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Steelers News: Should the Steelers target a defensive lineman in the NFL Draft?

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

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at whether the Steelers should be targeting a defensive lineman sometime in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Believe it or not, the Steelers defensive front is getting a little long in the tooth. Of all the players along the defensive front, only Javon Hargrave is still on his rookie contract. Should they be targeting a defensive lineman in the draft?

Analysis: Steelers’ aging defensive line could use some young depth

By: Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave are entrenched as starters and give the Steelers a bona fide presence along the front line of their defense. And Tyson Alualu was re-signed to be the top backup at end and nose guard.

Now it’s time to start rebuilding the depth on the aging unit with an eye toward the future. Heyward will turn 30 in May and has two years remaining on his contract. This could be the year the Steelers take a developmental player in the middle rounds to groom as Heyward’s replacement after his contract expires.

At the very least, the Steelers need more depth players behind Alualu, who will be 32 in May, to fill out the 53-man roster.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • When it comes to injured Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier, fans love to talk about his future. Why he shouldn’t play again. While many don’t know it, talk of Shazier sometimes feels like he is being viewed as a charity case. But we shouldn’t think like that.

Ron Cook: Don’t think of Ryan Shazier as a charity case

By: Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shazier inspired everyone with what happened in the days and months after his injury and surgery. He showed up at a Steelers practice in a wheelchair in early January and waved a Terrible Towel from a private suite during their playoff loss to Jacksonville. He stood in April at PPG Paints Arena and led a “Let’s go Pens!” chant during the team’s 7-0 playoff win against the Philadelphia Flyers. He made a magical appearance at the NFL draft April 26, walking across the stage with help from his fiancée, Michelle, to announce Terrell Edmunds as the Steelers’ first-round choice. He showed up at training camp in July, walking without assistance or a cane. He rehabbed every day at the team’s South Side facility, worked with the coaching and scouting staffs and was on the sideline for every game in the 2018 season. He jogged for the first time in late November. He has reiterated many times he plans on playing again, such is his deep faith and his belief in himself.

Shazier is anything but a charity case.

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  • Remember that domestic violence case against Antonio Brown with the mother of one of his children? While some are reporting the case was dropped, it might not be the situation at all.

Is the Antonio Brown domestic incident case closed?

By: Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk

When the Raiders traded for receiver Antonio Brown, they assumed the risk of discipline arising from a January incident that resulted in Brown being accused of shoving the mother of one of his children to the ground. It’s still unclear whether anything will come of it.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that there are no updates in the case. Although presented as news that both the authorities and the NFL have closed the case, the more accurate characterization may be that there simply is no news.

Bouchette writes that a spokesman for the Hollywood, Fla. police department said via email that there is “nothing new in the case.” Likewise, the NFL provided a vague update to Bouchette: “We are aware of the matter and have been monitoring it,” a league spokesman told Bouchette. “No update.”

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