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Steelers News: With NFL GMs fired this offseason, it makes Kevin Colbert’s tenure impressive

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, mainly mandatory minicamp, there is no shortage of news.

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how with another NFL team firing their General Manager (GM) this offseason, it only makes Kevin Colbert’s tenure with the team that much more impressive.

Let’s get to the news:

  • If you hadn’t heard the Houston Texans were the latest team to fire their GM this offseason, following the trend of the New York Jets. With every GM who gets canned, it makes Kevin Colbert’s tenure with the Steelers that much more impressive.

GM changes underscore Kevin Colbert’s longevity with Steelers

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

On an otherwise slow NFL news day Friday, the Houston Texans made the surprising decision to fire general manager Brian Gaine, and the New York Jets concluded their GM search by hiring Joe Douglas.

These personnel decisions illustrate the stability the Pittsburgh Steelers have enjoyed with Kevin Colbert calling the shots atop the team’s football operations.

Colbert is entering his 20th season with the organization and 10th with the title of general manager. Among the 32 NFL franchises, Colbert ranks fourth in longest tenure with his team – third in terms of being his team’s highest profile decision maker.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • One of the defenders who could be expected to have a big 2019 season, especially after getting a new contract last year, would be Stephon Tuitt. Time for ‘Do It Tuitt’ to step up!

Steelers expect Stephon Tuitt to provide bigger splash in 2019

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Steelers would be thrilled if fellow defensive end Stephon Tuitt follows the same career trajectory in 2019.

Tuitt will be entering his third year after signing a $60 million second contract on the eve of the 2017 season opener. What followed were two solid, yet unspectacular statistical seasons for the former second-round draft pick.

This year, the Steelers are hoping Tuitt can provide the kind of splash that justifies his lavish contract. Tuitt’s $13.642 million salary cap figure ranks third on the team, trailing only Heyward and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“I’d like to see it in Year 1, but Tuitt has gotten a bad break a couple of times,” Heyward said after a recent voluntary workout. “Whether it was injuries or stuff happens, I’ll never take anything away from him. I know what he brings to the table.

“He’s very athletic. He runs to the ball. When he puts it all together, there’s not a lot of guys that can stop it.”

To read the full article, click HERE

  • Donte Moncrief has been around the league for a while now, and after spending time with quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Blake Bortles, Moncrief is giddy to finally be working with someone like Ben Roethlisberger.

Moncrief calls life alongside Ben ‘fantastic’

By: Hunter Homistek, DKPittsburghSports

Now, Moncrief will work with a future Hall of Famer in Ben Roethlisberger, and he’s loving the experience alongside No. 7 so far.

“He’s great — fantastic, honestly,” Moncrief said. “Just the way he throws the ball, the way he sees things before it happens, it’s fun to play with him. You never know when you’ll get a ball, so you gotta run everything full speed no matter if you’re on the backside or not. He’ll come to you just to see what you’re doing.”

So all that said, does Moncrief feel he made the right decision in coming to Pittsburgh to play with Roethlisberger and company?

“Oh yeah. Most definitely.”

To read the full article, click HERE

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster isn’t taking this No. 1 wide receiver thing lightly. He is already planning on handling the media differently, but now is focused on mentoring young wide outs too.

JuJu Smith-Schuster working to become role model for young wideouts

By: Darrin Gant, ProFootballTalk

The Steelers wide receiver was back to work this week after his viral prom weekend, but showing up to work is nothing new for him. In fact, he’s been at every day of voluntary work this offseason in an effort to become a bit of a role model for the young receivers surrounding him.

“It’s very important,” Smith-Schuster said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There are some new guys on the team, and building that chemistry and that connection means a lot. Me just being here, being around other guys, shows I’m ready to play, I’m all about the team, I’m all about us. We’re here for one reason.”

To read the full article, click HERE

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