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Knee-Jerk Reactions after the Steelers 18-6 win vs. Tennessee

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:20pm
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Steelers test against the Titans.

Here we go! Our truest look at the Steelers with Big Ben behind center and most of the team playing. There’s a different brand of football this year after two preseason contests and a desire to prove from a lot of these guys.

Nonetheless, a simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later. I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steeler Nation. Here’s my real-time reactions during the Steelers’ first battle of the new season.

Quarter 1
  • Love the Darryl Drake bracelets that JuJu has made. I need one of those.
  • I love Tennessee’s uniforms.
  • I just don’t like screwing with the camera angles.
  • Switzer will be his fair shot. I just don’t think he’s the best returner on the team.
  • Ben going to Crief early.
  • Short stuff is working.
  • Seriously, my old eyes can’t follow this angle. I used to love you NBC. Now...They just made the list.
  • I didn’t expect Bush to play. His speed is lethal.
  • These penalties are not the picture of discipline.
  • The defense looks good when they play smart.
  • I love James Conner. That run was set up right.
  • Ben looked rusty on that incompletion to JuJu.
  • Defense needs to get points here.
  • Edmunds is stepping up. That was nice on that stop.
  • Sweet. Tuitt for two.
  • Ben needs to put the ball in the touchdown zone.
  • The line looks really good. This could be a running team.
  • Ben is settling down. Having to get the ball out quick.
  • Tre Edmunds with the first down.
  • That was a great drive. Nice TD to JuJu. Now take him out.
  • If Jalen doesn’t slip...he’s in.
  • Tuitt and Dupree with a sack,
  • Bud looks like he is going to have a monster year.
  • Is there really a No. 59?
  • Mason needs to prove he is the guy behind the guy.
  • i didn’t think Jack Ham was playing to get penalized. So, good return by Switz.
  • And another decent return by Switz. This one counts.
  • Jaylen Samuels is really good, especially on a improvised play that got busted up.
  • Big time throw. Rudolph and Washington are for real. QB2 and WR2.
  • Great start.
  • The great thing about Washington is that he catches balls from everybody, just not his Oklahoma State QB.
  • Awesome. Skycam is down.
  • Can’t allow returns like that. C’mon ST.
  • That stop by Watt is Varsity stuff.
  • Williams can’t be covering guys like Corey Davis. Ugggh.
  • I like a 15-0 quarter.
Quarter 2
  • Dammit Skycam is back.
  • Decent coverage by Nelson.
  • That shirtless pic of Collinsworth is hilarious.
  • Defense is swarming.
  • Hold ‘em to three. No problem.
  • Not much, but not bad.
  • Good punt by Berry.
  • Nelson is looking like a lockdown.
  • A.J. Brown made Burns look silly there. Luckily, there was a hold.
  • Rudolph just got taken advantage of by a Hooker. Bad pick.
  • Miscommunication with JWash on that one.
  • VinnyVidiVici with the big sack.
  • I love this fast defense. I love Bush.
  • Got lucky there. Kam Kelly with the forced fumble.
  • Nice effort by Johnny Holton. Last year, that’s a catch.
  • The Davis injury is crucial.
  • Cam with the big sack. The defense is playing at a high level.
  • 15-3. I’ll take that score from the first half.
Quarter 3
  • Woodside is another AAF guy that is making a move.
  • But then there’s Tuzar Skipper. He has got to make the 53.
  • Dobbs can make things happen on the run.
  • Johnny Holton is going to get nailed on the push off.
  • Good pass by Dobbs.
  • I would have challenged that PI.
  • Ian Berryman positioned that ball well.
  • Spencer is really fast. Love the reverse.
  • That was a big time play from Dobbs to Griffey.
  • I love JuJu’s enthusiasm there.
  • What? Incomplete. Challenge that.
  • Tomlin wins a challenge. That’s bigger than Steve Harrington from Stranger Things winning a fight.
  • Matthew Wright will be good on another club.
  • Justin Layne is getting some good work. Nice coverage.
  • End of Quarter. Can’t complain about much.
Quarter 4
  • At this point, I’m watching bubble guys play their hearts out.
  • Marcus Allen forced that ball out.
  • Tough to challenge.
  • Keeping them out of the end zone is a good thing.
  • That was brutal. Spencer almost got decapitated.
  • That’s why you don’t keep Dobbs. Ugly pick.
  • Former Titan Robert Spillane on the sack. Two good plays in a row by him.
  • Seven sacks. Wow!
  • Get more points here.
  • Smart to run out the clock here.
  • No FG attempt. Not really necessary.
  • Feel great about that 18-6 win. I’m

Once again, I just shot first and I’ll apologize later. All reactions were in real time. Basically, it is the equivalent of watching the game with me, you just don’t have to listen to me chew my food and listen to me ramble. Now time to watch it again and see what really happened. Make sure you get your voice heard in the comments below.

Steelers dominate the Titans 18-6 in tune up before preseason finale

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:00pm
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers remain perfect throughout the preseason after their third straight win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 3.

The Pittsburgh Steelers took to the road for the first time in the 2019 NFL Preseason when they traveled to Tennessee to play the Titans in Week 3 on Sunday Night Football. This game is often referred to as the “final dress rehearsal” where some starters will play for almost a half before giving way to the backups to mop up the second half.

With fans waiting on the edge of their seats to see the starters for the last time before the regular season, it was Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense who won the opening coin toss and elected to start the game with the football.

