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Steelers vs. Eagles: Second-half live updates, injury news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 8:00pm
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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 preseason continues with the Steelers and Eagles locking horns in Week 1 of the preseason. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the second time in the 2021 preseason as they prepare to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in the official Week 1 of the NFL 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!


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Steelers vs. Eagles, Preseason Week 1: 2nd quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 7:56pm
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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

The second quarter started with Mason Rudolph still at quarterback for the Steelers, but a third down sack surrendered sent the ball right back to the Eagles.

Joe Flacco continued at quarterback for Philadelphia, and was able to lead the Eagles into field goal range. Elliott was able to nail another 47-yard kick to make the score 13-0 with 9:37 left in the second quarter.

After exchanging possessions, Dwayne Haskins was able to put together the best drive of the night. After several big runs, Haskins put the team into the red-zone with a beautiful pass. After a defensive pass interference call, Anthony McFarland plunged into the end-zone for the Steelers’ first points of the game. Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 13-7 in favor of Philadelphia with 1:51 left in the half.

Flacco went against the Steelers’ soft prevent defense, and was able to get the Eagles into field goal range. Elliott was good for the third time on the night, this time from 50 yards, to make the score 16-7 heading into halftime.

Steelers vs. Eagles, Preseason Week 1: 1st quarter in-game update

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 7:15pm
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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 and Philadelphia Eagles squared off at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA Thursday night. While this was the Eagles’ first preseason action of the 2021 season, it was the Steelers’ second such game after their Hall of Fame game victory over the Dallas Cowboys a week ago.

With it being the Steelers’ second go around in the preseason, there were players who didn’t play last week, who took the field this week in the eastern portion of Pennsylvania. Players like Devin Bush, Chuks Okorafor and Kevin Dotson, among others, returned to the lineup in hopes of proving their worth and preparing for the regular season.

The Eagles got the ball first as Chris Boswell kicks off inside the 5-yard line and after a small return the Eagles start their drive on their own 27-yard line. Two passes to tight ends later and Philadelphia was on the edge of field goal range. But with only three more yards, the Eagles settle for a 47-yard field goal and are first on the board.

A short kickoff from the Eagles has the Steelers starting at the 27-yard line. After a 5-yard gain by Najee Harris, a play-action pass gets the Steelers close to midfield. After getting a yeard deep in the backfield, Harris drags the defenders for a 6-yard gain and then catches a pass to get to the 41-yard line. A huge run by Harris gets called back on a Freiermuth hold and the Steelers’ dive stalls. Jordan Berry pins the Eagles at their own 2-yard line to start their next drive.

After one first down to another pass to the tight ends, the defense holds on 3rd & 5 when Devin Bush and Robert Spillane hold Jalen Hurts shy of the sticks on the scramble. A short punt with an Eagles bounce has the Steelers starting their second drive from their own 22-yard line.

After another hold on a nice run by Najee Harris, a big pass from Mason Rudolph hits a deep pass to Diontae Johnson and the Steelers are at midfield. A loss of two yards on first down on an end around to Chase Claypool was just enough to keep the Steelers from moving the chains and Jordan Berry puts another punt inside the ten.

When they say “stop on a dime,” THIS is what they mean. (Also, this is why I continue to believe there is indeed magic in Diontae Johnson.) #Steelers

— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 13, 2021

Joe Flacco enters the game as the Eagles quarterback a starts the drive at their 7-yard line. After another first down to a tight end, the Eagles have their first completion to a wide receiver on a screen and it goes for 79 yards and the Eagles find the end zone on just three plays.

After a touchback, Mason Rudolph comes back on the field and hits a 4-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster to end the first quarter.

Steelers reportedly acquire Joe Schobert via trade with the Jaguars

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 7:12pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have added some depth to their ILB core.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team who absolutely are looking to add some depth to their inside linebacker corps, and they found a way to add to that depth. According to Tom Pelissero, and other sources, the Steelers have acquired linebacker Joe Schobert via trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The #Jaguars have agreed to trade veteran LB Joe Schobert to the #Steelers, source said.

First on the story: @meganschobert, who probably has pretty good sources herself.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 12, 2021

At this point, it is unknown what the Steelers gave up for Schobert’s services, but it is undeniable what Schobert will bring to the team’s linebacker depth.

With Schobert in the mix, it now provides valuable depth behind the likes of Devin Bush, Robert Spillane and Buddy Johnson. Unfortunately, the addition of Schobert would mean it would be difficult to keep players like Ulysees Gilbert III and Marcus Allen.

The Steelers have yet to make this move official, but at this point the sources listed are typically reliable. In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare not just for the rest of the preseason, but also the 2021 regular season.


#Jaguars LB Joe Schobert tells ESPN from what he understands a trade sending him to Pittsburgh is in the works now. Doesn't have particulars, still processing. 'Great place to play behind that D-line," he said. Mike Tomlin always has been high on Schobert and his coverage ability

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 13, 2021

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

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 6:00pm
James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 preseason continues with the Steelers and Eagles locking horns in Week 1 of the preseason. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the second time in the 2021 preseason as they prepare to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in the official Week 1 of the NFL 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!


If you have time, and want to check out any of our podcasts, listen in the player below:

The Steelers 90-man roster going into Week 1 of the preseason

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 4:00pm
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The Steelers are back to 90 players on the roster as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set for their first preseason game of the 2021 NFL season. Since the Hall of Fame Game, the Steelers have added two players to get to 90-man limit as well as made another move.

With so many players, it’s difficult to keep track of exactly who could be on the field for the Steelers. Which player just made that fantastic block? Who was the defensive back who just blanketed the wide receiver where the quarterback had to look somewhere else? In order to not miss out on who is making plays, or possibly not making them, we here at BTSC have provided the current Steelers roster listed by number for your reference.

