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Steelers News: Myles Garrett downplays the consequences of his attack on Mason Rudolph

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games 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 a recent interview with the Brown’s Myles Garrett and how how he considers his suspension for his attack on Mason Rudolph just a “small bump in the road.”

Let’s get to the news:

  • Myles Garrett shows little remorse for his actions

BrownsMyles Garrett calls helmet swing at Steelers Mason Rudolph ‘small bump in the road’

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Days after signing a contract that made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, Myles Garrett said he and the Cleveland Browns have “moved past” his infamous helmet-swinging incident from last season.

“My life’s much bigger than one moment,” Garrett said during a video conference call with members of the Cleveland media Thursday. “Me, the Browns and my teammates are going to look past that and go on to great success and that will just be a small bump in the road.”

Several Browns beat writers and other media posted videos and quotes from Garrett’s call, which was streamed live by the Browns’ official Twitter account.

Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season after he ripped the helmet off of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and struck him in the head with it in the waning moments of a November game between the teams in Cleveland last season.

Garrett’s NFL suspension was initially termed “indefinite” but he was reinstated by the league in February.

Garrett’s attack on Rudolph came after he’d driven Rudolph into the ground after Rudolph had thrown a screen pass on a play that began with 14 seconds to play and Cleveland leading 21-7. After the blow to Rudolph’s head, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey ran to attack Garrett, landing punches. Pouncey was also ejected; he served a two-game suspension.

After the game, many of Garrett’s teammates admonished Garrett’s actions. Since it was a Thursday night game, the attention of the entire league was on the game. Garrett’s helmet swing dominated the sports news cycle the following day.

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  • Examining the Steelers running backs as training camp approaches

Steelers’ 90-man roster: RBs

By: Jim Wexell, Steelers Digest

ON THE ROSTER NOW: James Conner, Trey Edmunds, Anthony McFarland, Spencer Nigh, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, Derek Watt, Ralph Webb, Kerrith Whyte.

ON THE ROSTER IN SEPTEMBER: In seven of the past 10 years – or since former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called the fullback position null and void – four was the number for Coach Mike Tomlin. Of course, Tomlin since has kept a fullback, but he still has kept only four the past four seasons. He’ll definitely have a fullback this year in free agent pickup Watt. So with an apparently deep crop of runners this year, let’s bump the prediction for that number up to five. As long as most can contribute on special teams, that’s possible.

STAT THAT STANDS OUT: In spite of two novice quarterbacks playing 14.5 of the 16 games last season, the Steelers ran the ball only 42 percent of the time. That was the record low back in 2009 when Troy Polamalu and the defense decried the play-calling that wasn’t playing into the hands of their great unit. But 42 percent, of course, has been the norm throughout the past decade of Ben Roethlisberger ball. Again, Roethlisberger was out for the year in 2019, and the Steelers could not roll the run game to complement their outstanding defense. If not the quantity, at least the quality has to change with Roethlisberger returning.

KEY DEPARTURES: The only carries gone from the running back pie last season are the eight by Tony Brooks-James. Tony, we hardly knew ya.

KEY ADDITIONS: The Steelers drafted Maryland speedball McFarland in the fourth round. If you watched Maryland lose in overtime to Ohio State, 52-51, in 2018, you saw McFarland not only rush for 298 yards but make last April’s top-of-the-draft defenders Chase Young and Jeff Okudah look amateurish at times.

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  • Another former Maryland Terrapin hopes to stick with the Steelers this season

Football was a way out for Walker

By: Teresa Varley,

Get to know Steelers defensive tackle Cavon Walker

Cavon Walker

Defensive Tackle

University of Maryland

Most entertaining person you follow on social media? There are a few. It would be one of my friends that I grew up with. He is always posting the best memes. I am going to leave his name out though.

Must have food? I am going to go with Chipotle. I am actually on my way there now. I love Chipotle. That is my biggest vice right now.

Must see show? Rick and Morty, the cartoon.

Morning person or night owl? I am kind of both. I am a morning person because no matter what time I wake up I accept I am up and I am ready to go. I also stay up late. Football has trained me to wake up early, so it’s turned me into both.

Who is your football mentor or inspiration? My big brother. He is the one who got me started playing football when I was in middle school. I always wanted to be a basketball player, but it turned out I wasn’t going to be 6’ 10”. I came from a little bit of a rough neighborhood, so he made sure I stayed away from the neighborhood during the weekends. I trained with him. He knew I was a fast guy, he said use your speed in a good way. He always made sure I was good.

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