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Steelers Fact or Fiction: Reporting to Camp Edition

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BTSC takes five bold statements surrounding the current state of the team and labels them as Fact or Fiction.

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With members of the Pittsburgh Steelers putting the finishing touches on their packing, kissing their loved-ones goodbye and getting ready to embark on St. Vincent for Training Camp. The narrative of the ‘19 campaign continues with speculation and excitement galore. BTSC anticipates big storylines and issues bold statements regarding each one of them. Let’s take a look and deem them as fact or fiction.


Brandon Boykin is off-base regarding the subpar backup quarterback situation.

Fiction

Boykin’s Steeler career was not great, but he still has the experience that leads to credibility to analyze it. When Ben went down against Oakland, Joshua Dobbs was dreadful. With Mason Rudolph unproven and merely pedestrian in last year’s preseason, his worth ias a starter is unknown. If Ben goes down for an extended period of time, it could be curtains to 2019 without an experienced backup.


If you can’t get inspired by James Conner’s “one-week-to-live” reveal, then nothing will inspire you.

Fact

When Conner revealed on a podcast that he had “one week” should he not get treated for cancer immediately in 2019, it highlighted just how dire his situation was and how much fight the running back has in him. If that doesn’t reach your heart, you might possibly need a mechanic instead of a doctor when Ill.


Isaiah Buggs could be the steal of the draft for Pittsburgh.

Fact

As a sixth-rounder, Buggs could be considered a long shot or a throw away. However, the DL from Bama is not to be compared to Joshua Frazier from a year before. Buggs had one-half of a sack more than Quinnen Williams, the third pick overall and was a huge part of the success of the Crimson Tide defense. On a d-line that lacks great depth, Buggs can be a future starter in Pittsburgh.


A Steeler will make a grand entrance at camp.

Fiction

Helicopters and Rolls Royces are not expected at camp this year with a certain showoff in Northern California. Vince Williams hinted that arrivals should be low key and is adamant that the Steelers are focused mainly on business without shenanigans.


Mike Tomlin gets extended before the beginning of the season, Joe Haden does not.

Fact

Although many would like to see the outcome of the season before Mike Tomlin gets a new deal to extend his time in Pittsburgh, I see it happening before the start of the season. The organization values his contributions more than portions of the fan base. As for Haden, age and injury could be a factor in 2019. They will probably roll the dice on losing him, instead of throwing a new deal at him now.


Will these statements identify more as, to quote Bill Murray as John Winger in Stripes, “That’s a fact...Jack!” or will they identify more with the Albert Camus quote “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”? What matters most is your opinions on the matter. Please state them in the comments below.