Pirates interested in Mat Latos

The Pirates linked to many reclamation projects have interest in right hander Mat Latos, the Tribune-Review reports. Meanwhile, the Pirates today lost right hander Deolis Guerra to the Angels in the Rule-5 Draft.

 

Narduzzi gets two year extension

In the annual college football lets extend our coach after one season, The University of Pittsburgh has awarded head football coach Pat Narduzzi with a two year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2021 season.

“My family and I plan to make Pittsburgh our home for a very long time and we’re glad the leadership at Pitt feels the same way,” Narduzzi said in a released statement.

Source: Strong support for Ron Wilson from those in upper management under Rutherford

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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.