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Steelers News: Are the Steelers overrated heading into the 2020 regular season?

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. With training camp now behind us, it looks like we’ll have to wait until opening weekend to see the Steelers take the field. It is on to the regular season!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how some are thinking the 2020 Steelers are actually overrated heading into the regular season.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Are the Steelers overrated?

Mark Madden: Steelers look like wild-card contender

By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

With the Steelers season set to begin Monday, egregiously optimistic predictions ricochet around the football media.

Ben Roethlisberger is back. The defense will be even better. A deep and vertical receiving corps will maximize the red zone. Baltimore and Lamar Jackson will backslide. Cleveland and Cincinnati will stink again. This all adds up to 11 or 12 wins and maybe the AFC North crown. It’s widely said the Steelers are the AFC’s No. 3 team behind Kansas City and Baltimore.

Sorry, but I just don’t see it.

Much of the above figures to be true, but there are more reasons to think the Steelers are a nine-win team and a borderline wild-card contender.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Rod Woodson isn’t a fan of JuJu Smith-Schuster as a top wide receiver.

Rod Woodson: Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster may not be No. 1 receiver, Mason Rudolph not top backup

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Steelers legend Rod Woodson made some headlines lately talking about his former team on Twitter.

On Saturday, Woodson tweeted about Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, “All he wants to do is be on social media!”

Woodson also inferred that Josh Rosen could’ve been Ben Roethlisberger’s successor. Not Mason Rudolph or Devlin “Duck” Hodges.

Rosen has moved onto Tampa Bay since those comments. So, thankfully, Woodson won’t have to be proven wrong there. Because he would’ve been if Rosen had come to Pittsburgh.

Trust me on that one.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Ryan Shazier is one heck of a human being. An incredible will.

Shazier: ‘It hasn’t been an easy time’

By: Teresa Varley,

There were smiles, laughter, and flat out emotion as Ryan Shazier addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon, hours after he announced his retirement via his social media accounts.

Shazier made the tough decision after talking with his family, including his wife Michelle, and realizing the timing was right.

“It hasn’t been an easy time,” admitted Shazier. “I have done everything I can the best that I can to hold it in and be my best self. I feel like right now is the best time to move forward and focus on the next steps in my life. I am truly excited about the future. I am excited about retirement. It’s a little bit bittersweet. I never expected it to end so soon. I am excited about what’s next.

“The last few years I have been working my tail off to come back and play. I just felt it was time for me to start transitioning, focus on my family more and the next steps in my life. It was tough for me. Football players try to hold on as long as possible.”

One thing that has helped Shazier since the time he was injured in 2017 has been the support of his teammates, coaches and the organization. And that support was there for him during the zoom call, when General Manager Kevin Colbert, Coach Mike Tomlin and linebacker Vince Williams, the other half of ‘shake and bake,’ joined the call.

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