WK 2: Top Performers from Steelers – Broncos

 

Steelers 26 – Broncos 21 (F) *T.J. Watt – Unblockable with 4 tackles, 2.5 Sacks *Mike Hilton – Best blitzing nickel back in football? | 8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL | *Ben Roethlisberger – Got away with some bad ones but made two big time throws under pressure in TD passes to Chase Claypool, Dionate Johnson. | 29/41, 311 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT | *Chase Claypool – Gamebreaker just two games in with 84 yard TD reception | 3 Rec – 88 Yds, 1 TD | *Diontae Johnson 8 receptions for 92 yards, including GW TD reception. Targeted 13 times

Key Developments: What We Learned from the Steelers 26-16 Week 1 Win

 

— Opponent Aside, there was a lot to like from the Steelers 26-16 Week 1 win over the New York Giants — Among the Key Developments: Big Ben All the Steelers need for them to be a team in the AFC that other teams fear is for Ben Roethlisberger to be a top-15 caliber level quarterback this season. Roethlisberger’s days as a borderline top-5 QB in the league are over, but after some early jitters and struggles to feel for the pocket in quarter one, Roethlisberger looked quite good for coming off the major injury he had and playing a live game for the first time in a year. 21 of 32 for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns, the Week 1 opener was kind of what to expect moving forward. An efficient move the chains passing game that is going to be oftly dangerous inside the 35-yard line. Slinging theRead More »

Team leaders were unaware of Villanueva plans

 

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin claims publicly he gave the blessing for LT Alejandro Villanueva not to honor Antwon Ross and instead honor Alwyn Cashe but Villanueva to go against what the rest of the team planned and did was news to the team leaders in that room. “Honestly, I wasn’t aware of it,” Cam Heyward said today.” Ben Roethlisberger was in the same boat. “I didn’t know about Al’s choice for the back of his helmet,” said Roethlisberger. “That’s his choice.”

Tomlin: Our ‘bell cow’ is James Conner

 

Many have wondered if this will be the year that Mike Tomlin embraces a true Running Back by committee, similar to the New England Patriots. Don’t count on it. “Our bell cow is James Conner,” Mike Tomlin said today furthering cementing that Conner remains the Steelers lead dog in the backfield.

David DeCastro long-shot for Week 1?

 

The burning question for the Steelers entering week 1 is the health of all-pro guard David DeCastro. Limited all camp, Mike Tomlin again on Tuesday was vague about DeCastro’s status for Week 1. “We didn’t work David on bonus [Monday],” said Tomlin. “I know he’s excited to get back with his teammates as soon as possible.”

On Cam Heyward’s massive deal, Shrewd familiarity signings

 

Heyward will have zero impact on Watt, Fitzpatrick getting monster deals The Pittsburgh Steelers signing defensive end Cam Heyward to a massive five year, $75.1 million extension that includes $65.6 million in new money came down to the Steelers at the end of the day deciding that on and off the field Heyward was just irreplaceable. The deal from a yearly average standpoint is the highest for a defensive player over 30 in NFL history. Again, this was a massive deal for the Steelers to make. The Heyward Deal was proof again that the Steelers will always step up to the plate and pay market value to keep their stars long-term when both parties actually want to make a deal. The exception being Le’Veon Bell who the Steelers internally believe was never going to sign a long-term deal. There’s certainly risk in dishing out this type of deal to aRead More »

Day 2 Buzz: By design, Steelers add a different type of receiver to their young mix

 

Steelers go WR, OLB on Day-2 The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool (6-4, 238) with the 49th overall pick and capped off the night in going outside linebacker in the third round, selecting Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith. Claypool was the 11th wide receiver drafted and while no one had Claypool linked to Pittsburgh, the player himself didn’t think he was on Pittsburgh’s radar. “Pittsburgh would have been my last guess,” said Claypool in a conference call with reporters. In an extremely deep wide receiver group, Claypool despite Calvin Johnson type measurables, was a player in the teens on many draft insider boards. Mel Kiper had Claypool ranked as his 11th best receiver in his draft rankings and Claypool was on nobody’s board as a sure-fire second round type talent. At Notre Dame in 2019, Claypool caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. The knock onRead More »

Draft Rumblings: Steelers had a top-15 grade on Utah State QB Jordan Love

 

Steelers Draft Buzz — Utah St QB Jordan Love being off the board increases chances of Steelers going desired playmaker route in RD 2– The Pittsburgh Steelers gladly took a back seat Thursday night in Round 1 of the NFL draft after turning what ended up being the 18th overall pick into Minkah Fitzpatrick with last September’s trade. Pittsburgh doesn’t have to live in the game of so and so has ‘great potential, we think he can be a contributor soon’. Fitzpatrick is already a cornerstone one of the NFL’s up and coming defenses with T.J. Watt for years to come. Tank for Tua? Despite a belief among NFL insiders Miami was going to pass on Tua because of the medicals with speculation of trading up to #3 for a tackle, the Dolphins after all got their quarterback at No. 5 in Tua Tagovalioa, but was interesting how trading twoRead More »