An MRI Sunday night delivered the worst fears for the Pittsburgh Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger at age 37 will need right elbow surgery and is out for the season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded No. 3 QB Josh Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2020 5th round pick. It’s a pretty good return for the Steelers in turning a No. 3 QB into a 5th rounder. The trade of Dobbs marks the second consecutive year where the backup QB from the previous season is not on the roster by week 2 of the following year.
TIOPS GAME BALLS 1. Tom Brady | 24/36, 341 Yards, 3 TD, 124.9 RTG Brady was surgical in shredding the Steelers defense in the short, intermediate and deep passing game. 2. Philip Dorsett | 4 Rec- 95 Yards – 2 TD Touchdown catches of 25 yards and 58 yards, Dorsett torched the Steelers secondary with big play ability 3. Josh Gordon | 3 Rec – 73 Yards – 1 TD Gordon had a 20 yard TD catch and run in the opening quarter and was a great decoy all game for the Patriots in creating mis-matches elsewhere 4. Patriots Defense | Held the Steelers offense to 32 rushing yards and were great at getting off the field on third down as Pittsburgh was a measly 3-12 on third down. Flawless performance from the secondary 5. Patriots Offensive Line | Allowed just one sack and won the trenches battle against Pittsburgh’sRead More »
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 »
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 »
The Pittsburgh Steelers today officially signed WR Johnny Holton to their practice squad. Holton who made a strong bid to make the roster, had seven receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown in the preseason. He also had four kickoff returns for 81 yards but Holton’s presence as a special teams gunner gave him a chance the make the roster and helped land him a spot on the practice squad for now. Here is the Steelers 2019 practice squad: running back Trey Edmunds receivers Johnny Holton and Tevin Jones tight ends Kevin Rader and Christian Scotland-Williamson offensive linemen Patrick Morris and Derwin Grey defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux linebacker Robert Spillane cornerbacks Marcus Allen and Trevon Mathis
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 »
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 »
Mason Rudolph on Thursday night continued to fill up the stat sheet, compared to his counter part Josh Dobbs in the No. 2 QB battle. Rudolph went 7 of 11 for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 25-19 loss to the Panthers. Rudolph finished the preseason, 28 of 43 for 368 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Rudolph who produced a 113.3 QB Rating in the preseason, had 5 completions of 20+ yards and 3 completions of 40+ yards. Dobbs who graded very well in the first three preseason games from some outlets like Pro Football Focus, put up poor numbers from a statistical standpoint, going 18 of 33 for 280 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Dobbs 57 QB rating was the 5th worst among all quarterbacks in the preseason who threw 30 or more passes. Rudolph’s 113.3 QB Rating was tops among all QB’s inRead More »
The biggest goal in the final tuneup of the preseason is getting your starters out of the game unscathed. The Steelers on Sunday night did not accomplish that. Safety Sean Davis who like some others was probably left in the game longer than he should have been, suffered an ankle injury and OLB Bud Dupree also exited the game with a thumb injury. “Sean Davis has got an ankle that’s being evaluated,” head coach Mike Tomlin said afterwards. “Bud’s got a thumb. I don’t know how significant that is.”