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Steelers News: Players may be permitted to wear decals on helmets for social justice causes

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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. With the scheduled start of training camp just days away, it looks like we’ll have to wait until opening weekend to see the Steelers take the field. Just because the NFL has cancelled the preseason 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 the NFL considering to allow teams to honor victims of police brutality with a decal on their helmets.

Let’s get to the news:

  • It will be interesting to see the scope of what the NFL will allow on decals

NFL planning to allow social justice decals on helmets

By: Associated Press

The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence.

The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names or initials.

Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names and initials once a final agreement has been reached with the players’ association. The program will continue for the entire season.

This initiative is something of a breakthrough because the league has not allowed such messaging, except for during its October NFL Crucial Catch program in conjunction with the fight against breast cancer, and in its November salutes to the military. Players also have been allowed to represent a cause on their cleats one weekend per season.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)


  • Family is a big motivation for Steelers Tyree Kinnel

Kinnel doesn’t have to look far for motivation

By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.com

Get to know Steelers safety Tyree Kinnel

Tyree Kinnel

Safety

University of Michigan

Most entertaining person you follow on social media? That’s a good one. Lately Desi Banks. His videos are very relatable to me.

Must have food? I have to go with pizza with pepperoni, bacon and sausage.

Morning person or night owl? Definitely a morning person, but I can be a night owl as well. I am both in a way.

Who is your football mentor or inspiration? I would say my inspiration and my mentor would be my dad, Chris, when it comes to football. If I had to pick a player who came before me it would be Charles Woodson. My dad because he is the one who taught me the game, brought football into my life. I am blessed for that. He helped me at a young age. He is why I am where I am today.

What motivates you? To be a great competitor, wanting to win. And my daughter, Zara, motivates me to want to play and succeed so much.

What is your football mindset/approach? To be the best person I can be and to win and have fun. Be the best, win and have fun.

When did you start to dream about playing in the NFL? When I was really a little kid, first or second grade I would tell people I was going to play in the NFL. I dreamt about it. I was young when I had those goals and dreams.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Previewing the Steelers tight end room

Steelers’ 90-man roster: TEs

By: Jim Wexell, Steelers Digest

ON THE ROSTER NOW: Eric Ebron, Zach Gentry, Vance McDonald, Kevin Rader. EDITOR’S NOTE: According to reports on July 21, the Steelers will add free agent tight end Dax Raymond to their 90-man roster. Raymond (6-5, 255) signed with the Bears in 2019 as an undrafted rookie from Utah State. Raymond did not make the roster, but the Bears signed him back to the practice squad in October. Raymond signed a futures contract with the Bears after the 2019 season but was waived in April. In 27 games at Utah State, Raymond caught 72 passes for 873 yards and three touchdowns.

ON THE ROSTER IN SEPTEMBER: You would have to go back to 2013 for the only season of the Mike Tomlin era in which he kept four tight ends. During every other year he kept three, and that’s going to be the number unless something freaky like “half” an injury occurs, when a player can’t play in the opener or soon thereafter and another must be kept temporarily.

STAT THAT STANDS OUT: After catching 50 passes in 2018, McDonald was expected to enjoy a breakout statistical season as Ben Roethlisberger’s “security blanket.” Roethlisberger, of course, went down during the first half in the second game. McDonald went on to catch seven passes that day, four from Mason Rudolph, but then his catches greatly diminished and he finished with only 38. Even with Ebron around, we should expect better production from McDonald.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)


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