Roethlisberger and company took over at the 21 yard line, and worked a lot of no huddle offense throughout the opening drive. However, after an opening play run, the Steelers went pass-happy and failed to gain a second first down on 3rd and 10, putting Jordan Berry on the field for early action.

The Steelers’ defense stood tall on their first action of the game, and after gifting Marcus Mariota and company a first down with back-to-back penalties, they forced a Tennessee punt. Berry’s punt pinned the Titans’ offense deep in their own end, and two plays later Stephon Tuitt engulfed Mariota for the safety, giving Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead.

.@DOCNation_7 takes down Mariota in the end zone! pic.twitter.com/Y2oLfYYhZT

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 26, 2019

The Steelers then received the free kick, and, with Roethlisberger still in the game, the offense mixed some quality James Conner runs and JuJu Smith-Schuster receptions to move into the red-zone for the first time. Once there, it took Roethlisberger just one play to hit Smith-Schuster for the touchdown.

VERY good JuJu‼️@TeamJuJu pic.twitter.com/j4tNKfkhXG

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 26, 2019

The Steelers bypassed the extra point try and went for the two-point conversion. Roethlisberger dumped the pass to Jaylen Samuels, but Samuels slipped on the wet turf and was stopped short.

After more defensive dominance by the Steelers, it was Mason Rudolph getting the backup spot in the game with 2:51 left in the opening quarter. After a nifty Jaylen Samuels run, Rudolph went over the top and hit James Washington for another touchdown.

Strong connection. @Rudolph2Mason | @JamesWashington pic.twitter.com/SG5hshWMV5

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 26, 2019

Chris Boswell nailed the extra point kick to make the score 15-0 with 1:52 left in the first quarter.

Ryan Tannehill was able to maneuver the Titans offense down the field, but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal to get the Titans on the board, 15-3, in the early minutes of the second quarter.

After both teams exchanged punts, Rudolph sent a third down pass intended for James Washington, but the two weren’t on the same page and it resulted in an interception. However, after a Vince Williams sack on first down, the Titans were unable to even gain the yardage needed to get a first down off the turnover.

With 5:41 left in the half Rudolph remained in the game, but was ineffective for the second straight drive. Nonetheless, the Titans squandered their last possession and had to give the ball back to Pittsburgh with under a minute left to go in the half.

15-3 was the score coming out of halftime, and with the backups in on both sides of the football, it was Tuzar Skipper got a strip sack and Tyson Alualu recovered the loos ball to get the Steelers’ first takeaway, and give the offense their first possession of the second half.

.@TuzarSkipper knocks it out.
Tyson Alualu picks it up. pic.twitter.com/nRNjsm1Se3

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 26, 2019

Joshua Dobbs took over at quarterback for Pittsburgh, and after both teams exchanging possessions, Dobbs finally was able to move the Pittsburgh offense into Tennessee territory, but the drive stalled in the red-zone. Matthew Wright nailed the field goal to extend the Steelers’ lead 18-3 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.

Both offenses were spending more time punting the ball, rather than putting up points, until the Titans were able to move the ball into the red-zone, but, again, would have to settle for a field goal. Ryan Succop’s kick was good, making the score 18-6 with 6:33 left in regulation.

Dobbs was able to get the Steelers into the red-zone on their next possession, but an interception ended the drive, and gave the ball back to the Titans. The Steelers’ defense forced a turnover on downs and gave Dobbs, who remained in the quarterback the entire second half, the ball with prime field position.

Rather than put up more points, the Steelers elected to kneel out the clock and take the 18-6 win. The victory moved Pittsburgh’s record to 3-0 in preseason play before the preseason finale Thursday in Carolina. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers heading into that preseason game vs. the Panthers.

Steelers vs. Titans Preseason Week 3: 3rd quarter in-game update

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 9:18pm
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

2nd Quarter In-Game Update

15-3 was the score coming out of halftime, and with the backups in on both sides of the football, it was Tuzar Skipper got a strip sack and Tyson Alualu recovered the loos ball to get the Steelers’ first takeaway, and give the offense their first possession of the second half.

Joshua Dobbs took over at quarterback for Pittsburgh, and after both teams exchanging possessions, Dobbs finally was able to move the Pittsburgh offense into Tennessee territory, but the drive stalled in the red-zone. Matthew Wright nailed the field goal to extend the Steelers’ lead 18-3 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.

The 18-3 score would carry over to the 4th quarter with the Titans possessing the ball and driving.

Steelers vs. Titans: First-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 8:37pm
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2019 preseason continues with the Steelers and Titans locking horns in Week 3. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the third time in the 2019 preseason as they prepare to face off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3 of the preseason.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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Steelers vs. Titans Preseason Week 3: 2nd quarter in-game update

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 8:32pm
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

1st Quarter In-Game Update

Ryan Tannehill was able to maneuver the Titans offense down the field, but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal to get the Titans on the board, 15-3, in the early minutes of the second quarter.

After both teams exchanged punts, Rudolph sent a third down pass intended for James Washington, but the two weren’t on the same page and it resulted in an interception. However, after a Vince Williams sack on first down, the Titans were unable to even gain the yardage needed to get a first down off the turnover.

With 5:41 left in the half Rudolph remained in the game, but was ineffective for the second straight drive. Nonetheless, the Titans squandered their last possession and had to give the ball back to Pittsburgh with under a minute left to go in the half. The score, 15-3, would hold up as both teams head into halftime.

