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Steelers News: Steven Nelson’s versatility was the most attractive characteristic for the 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 how it was Steven Nelson’s versatility which caught the eye of Mike Tomlin before the team pulled the trigger on the free agent cornerback.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Steven Nelson wasn’t a household name when the Steelers made him their highest paid free agent in franchise history, and Mike Tomlin spoke about what drew Nelson to the black-and-gold.

Mike Tomlin excited to add Steven Nelson’s versatility to Steelers secondary

By: Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I’ve always been high on Steve Nelson,” Tomlin said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. “We liked his versatility, which was first displayed to us at the Senior Bowl. That’s the first time we saw him play inside. He only played outside at Oregon State. That was intriguing to us.”

Nelson began his career as a slot corner but was moved to the outside in Kansas City, where he started 38 of 40 games the past three seasons. He finished tied for third in 2018 in passes defensed (17), behind only New England’s Stephon Gilmore (25) and Chicago’s Kyle Fuller (22), both Pro Bowl selections.

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  • What exactly should the Steelers faithful think of Mark Barron? Is he the answer at inside linebacker? Or is he just another guy who is an insurance policy while the team still searches for Ryan Shazier’s replacement?

Carter’s Classroom: Barron the Band-Aid in coverage

By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports

Mark Barron made his NFL reputation by converting from safety to linebacker after being traded from the Buccaneers to the Rams in 2014. When the Steelers signed him at two years for $12 million, they made an important upgrade at inside linebacker.

But a closer look at his better highlights and recent play helps us understand where Barron’s a good fit in Keith Butler‘s defense and where he is a liability:

Dale Lolley was right when he called Barron a ‘hybrid‘ last week, because that’s exactly how Barron plays. But don’t mistake Barron for a player like Morgan Burnett that was supposed to play like an in-the-box safety — Barron can play as a legitimate linebacker that helps against the run and the pass.

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  • Was the NFL’s decision to have pass interference a play which can be subject to reply nothing more than a knee jerk reaction?

Mark Madden: NFL’s knee-jerk decision is misguided overreaction

By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The NFL has added pass interference calls (and non-calls) to the list of officiating decisions that are subject to a coach’s challenge. The Steelers’ Mike Tomlin is 0-for-2-years on such requests, so this provides additional ways for him to screw up.

Each coach is still allowed just two challenges per game, and a third if he gets one correct. (Not that Tomlin has to worry about the latter.) The booth can opt to review any play in the final two minutes.

This is grotesque overreaction to a bad non-call that put the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII instead of New Orleans. It’s hard to forget the Saints were hard done by, especially with their entire fan base whining non-stop since. Making interference subject to review is predicated on that event, and nothing else.

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