Additionally, there are some players who have duplicate numbers.

Without further ado, here are the current 88 players by number and position for the 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers:

2: Mason Rudolph, QB
3: Dwayne Haskins, QB
4: Jordan Berry, P
5: Joshua Dobbs, QB
6: Pressley Harvin III, P
7: Ben Roethlisberger, QB
8: Melvin Ingram III, LB
9: Chris Boswell, K
11: Chase Claypool, WR
13: James Washington, WR
14: Ray-Ray McCloud, WR
15: Cody White, WR
16: Sam Sloman, K
17: Mark Gilbert, CB
17: Isaiah McCoy, WR
18: Diontae Johnson, WR
19: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR
20: Cameron Sutton, CB
21: Tre Norwood, S
22: Najee Harris, RB
23: Joe Haden, CB
24: Benny Snell Jr., RB
24: Lamont Wade, S
25: Antoine Brooks Jr., S
26: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB
26: Donovan Steiner, S
27: Marcus Allen, LB
28: Miles Killebrew, S
29: Kalen Ballage, RB
29: Shakur Brown, CB
30: Pete Geurriero, RB
30: Lafayette Pitts, DB
31: Justin Layne, CB
33: Calvin Bundage, LB
33: Trey Edmunds, RB
34: Terrell Edmunds, S
35: Arthur Maulet, S
38: Stephen Denmark, DB
38: Jaylen Samuels, RB
39: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
40: Tony Brooks-James, RB
40: Tegray Scales, LB
41: Robert Spillane, LB
42: James Pierre, CB
44: Jamir Jones, LB
44: Derek Watt, FB
46: Christian Kuntz , LS
48: Quincy Roche, LB
49: Cassius Marsh, LB
50: Jamar Watson, LB
51: Buddy Johnson, LB
51: Trai Turner, G
53: Kendrick Green, C
54: Ulysees Gilbert III, LB
55: Devin Bush, LB
56: Alex Highsmith, LB
57: Kameron Canaday, LS
60: J.C. Hassenauer, C
61: T.J. Carter, DE
61: Aviante Collins, OT
62: Brandon Walton, OT
64: Malcolm Pridgeon, G
65: Abdullah Anderson, DE
65: Dan Moore Jr., OT
67: B.J. Finney, OL
69: Kevin Dotson, G
71: Joe Haeg, OT
72: Zach Banner, OT
73: Carlos Davis, DT
74: Chaz Green, OT
76: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT
77: John Leglue, OT
79: Rashad Coward, G
80: Matthew Sexton, WR
81: Zach Gentry, TE
82: Tyler Simmons, WR
83: Anthony Johnson, WR
84: Rico Bussey, WR
85: Eric Ebron, TE
87: Kevin Rader, TE
88: Pat Freiermuth, TE
89: Marcus Baugh, TE
90: T.J. Watt, LB
91: Stephon Tuitt, DE
92: Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE
94: Tyson Alualu, DT
95: Chris Wormley, DT
96: Isaiah Buggs, DT
97: Cameron Heyward, DT
99: Henry Mondeaux, DE

5 Steelers players to watch on defense vs. the Eagles

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 3:00pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their 2021 preseason Thursday night, and here are some players to keep your eye on during the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will square off Thursday night in the official Week 1 of the NFL Preseason. This game marks the second of four preseason games for the Steelers, and expectations will be adjusted accordingly.

In the first preseason game, the veterans did not play much, if at all, but this second game should change that in some way. With that said, I decided to list five defensive players to keep an eye on during the game in Philadelphia.

In case you missed the 5 offensive players to watch, check out that article below:

Melvin Ingram — Outside Linebacker — No. 8

The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in Melvin Ingram right before the start of training camp, and fans have only seen him in a practice setting. Does he still have it? How versatile can he be? What will he bring to the team defense? It will be on display, albeit briefly, vs. the Eagles and should be something to watch, especially without T.J. Watt playing.

Robert Spillane — Inside Linebacker — No. 41

To be completely honest, I was disappointed in Spillane’s play last week vs. the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game. Was this because he was playing with backups, or because we might have seen the very best of Spillane in 2020? The only way to decipher the difference is on the field.

Devin Bush — Inside Linebacker — No. 55

I wouldn’t be shocked if the Steelers decide to hold Bush out for another game, but I am thinking they want to get him back on the field and start to regain some of that confidence in his knee. If he plays, look to see if his burst, sideline to sideline speed and agility are what we grew accustomed to seeing in 2019 and 2020.

Tre Norwood — Defensive Back — No. 21

In the early portions of the Hall of Fame game, Norwood looked more like Deion Sanders, when it comes to tackling, than he did Donnie Shell. Nonetheless, as the game wore on, Norwood seemed to warm up to the task. With a game under his belt, the expectation is Norwood will come out of the gates better than he did a week ago. If Norwood pans out, what a find for the Steelers in the 7th round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Justin Layne — Cornerback — No. 31

Some might scoff at Layne being on the list, but I want to see if Layne can put up a fight to be a player on this 2021 defense. With an outside cornerback position available, you would think the Steelers’ former 3rd round draft pick would be able to step in and put up a fight. To at least put his name in the hat for more playing time. If he fails to do so, losing to players who went undrafted, it would be viewed as a huge swing and miss for the organization.

Special Teams:

Pressley Harvin III — Punter — No. 6

Consistency is key with the punter, but I want to see if Jordan Berry even plays. I am assuming he will, but I am really going to be watching to see who does the holding. Also, if Chris Boswell is kicking, who is holding for him? This could be extremely telling as to the battle at punter, considering holding is an important part of the job.