Steelers vs. Titans Preseason Week 3: 1st quarter in-game update

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 7:53pm
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back, and we keep you up to date with those who aren’t able to watch the game live.

The Pittsburgh Steelers took to the road for the first time in the 2019 NFL Preseason when they traveled to Tennessee to play the Titans in Week 3 on Sunday Night Football. This game is often referred to as the “final dress rehearsal” where some starters will play for almost a half before giving way to the backups to mop up the second half.

With fans waiting on the edge of their seats to see the starters for the last time before the regular season, it was Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense who won the opening coin toss and elected to start the game with the football.

Roethlisberger and company took over at the 21 yard line, and worked a lot of no huddle offense throughout the opening drive. However, after an opening play run, the Steelers went pass-happy and failed to gain a second first down on 3rd and 10, putting Jordan Berry on the field for early action.

The Steelers’ defense stood tall on their first action of the game, and after gifting Marcus Mariota and company a first down with back-to-back penalties, they forced a Tennessee punt. Berry’s punt pinned the Titans’ offense deep in their own end, and two plays later Stephon Tuitt engulfed Mariota for the safety, giving Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead.

The Steelers then received the free kick, and, with Roethlisberger still in the game, the offense mixed some quality James Conner runs and JuJu Smith-Schuster receptions to move into the red-zone for the first time. Once there, it took Roethlisberger just one play to hit Smith-Schuster for the touchdown.

The Steelers bypassed the extra point try and went for the two-point conversion. Roethlisberger dumped the pass to Jaylen Samuels, but Samuels slipped on the wet turf and was stopped short.

After more defensive dominance by the Steelers, it was Mason Rudolph getting the backup spot in the game with 2:51 left in the opening quarter. After a nifty Jaylen Samuels run, Rudolph went over the top and hit James Washington for another touchdown.

Chris Boswell nailed the extra point kick to make the score 15-0 with 1:52 left in the first quarter.

The Titans have the ball, and are driving, to end the quarter.

Steelers vs. Titans: First-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 6:24pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2019 preseason continues with the Steelers and Titans locking horns in Week 3. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the third time in the 2019 preseason as they prepare to face off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3 of the preseason.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live. You can also follow along in the Twitter feed below.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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5 Steelers to watch vs. the Titans in NFL Preseason Week 3

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 2:59pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers take the field Sunday night, and it begs the question who you are excited to watch vs. the Titans.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to go for their “final dress rehearsal” before their Week 3 game vs. the Tennessee Titans. To say there is excitement from the fan base is an understatement. But with the excitement comes the reality this is just a preseason game, and the starters will be seeing about a quarter, or so, of playing time before retreating for the remainder of the preseason.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t players fans are excited to watch!

There are plenty of players to get excited about watching, and if you have followed the team’s offseason roster, you should be interested throughout the entire game. Players are playing for their professional lives tonight, and with that brings plenty of pressure.

Here are the players I’m looking forward to watching Sunday night, but I want to know who you are excited to watch? Let us know in the comment section below and be a part of the conversation!

Donte Moncrief, WR

I would be hard pressed to think of a worse debut with a new team than Moncrief had in Week 2. 1 catch, 1 yard, 1 fumble was his stat line. The rapport Moncrief has built with Ben Roethlisberger has been the talk of camp. Time to see what the duo can do when on the field together for the first time.

Chris Boswell, K

Boswell had a horrible 2018 season, that is well documented, and has bounced back thus far in the preseason. However, this can change quickly with kickers in the NFL. Consistency is key for Boswell, and it is time to see if he can stay perfect throughout the 2019 preseason.

Steven Nelson, CB

Nelson saw limited time in Week 2 vs. his former team, but it is time to see him for an extended stretch. While Joe Haden isn’t likely to play, this would be a tremendous time for Nelson to show up, and show out, vs. the Titans.

James Washington, WR

Washington has been showing up in a big way for the Steelers this preseason, but that was the same story last year, and also with Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs at quarterback. Can the second year pass-catcher duplicate the success with No. 7?

Devin Bush, ILB

The Steelers’ top picked was a stud in Week 1, but that was only one game, and it was without the starters. It will be interesting to see what Mike Tomlin does with Bush, relative to starting, and how he performs against the Titans starting offense.

Predicting which Steelers will sit out Week 3 of the preseason against Tennessee

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 1:35pm
Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

With no set number of players who must sit out, every player on the Steelers roster could potentially suit up on Sunday night

With no injury report in the preseason, the best gauge for predicting which Steelers will sit out Week 3 of the preseason is Mike Tomlin’s remarks throughout the week. While nobody has been officially ruled out, there may be a few players who do not dress against the Titans.

Here are the possibilities of players who might get the night off in Tennessee:

Definitely:

OLB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi- Although not ruled out by Coach Tomlin, Adeniyi is just over a week removed from surgery. It’s safe to say he’s out.

Most Likely:

CB Joe Haden- Another player Mike Tomin failed to mention, Haden has been working his way back by working out on the side during practice. But Haden stated in an interview on Friday that he does not expect to play.

Possibly:

C Maurkice Pouncey- I don’t think he would have played the first two weeks of the preseason regardless, but Pouncey has been dealing with an injury. If he’s healthy enough to play, Pouncey will be out there as long as Roethlisberger is playing.

G David DeCastro- He’s in the same boat as Pouncey, except Coach Tomlin actually described DeCastro’s issue. Classified as “general soreness associated with camp,” I think Descastro and Pouncey will play all of their snaps together.

