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Steelers News: Steven Nelson brings a toughness, and tenacity, to the Steelers secondary

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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 how Steven Nelson brings a toughness, or a tenacity, to the Steelers’ secondary which could really use such characteristics.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary gets bashed repeatedly at every turn. People point to failed draft picks, a lack of depth and an overall inability to piece together a respectable unit. Newly acquired cornerback Steven Nelson might not be the answer to all those questions, but he is certainly as tough as they come, and that could rub off on others.

New Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson brings ‘toughness’ to secondary

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Nelson thinks he has the skill set required to provide more interceptions for the Steelers this season. He also had 15 passes defensed last season.

“My toughness,” Nelson said when asked to describe the skills the Steelers found attractive in him. “I feel like my toughness, my relentlessness, my work ethic.”

Nelson was one of the most targeted cornerbacks last year while playing for a Chiefs pass defense that was among the worst in the NFL.

“Just being on the outside, you’re going to get more targets,” he said. “That ball is going to come your way more. You just have more opportunities. If you’re a playmaker and you have a knack for the ball, you’re just able to make more plays on the ball that way.”

To read the full article, click HERE

  • There has been a ton of shake up up in the AFC North division. What will the Steelers, Browns, Bengals and Ravens look like?

Tim Benz: How the new AFC North might look

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

I bet the Brownies are two to three wins better. And two to three wins — especially if a few of them are against AFC North foes — gets them up to nine or 10.

Last year, 10 was good enough to win the division. Which, shockingly, I think the Dawg Pound might do. Force me to make a pick right now in the AFC North? Yes, I’d choose Cleveland.

Again, prisoner-of-the-moment stuff? Maybe. Check back with me in September. But the acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt (depending on a potential suspension), coupled with a full year of Baker Mayfield as the quarterback lead me to believe the Browns will live up to the frothing expectations in Northeast Ohio.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • Who are some players who might still be out there in free agency the Steelers could target?

A look at remaining free-agent field for Steelers

By: Dale Lolley, DKPittsburghSports

As we head into the second week of free agency in the NFL, teams take a step back and reassess things. There’s been a lot of money spent thus far, with contracts handed out in excess of $750 million.

But that hardly means the cupboard is bare of good players. In fact, now is the time teams can add a player at a bargain price -- at least that’s the idea.

There are still some teams that have big money available. The Colts, for example, have been relatively quiet, despite still having $95 million in cap space according to

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