Pittsburgh Steelers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Behind the Steel Curtain: Former Steelers LB coach Joey Porter adds his name to the list of Ben Roethlisberger's critics
If the offield drama that surrounds the Pittsburgh Steelers is to ever end, it will require the national media finding another topic to fill the offseason. But if fans are to be able to disconnect themselves from some of the pointless narratives that appear to be following their team as of late, it will probably require them turning off the NFL Network.
Among the national broadcasters, it is somewhat of a surprise to note that no outlet seems to be enjoying fanning the flames of dissent in Pittsburgh more than the network owned and run by the NFL.
7 is back in his element. https://t.co/JZKQ6DRv7d
Behind the Steel Curtain: Grading the Steelers 2016 NFL Draft: Mediocre at best describes the 2016 draft class
While many NFL football fans cling to those immediate draft grades and consider their contents gospel, it seems rather ridiculous when these 'experts' grade a selection who has yet to step foot onto an NFL field.
With that said, it doesn't seem as ridiculous to go back and look at the 2016 NFL Draft to see just how these players, who are nearing the end of their rookie contracts, have done throughout their first few seasons in the NFL.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic, decided to go back and not only grade the classes, but give the best player, best value, etc.
Steelers Depot: Willie McGinest On If Steelers Can Potentially Have Top 5 Offense In 2019: 'Absolutely Not'
How will the Pittsburgh Steelers offense perform in 2019 with wide receiver Antonio Brown now gone? I would have included former running back Le'Veon Bell in that question as well but the Steelers offense was without him all last season and that unit still performed well, outside of the 26 total turnovers. So, can the Steelers offense be a top 5 performing unit in 2019? While I think that's certainly a possibility as long as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains healthy, former NFL player Willie McGinest, who is now an analysts for the NFL Network, said a few days ago during a segment that the Steelers offense has no shot at being a top 5 unit in 2019 and especially with Brown and Bell both no longer being on the team.
Fansided: College PFF grades for each 2019 Steelers draft pick
The NFL Draft has long past by now, but Pro Football Focus graded each Steelers rookie from their previous college football season.
PFF 49ers is a step ahead of the game. Already examining San Francisco's match-up against the Steelers in week 3 this season, PFF 49ers put together a tweet that listed the grades of each of the Steelers' nine 2019 draft selections:
2019 SEASON PREVIEW
Week 3 VS PIT
The @PFF_Steelers traded up in the 1st round in order to grab Michigan LB Devin Bush. They also found the heir apparent to Antonio Brown in Toledo WR Diontae Johnson (@Juiceup__3) https://t.
Terrell Edmunds talks about the team working on scoring after turnovers. https://t.co/6GEb1dha0H
Steelers Depot: 2019 Steelers UDFA Player Profiles: West Virginia S Dravon Askew-Henry
With the 2019 NFL Draft in the books, we're wrapping things up by offering player profiles on all the UDFAs signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The franchise's history is strong with diamonds in the rough though in recent years, the classes have been weak. Hopefully this crop changes that trend.
#6 Dravon Askew-Henry /S West Virginia - 5'11" 196
The GoodFlexibility where he lines up/coverages
Solid bump and run when he gets a good jam
Good timing and acceleration on blitz
Willing run defender/good tackler
Good effort to force run back inside from the edge
At his best close to the LOS
Special teams coverage experience
The BadStruggles in off Man coverage
Doesn't get off WR blocks quickly
Ball skills were limited due several reasons
Gets flat footed in Zone
Good route runners will get him to commit his hips early
BioCareer - 208 tackles, 155 solo, 9.
Steelers Depot: Steelers 2019 Receiving Core Shaping Up To Be Youngest Tomlin Has Ever Had
There has been a changing of the guard in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room over the course of the last few months. When head coach Mike Tomlin enters his locker room, he will notice a barrage of changes. The big changes are very noticeable with the departures of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, though Bell has been absent for well over a year. The smaller changes are a lot more subtle, the injection of athleticism into the defense with the arrival of rookie linebacker Devin Bush and the youth movement that has taken over the receiver room.
