Steelers deal 1st rounder for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

 

Steelers betting on Rudolph How much the Steelers like Mason Rudolph in the short term to keep the team competitive in 2019 and the long-term in being the heir-apparent to Ben Roethlisberger is even more evident with the Steelers trading their 2020 first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins tonight for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick of the 2018 draft. The bold trade for Fitzpatrick is the Steelers sending the message that Mason Rudolph is the future but that the organization is also not punting on the 2019 season and in a sense, trying to still maximize the Ben Roethlisberger window were Ben to return next season as the Big Ben of old. While the organization believes Rudolph will show the football world over the next couple months he is indeed the heir-apparent to Roethlisberger, the Steelers internally are also adamant there is still another year or two runRead More »

Ben Roethlisberger determined to return in 2020

 

Ben Roethlisberger announced in a released statement he has all intentions of coming back “stronger than ever” in 2020. “I’ve been informed that I need season ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect’” Roethlisberger said in a statement. This is shocking and heartbreaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people. I can only trust God’s plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season. The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play. I will do all I can to support Mason and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel inRead More »

Penguins Day 1 Training Camp Buzz Report

 

Penguins Training Camp Buzz Day 1 Penguins Top Line on Day 1 of Camp: Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Dominik Kahun The Penguins brass in studying film on Dominik Kahun prior to and after acquiring Kahun is a belief he has the offensive instincts to play with top-line players and be a complementary piece. Kahun who produced 11 goals and 22 assists during 5 vs 5 play with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, played over 400 minutes with Jonathan Toews in 2018-2019 “Dominik is a guy that has really good offensive instincts,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said today. “He’s elusive, really quick, he’s good in tight spaces. We thought we’d try him with Sid and Jake and that’s where those guys excel.” Kahun’s chances of actually starting the season on Sidney Crosby’s line will come down to the comfort level Crosby will have in Kahun. Crosby puts aRead More »

Latest on all the Evgeni Malkin pre-camp talk of improving in areas off the ice & how legit the trade talk in June actually was

 

(Photo: David Hague) The Pittsburgh Penguins report to training camp on Friday, which means the start of multiple feel good puff stories. There will be a ton of hot takes ‘so and so is in the best shape of his life’ ‘Alex Galchenyuk is going to score 50 goals playing with Evgeni Malkin’ We’ll probably even see an article emerge by Sunday night from someone that ‘Jack Johnson is having a great camp and is going to be a ‘Norris Trophy Candidate’ On a serious note, Evgeni Malkin is the hottest topic as the Penguins are just days away from hitting the ice. There’s been a strong consensus from scouts I’ve talked with this summer when breaking down the Penguins roster that it’s a roster evaluators look at as a one-round type of team where Malkin will be the biggest X-factor on whether Pittsburgh re-emerges as a legitimate Stanley CupRead More »

What We Learned: Steelers Out-Classed, Look like pretenders against the Champs

 

Steelers – Patriots What We Learned It was Groundhog Day once again for Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Foxboro. There were just no answers as Pittsburgh was out-classed in all phases and talk about a talent discrepancy that wasn’t supposed to be the case. “No need to sugar Tom Brady was doing Tom Brady things as the Patriots built up a 20-0 halftime lead, en route to a 33-3 win on Sunday night. Picks, crossers and play-action torched the Steelers where Pittsburgh was completely out-manned and stuck in constant confusion. Tom Brady has always been masterful at spreading the Steelers out, picking on the weak ones with his eyes and he was exceptional again in that area. Pittsburgh’s LB’s, notably Devin Bush, biting on play-action fueled Brady’s big first half. In the first half Brady was 6/7 for 2 touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 QB rating againstRead More »

Most Intriguing Storylines for the 2019 Steelers

 

TIOPS MOST INTRIGUING STORYLINES FOR THE STEELERS 2019 SEASON No Antonio Brown, less turnovers for Ben Roethlisberger in 2019? What will the loss of Antonio Brown mean for Ben Roethlisberger & Co? Even at age 37, Roethlisberger is primed to prove that the show goes on, even when you take a superstar talent like Brown out of the equation. Roethlisberger threw for 5,129 yards with 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2018. Anybody will sign up for those numbers again in 2019, but many in the organization believe Brown constantly taking plays off and running wrong routes, some believe on purpose, has led to a spike in Roethlisberger’s interception numbers the last two seasons. Steeler coaches believe Roethlisberger can drop the INT numbers by 4-5 this season. James Conner destined for a great season, Jaylen Samuels a wildcard James Conner will be a fantasy football favorite in 2019. Look forRead More »

Steelers sign Joe Haden, stick to organizational philisophy of lining up new extensions with the Big Ben Window

 

The long anticipated extension is now official. LETSSssssSSs GOOoOoOoO!!! pic.twitter.com/bWKtt1OYrm — Joe Haden (@joehaden23) September 2, 2019 The Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night signed cornerback Joe Haden to a two-year, $22 million extension. The deal includes a $16.8 million signing bonus for the 30 year old Haden and reduced his cap hit for the 2019 season by over $3 million. The deal is essentially a three year, $32 million contract for Haden as the 30 year old is now under contract through the 2021 season. Hade was due to make $10 million this season after signing a three year, $27 million contract with the Steelers in August 2017. The two sides began working on a new deal just before training camp and parameters of a new deal was on the table weeks ago but it took a little while for the sides to eventually get over the finish line. OneRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Fallout of Preseason Finale, Key Roster Decisions, Joe Haden Contract Extension & More Buzz

 

KEY STORYLINES OUT OF THE PRESEASON FINALE Rudolph outshines Dobbs  Mason Rudolph showed continued growth all preseason that’s what should have been expected for a 24 year old 2nd year quarterback the Steelers took with a third round pick and who the organization claims they had a first-round grade on. The good thing is Rudolph looked the part this preseason of a No. 2 QB. What the Steelers have long-term in Rudolph, if anything, is an obvious unknown, but Rudolph has taken what he was given and ran with it this preseason. Selecting Rudolph where they did, this was always a down the road situation of let’s take a chance and try to develop him into a legitimate NFL starter by age 26 or 27. That optimism is still alive based on what Rudolph has put on tape this summer. In the immediate, are the Steelers 100% confident in Rudolph’sRead More »

Preseason Game #3: Top-5 Storylines from Steelers – Titans

 

Top Storylines from Steelers – Titans   1. Ben Roethlisberger had a few mistimed throws in his first action of the preseason but 19 plays was enough in rainy conditions for the Steelers to accomplish what they wanted to do from the first-team offense. Roethlisberger finished the night 8 of 13 for 63 yards with a touchdown, posting a 99.2 QB rating. Roethlisberger’s final pass of the night would be a 17 yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Shuster who had 1-on-1 coverage on the outside for an easy score between what’s going to be one of the NFL’s top QB/WR Duo’s in 2019. 2. RB James Conner looked fantastic as he has all camp, showing great vision and cuts. Even in the small sampling tonight, the comfort level the O-line has with Conner is right where you want to see it entering year two with Conner as the full-time starter.Read More »