Honorable Mention:

James Pierre — Cornerback — No. 42

Pierre has a solid game vs. Dallas, starting opposite Cam Sutton, and I want to see if he can elevate his game with more experience. Pierre could have a significant role on this team in 2021, and the more experience he can get the better.

Shakur Brown — Cornerback — No. 29

Brown was obvious on special teams in the Hall of Fame game, and that very well could be his meal ticket to making the Steelers 53-man roster. While I expect him to shine on special teams again, I will also be watching to see how he does when it is his turn in the defensive backfield. You can never have too many quality cornerbacks on your roster.

For more detail on the above list, and expectations for the Steelers Thursday, check out the “Let’s Ride” podcast on the topic:

The Steelers 5th wide receiver spot may be a tighter race than expected

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 2:05pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers have a true competition at wide receiver.

One of the things to watch out for as the preseason roles on is who is lining up at wide receiver outside of the core four guys. Ray-Ray McCloud held down the fifth wide receiver job a year ago, but it might not be that simple in 2021. Through one preseason game we have already seen other kick returners juice the offense and receiver’s get more of the work load. And even though it was ‘just the Hall of Fame Game’ even Chase Claypool took serious snaps on offense. So who are the combatants to look out during the Steelers next preseason games?

Here’s everything you need to know below:

Ray-Ray McCloud Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The incumbent, Ray-Ray McCloud was an electric return man for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. He also became a fairly reliable target for Ben Roethlisberger and hauled in an additional 20 passes. Considering Matt Canada’s use of receiver motion it was thought that McCloud could see an expanded role in the offense, as well as retaining his return duties. McCloud still must be viewed as the favorite for the job, however if he doesn't start producing in the preseason soon Ray-Ray could be squeezed out of Pittsburgh in favor of someone else.

Matthew Sexton Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Sexton’s dynamic return against the Dallas Cowboys sparked the Steelers’ offense who would instantly score points on the following drive. Sexton’s big play drew compliments from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin who credited the Steelers pick up of production on the rookie receiver. Sexton was a difference maker for the university of Eastern Michigan, and was also a track star in high school. Given his small stature (5’10” 176) he wasn't given an opportunity at a bigger school. Sexton has had success as a return man in college, and could be breathing down McCloud’s neck for the starting gig.

Rico Bussey Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bussey joined the Steelers from the University of Hawaii this summer. He has been a name getting a ton of love out of Steelers training camp, and by the sounds of things is outplaying his college production at the NFL level. He is bigger than the first two guys on our list, but just as quick. Bussey has also become a favorite target of Dwayne Haskins, so that chemistry could help push Bussey onto the roster.

Anthony Johnson Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson has stuck around the Steelers roster for two years now, and has obviously left an impression on his coaches. His large frame (6’2” 220) makes him unlike the other guys on the list and compares closer to a Chase Claypool or a James Washington. His physicality is something the Steelers could always use more of, and he could be more of a traditional back up to the bigger guys on the roster. Johnson also caught the only receiving touchdown of the Steelers preseason thus far, and making plays like that will get you noticed.

Other names to watch out for: Cody White, and Isaiah McKoy

But what do you think? Will Ray-Ray McCloud hold onto his spot as the Steelers fifth receiver or will someone else claim the job? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Podcast: Getting acquainted with the 2021 Philadelphia Eagles

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 2:00pm

Learn about the Steelers upcoming opponent with the return of BTSC’s Know Your Enemy. Michael Beck and Geoffrey Benedict break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s time once again to become a scout for the Steelers before their latest game. This time around we talk about the Pennsylvania State Championship in the latest edition of Know Your Enemy. It’s the show where Michael Beck and Geoffrey Benedict break down the upcoming opponent for the Black-and-Gold. This week, Mike and Geoff welcome Brandon Gowton, the editor of SB Nation’s Bleeding Green Nation. Who is fighting for a job in Philly and who will be on the field for the Men of Steel? These questions and more will be pondered on the latest episode of the BTSC family of podcasts. As always, it is a good time to talk everything Steelers.

  • News and Notes
  • A look at the Eagles
  • Guest Brandon Lee Gowton, Editor of Bleeding Green Nation

Michael and Geoffrey walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-Gold.

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5 Steelers players to watch on offense vs. the Eagles

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 12:30pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their 2021 preseason Thursday night, and here are some players to keep your eye on during the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will square off Thursday night in the official Week 1 of the NFL Preseason. This game marks the second of four preseason games for the Steelers, and expectations will be adjusted accordingly.

In the first preseason game, the veterans did not play much, if at all, but this second game should change that in some way. With that said, I decided to list five offensive players to keep an eye on during the game in Philadelphia.

Pat Freiermuth — Tight End — No. 88

The Steelers’ second round draft pick didn’t play in the team’s first preseason game vs. the Dallas Cowboys due to a shoulder injury, but looks like he is good to go for the second exhibition game. Freiermuth has been getting rave reviews throughout training camp, and getting a glimpse not just of his pass catching prowess, but also his blocking, will be something to watch Thursday night.

Trai Turner — Offensive Guard — No. 51

Turner was named as an Honorable Mention candidate in last week’s article, but should be getting the start vs. the Eagles. There hasn’t been much chatter about Turner since he came to the Steelers to replace David DeCastro, but that will all change vs. Philadelphia when he will see his first live game action in the black and gold. Does Turner still have it? Fans will get to see for themselves first-hand Thursday.

Chuks Okorafor — Offensive Tackle — No. 76

If you haven’t noticed by now, the offensive line will be some must-watch TV for Steelers fans vs. Philadelphia. Not because of the opponent, but because players like Chuks Okorafor are getting their first live action of the preseason. But with Okorafor there is an added layer to this, and that would be him playing left tackle in the NFL for the first time. Everyone has said Okorafor is better at left tackle than right tackle, but he will have to prove it.