Steelers Depot: Buy Or Sell: Steelers Should Be Viewed As Underdogs This Year
The offseason is inevitably a period of projection and speculation, which makes it the ideal time to ponder the hypotheticals that the Pittsburgh Steelers will face over the course of the next year, whether it is addressing free agency, the draft, performance on the field, or some more ephemeral topic.
That is what I will look to address in our Buy or Sell series. In each installment, I will introduce a topic statement and weigh some of the arguments for either buying it (meaning that you agree with it or expect it to be true) or selling it (meaning you disagree with it or expect it to be false).
Steve Nelson talks about what attracted him to Pittsburgh, how he has been adjusting, and more. https://t.co/yZfPIt7q57
Steelers Depot: JuJu Smith-Schuster Wishes Antonio Brown Well But Is Focused Solely On His Teammates
JuJu Smith-Schuster was in the streets of Pittsburgh armed with pillows, looking for a fight. Antonio Brown was looking for one 'great samaritan' with a lawnmower willing to cut the significantly overgrown grass at his local estate.
It's fair to say that the two former teammates have taken divergent paths recently, largely forced upon the pair by the latter. Smith-Schuster, in fact, continued to support Brown and defend him up to the point that Brown decided to publicly call him fake and try to make him look bad, failing spectacularly in the process.
The third-year veteran has pretty consistently taken the high road over the course of his young career, however--which Brown would attribute to having not been paid yet--so it was no surprise when he reflected on his prior relationship with the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver in a mature manner.
Steelers Depot: Vince Williams Embracing ILB Competition Saying If You Don't, 'You're A Loser'
Vince Williams could be having flashbacks to 2014, entering his second season, when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ryan Shazier and immediately plugged him in as the starter over him. Williams was a sixth-round pick but had been the primary starter as a rookie the previous year after Larry Foote was injured, and he felt he deserved an opportunity to keep his job.
This year, they signed Mark Barron in free agency, and then they traded up in the first round to draft Devin Bush. And there have been plenty of times during the first week of OTAs in which both Barron and Bush were on the field running with the first-team defense while he was watching.
Behind the Steel Curtain: Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Camp Battles: Mike Hilton vs. Cam Sutton
While it would be fair to say that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 roster looks to be set at several positions, there are still a handful of starting roles yet to be decided and a number of backup up jobs remain up for grabs.
Over the coming weeks, BTSC editor Jeff Hartman and myself will take a look at some of the more obvious key names that will be fighting position battles throughout minicamp, OTAs and training camp later in the year, each taking a different side in the fight and providing our thoughts on why our pick will be the winner.
Steelers Depot: Joey Porter Believes Rookie LB Devin Bush Will Make Steelers Defense Nasty Again
Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker coach Joey Porter was a guest Friday evening on NFL Network's 'Total Access' and he certainly had a lot to say about his most-recent employer. During one of the segments that Porter was in, he was asked to comment some on the Steelers first-round draft pick this year, inside linebacker Devin Bush out of Michigan.
"I think he brings instant splash," said Porter of Bush. "He's going to be a guy that can go out there, that can call a defense. It makes the Pittsburgh defense not to have to try and use so many people to try and create a Ryan Shazier.
Steelers Depot: Joey Porter: Ben Roethlisberger Abuses His Power; Apology Came Far Too Late
Back in January, after it was announced that Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin decided not to renew outside linebacker coach Joey Porter's contract, Mike Prisuta reported that some players felt as though Porter was encouraging a sort of schism, a competition between the offensive and defensive players.
Porter is free to say anything he wants now, and he was on NFL Total Access earlier tonight with seemingly plenty to say about his former teammate, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and how he has handled himself in relation to other players over the course of his career.