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Steelers News: The Steelers unveil new, and improved, defense in Week 1

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. The Steelers have finally taken the field in the regular season! It is to check in on all things black-and-gold as the team rolls through their 2020 schedule!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how the Steelers unveiled a new defense on the Giants in Week 1.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Steelers defense is already good, and now they are just toying with people.

Defensive wrinkle heads list of 5 things learned in Steelers’ win against Giants

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Defense returns strong, add a few wrinkles

At first blush, it looked like the a continuation of the Steelers defense from 2019 what with the three sacks and two interceptions the group generated at the Meadowlands.

Defensive captain Cam Heyward, though, noticed one difference.

“We had sacks by guys who don’t usually get sacks and interceptions by guys who don’t usually get interceptions,” he said. “We’re a defense that lets its play do the talking, and we don’t care how it gets done.”

The interceptions came from outside linebacker T.J. Watt and Heyward, the first of the defensive tackle’s 10-year career. Heyward’s pick in the end zone with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left in the third quarter ended a 19-play drive in which the Giants went 87 yards in 19 plays and were threatening to take the lead.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • It is time for Benny Snell Jr. to claim the starting position from James Conner.

Mark Madden: After James Conner’s latest injury, time has come for Benny Snell football

By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

James Conner is a great story. Pitt guy. Cancer survivor. We’ve heard the narrative umpteen times, and it is indeed inspirational. Conner even wrote a book.

But the Steelers must move on from Conner as their No. 1 running back.

Conner left Monday’s game at the New York Giants in the second quarter with an ankle problem. He had six carries for 9 yards.

Conner was sidelined six games last season because of injury. In 17 of the Steelers’ last 21 contests, Conner has either missed the game entirely or left it early because he’s hurt.

That’s simply unacceptable. It deprives the offense of continuity and rhythm.

Conner will recover. He may yet write another compelling chapter. It can be included in his book’s second printing.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Yeah, about that offensive line depth...

Offensive line depth is disappearing

By: Bob Labriola,

It can be viewed as the professional football version of a hangover. What was so enjoyable and fun and quasi-euphoric the previous day quickly can turn into a blinding headache the next. And so it was for the Steelers, because while there was much to savor and enjoy from their season-opening win against the Giants on Monday night, their reality on Tuesday morning was that they may have lost much of their depth along the offensive line in addition to their starting running back.

During his weekly news conference at noon today, Coach Mike Tomlin said he didn’t have a lot of new information regarding the status of starting right tackle Zach Banner (knee), Stefan Wisniewski (pectoral) who was filling in for starting right guard David DeCastro (calf), and starting running back James Conner (ankle). But he did outline some potential avenues the Steelers could explore with a game against the Denver Broncos set for 1 p.m. on Sunday at Heinz Field.

“I don’t have a lot of new information, but I think it’s safe to characterize Zach Banner as out for this week,” said Tomlin. “We’re still in the process of getting scans on Stefan Wisniewski and James Conner, but I think their forecast is a more favorable one, so we’ll leave the light on for those two. We’ll make some necessary adjustments and close ranks on a short week and see where that leaves us in terms of division of labor. We acknowledge that injuries are a part of the game, and while unfortunate for those men it could mean opportunity for other deserving and capable men, just like it was on Monday night for Benny Snell, and he put that on display.”

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