Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake passed away suddenly Sunday morning at the age 62. “We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning. Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career,” Team President Art Rooney II said. “He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Sheila, his three daughters, his grandchildren and entire family during this difficult time.” My heart is heavy. Today Steeler Nation and the football world lost not only a good coach but a great man. RIP coach Drake. Thanks for always standing on the table for me. pic.twitter.com/kyux9O51Gh — Darrius Heyward-Bey (@theDHB85) August 11, 2019 The sudden news has the entire football world mourning as the 62 year oldRead More »
A top priority for the Steelers prior to week 1 is signing 30 year old CB Joe Haden to a long-term extension. Preliminary talks between the Steelers and agent Drew Rosenhaus kicked off around a week ago and have heated up at the opening of camp. Rosenhaus who has a very good relationship with GM Kevin Colbert, met with the Steelers brass in person on Sunday to continue talks on three year extension for his client and there continues to be optimism of deal getting down between the two sides in the near future. Haden is due to make $10 million this season. Colbert appearing on 937 The Fan this morning talked of how important Haden is to the group. “I hope so,” said Colbert via The Fan. “I mean, Joe Haden is as professional a player as you could want. He’s a really good corner, he’s a great teamRead More »
2nd year OLB Ola Adeniyi has been a camp darling through the first three days of camp. Unblockable thus far has been a term thrown around towards Adeniyi and Sunday was more of the same as Adeniyi went a consensus 8-0 in backs-on-backers. Adeniyi dominated the drill against Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Travon McMillian. “Ola’s flashing,” Mike Tomlin said of the 21 year old linebacker.
2016 first-round pick Artie Burns collected an $800,000 roster bonus on Sunday and had an interception to go with it during team drills. It was a good day for Burns who got to run with the first-team as Joe Haden was given a veterans day off. “He’s playing solidly but we are just getting started here,” head coach Mike Tomlin said of Burns. Despite securing the roster bonus and the fact he would still count $2.1 million against the cap if he’s cut, Burns chances of opening the season in Pittsburgh continue to be tenuous as he enters training camp and the preseason fighting for one of the final backup spots.
Round 3 Analysis Never buy that the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t draft for need. Just like on Thursday in addressing a major need at inside linebacker, Day 2 was about checking some other boxes. With the 66th overall pick the Steelers selected Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson (5-11, 180) and 17 picks later, the Steelers select cornerback Justin Layne (6-2, 192). The value of getting a cornerback was always going to be in Round 2 or Round 3 not Round 1. Despite a run on cornerbacks prior to the Steelers picking, Layne is a high value pick at No. 83. At 6-2, Layne brings length and athleticism to the table, running a 4.5. “You can’t have enough corners on your team,” DB coach Teryl Austin said of Lane. “With the amount of running they do, they help you on special teams, you get nicked, you have to have people to getRead More »
ROUND 1 ANALYSIS — “If we stayed put, we weren’t going to get Devin Bush,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said on trading up to No. 10. — “You guys still good? You wanna do that deal?” Inside the War Room the moment the #BroncosDraft trade happened 👇 pic.twitter.com/MIZmfhNjpS — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 26, 2019 Kevin Colbert’s bold move of moving up to the No. 10 pick in selecting Devin Bush was the necessary impact move the Steelers had to make at a position of major need and what getting a dynamic player like Bush does for this defense is put an exclamation point on revamping the defense this off-season. “When you make a trade up to the top 10, we were very excited to make that trade and get Devin Bush,” said Colbert. “It was something we wanted to do and were able to do it. This is aRead More »