Kevin Dotson — Offensive Guard — No. 69

Similar to Okorafor, this will be Dotson’s first live game action of the 2021 preseason, but don’t expect to see the second year guard running with the first team. The former Louisiana lineman has been a lightning rod of rumors and speculation this preseason, and no fault of his own. Dotson just returned to practice this week, and he now looks to make the move to stake his claim with the starting offensive line before Week 1 of the regular season.

Kendrick Green — Center — No. 53

I believe Green could, and probably will be, on this list every week leading up to the regular season. Mike Tomlin said we shouldn’t read too much into him being with the starters, but it is evident this is Green’s job to lose at this point. Will he be able to prove he is worthy of starting Week 1 as a rookie? Still a lot of plays left before that is said and done, until then he absolutely will be worth watching.

Honorable Mention, the QB battle:

Dwayne Haskins — Quarterback — No. 3

Will Haskins be more than Captain Checkdown in his second preseason game with the Steelers? Or will he start to show some of the promise fans have talked about throughout training camp?

Joshua Dobbs — Quarterback — No. 5

Dobbs’ stock has been rising the last week, will he even get a legitimate shot of unseating either Haskins or Rudolph? If Dobbs gets stuck with just the 4th, 5th and sometimes 6th string players, that says a lot.

Mason Rudolph — Quarterback — No. 2

I am extremely curious to see how the Steelers divide the action between these three players. If Rudolph only gets two drives, how much can he prove during that time? He can prove he won’t turn the ball over, but if that is the case you get the feeling the job opening is only for QB3, and not QB2.

For more detail on the above list, and expectations for the Steelers Thursday, check out the “Let’s Ride” podcast on the topic:

Predicting which Steelers’ players will not play vs. the Eagles

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 11:30am
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Which players will most likely sit out the Steelers second preseason game?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing their preparation for the 2021 season as they are set to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 of the NFL preseason Thursday night at 7:30 PM. While there were a number of Steelers who did not play in the Hall of Fame Game there will hopefully be less this week.

While head coach Mike Tomlin big not specifically mention any players by name who will not be playing on Thursday, there are several players who are assumed to not take the field. The following list is players who I project will not appear in the game. They are broken into categories such as highly likely (ones Coach Tomlin did not name, but implied), limited in practice (players who may not have enough time in to be prepared to play), and why take the risk (players who the coaches feel still may not need to see any time).

Here are the possibilities of who won’t see the field in Philadelphia on Thursday night:

Highly Likely:

QB Ben Roethlisberger- Coach Tomlin indirectly said Rothlisberger will not play in this game.

DT Cameron Heyward- He was called out by name last week, so the chances of him still being out this week are high.

CB Joe Haden- Duplicate everything said about Cam Heyward and it is the same for Haden.

Limited in Practice:

OLB T.J. Watt- If he’s not doing team work in practice, there’s no chance Watt is going to risk playing in the game.

DE Stephon Tuitt- It’s been a tough road for Tuitt and he has the full support of Steelers’ Nation. He’s not ready to get on the field yet.

RB Benny Snell- I don’t know what’s worse for Snell, having a bad performance or not having any performance at all due to injury. This week it is once again the latter scenario.

RB Kalen Ballage- After looking good last Thursday night, Ballage has yet to practice since experiencing a lower body injury in the Hall of Fame game.

DB Antoine Brooks Jr.- Not practicing since the last preseason game, it doesn’t look well for Brooks to make his push to be the nickel cornerback this week.

WR James Washington- After leaving practice early on Sunday, Washington has not been available since. I doubt he plays this week.

WR Ray-Ray McCloud- I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with McCloud, but he’s been on and off the practice field for some time now.

Why take the risk:

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster- I don’t know if the Steelers would want to get Smith-Schuster a series or not this game. It’s possible, but just as likely he sits.

S Minkah Fitzpatrick- I don’t think anyone in Steelers’ Nation needs to see Minkah Fitzpatrick in this game, so his appearance is somewhat unlikely.

DT Tyson Alualu- Just like last week, there are plenty of players on the defensive line who could easily fill in for the 34-year-old Alualu.

So there is a list of players I think will not be playing the Steelers Week 1 preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. How did I do? If there are anyone on the list you think will play? Are there other players I’m missing? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Podcast: Will the Steelers 2021 roster be in with the new or in with the old?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 11:00am

Matt Peverell breaks down the Steelers salary cap and player personnel situation every week in The War Room.

There are certain positions where the Steelers might go with guys that fans are familiar with vs. new players on the team. Which positions will they freshen up and what does that mean for the upcoming cuts and the 2022 Draft? Join BTSC’s Matt Peverell for his solo show as he looks at possible future Steelers and examines the ins-and-outs of the Steelers dollars and “sense” situation when it comes to personnel.

Check out the BTSC’s Aussie perspective and stay a while with Matty in The War Room.

Rundown of the show:

  • Latest updates on the Steelers’ players with contract news or requests
  • Each position’s forecast 53 and if it would be a situation of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ or ‘in with the old and out with the new’.

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3 young CBs fighting hard to knock Justin Layne off the Steelers roster

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 10:00am
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There are no less than 3 unheralded free agent corners fighting to make the 2021 Steelers roster, or at least a spot on the practice squad.

BTSC editors Dave Schofield and Jeff Hartman posted an updated article this week predicting the Steelers final 53 man roster, after the Steelers HOF game victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday, and prior to the Steelers in-state rivalry game with the Philadelphia Eagles this Thursday. Their predictions were pretty similar across the board, and almost identical to my own, with a few exceptions.