LB Vince Williams- Dealing with a hamstring injury all camp, it’s unclear how much action Williams has seen lately. Of all the players in this category, I believe he has the greatest chance of not playing Sunday.

TE Zach Gentry- The Steelers need some clarity as to their tight end depth. If Gentry can’t find his way onto the field this week, he may be fighting for a roster spot.

TE Vance McDonald- It was reported that McDonald missed practice on Monday. With the Steelers being very secretive about practice participation since they do not have to file an injury report, it’s unclear if he is going to be available or not. If McDonald does not play, the level on concern about the Steelers tight end depth chart will shoot through the roof.

TE Christian Scotland-Williamson- After missing the last preseason game, Scotty’s injury status has not been brought up. We’ll see if he’s recovered Sunday when the team takes the field.

OLB Sutton Smith- With his level of participation so limited throughout camp, Smith has a long journey in a short amount of time in order to make the Steelers’ roster. If Smith doesn’t play on Sunday, he’s all but assured himself that he will not be one of the Steelers’ 53.

WR Diontae Johnson- Can this guy go a week without missing time? Johnson has had at least three different injuries since the start of training camp. If he wants to be a part of the Steelers’ plans in 2019, he needs to get on he field Sunday to get some work with Ben Roethlisberger.

Unlikely:

Every player who isn’t dealing with an injury. No players will be ruled out for the sake of rest, but with so many players fighting to get on the field, some people may not get any game action due to lack of available time.

Final Thoughts:

Since Mike Tomlin said everyone is available for Week 3, there should be no players who are not dressed for reasons other than injury. If players like Joe Haden, Vince Williams, or Vance McDonald don’t see any action, it’s because they are still too dinged up to take the field. If they don’t even warm up in uniform, it will be clear that they are nowhere close to being ready to return.

Who do you think will sit out Sunday? Was there someone missing from the list? Feel free to leave a comment with your list of players we won’t see this week.

Bold and Bizarre predictions for Steelers vs. Titans, Preseason Week 3

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 11:50am
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Much to the chagrin of most, BTSC’s Nostradumbass predicts the Steelers’ second preseason game of 2019 vs. the Titans.

The Steelers travel away from Heinz Field tonight after a to take on the Titans. As always, some questions will be answered, while some remain a mystery. What will Big Ben look like?Who else will make their 2019 debut? Will Diontae Johnson keep it going? Will the revitalized Bud and Burns continue to look impressive?Can Bennie Snell Jr. and Justin Layne experience less growing pains this week? Will Duck Dynasty make a case to be extended? Will “Dirty Red” play well again?

With these questions, storylines, and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this preseason contest:

  • Is it Tuzar or Two-Zar? Skipper locks down a spot with a pair of sacks.
  • Ben Roethlisberger shows no rust in his debut and throws a TD pass on his second series.
  • Donte Moncrief and Eli Rogers muddle the WR depth chart with solid games.
  • Benny Snell Jr. catches up to Jaylen Samuels with an inspired rushing performance. Finds a way to refer to himself in the nineteenth person.
  • Since his Jets grounded him for the rest of the preseason, Le’Veon Bell hitches a ride on the NBC horse trailer, hijacks the production truck and dubs himself in with Carrie Underwood performing the intro.
  • A revitalized Steelers defense racks up four more sacks again this week.
  • Joshua Dobbs struggles against the Titan defense, but Rudolph throws the costly pick.
  • The brilliant Chris Collinsworth says something innocent that Pittsburgh fans mistake for an insult.
  • The Steelers are brought back down to earth with a loss that doesn’t matter by the score of 31-27. During his post-game press conference, Coach Tomlin dusts off his popcorn references.

Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.

3 keys to watch during the Steelers’ final dress rehearsal vs. the Titans

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 9:15am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason, and here are some things to watch.

The anticipation is building for Pittsburgh Steelers fans to watch the dress rehearsal tonight that should address questions that have not been answered so far in preseason. Ben Roethlisberger should be the only offensive starter with his reps limited — the rest of the offense should see extensive playing time. On defense, Joe Haden is the only starter whose availability is in question. It is doubtful that if neither player plays meaningful snaps that the offensive or defensive schemes transform.

Here are three important keys all Steelers fans should be watching on Sunday night:

Offensive play calling

The Steelers attempted the most passes while having the second-fewest run plays in the NFL in 2018. Of the top 10 teams that had the most rushing plays, only Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills did not reach the playoffs. Kansas City Chiefs was the lone anomaly that finished outside of the top 20 to make the playoffs. Will the Steelers get back to power running football against the Titans? This could foreshadow for the rest of the season. There is no disputing that the NFL has become more and a more pass-happy league but the successful teams have shown that running the ball is important for success. So keep an eye out for the balance of play calling.

Offensive personnel usage

Losing Antonio Brown’s production looms large but losing tight end Jesse James is also problematic. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has stated that starting tight end Vance McDonald will not see an uptick in his snap count. Will fans get a glimpse into how the team replaces James’ 562 snaps? Pittsburgh has used two tight ends on the field in the past in varying formations. Relying on the run game may decrease the reliance on two-tight end sets. Last season, 68% of offensive snaps came via three-wide receiver sets. Could that figure also increase with James Washington getting more acclimated to the offense and offseason additions Diontae Johnson and Donte Moncrief change the schemes? Will the Steelers run even more exotic pass formations as they did in 2018? Pittsburgh was tied with the Los Angeles Chargers with running 90 plays out of the two running backs, two tight ends and one wide receiver formation. Even more exotic is the five wideout set which only two teams used in 2018. Pittsburgh ran 32 plays from the formation with Roethlisberger completing 24 of 30 passes with 6.7 yards per attempt.

