With all of the Steelers’ 2019 offseason workouts in the rear view mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base has to suffer through the dog days of summer until the boys of fall return to the gridon. In the meantime, don’t think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over. As the team disperses for the summer, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until training camp!
Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how Steelers’ CB Mike Hilton, currently without a valid NFL contract, isn’t worried about his spot on the team, but just improvement
Let’s get to the news:
- Mike Hilton has to have a lot on his mind heading into 2019. His contract is anything but clear, and there is talk of him losing his slot cornerback role heading into next season. Hilton doesn’t seem to be thinking about any of that at this point and time.
Looking ahead, not behind
By: Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com
Mike Hilton insisted he didn’t feel particularly picked on as a 5-foot-9, 180-pound, second-year slot cornerback last season, but he acknowledged there were times when he didn’t measure up.
Fourth-and-goal from the Steelers’ 6-yard line with 25 seconds left in regulation and the Steelers clinging to a 21-17 lead last Dec. 9 in Oakland was such an occasion.
“I tried to do too much and it caused us to have a big loss,” Hilton recalled during OTAs.
Hilton had tight end Derek Carrier, who was lined up in the left slot.
Carrier initially broke for the corner and Hilton recognized as much and responded accordingly, or so he thought.
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- Big Alejandro Villanueva vs. Myles Garrett is a battle for the ages.
Carter’s Classroom: Villanueva vs. Garrett
By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports
Myles Garrett represents one of the biggest threats to the Steelers over the next several years. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick has played three games against the Steelers and has had 10 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles.
So looking at those numbers, that must mean Garrett owns Alejandro Villanueva, right?
Wrong. Villanueva struggled at times, but his past two seasons have been some of the best work of a Steelers’ left tackle in a long time. Villanueva has mostly nullified Garrett when they’ve been matched up, and their rivalry is one all fans should keep an eye on for both games in 2019.
Let’s hit the film and break it down:
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- Is there a veteran who could be cut from the Steelers this offseason? This isn’t a shocker...
Veterans who could be cut by each of the NFL’s 32 teams
By: ESPN Staff
CB Artie Burns
With an $800,000 roster bonus due July 28, Burns has worked overtime during OTAs and minicamp to regain his footing after a 2018 benching. He has logged extra film work with coaches. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Burns understands the “urgency of his circumstance” and is acting appropriately. The former first-round pick has had a few standout moments in recent practices, which was necessary in a crowded defensive backfield that just added free agent Steven Nelson and third-round pick Justin Layne. -- Jeremy Fowler
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