One particular training camp battle mentioned caught my eye, James Pierre vs Justin Layne. As both Dave and Jeff mentioned in the article, that battle is really not a battle anymore. While Pierre appears to have taken the next step in his development; quite possibly the second best boundary corner on the roster behind Joe Haden currently, Layne has failed to show even marginal improvement, to the point that the Steelers are attempting to teach him basic footwork that many cornerbacks learned in high school.

To his credit, he has been working hard to learn and improve, according to all reports. Hopefully learning new and improved technique and footwork will result in rapid and drastic results, because time is running out for the young man with multiple upstarts challenging for his roster spot. This article intends to spotlight 3 possible challengers, based on various training camp reports and where we are in the preseason.

The first young man who has earned mention is Stephen Denmark. I kept noticing a tall, athletic player in the secondary during the second half of the HOF game. I couldn't make out the name on the back of his jersey due to some long dreadlocks, and I wasn't certain if he was a cornerback or a safety due to his impressive size and length. A quick glance at the roster and his number solved that dilemma, and it's safe to say I was impressed.

Denmark has exceptional measurables for a cornerback. He stands 6'2" and weighs 217 lbs. A former track and field star in high school, he ran a 4.46 forty to go along with a 43" vertical at his pro day in 2019. Simply put, he has elite size, speed, and athleticism for the position. What he doesn't have is ideal technique or experience at cornerback; after only playing corner his last two years at Valdosta State, a Division ll school in Georgia. Therefore he remains a very talented project, similar to the aforementioned Justin Layne, and former Steelers project Brian Allen. The Steelers do love their projects, although I am sure they would like to improve on their frequency of success if possible.

Denmark was a seventh round selection for the Chicago Bears in 2019, and has basically spent the past two years on and off the practice squad. Going back to his collegiate tape, his athleticism and aggressiveness flashes often on the screen. He is extremely physical, both in run support and in coverage. However, understandable due to his limited experience and level of competition, he relies too heavily on his athleticism. It remains to be seen if the instincts and intangibles are there. If they are, and the Steelers can coach him up so to speak, then he could be another hidden gem for the Steelers. He honestly could use another year on the practice squad most likely, but he may just surprise us all.

The next youngster also stood out in the second half of the game. Mark Gilbert was credited with 2 PBU, and he had excellent coverage throughout his time on the field. Gilbert also has solid length at 6', and even though he is a tad on the lean side at 186 lbs., he showed to be very competitive and willing to get his nose dirty. He has excellent instincts and intangibles, plus he ran a 4.48 forty at his pro day at Duke.

Had it not been for a severe hip injury and the corresponding rehabilitation, Gilbert was trending towards being a early round selection. He went undrafted after scouts expressed concerns with his ability to fully recover, especially in the ability to flip his hips effectively in coverage. If he has fully recovered, and can prove durable, then the Steelers got a early round selection as a undrafted free agent. He is a 24 year old rookie, so I am sure he doesn't want to waste anytime proving himself worthy of consideration for a roster spot.

The third corner prospect for consideration should come as no surprise for many of the BTSC faithful. Shakur Brown has been a name on many Steelers fans watch list since prior to the 2021 NFL Draft. Many believed he had the physical attributes and abilities to replace the departed Mike Hilton at slot corner for the Steelers, and most evaluators had him at least as a late round selection. After surprisingly going undrafted, the Steelers quickly signed him to a contract. They obviously thought he was potentially a good fit also.

Brown has both the good and bad fortune to possess the size and measurables of a prototypical slot corner. The bad part being his shorter stature and lack of long speed makes him primarily a slot corner only. After a rather productive collegiate career at Michigan State, he tested average to below on most attributes at his pro day. He measured in a smidge under 5'10" and ran somewhere in the 4.6 range, a tad slower than preferred or expected. Not sure why Brown failed to test as many believed he would, but his struggles may turn out to be the Steelers good fortune. One evaluator stated that Brown "plays the game like an angry hornet with a relentless, edgy play demeanor.” Sounds like a Steelers corner to me.

There wasn't much noteworthy news about the young man trickling out of camp initially, but that started to change last week. First his name started to be mentioned in camp reports, one day for coming down with an interception, and the next day for forcing a fumble. Then he went out and had an outstanding performance against the Cowboys, especially in kick coverage on special teams. As Keith Butler already mentioned earlier in training camp, special teams performance will be the deciding factor for all fringe roster spots. Brown definitely seized the opportunity that was presented to him.

Justin Layne definitely has every opportunity to make this roster, and his athleticism is without question. He probably has a leg up on the competition based on his draft pedigree alone. Problem is nobody knows if he has the instincts and mental make-up of a NFL cornerback. While he still has time to prove his worth to the team, he shouldn't feel too comfortable considering the talent gunning for his roster spot.

You didn’t expect Ben Roethlisberger to play more this preseason, did you?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 9:00am
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Should Ben Roethlisberger play more this preseason in order to get used to Matt Canada’s offense? I guess it all depends on how much that matters vs. keeping Roethlisberger healthy for the regular season.

OK, maybe you did expect that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, even at the ripe old age (for football) of 39, would play more during the 2021 preseason.

Why? Because, Matt Canada, that’s why.

Canada is the new offensive coordinator; Roethlisberger is going to want to learn his system like the back of his hand; in-stadium action is better than training-camp action (even if it’s taking place in an in-stadium environment this summer); live bullets are better than blanks.

I could do this all day.

I know I expected to see Roethlisberger play more this preseason. Actually, I take that back. “Expected” is such a strong word for what I was thinking and feeling about that possibility. Let’s just say I was prepared for it to become a reality.

Deep-down, well, I really expected what was reported by beat reporter Chris Adamski on Tuesday, and that was the news that Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and Josh Dobbs would all see action at quarterback in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game against the Eagles at Philadelphia on Thursday evening, which would then lead to yours truly writing this here article.