Wearing the green dot on defense

On defense one player on the field can wear a helmet with sideline communication with the coaches to relay play calls and alignments. Vince Williams has been the player who has seen the field the most with one of the helmets, but who gets the second one? Tomlin has always favoured giving the helmet to an inside linebacker but will the other recipient of the green dot be free agent acquisition Mark Barron or first-round selection Devin Bush? Seeing which player has the helmet on should give fans a clear insight who will be the dime backer in 2019 as most fans are hoping Williams is not utilized in a role he struggled in last season. Whoever snares the second green dot, will they struggle to make on-field adjustments prior to the snap or will they shine? This aspect is being overlooked by many fans and hopefully will be clarified during the first half.

Hard to believe that the regular season is just two weeks away and fans will get treated to the dress rehearsal against the Titans. Many question marks surround the team from the quarterbacks to the pecking order of the wide receivers but the above aspects need to be focused on too that may impact how the team performs in 2019.

Pittsburgh Steelers Fact or Fiction: Midway through the preseason edition

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 7:46am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

BTSC takes five bold statements surrounding the current state of the team and labels them as Fact or Fiction.

The Steelers ar midway through the preseason and the game against Tennessee will be the truest example of what the 2019 season may offer. A big part of the narrative will be written in the Music City. BTSC anticipates big storylines and issues bold statements regarding each one of them. Let’s take a look and deem them as fact or fiction.

The money will not be right for Joe Haden to sign an extension before the opener. Fact

While signing Haden is a priority for both the franchise and the Steeler corner, however how much of a team-friendly discount will Haden give. While I’m hoping this deal gets done, I’m thinking that the two sides might not be close enough to get the deal done right away.

Ryan Switzer will not get cut, but he could get traded. Fact

Switzer is the kind of player that could fetch a fifth or a sixth-rounder from a receiver-needy team, but I still think that Ben Roethlisberger values his services enough that he remains with the Steelers. Should they go in a different direction, I would expect the Steelers to still not release him. They would want return for No. 10.

Tyler Matakevich will be a casualty when the 53-man roster is announced. Fiction

“Dirty Red” is diligently playing for his Pittsburgh-football life and it has shown on the field of play.The team values his contributions on special teams and despite Ulysses Gilbert III and Robert Spillane playing inspired ball, I expect No. 44 to stick around this fall.

Bud Dupree will not be a Steeler next season. Fact

It just isn’t going to happen. Bud claims to be betting on himself and wants to explore the open market. If he has a blockbuster season, Dupree will price himself out of range for the team from the Steel City. If he is merely mediocre to decent, the Steelers won’t be likely to bring him back.

Devin Bush’s shoulder injury isn’t much of a concern. Fiction

While it’s true that the Steelers are being cautious by holding the top-choice from Michigan out of the Tennessee game in order to be ready for the regular season, I’m holding my breath that this injury doesn’t linger. The Steelers desperately need a healthy Bush this season.

Will these statements identify more as, to quote Bill Murray as John Winger in Stripes, “That’s a fact...Jack!” or will they identify more with the Albert Camus quote “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”? What matters most is your opinions on the matter. Please state them in the comments below.

An updated look at the Steelers 91-man roster with jersey numbers before Preseason Week 3

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 6:31am
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Heading into Week 3 of the preseason against the Titans, here is the Steelers complete roster with numbers for your reference

As training camp continues, there may be some names who are unfamiliar to some Steelers fans. As a guide, here is a breakdown of the Steelers entire roster by position with their jersey numbers. With the Steelers receiving an international exemption, 91 players can be carried into training camp. The number of players kept (in parentheses) on the Steelers initial 53-man roster in 2018 have been noted for reference.

(Editor’s Note: Every time the team makes a transaction, we will update the roster to keep you up-to-date on who is still on the 91-man roster.)

Offense

Quarterback (3)

  1. Ben Roethlisberger #7
  2. Joshua Dobbs #5
  3. Mason Rudolph #2
  4. Devlin Hodges #6

Running Back (3)

  1. James Conner #30
  2. Jaylen Samuels #38
  3. Benny Snell Jr #24
  4. Trey Edmunds #33
  5. Malik Williams #39
  6. Travon McMillian #35

Fullback (1):

  1. Roosevelt Nix #45

Wide Receiver (6)

  1. JuJu Smith-Schuster #19
  2. Donte Moncrief #11
  3. James Washington #13
  4. Diontae Johnson #18
  5. Eli Rogers #17
  6. Ryan Switzer #10
  7. Trey Griffey #15
  8. Johnny Holton #80
  9. Tevin Jones #14
  10. Diontae Spencer #82
  11. Brandon Reilly #83

Tight End (3)

  1. Vance McDonald #89
  2. Xavier Grimble #85
  3. Zach Gentry #81
  4. Kevin Rader #87
  5. Christian Scotland-Williamson #49
  6. Trevor Wood (also LS) #88
  7. Mickey Crum #46

Offensive Line (9)

