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Steelers News: NFL players forced to find new, and unique, ways to stay sharp this offseason

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The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is officially over. After finishing the year 8-8, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, has another long offseason awaiting them. Just because the games are done doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how NFL players, including Steelers’ defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, are finding new ways to stay sharp this offseason.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The COVID-19, coronavirus, situation has turned the world upside down, and NFL players have had to find new and unique ways to stay sharp.

Buggs finding new ways to work

By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.com

Over the past few weeks all of us have been searching for ways to entertain ourselves while staying home, finding tricks to stay healthy and fit with limited resources at our fingertips.

We aren’t alone in that quest.

Steelers players are trying to do the same things, including Isaiah Buggs, who is home in Alabama and doing everything he can to be ready when football activities resume.

”With what is going on now it’s challenging,” said Buggs. “We were supposed to be getting ready to get back with the team but can’t do that right now with the hardships going on. The main thing is to continue to work out and do as much as you can, even with minimal stuff. You have to stay focused and on track with what we are supposed to be doing in the off time.

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  • What draft scouts say about prospects can be very telling, and very misleading.

Looking for an avalanche, Superman and a great ratio

By: Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com

It can get obsessively technical and detailed at times, particularly when they start talking about three-cone drills, 40-yard dash times in relation to 10-yard splits and whether or not a prospect can open up his hips.

But sometimes, the most impactful analysis of prospects under consideration for the NFL Draft comes off the cuff or from the heart.

Consider a sampling of what we’ve heard on the NFL Network from places such as Indianapolis and Mobile, Ala., as we continue counting it down to Round One:

-”You might as well stop after 20 (yards). If we’re not going to block you in the first 20, we’re not going to get you at 40.” _ NFL Network analyst Shaun O’Hara on the importance of 40 times for offensive linemen.

-”You can’t get through him, you can’t get around him and in the run game it’s an avalanche. When he down-blocks he just takes everybody with him.” _ NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah on 6-foot-73/8, 364-pound Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton.

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  • A closer look at the defensive linemen in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft DL breakdown: Auburn’s Derrick Brown tops talented group

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The NFL Draft is April 23-25. Each day leading up to the first round, the Tribune-Review is compiling a positional preview of the top draft prospects.

1. Derrick Brown

Auburn, 6-5, 326

Brown was a potential first-round pick after the 2018 season, but he opted to return to Auburn for his senior year. He did nothing to hurt his stock by becoming a first-team All-American and finalist for the Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy. Brown totaled 55 tackles, including 12 1/2 for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Brown started three years for the Tigers and had 4 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 tackles for loss as a junior. He also played in 13 games as a freshman.

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