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Steelers News: Xavier Grimble, with a new role in the offense, ready to move on from 2018 fumble

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

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With the 2019 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 season is fast approaching, and the news surrounding the black-and-gold is far from over. As the team now turns their attention to more offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamp, there is no shortage of news.

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at Xavier Grimble, who is slotted to be the team’s No. 2 tight end, and is ready to erase memories of the fumble in 2018 vs. the Denver Broncos in 2019.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Xavier Grimble, among Steelers fans, isn’t one of the most popular players. After all, that fumble against the Broncos was a huge turning point for the season — in the wrong way. But Grimble is trying his best to move beyond the fumble in his new role as No. 2 tight end.

Grimble moving past fumble to No. 2 tight end

By: Dale Lolley, DKPittsburghSports

Say the words Xavier and Grimble together to Steelers fans and you’ll see a look of anguish on their face.

It was, after all, a fumble by tight end Xavier Grimble on the first play of the second quarter in a game in Denver that perhaps helped turn the Steelers’ 2018 season from good to bad.

The Steelers, 7-2-1, at that point, trailed 3-0 at the time, but Grimble caught a pass from Ben Roethlisberger and rumbled toward the end zone untouched. But at the goal line, safety Will Parks came across the field and instead of simply putting on the brakes and allowing Parks to fly on by him, Grimble decided to try to run through the smaller man.

To read the full article, click HERE


  • While the Steelers are preparing for 2019, one person with the team last year is missed....

Tim Benz: Mike Munchak’s offseason departure among hardest for Steelers

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The positive spin regarding the absence of Brown and Bell is that team chemistry and stability will improve with them gone.

The concern about Munchak leaving is whatever stability currently exists will erode with him going to Denver.

So it’s up to the remaining veteran offensive linemen to maintain the pulse of their room even as the heartbeat has headed west.

“It’s a little weird,” center Maurkice Pouncey admitted. “We’re missing his jokes. The things that he brings every single day.”

Those “things” Pouncey and his fellow offensive linemen talked about Wednesday ranged from Munchak’s sense of humor to his emotional support, his friendship and his mechanical teachings.

Now those duties fall to Shaun Sarrett. He was Munchak’s assistant last year and has been on the Steelers’ staff since 2012.

To read the full article, click HERE


  • When Steelers fans hear the name Diontae, they immediately think of Diontae Johnson, but there is another Diontae on the team who is turning heads.

Diontae Spencer — the Steelers’ other Diontae — making name for himself at OTAs

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

If there is cause for confusion among wide receivers at Pittsburgh Steelers organized team activities, it’s because they signed CFL star Diontae Spencer to a futures contract and drafted Diontae Johnson in the third round out of Toledo.

“We always clown around about having the same name,” Spencer said Wednesday after an OTA practice at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side. “They call ‘Diontae’ and we both look.”

Where Johnson drew draft-day comparisons to All-Pro Antonio Brown as an undersized but dynamic MAC product, the 5-foot-8, 163-pound Spencer is making a name for himself at OTAs.

To read the full article, click HERE


  • T.J. Watt is becoming more than just a playmaker on the field; he is becoming a leader off of it too.

Kevin Gorman: T.J. Watt sets new tone for Steelers by embracing leadership role

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

When asked what he would do for an encore in his third season, the first words out of Watt’s mouth were that he wants to make “more splash, more plays” — and, presumably, more splash plays — but it was what followed that caught my attention.

“Also trying to build that leadership role,” Watt said, “and trying to be a guy that some of the younger guys can look up to and be a tone setter in general for the team.”

When leadership and the Steelers were mentioned in the same sentence the past five months, it was only to talk about how much they were lacking it last season. It was largely to blame for such a talented team not winning the AFC North and missing the postseason for the first time in five years.

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