  1. Maurkice Pouncey #53
  2. David DeCastro #66
  3. Ramon Foster #73
  4. Alejandro Villanueva #78
  5. Matt Feiler #71
  6. Chukwuma Okorafor #76
  7. Jerald Hawkins #65
  8. B.J. Finney #67
  9. Zach Banner #72
  10. Derwin Gray #77
  11. Damian Prince #64
  12. Patrick Morris #62
  13. J.C. Hassenauer #60
  14. Garrett Brumfield #68
  15. Fred Johnson #74
Defense

Defensive Line (6)

  1. Cameron Heyward #97
  2. Stephon Tuitt #91
  3. Javon Hargrave #79
  4. Tyson Alualu #94
  5. Daniel McCullers #93
  6. Isaiah Buggs #96
  7. Conor Sheehy #61
  8. Winston Craig #64
  9. Casey Sayles #74
  10. Greg Gilmore #65
  11. Henry Mondeaux #72

Outside Linebacker (3)

  1. T.J. Watt #90
  2. Bud Dupree #48
  3. Anthony Chickillo #56
  4. Olasunkanmi Adeniyi #92
  5. Sutton Smith #42
  6. Tuzar Skipper #51
  7. Christian Kuntz #99
  8. Jayrone Elliott

Inside Linebacker (5)

  1. Vince Williams #98
  2. Mark Barron #26
  3. Devin Bush #55
  4. Tyler Matakevich #44
  5. Ulysees Gilbert III #54
  6. Robert Spillane #49
  7. Tegray Scales #46
  8. Ryan Shazier (PUP) #50

Cornerback (5)

  1. Joe Haden #23
  2. Steven Nelson #22
  3. Mike Hilton #28
  4. Artie Burns #25
  5. Cameron Sutton #20
  6. Justin Layne #31
  7. Brian Allen #29
  8. Marcelis Branch #39
  9. Trevon Mathis #35

Safety (6)

  1. Sean Davis #21
  2. Terrell Edmunds #34
  3. Jordan Dangerfield #37
  4. Marcus Allen #27
  5. Kam Kelly #38
  6. Dravon Askew-Henry #41
  7. P.J. Locke #24
Specialists

Placekicker (1)

  1. Chris Boswell #9
  2. Mathew Wright #16

Punter (1)

  1. Jordan Berry #4
  2. Ian Berryman #8

Long Snapper (1)

  1. Kameron Canaday #57
  2. Trevor Wood #88

Offense: 44

Defense: 42 (not including Shazier)

Specialists: 5 (not including Wood)

Total: 91

Podcast: How the ever-changing NFL landscape has impacted the 2019 Steelers

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 5:31am

In the latest episode of “The Standard is the Standard” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-Gold from the week that was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is just starting, and the news is really starting to heat up. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC flagship podcast The Standard is the Standard. On this show Jeff Hartman and special co-host Lance Williams break down all things Steelers!

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Andrew Luck retirement
  • A look at Week 3 of the preseason
  • Do we place too much stock into the preseason?
  • Steelers Q&A
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, and Lance Williams walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

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Podcast: It is time for the Pittsburgh Steelers young guys to become “the guys”

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 5:10am

In a brand new show titled ‘Yeah, I said it’, we talk about some burning topics surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Believe it or not, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a fairly young team at some key positions. Outside of the offensive line and quarterback, the team is brimming with young talent at key positions.

This is the year when these young guys need to turn into “the guys” for the black-and-gold.

This is where the newest BTSC podcast “Yeah, I Said It” comes in. My co-host on ‘The Standard is the Standard’, Lance Williams tries to decipher why chemistry is overrated.

Time to deliver the goods on the latest show.

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Black and Gold Links: New member of the Steelers living a lifelong dream of playing for Pittsburgh

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 4:36am
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the gridiron with the NFL preseason upon us. With exhibition games underway, the news surrounding the black-and-gold is just starting to heat up. As the team prepares for the coming season, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the season starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how newly signed linebacker, Christian Kuntz, is living a lifelong dream of playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Christian Kuntz might be a long shot to make the Steelers’ 53-man roster, but it won’t stop him from looking at his current situation and realizing he is living a dream playing for the black-and-gold.

‘Dream come true’ playing for Steelers for Chartiers Valley, Duquesne alum Christian Kuntz

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Christian Kuntz took a few moments to look around during on-field stretches at Heinz Field on Saturday.

“I did a couple extra turns to look around and see everything,” Kuntz said of the pregame for the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It was pretty cool being on the (field) for a game rather than being in Section 501.”

A Chartiers Valley grad and Duquesne alum, Kuntz on Saturday was less than 72 hours into his tenure with his the team he grew up rooting for. Don’t tell the outside linebacker that preseason games are boring or meaningless.

“Even as a preseason game, I felt like it was loud as heck,” Kuntz said. “It was louder than Duquesne’s field, that’s for sure — a lot more. I’ve sat here for AFC wild-card games and watched these guys come out of the tunnel and thought, ‘Oh man, that’s sweet.’ So coming out of the tunnel myself … It was pretty cool, a dream come true.”

So was wearing No. 99 in the familiar black and gold. Kuntz said he had one of those in the bedroom closet of the house he grew up in off of Greentree Road.

“I probably have to switch that from ‘KEISEL’ to ‘KUNTZ’ now,” Kuntz said.

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  • We know who is starting at QB for the Steelers Sunday, but after that is anyone’s guess.

Steelers’ Mike Tomlin mum on QB rotation against Titans

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Ben Roethlisberger is going to start Sunday night against the Tennessee Titans.

Beyond that, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin won’t reveal which backup quarterback will enter the game immediately after Roethlisberger wraps up his preseason debut.

