What the Ryan Switzer Trade Means for the Steelers

 

Steelers acquire WR/KR Ryan Switzer The Pittsburgh Steelers today traded a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for WR/KR Ryan Switzer. Pittsburgh also receives a 2019 sixth-round pick in the deal. Switzer, a 2nd-year pro, was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys (fourth round, 133rd overall). Switzer spent last season with the Cowboys, appearing in all 16 games and totaling six catches for 41 yards. A primary reason the Steelers surrendered a fifth-round pick for Switzer is his ability in the return game. A dynamic punter returner in college with 7 touchdowns at North Carolina, Switzer returned 29 punts for 256 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys in 2017 and averaged 25 yards per kickreturn. While this will be Switzer’s third NFL team already, you can pencil Switzer into the Steelers 53-man roster when they open the season vs Cleveland. “He’s a duel return man, a slot receiver,”Read More »

Steelers – Titans: Roethlisberger connects with Hunter for TD strike, Defense Shines

 

Steelers – Titans Takeaways Ben Roethlisberger completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown vs the Titans in what will be his only preseason appearance. Roethlisberger exited the game mid-way through the second quarter. Roethlisberger’s day was highlighted by a 32 yard touchdown strike to Justin Hunter who beat Titans DB Adoree’ Jackson deep for the score. While the Steelers first-team offense minus Antonio Brown/Le’Veon looked out of sync at times and couldn’t get a running game going, the Steelers out of the no-huddle went 80 yards in just a 1:45 on their lone scoring drive in the first quarter. The Steelers plan to run the no-huddle much more this season with Todd Haley gone as offensive coordinator. Roethlisberger and Haley often butted heads about Haley’s reluctance to run the no-huddle as much as Roethlisberger wanted. That won’t be an issue in 2018. MORE BUZZ The TitansRead More »

Steelers to explore Landry Jones’ trade value prior to regular season?

 

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 »

Camp Buzz: Bostic in lead for starting ILB spot

 

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 »

Ramon Foster out 4-5 weeks

 

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.

Steelers exercise 5th year option on Bud Dupree

 

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.

Steelers near impact signing with safety Morgan Burnett

 

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 »