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Steelers News: James Conner’s first touchdown celebration was not a shot at Le’Veon Bell

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Black-and-gold.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have turned their attention away from the embarrassing tie with the Cleveland Browns and are solely to focused on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-Gold Links article.

This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet, and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article.

Today, we focus on the James Conner explaining how his touchdown celebration after his first professional touchdown was not a shot at Le’Veon Bell. Because Conner scored, dropped the ball and ran directly to his offensive linemen, dismissing All-Pro celebrator JuJu Smith-Schuster in the process, to celebrate the touchdown.

Conner says that wasn’t the case, but we’ll let you decide.

Let’s get to the news:

Steelers’ James Conner: TD celebration was not shot at Le’Veon Bell

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

James Conner saw the clickbait headlines, but he scrolled right past them.

“Because it’s just made up,” the Pittsburgh Steelers running back said Wednesday about online and social media speculation that his celebration after scoring his first NFL touchdown Sunday was intended to slight teammate Le’Veon Bell.

“The media took it out of proportion trying to say I was trying to throw shade or something to Le’Veon when I celebrated with the linemen,” Conner said.

“I never understood that. They kind just made that up. I am an NFL running back, (and) I scored my first touchdown untouched. You don’t do that often as running back. So as soon as I scored, I went back and turned and celebrated with (offensive linemen). And people took it however they wanted to take it, but I was just showing love.”

Steelers LB Bud Dupree will try to mimic James Harrison vs. Chiefs’ Eric Fisher

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

For the first time in his four seasons as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator, Keith Butler doesn’t have his secret weapon to spring on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Butler always had James Harrison around to torment Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher.

“James kind of put the fear of God in him a little bit and with good reason,” Butler said Thursday. “He had good games against these guys.”

Until he was released by the Steelers two days before Christmas, Harrison’s biggest splash in 2017 came in Week 6 in Kansas City. With a minute left in that October game at Arrowhead Stadium, Harrison beat Fisher and sacked quarterback Alex Smith for an 8-yard loss on third down. Smith’s next pass fell incomplete, and the Steelers ran out the clock to preserve a 19-13 win.

That Harrison got the better of Fisher in limited playing time — he had just 15 snaps — was hardly surprising. He had a sack and memorably drew a holding call on Fisher in the waning moments of the Steelers’ 18-16 2016 divisional playoff win in Kansas City that negated a tying 2-point conversion attempt.

Harrison might be gone, but Fisher remains a staple of the Chiefs offensive line and will line up across from Bud Dupree when the Steelers and Chiefs play Sunday at Heinz Field.

Butler has the same expectations of Dupree that he had of Harrison.

“We’ve got to get after the quarterback like we always do,” he said. “That’s part of our success rate.”

Does Ben Roethlisberger play much more poorly on the road? Maybe not.

By: Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ben Roethlisberger proved once again last Sunday in Cleveland that he’s terrible on the road. Right?

Not so fast there.

Roethlisberger did not play well in Cleveland as his five turnovers will attest, along with his 60.5 passer rating. There have been other road games in which he’s been awful and even some seasons in which he played better at home than on the road.

But guess what? Last season was not really one of them, nor has his career been so black and white, good versus bad at home versus road when compared to what other quarterbacks do away and home.

Last regular season, Roethlisberger had a 94.8 passer rating at home and the Steelers were 5-2 in those games. He had a 91.7 rating on the road, when his team went 7-1. There is no appreciable difference in the rating, but there is in the record, which was better on the road.

Of those quarterbacks still on NFL rosters who have played in at least 50 games, Roethlisberger ranks seventh with a passer rating of 88.7 on the road, which is not appreciably different from those ranked above him except for the top two — Tom Brady at 98.9 and Aaron Rodgers at 98.7.

Or let’s let win-lost percentage record be our guide, which really is the most important statistic. Among quarterbacks with 20 or more career decisions on their regular and postseason record, Roethlisberger ranks second at 67-43-1 on the road, according to the Football Database. Only Brady has more wins and a better percentage at 96-41-0.