Could be Mason Rudolph. Could be Josh Dobbs. Heck, it could even be Devlin Hodges.

Tomlin wouldn’t commit to any scenario Friday when he held his final press availability in advance of the Steelers’ third preseason game.

“Ben will play,” Tomlin said. “We don’t have a specific division of labor at this point in terms of quarterback participation beyond that. Who’s going to play? How long they are going to play? Our energy now is on that first group and Ben and getting those guys in the game and get some exposure there.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some success and move on from there.”

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  • JuJu Smith-Schuster has accomplished a lot in his short tenure in the NFL. But he still has one more aspect of his game to hammer out. The deep ball.

JuJu Smith-Schuster working to improve as a deep threat

By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk

JuJu Smith-Schuster knows the big question that everyone is asking about him as he heads into the 2019 season.

“How is JuJu going to do without AB?”

Smith-Schuster is the No. 1 wideout in Pittsburgh now that Antonio Brown is on the Raiders and he’s spent the offseason working to make sure that the answer to that question is a positive one. One of the things that he’s done on that front is focus on improving as a deep threat.

Smith-Schuster has a pair of 97-yard touchdowns on his resume, but both came on long runs after the catch and he wants to try things the other way this season.

“Being able to catch the deep balls down the field, those go balls, those free balls that they send down the field where I’ve got to go make those plays,” Smith-Schuster said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s what I’ve focused on a lot, catching the ball over the shoulder and being able to be a threat on the outside.”

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  • Social Media Madness

All business

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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 24, 2019

The countdown begins. #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/BBSPdKWcuU

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 25, 2019

NFL News: Andrew Luck stuns fans and announces his retirement at age 29

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 9:14pm
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The Indianapolis Colts seem to have lost their franchise quarterback to retirement, and this will impact the Steelers.

When you get a franchise quarterback in the NFL, you like to think you have anywhere from 10-15 solid years of play in that particular player. Sure, there are exceptions to that rule both in shorter, and longer, careers, but that 10-15 year range is the average.

For the Indianapolis Colts, they knew they had their guy in Andrew Luck from the moment he was drafted out of Stanford first overall. But that all changed Saturday night when news hit the wire that Luck is calling it a career at age 29.

Here is what fans saw when they checked Twitter:

Filed to ESPN: Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2019

After battling injury after injury, the word is that #Colts QB Andrew Luck was simply too worn down to continue. And so he abruptly retires at age 29. Jacoby Brissett is the new QB of the Colts.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2019

The #Colts have known that QB Andrew Luck was seriously mulling retiring for at least two weeks. He’s married, he plans to travel the world, and once the love for the game waned, it sounds like he wanted to step away. So, he did.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2019

If you are, or know, a fan of the Colts, you have to be absolutely devastated. This leaves the team with Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback with just two weeks to go left in the preseason. Not ideal circumstances for the organization.

Luck has battled both shoulder and calf injuries the past few seasons, and it is being reported it was just too much on his body to want to continue. When the game became a chore, couple with his injuries, he decided to call it a career.

In the meantime, the certainly impacts everyone who plays the Colts in 2019, including the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are slated to host the Colts at Heinz Field in Week 9 at 1:00 p.m. When the schedule came out, a Ben Roethlisberger vs. Andrew Luck contest was tabbed for that date, now it could be Roethliseberger vs. Brissett.

This is just the latest example of how crazy the NFL landscape can change in the drop of a hat. One injury, or in this case retirement, can completely alter the future of a franchise. Now the Colts are left wondering what to do, while the rest of the AFC South, and by proxy the AFC, sees them as a much weaker team.

Crunching the Numbers: First quarter results for the Steelers in Preseason Week 3 vs. the Titans

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 1:35pm
Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

With the first team starting out in Sunday night’s game, winning the first quarter is more important than winning the game

The Pittsburgh Steelers preseason is now half way complete as they get ready to go on the road for the first time Sunday night. Taking on the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday Night Football, the Steelers treated this week of practices as a simulated regular-season workweek in order to greater prepare for the 2019 season. No players have been ruled out for the game by head coach Mike Tomlin, so unless someone is dealing with an injury they should see playing time to some degree.

Since both the offensive and defensive first teams are expected to begin the game on Sunday, the performance during the first quarter of play will be the most highly scrutinized. In this week’s installment of Crunching the Numbers, we’ll take a look at the first quarter numbers, specifically those of Ben Roethlisberger, over the last three preseason Week 3 games in order to get an idea of what to expect from the Steelers’ starting team against the Tennessee Titans

2

Over the last three years, Ben Roethlisberger has only seen action in the third week of the preseason. During that time, Roethlisberger has averaged 2.33 drives in which he led the offense. In 2016 and 2107, Roethlisberger was only under center (or more likely in shotgun, but it’s not the accepted cliche) for the first two drives of the game. In 2018 Roethlisberger saw an extra series of play. Personally, I’d like to see Ben on the field for two effective drives before calling it a night.

20

The much more important factor in determining how much Ben Roethlisberger will be on the field Sunday night would be the number of snaps taken. If after two series Roethlisberger hasn’t seen more than a dozen plays, it would be a safe bet he would take the field for one more drive. Averaging almost 19.67 plays over the last three seasons, Roethlisberger saw 24 snaps in 2018. While the number of drives will depend on their outcomes, the number of snaps taken will be the easier factor in determining when Big Ben will get pulled. If he only lasts for two drives like stated before, I would like to see Roethlisberger play about 20 snaps.

