STEELERS QB’s SHINE in 31-14 Win Landry Jones | 4-4, 83 yards, 1 TD, 158.3 RTG Mason Rudolph | 7/12, 101 Yards, 85.8 RTG Josh Dobbs | 9/13, 91 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly believe Landry Jones is better than 80% of the backup quarterbacks in the NFL. At least that’s the message the Steelers put out when Jones was scheduled to be a free agent in 2017 and all indications are the Steelers still feel that way a year and half later. While in limited action, Jones shined in the Steelers 31-14 preseason opener win over the Eagles on Thursday night in connecting with JuJu Smith-Shuster for a 71 yard touchdown and going 4 of 4 for 83 yards on the night with a perfect 158.3 rating. Jones grasp of the offense and trust with the coaching staff is why Mason Rudolph has little shotRead More »
Bostic enters preseason as clear front-runner for starting ILB Spot The Pittsburgh Steelers took necessary steps towards upgrading the secondary this past off-season. The Morgan Burnett signing was a great step in that direction and Pittsburgh’s new scheme of athletic hybrid players has lots of intrigue. First-round pick Terrell Edmunds has been impressive with the athleticism he’s displayed and his ability to learn the defense so quickly where coaches feel he’s going to be a contributor early on. If Joe Haden can stay healthy, they have something here. Strides the Steelers have the potential to make in the secondary could become off-set by the inside linebacker position. Reality for the Steelers is that they have three players for two spots who are more backup caliber types than legitimate starting inside linebackers. And Steeler coaches know it. That’s why they’re trying to adopt a scheme that puts less priority on havingRead More »
Starting guard Ramon Foster was carted off the field yesterday but Foster and the Steelers have dodged a bullet. Foster in the last year of his contract will be sidelined for approximately 4-5 weeks in what has been diagnosed as a hyperextended knee. B.J. Finney will move into a starters role for now.
The Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday officially exercised the 5th year option for starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Dupree was entering the final year of his rookie control and the Steelers now have him under control through the 2019 season. Dupree has 14½ sacks and 90 tackles in 38 career games with the Steelers. Dupree’s level of play took off in the second half of the 2016 season but Dupree took a step back in 2017 where he had 40 tackles, 6 sacks in 2017. Still, it was a no-brainer for the Steelers to exercise the $9.3 million option.
Morgan Burnett (6-1, 210) Age 29 | Experience: 8 years Previous Contract: 4 years – $24.75 million 2017 Stats: 12 GP | 68 total tackles, 1 FF | The Pittsburgh Steelers are making their biggest splash in free agency, agreeing to terms on a deal with 29 year old safety Morgan Burnett, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. It was first reported Monday night by NFL Network. Burnett is scheduled to take a physical with the Steelers today, Strengths/Fit Burnett has been tabbed as a potential great fit for the Steelers since the start of free agency because of his versatility. He can play anywhere and possesses the type of versatility the Steelers haven’t had from a safety since Troy Polamalu in that you can play Burnett in the slot to right around the line of scrimmage. Burnett’s biggest strength is that he’s a top run supporting safety. Where theRead More »