Am I disappointed? Not really.

Why? One less chance for Roethlisberger to get hurt, that’s why.

Roethlisberger is still the team’s best shot at winning a title; quarterbacks never get hit at training camp; quarterbacks sometimes get hit in preseason games; live bullets can cause your ACL to tear; blanks never do that; Rudolph isn’t a sure thing; Haskins isn’t a sure thing; Dobbs isn’t a sure thing.

I could do this all day.

I realize that Roethlisberger probably could benefit from a few more offensive series this August, as opposed to the two or three he generally gets in the all-important “dress rehearsal” game.

But nobody is going to benefit from Roethlisberger missing extensive action during the regular season. We heard several accounts of Roethlisberger reporting more frequently and sticking around much longer during OTAs as a means to learn Canada’s new offense better. Is that enough? Will his two or three series in the all-important “dress rehearsal” game be sufficient?

It’s hard to say, but the Steelers just have to hope so.

Let’s face it, head coach Mike Tomlin, despite how many times people try to change his surname on Facebook, is no Dumlin.

He knows that Roethlisberger’s health is more important than anything else that has to do with the Steelers winning.

May Roethlisberger’s lack of playing time this summer cause him and the rest of the offense to be a bit out of sync early in the regular season? Perhaps. But most football teams evolve over the course of a season. The team that lines up in September is often way different than the one that will ultimately take the field in November and December.

Roethlisberger is at the point of his career where he probably deserves the benefit of the doubt, same with the Steelers’ organization. What hasn’t Roethlisberger experienced on a football field after 17 seasons? At this stage of the game, perhaps mental reps are just as important as live bullets.

Am I saying that the status quo when it comes to Roethlisberger’s preseason action is the way to go? In a perfect world, I’d love to see the guy see extensive playing time in all four exhibition games.

But this isn’t a perfect world. One can never predict where one of those live bullets will land in a preseason game.

Ben Roethlisberger will have a hard enough time dodging those bullets during the regular season. I think it’s still the right call to protect him as much as possible until the stakes are much higher.

Steelers offense in Focus: Trey Edmunds for H-Back?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 8:00am
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Trey Edmunds showed the potential of the H-Back position in the Hall of Fame game.

Trey Edmunds is only on the team because of his brother, or maybe because he has some connection to the state of Virginia, or maybe he was nice to Mike Tomlin’s son. . . Theories abound as to why Trey Edmunds has stuck around the Steelers, but the reality is, he has stuck around. The team has seen enough value in the oldest Edmunds brother to keep him around, in camp, on the practice squad and on the 53 man roster.

Edmunds does have value too, he’s a good special teams player, he’s a capable running back, and he can block. In 2019 as a rotational running back he recorded the longest run by a Steeler back since DeAngelo Williams in 2015, and in 2020 earned the backup fullback job. Trey Edmunds is a football player with a versatile skill set, and no one position where he is good enough to be a major player.

Which leads perfectly to the position he played late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter of the Hall of Fame game, when he was lining up as the team’s H-back.

Third quarter, 7:48. Trey Edmunds (#33) is second from the top, just off the line of scrimmage.

Edmunds is just outside TE Kevin Rader on this play, and he helps Rader establish his block on the edge rusher before peeling off to block the nickel back. Solid in-line blocking here, something H-back’s need to be able to do.

Fourth quarter, 10:09. Trey Edmunds is second from the top of the screen, just off the line of scrimmage.

In fact, this kind of blocking is the H-Back’s most common role on the field. No tight end helping him this time, Edmunds has to block the linebacker by himself, and he does a good job to get to his man and force him away from the run. Edmunds isn’t as good a blocker as the better blocking tight ends, he’s smaller and has shorter arms, but he’s good enough.

While he might not be as good of an in-line blocker as the blocking tight ends, there are other blocks that the H-back needs to be able to do that he does better than the tight ends did in Canton.

Fourth Quarter, 7:15. Trey Edmunds is second from the top of the screen, just off the line of scrimmage.

Edmunds does a good job on this block, he is quick to get across the formation, stays with the edge rusher through a juke step and is squared up on him when they meet. You can see he’s more of a fullback than a tight end with his approach to this block, where he hits to stop momentum and move his target, instead of get ahold of his man and control him.

All three of those plays the defense is trying to get past or around Trey Edmunds, they show no interest in covering him. If you have been reading the earlier parts of this series, you can probably predict what is coming.

Third quarter, 7:12. Trey Edmunds is second from the bottom of the screen, just off the line of scrimmage.

Watch #97 for Dallas on this play (edge to the top of the screen). He makes the same kind of juke step #43 made in the previous clip when he sees Edmunds coming at him, and Edmunds just runs past him for a quick catch and a 5 yard gain.

The value of the blocking ability of an H-back is evident right there. If you put Chase Claypool or Eric Ebron in Trey Edmunds spot there the defender is looking at them as a threat to cover, not a blocker to avoid. This is how a Derek Watt or Trey Edmunds can weaponize their blocking.

Fourth quarter, 12:01. Trey Edmunds is the H-back to the top of the screen.

This one is even more effective. The jet motion and play action are both moving to the top of the screen. Edmunds is moving to the bottom, but he’s been doing that, sealing the backside of the defense. With the tight end to that side going vertical there is no edge reading Edmunds, and he is wide open. This is another area where Edmunds has an advantage over a tight end or even Derek Watt, because he’s a running back, and he’s a more natural open field runner, and you can see his burst when he turns upfield, as well as his power as a runner.