6+

The Steelers have averaged 8 points in the first quarter since 2016, all of which were drives led by Ben Roethlisberger. In 2018 Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter for the Steelers only first-quarter points. In 2016, Roethlisberger threw touchdowns of five yards to Jesse James and 57 yards to Antonio Brown. In 2017, the Steelers managed only a 36-yard Chris Boswell field goal. If the Steelers can manage more than one score in the opening quarter, it would be considered a good performance. While finding the end zone would be preferred, I would be minimally satisfied with field goals on both drives.

On a side note, based on the list of touchdowns mentioned above, it should be pointed out that Ben Roethlisberger has not thrown a preseason touchdown to any player currently on the Steelers roster.

100

On average, Ben Roethlisberger has completed 67% of his passes (10/15) for 112 yards in his limited preseason action over the last three years. What might be the most interesting is combining this stat with the nearly 20 plays run, Roethlisberger was putting the ball in the air about 75% of the time he was on the field. If Ben is throwing the ball that often on Sunday night, he should go over 100 yards in the air.

0

Even with Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball the majority of his preseason plays, he has not thrown an interception in the preseason in over five years. The last time Roethlisberger had a preseason interception was on August 21, 2014 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Although the law of averages says he is due to throw a preseason pick eventually, it would be great if Roethlisberger refrained from turning the ball over in the air, or at all for that matter.

So there are some numbers to use as a measuring stick in terms of Ben Roethlisberger’s performance in the Steelers third game of the 2019 preseason. Which number would you most like to see Roethlisberger eclipse? Is there another one you’re looking for? Please leave your answers in the comments below!

Zach Gentry has a lot to prove on vs. the Titans in Preseason Week 3

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 11:43am
Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie TE can help solidify the position with a solid performance in Week 3 of the preseason.

When it comes to positions on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster that are extremely thin, as it pertains to depth, tight end would probably be at the top of the list. Vance McDonald is the clear cut No. 1 on the depth chart, but after McDonald is a mixed bag of goods.

Xavier Grimble is considered the next on the depth chart, but hasn’t shown many flashes of greatness so far in 2019. What is even more concerning is the depth behind Grimble. The Steelers like to carry three tight ends on their roster, but who will be the third tight end?

Fans of the black-and-gold were hoping 5th round draft pick Zach Gentry out of Michigan could fill that role, and after a decent Week 1 preseason performance it is time for him to get back on the field in Week 3 to show he is capable of locking down the TE3 role on the depth chart.

After missing Week 2 with an undisclosed injury, Gentry was happy to get back on the field with his teammates.

“It felt good to be back out there,” the 6-foot-7 Gentry told Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I was able to kind of keep up with everything mentally, so I was able to like get back on the (proverbial) bike.”

The Steelers, and the fan base, would love nothing more than for Gentry to show up, and show out, vs. the Titans on Sunday Night Football and prove he can be the blocker, and pass catcher, the Steelers are looking to add at the tight end position. In other words, prove the team doesn’t need to go out and pick up a player off waivers, or make a trade prior to the start of the regular season.

Whether Gentry can do this is anyone’s guess, but the former quarterback is ready to go out there and show what he can do, maybe even with Ben Roethlisberger and the starters.

“I am not sure what Coach has planned,” he said, “but whatever it is, I’ll take it and roll with it.

“I’m excited to get back out there and see if I can make some more plays.”

If Gentry doesn’t have a solid performance vs. Tennessee it will become even more apparent the Steelers need to make a move and add to their depth at the position before the games that count start with the Steelers traveling to play the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 of the regular season.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for Week 3 of the NFL Preseason.

T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree just getting comfortable on their sides of the Steelers defense

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 10:26am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ OLB tandem might be about to have a breakout season for the black-and-gold.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is ready to buck the ongoing trend amidst their unit in 2019. Talk to any Steelers fan, or listen to any media outlet, and you typically hear the same thing.

“The Steelers offense is great, but that defense is average at best.”

This contradicts the usual narrative when talking about a Pittsburgh Steelers defense. When people usually think of a Steelers defense, they think of the Steel Curtain, Blitzburgh and any other nickname given to a Pittsburgh defensive unit throughout the years. But is this ‘average’ defense about to make a big step forward?

If so, they will be doing it with speed. Pure speed.

T.J. Watt joined the Jim Rome Show recently and talked about the upcoming season for the defense, but more importantly, the difference between this defense and past defenses. As the interview continued, the topic of conversation moved from the overall defense to Watt’s rush partner, Bud Dupree. Watt gave a glowing review of Dupree and what fans should expect in 2019.

Check out the clip:

There are situations in sports where fans think a simple change is just that — simple. For example, a right tackle moving to left tackle. Seems easy, right? Probably not as easy as you may think. Watt talked with Rome about the move from the right side of the defensive front to the left, a change which took place in 2018, and how Watt and Dupree are both still getting comfortable with their respective sides.

Watt gave some great insight into why he prefers the left side to the right, and you can check out the clip below:

Steelers fans are tough on Dupree, and that comes when you are taken in the first round and produce just 5.5 sacks in 2018, and never more than 6.5 in a season. It doesn’t help when Watt has produced more sacks in 2 seasons as Dupree has in 4. Nonetheless, there is hope Dupree and Watt are the next dynamic duo in the Steelers defense, wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Titans in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason this Sunday night in Tennessee.

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