The Pittsburgh Steelers just wrapped up the NFL preseason which means the exhibition games are over. This means the regular season is almost here, and 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 even though the Steelers have made their roster cuts to the 53-man roster, there is still plenty of work to be done.
Let’s get to the news:
- The Steelers have their 53-man roster, for now, but there is still plenty of work to be done before the Week 1 game vs. the New England Patriots.
Kevin Gorman’s Take 5: Even after Steelers’ cuts, Kevin Colbert has work to do
By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Here are five moves the Steelers could make in the next week:
1. Extend Haden: Making a long-term commitment to a 10th-year cornerback might seem like skewed priorities on the surface, but the Steelers value Haden.
Not only is he their top cover corner, but Haden also is a locker-room leader. And he showed he still has a lot left last season, especially against New England.
With a playoff berth hanging in the balance, Haden had 12 tackles, two passes defensed and a key interception of Tom Brady in the red zone.
Colbert seems receptive to an extension and suggested Haden before the preseason finale that Haden is, as well.
“What I can say is we’d love to see Joe Haden finish his career with the Steelers,” Colbert told KDKA-TV. “We’ve still got some time to try to maybe work something out, but I think Joe would love to finish his career here, as well.
“When both sides have the same agenda and the same purpose, it usually would get done. So, hopefully, we can get that taken care of.”
Not only would it lock up Haden, but it could clear some salary cap space for more moves.
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- While not an official report, it looks as if Ben Roethlisberger has, in fact, dumped his weekly radio show for the 2019 season.
Ben Roethlisberger won’t continue his weekly radio show
By: Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk
The Ben Roethlisberger radio show is no more.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Steelers quarterback will not continue his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
The Tuesday morning staple had become appointment listening, thanks to Roethlisberger’s habit of saying things that generated headlines, especially when publicly criticizing teammates. In one specific episode last season, Roethlisberger criticized former teammate Antonio Brown for running a pass route incorrectly. That criticism, as Roethlisberger has since admitted, ruined the relationship between Roethlisberger and Brown.
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- Ben Roethlisberger’s efficiency has to be better in 2019, and that very well could be on the docket here in 2019.
Carter’s Classroom: Ben ramps up efficiency
By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports
The top storyline you’ll hear from national sports pundits on the Steelers involves questioning whether they can survive without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the offense. The natural thought is that without the two superstars and no comparable replacements, the Steelers’ offense will be in shambles.
But Ben Roethlisberger and Randy Fichtner aren’t about to let that happen. Sure, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner, Donte Moncrief and James Washington are reasons to be hopeful about the offense, but it’s not going to just be about the talent when it comes to this offense. It’s going to be about efficiency.
Roethlisberger led the NFL in attempts (675), passing yards (5,129) and interceptions (16). The Steelers figure to balance their attack with a more involved run game to limit his attempts and allow for fewer mistakes. But Fichtner is also drawing up an offense that will scheme to open more receivers, regardless of their talent.
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- Social Media Madness
Lol ok Steeler fans, inform me with a vote. Is it Black&Yellow or Black&Gold? I realized after my last tweet I MAYBE made a mistake. At USC it’s Cardinal&Gold. You say Yellow&Red or anything else you’re banished and may be shot! Lol is Wiz Khalifa the new Wikipedia?— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) August 31, 2019
On this episode of #HappyCamper, EMBRACE Pittsburgh learns how to tackle the ups and downs that life throws at us. Check out how @josh_dobbs1 stays resilient through his experiences on the field as @steelers QB and off the field at @ChildrensHome. pic.twitter.com/tRHTk2EMfv— EmbracePGH (@EmbracePgh) August 30, 2019