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Steelers News: Stephon Tuitt still searching for consistency in 2019

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The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the gridiron with the NFL preseason upon us. With exhibition games underway, the news surrounding the black-and-gold is just starting to heat up. As the team prepares for the coming season, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the season starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how Stephon Tuitt isn’t just searching for big plays this year, but consistency in his all around game.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Stephon Tuitt is a difference maker, when he is healthy and shows up. That is his goal in 2019, to be more consistent for the black-and-gold.

Stephon Tuitt expecting to make big plays more consistently for Steelers

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Everything about Stephon Tuitt is big: his size, his contract, his expectations as a hulking end on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

And during a brief appearance Sunday night in the team’s exhibition game at Tennessee, so was his production.

Tuitt played just 12 snaps in the Steelers’ 18-6 victory against the Titans, but within a four-play sequence, the 6-foot-6, 303-pound lineman provided a snapshot of why he was a second-round draft pick and rewarded with a five-year, $60 million contract before the 2017 season.

First, Tuitt bulled through the Tennessee offensive line, pushed aside guard Rodger Saffold and brought down quarterback Marcus Mariota in the end zone for a safety. On the next defensive series, he completed a three-and-out for the Titans when he dropped Ryan Tannehill for a 7-yard loss.

Tuitt’s sacks were two of the seven produced by the Steelers, who have 14 after three preseason games.

“Everybody in the locker room knows I can do that all the time,” Tuitt said. “My role is to be more consistent with it and impact the game as much as I can.”

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  • The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t do contract negotiations with players during the season. This means time is ticking away on Joe Haden’s hope for a new contract.

Joe Haden: ‘Time is ticking’ on contract extension with Steelers

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The season opener is 12 days away for the Pittsburgh Steelers, which means the clock is winding down for them to sign veteran cornerback Joe Haden to a new contract.

Per team policy, the Steelers cease negotiations once the regular season starts. Haden is entering the final year of a three-year, $27 million contract he signed with the team late in the 2017 preseason. Unless his contract is reworked, he will count $11.9 million against the salary cap.

On the day Haden reported to training camp, he expressed optimism that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, would get a deal done with the Steelers.

Does he still share that optimism?

“We’re still working,” Haden said Tuesday. “It’s been a long process. I’m still optimistic, still hoping that everything goes down, but time is ticking. We’ve got a couple days, and we’ll figure it out.”

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  • Antonio Brown just can’t leave well enough alone...

Antonio Brown to Ben Roethlisberger: Shut up already

By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk

Antonio Brown replaced barbs directed toward the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger with frostbitten feet and helmet grievances this summer, but he’s back to playing the hits now that the latter two fronts have quieted down.

During an interview with Michele Tafoya for the Sunday Night Football telecast of the Steelers’ game against the Titans, Roethlisberger again said that he regretted calling Brown out publicly after a loss to the Broncos last season.

“Obviously it ruined a friendship,” Roethlisberger said.

Brown replied to a tweet sharing video of that interview on Tuesday and made it clear that he doesn’t feel that there was any friendship to ruin between the two players. He also suggests that Roethlisberger find other topics of conversation.

“Never friends just had to get my ends…….shut up already,” Brown wrote.

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