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Steelers News: Previewing the Steelers specialists for 2020

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NFL: DEC 22 Steelers at Jets Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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 five specialists the Steelers are scheduled to bring to training camp this week.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Chris Boswell is the only placekicker the Steelers have on the offseason roster

Steelers 2020 training camp preview: Breaking down special teams

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

SPECIALISTS

9 K Chris Boswell, 6-2, 185: If you take away his disastrous 2018, Boswell has been among the most accurate and consistent kickers in the NFL since the Steelers signed him in 2015. Whatever the issues that caused his 12 missed kicks two years ago seemed to disappear last year.

4 P Jordan Berry, 6-5, 195: Berry’s tenure with the Steelers has endured five seasons and counting. He has survived criticism for his coach after struggles, almost-annual camp competition and even in-season tryouts. His job is again, in theory, up for grabs again in camp. Can he fend off Corliss Waitman?

8 P Corliss Waitman, 6-2, 210: A strong-legged lefty, Waitman might have the most pure leg talent of any punter the Steelers have brought in to push Berry. He had to sit out last season, though, after the NCAA denied a transfer waiver.

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  • How many cornerbacks will make the Steelers roster?

Steelers’ 90-man roster: CBs

By: Jim Wexell, Steelers Digest

ON THE ROSTER NOW: Trajan Bandy, Breon Borders, Joe Haden, Mike Hilton, Justin Layne, Alex Myres, Steven Nelson, James Pierre, Arrion Springs, Cameron Sutton.

ON THE ROSTER IN SEPTEMBER: During the Mike Tomlin era, the Steelers have kept an average of 5.54 cornerbacks each opening day. So that’s six in a good year, five in a down year. Since there’s a decent sleeper among the group, let’s predict six cornerbacks this season.

STAT(S) THAT STANDS OUT: Let’s go with a couple. Haden’s five interceptions were the most on the team since 2010 when Troy Polamalu intercepted seven. It’s the most by a Steelers cornerback since 2001 when Chad Scott intercepted five. OK, passes-defensed: Cornerbacks Haden (17), Hilton (11), Nelson (eight), and Sutton (five) combined for the most passes-defensed by a Steelers cornerback group since 2012, when Keenan Lewis led the way with an eye-popping 23. (Defensive stats courtesy of ProFootballReference.com.)

KEY DEPARTURES: Artie Burns’ Steelers career came to an end with a whimper. Last year, the 2016 first-round pick was a reserve cornerback who eventually lost that job, and then a gunner on the punt team who eventually lost that job to Layne. He signed with the Chicago Bears as an unrestricted free agent on March 26.

KEY ADDITIONS: Nelson may have been the addition of the year in 2018, as he sealed up a quality unit. That unit’s back five-strong, along with undrafted rookies Bandy (5-8, 180, 4.50) and Pierre (6-0, 183, 4.59), XFL player Springs (5-10, 208), and winter signee Borders (6-0, 200), who has been with five NFL teams since coming out of Duke as an undrafted rookie in 2017. Bandy is a slot corner from Miami and Pierre is an outside, boundary corner out of Florida Atlantic. Springs came out of Oregon undrafted in 2018 and had been with five different teams before signing with the Steelers.

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  • The former Steelers running back is disgruntled again

You have to laugh at Le’Veon Bell’s rant against former teammate

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

I’m not sure how good of an arm former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has, but I bet he could spin a decent halfback-option pass or two for the New York Jets if needed.

After Saturday, though, I am sure he can throw stones from a glass house.

Over the weekend, the Jets traded star safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks (along with a 2022 fourth-round draft pick) for a 2021 first-round draft pick, a 2022 first-rounder, a 2021 third-rounder and safety Bradley McDougald.

Adams essentially forced his way out of town after months of complaining about his contract, coach Adam Gase and Jets management.

In a radio interview just two weeks ago, Bell told “Hot 97” that Adams told him he was optimistic the situation could be repaired. As recently as Friday, it was reported by the New York Post that Adams was expected at training camp.

But by Saturday, Adams apparently had pushed the envelope far enough in his complaints that the Jets decided to trade him.

That’s when Bell roasted Adams on Twitter saying, “Ppl do all the hootin & hollering to get you Brough in, just to leave… lol like people weird yooo, the internet got these dudes doin whatever for attention, even when they tell you (expletive) they don’t believe themselves.”

Adams simply replied, “Noted. See u Week 14!”

That’s when the Jets visit the Seahawks on Dec. 13.

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