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Pittsburgh Steelers officially name Ray Sherman interim Wide Receiver coach for 2019

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had to replace Darryl Drake for the 2019 season, and they did so with former offensive coordinator Ray Sherman.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt a horrible loss during training camp when wide receivers coach Darryl Drake passed away. The team was reeling, and Mike Tomlin knew he had to fill Drake’s position at some point, but when would the time be right?

The time was right Thursday morning when the Steelers made the official announcement Ray Sherman would be filling in as the interim wide receivers coach for the 2019 regular season.

It should be noted Sherman was with the Steelers for the duration of training camp, and wasn’t brought in just to coach the wide receivers. This made the transition to coach much easier for not only Sherman, but the wide receivers as well.

If you are an older Steelers fan, you might think to yourself, “I’ve heard the name Ray Sherman before.” That is because he was the Steelers offensive coordinator in 1998, and before that was the running backs coach at Purdue when offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner was a student assistant in 1984-85.

Sherman hasn’t coached since 2015, but will try his best to fill the vacant position left by the late Darryl Drake. Will the Steelers retain Sherman at the end of the season? That has yet to be determined, but the team can now move forward with Sherman officially named as the wide receivers coach for at least 2019.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason.