception led to him playing 40 snaps vs the Indianapolis Colts and Boykin figures to see 35+ snaps again on Sunday vs the Bengals. “I thought he did a nice job with the snaps he had, and we will continue with that as we move forward,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly press conference of using Boykin in a more prominent role.

More Boykin vs the Colts meant less Antwon Blake which Tomlin said today led to helping Blake in a big way. “I thought Antwon Blake was more significant on special teams, for example, because of the reduced number of snaps. There’s a lot of byproduct, or hopefully positive things, from the distribution of the snaps. Hopefully it continues.”


No more Jacoby

Citing the obvious, “ball security concerns”, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has demoted Jacoby Jones to third team punt returner and removed him as the No. 1 kick returner. “The ball security, or lack thereof, being the significant reason,” Tomlin said of the change.

Markus Wheaton will take over as the No. 1 kick returner and Antonio Brown will go back to being the primary punt returner.


Cubs land Lackey

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly signing right hander John Lackey to a two year deal worth $32-$34 million. The addition of Lackey makes one of the NL’s best rotations now even deeper with Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester already at the top of the rotation for Chicago.


No limitations for Roethlisberger in practice this week

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has had no limitations through the Steelers first two practices of the week and is fully on track to start Sunday vs the Colts.

Roethlisberger lit up the Colts last season in throwing for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 51-34 win.


Indians interested in Pedro Alvarez

The Cleveland Indians have interest in signing Pedro Alvarez, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Indians have an opening for a DH.


AFC Player of the Month

Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been named AFC Player of the Month for November. Brown had 39 receptions for 521 yards and 3 Touchdowns during the month.

2015 Stats: 85 Receptions – 1,192 Yards – 5 Touchdowns


Ben listed as full participant

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been listed as a full participant for Wednesday’s practice, according to the Steelers official injury report.

DNP: James Harrison (knee), Mike Mitchell (knee), Matt Spaeth (knee), Martavis Bryant (hip)
Limited: Ryan Shazier (concussion), Sean Spence (hamstring)


Pascal Dupuis cleared to return to ice

Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has been cleared to return to the ice and is expected to practice on Thursday, the Tribune-Review reports.