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Steelers News: Cam Newton provides unique test for Steelers on Thursday Night Football

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight games and continue to “stack wins.” After their 23-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9, the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on Thursday Night Football in Week 10.

Today we talk about how of all the quarterbacks the Steelers have played so far in 2018, none come close to providing the same test Cam Newton does when his Panthers invade Heinz Field this Thursday night.

Just look at the QBs the Steelers have faced so far this year:

Week 1: Tyrod Taylor
Week 2: Patrick Mahomes
Week 3: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Week 4: Joe Flacco
Week 5: Matt Ryan
Week 6: Andy Dalton
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Baker Mayfield
Week 9: Joe Flacco / Lamar Jackson

The closest thing to the dynamic style of play Newton brings to the table would be either Tyrod Taylor or Patrick Mahomes. However, Taylor is not near the passer of Newton, and Mahomes, although athletic, is not a runner like Newton.

The Steelers will have their hands full on Thursday night, that’s for sure.

Let’s get to the news:

Steelers prepare for Panthers ‘Superman’ quarterback Cam Newton

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Pittsburgh Steelers insist they are fitting a full week of preparation into the three-day window they have to get ready for the Carolina Panthers. It might not be enough time to acquire Kryptonite.

Central to the Steelers’ hopes for winning against Carolina is limiting their quarterback, Cam Newton, for which the Steelers’ quarterback has quite a description for the former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick.

“He’s Superman,” Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday.

The 2015 NFL MVP, Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler who has a career-high 100.8 passer rating this season and leads the league in rushing among quarterbacks with 342 yards. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton has 4,662 career rushing yards, third-most in NFL history for a quarterback.

“Like Superman,” Roethlisberger repeated, when asked for his thoughts about Newton’s game. “Pretty spectacular.”

Newton was briefly a college teammate of Steelers starters Maurkice Pouncey and Joe Haden. The three were part of what is considered one of the greatest incoming recruiting classes in college football history, the University of Florida’s 2007 haul.

Pouncey said that Newton — who ultimately won a national champoionsip at Auburn — was athletic enough he could have played for Florida’s basketball team. In 2007, the Gators’ basketball team were coming off consecutive national championships.

No sign of Le’Veon Bell at Steelers’ facility Tuesday

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepared for their only practice of a short week of preparation, they once again did so without Le’Veon Bell.

Despite a tweet the day prior that fueled speculation he perhaps was headed to Pittsburgh to sign his franchise-tag tender with the Steelers , Bell had not as of when the team was holding meetings in advance of practice before Thursday night’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Bell’s corner locker just inside the entrance to the Steelers’ locker room remains intact, and his chair was neatly folded inside it late Tuesday morning.

Bell has been forfeiting $855,000 per week throughout the season – the 1/17 prorated share of the $14.5 million tender the Steelers offered him in the spring – meaning he’s already missed out on approximately $7.7 million in salary.

League rules require Bell to sign his tender by next Tuesday (Nov. 13) or he is ineligible to play this season.

Tim Benz: Steelers pass play for Dobbs, more strategy than risk

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

I was right there with you.

Ben Roethlisberger goes out with an injury in the fourth quarter. Josh Dobbs comes in for his first snap as an NFL quarterback. He’s backed up at his own five-yard line. It’s second down with 20 yards to go.

”Of course he’s just going to turn around and hand the ball to James Conn….Wait. What the heck is he doing?! He’s going pass?! Why would they call a pass in this situat….

Oh. Great throw.”

Yup. In that situation, Dobbs calmly walked into the game and zipped a 22-yard play-action completion to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

“It’s smart to attack,” Dobbs said Tuesday. “Throw the ball down the field. Push it. Try to make a play to put yourself in the best position to keep the drive moving.”

Well, sure. Yes. Under normal circumstances, of course. But these weren’t normal circumstances. We’re talking about a guy taking his first NFL regular-season snap. In Baltimore. In the shadow of his own goalpost.

It seems like an unnecessary risk, doesn’t it?

Hmm. Not really when you think about it a little further.

First of all, you know the Ravens were thinking run just like anyone watching on TV in Pittsburgh. So they were going to buy the fake hand-off. And, they would’ve been loading up to stop the run. They weren’t pinning their ears back or coming up with some sort of blitz scheme to attack Dobbs.

Why then slam Conner into a heavy front just to get a yard or two and set up something like a 3rd-and-18 from the eight-yard line? Because one of two eventualities was going to take place.

Le’Veon Bell saga: How he gets to free agency, tag implications and more

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

The Le’Veon Bell holdout has become an unprecedented story: a marquee player at the top of his positional pantheon skipping whole months of a season to preserve long-term health. No other player in NFL history has held out until November without signing a franchise tag.

From players to coaches to front office execs, no one knows what to think -- or what to expect -- anymore.

The longer this drags out, the more questions arise. The world of transition tags and accrued seasons only deepens the intrigue.

Let’s take this to the ground level. Where do things stand with Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers as we start Week 10 of the NFL season?

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