I don’t want to hype Trey Edmunds too much here, this is the fourth quarter of a preseason game, Josh Dobbs is the quarterback, Derek Watt, Eric Ebron and Pat Freiermuth didn’t even play this game and Edmunds had to wait for the 3rd quarter to get his shot. What we can take away from this is evidence of how Matt Canada uses the H-Back position, and what the team will need to see from Watt or Freiermuth (my favorites for the main H-back role) to really make the position shine, and elevate Matt Canada’s offense.

I also think Trey Edmunds is worth watching in the upcoming games, because in my opinion, he was the best H-back the Steelers used in the Hall of Fame game, and his value as a depth running back, H-back and his value on special teams could be enough to earn him a spot on the 53 man roster if other players don’t show enough to keep him outside the bubble.

Ben Roethlisberger’s successor likely isn’t on the Steelers’ roster

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 7:00am
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t blow the Mason Rudolph vs. Dwayne Haskins camp battle out of proportion.

The Mason Rudolph/Dwayne Haskins camp battle has been entertaining, but it has certainly been blown out of proportion.

For what is at its core a battle for the backup quarterback spot, it has been heralded by some fans and writers as a competition to be the Steelers’ future at the quarterback position.

But Rudolph and Haskins’ rough pasts as NFL starters tell a much different story.

On one hand there’s Mason Rudolph. The 2018 third-round pick had been graded higher by the Steelers organization and was undoubtedly seen as a good value pick by the front office. However, despite Rudolph’s pedigree there’s no evidence to believe that the organization ever counted on him being more than a reliable backup behind starter Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph did get his chance to lead the team following Roethlisberger’s season-ending injury in 2019, but the good was greatly overshadowed by the bad, with the team limping to an 8-8 record. Needless to say, after 2019’s glimpse of the franchise’s supposed future, fans were more than ready to go back to Roethlisberger the following season. A stronger showing against Cleveland in the 2020 season showed an improved Rudolph, but hardly one that looked like the future of a franchise.

On the other hand there’s Dwayne Haskins, who was undoubtedly drafted with much higher expectations than Rudolph. The 15th overall pick in 2019, Haskins was thrust into a starting role in Washington that resulted in an incredibly rough rookie season. Haskins remained the starter heading into 2020, but multiple instances of poor play and questionable maturity led to benchings and ultimately his release from the team at the end of the year. The Steelers later signed Haskins to a risk-free futures deal for the 2021 season, making it clear that the talented-yet-embattled quarterback wasn’t even guaranteed a roster spot.

Rudolph and Haskins met in training camp in Pittsburgh for the 2021 season, with Rudolph seemingly a lock for the #2 quarterback spot. Haskins would be tasked with challenging Joshua Dobbs for the third spot on the depth chart. But an unremarkable camp by Rudolph, paired with some impressive showings by Haskins, increased the possibility of Haskins ascending farther up the depth chart than anticipated.

By the time the first preseason matchup of the year rolled around, Rudolph vs. Haskins was the biggest story surrounding the game. However, nothing spectacular ever happened, with Rudolph looking like his usual game-manager self. Haskins showed off his superior arm talent — but also his inaccuracy, failing to provide much of a spark himself. In fact, the oft-forgotten Josh Dobbs looked just as good, if not better, than Rudolph and Haskins. And although talented, no one would confuse Joshua Dobbs with a future franchise quarterback.

It seems as if draft pedigree is the lone reason why so many still see Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins as starting-quality quarterbacks. But Rudolph was only a third-round pick, hardly the draft position of a presumed NFL starter. Still, he received plenty of time to prove himself as one during 2019 and even 2020, but ultimately failed. Haskins had much higher expectations as a first round pick, but busted spectacularly.

Both quarterbacks had their chance to prove themselves as starters, and they fell short.

This isn’t a shot at either athlete — being an NFL quarterback is incredibly difficult and not many succeed. But at this point, expecting Haskins or Rudolph to be anything more than backups would be unrealistic. That isn’t to say there isn’t still a possibility they could find themselves starting in Pittsburgh post-Roethlisberger, but it would likely be as a stopgap to give a rookie time to develop. And while there’s always a chance they improve enough to be seen as long term solutions, it’s very unlikely.

Due to the lack of major storylines in the preseason, it’s all too common to see some news stories made out to be far more important than they really are. That certainly seems to be the case regarding the battle on the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart. It’s never a bad thing to look ahead concerning the Steelers’ future, but with so much uncertainty it’s best to stay in the present.

For now, let’s just enjoy Ben Roethlisberger’s final few seasons as a Pittsburgh Steeler instead of looking for a successor that likely isn’t even on the roster.

Going behind enemy lines for the Steelers vs. Eagles preseason game

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 6:00am
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Get to know about the Steelers’ next preseason opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will square off in the official Week 1 of the NFL Preseason, and the game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. There typically isn’t much to discuss with the opponent prior to an exhibition game, but when Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation emailed me wanting to do a Q&A I obliged.

Check out the Q&A below, including an update on how Steven Nelson is doing in his new digs, and be sure to check out all of the latest news and notes on the other side of the fence at Bleeding Green Nation.

Who are some Philadelphia Eagles rookies/young players Steelers fans should keep an eye on Thursday night?

Let’s start with the obvious one: Jalen Hurts (No. 1). The Eagles’ second-year quarterback has been up and down in camp. In his defense, it’s not like he can really show off his mobility in practice settings when the defense isn’t allowed to touch him. Hurts should at least get a drive or two, if not more. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against a Steelers defense that was one of the best in the NFL last year.

On defense, keep an eye out for Josh Sweat (No. 94). Steelers fans might not need to look too hard to find him as he’s been living in the backfield this summer. Not unlike Hurts, the expectation is that his playing time will be limited. But he could still very well manage to pick up a sack or big quarterback hit.

Two more under-the-radar players to watch include Quez Watkins (No. 16) and Zech McPhearson (No. 27). Watkins is having the best training camp of any Eagles receiver but isn’t currently running with the starters. Don’t be surprised if he has a highlight catch or two. McPhearson has really flashed by making plays on the ball.

What are the expectations for the Eagles this season? Are their Super Bowl aspirations, or just hoping for a playoff berth and see if they can make a run?

My expectations for the 2021 Eagles season are relatively low. It starts with the quarterback dynamic. I’m not fully out on Hurts by any means; I’m willing to give him a chance. But the reality is he’s entering this year in the discussion as one of the worst starting QBs in the league after struggling as a rookie. It’s possible he improves, yes, but I’m just not seeing any kind of night and day difference so far. Beyond Hurts, Nick Sirianni is totally unproven as a head coach and play-caller. Then there’s the fact that their roster just isn’t very great as they return a lot of players from a 4-11-1 season.

I do think the Eagles can win the NFC East, in part because the division just isn’t very great. But I don’t think they’re making any kind of serious postseason run. One playoff win is probably the ceiling for this group.

By Jeffrey Lurie’s own admission, the Eagles are viewing 2021 as a “real transition period” that is “not unlike 2016” when Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz were in their first seasons. This season isn’t about being all in to win it all as much as it is to find answers and lay the foundation for a new great era of Eagles football. At least, that’s the goal.

How is Steven Nelson doing so far in Philadelphia?

Pretty good! He’s clearly not a superstar or anything like that. But he looks like a good starting CB2, which is exactly what the Eagles signed him to be. Nelson has gotten beat deep down the field a couple times but he’s also been active in knocking passes down. In theory, Nelson should benefit from the Eagles sticking Darius Slay on opponent’s No. 1 wide receivers.

I doubt it, but if any starters are expected to see time Thursday night, who would it be? Any chance the Steelers’ backup defense goes against Hurts?

For what it’s worth, Sirianni said we can “expect everybody to play for the most part.” Based on this, I’m guessing we’ll see the first team unit get a drive or two or three. Even then, though I’m thinking the Eagles will be extra cautious about sitting guys out. They’ve taken a real conservative approach to injuries in camp by keeping practices shorter than we’re used to seeing.

I’m guessing Hurts will be out before the Steelers’ backup defense is in but maybe Sirianni will leave the offense in to build some confidence if they can’t do anything against Pittsburgh’s starters.

The Eagles have dominated the Steelers in Philadelphia, I’m not going to ask you a prediction, but what exactly do you think is the main reason they have been so consistent against Pittsburgh on home turf?

Indeed, the Eagles are 9-0 in their last nine home games against the Steelers. One has to go all the way back to 1965 to find Pittsburgh’s last win in Philly. Of course, that looks worse than it really is since the matchup doesn’t happen that often. Probably just some well-timed games for the Eagles in terms of them being hot, like they were early in 2016. Or their NFC Championship Game season in 2008. If there is a common theme, maybe it’s that they always get up for the game? Like, they’re never looking past the team that plays in the same state as them and has more historical success. It could also be about proving that Wawa is better than Sheetz, which we all know is true.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the 2021 regular season!

How to watch Steelers vs. Eagles: Time, TV Schedule, and game information

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 5:30am
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All the information needed to watch, listen, or follow the Steelers game on Thursday against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking the field again just one week after their preseason debut in the Hall of Fame Game. The Steelers are still expected to rest some of their starters to get a better look at the other players getting their shot at sticking with an NFL team.

Will there be more players taking field against the Eagles? Will the Steelers offensive line look more like the group fans expect to see come September? Will the defense continue to ratchet up the pressure regardless of which players are on the field?

This Thursday will answer these questions as the Steelers look to continue their preseason on a positive note. Make sure you get all the information you need below so you can enjoy the Steelers Week 1 preseason game:

Hall of Fame Game:

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Date: Thursday, August 12th

Kickoff: 7:30 P.M. ET

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Weather: Live weather update

TV Channel: Broadcast locally on KDKA-TV with Bob Pompeani and Charlie Batch as commentators and Missi Matthews as the sideline reporter. A list of Steelers preseason affiliates can be seen HERE for stations carrying the game in various cities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Hawaii, and Alaska. The Eagles broadcast is available on NBC 10 in Philadelphia. Additionally, a replay of the game is scheduled to be shown on NFL Network at 11 PM.

Online: Game Pass offers live games for international viewers and all preseason games with a paid subscription. fuboTV also allows you to stream NFL games online with a subscription. NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.

Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove, Craig Wolfley, and Max Starks. The broadcast will be live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area or check the list of Steelers Radio Affiliates. Viewers can listen anywhere in the world online via, but the Steelers Official Mobile App does have geographical restrictions. The Steelers broadcast is also available on Westwood One radio, XM Radio and Sirius Radio on channel 381.

You can also follow Behind the Steel Curtain on Twitter or in the game thread article to catch all of the highlights. Be sure to check back with BTSC after the game for our post-match roundup, and subscribe to BTSC Steelers Radio on YouTube to catch The Steelers Post Game Show with Jeff Hartman, Bryan Anthony Davis, and Dave Schofield.

Podcast: Steelers preseason numbers and those we need to see

Behind the Steel Curtain - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 4:30am

The Oracle Dave Schofield shares his thoughts in the AM platform with the classic stats show with the Editor of BTSC.

The Steelers achieved some stats victories in some categories against Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game. There is plenty of data that still needs to show up on the stat sheet. Thank goodness for the Stat Geek to break it all “dahn”. This is just one of the topics that will be discussed on the Thursday episode of the AM slate of the BTSC family of podcasts. Join Co-Editor Dave Schofield as he pulls out the Steelers slide rule and geeks out only like he can.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • A look at preseason stats so far and the specific numbers that need to come this week

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