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Steelers News: Cam Heyward trying to uphold the standard along the Steelers’ defensive line

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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 Cameron Heyward is determined to uphold the standard which was set long before him along the Steelers’ defensive line.

Let’s get to the news:

  • There was Aaron Smith, then Brett Keisel and now Cam Heyward is taking the reigns as the veteran along the defensive line.

Tim Benz: Cameron Heyward follows Steelers legacy of Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith. Now he’ll try try to outlast it.

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

There are multiple reasons why the Pittsburgh Steelers reworked the contract of defensive end Cameron Heyward to the tune of $75.1 million between now and the end of the 2024 season.

He’s an All-Pro. He’s a stabilizing locker room influence in an unstable time. He’s a tremendous fan, media and community ambassador. He has no clear-cut successor on the roster. The team is likely to lose many other key contributors this offseason.

So why create another massive hole when Heyward wants to stay and still appears to have a lot of football left in him?

Yup. Those are the reasons why the Steelers decided to retain Heyward at such a high price at his age (31). He’ll be earning the highest average annual value for a defensive player over 30 years old in NFL history.

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  • T.J. Watt is a first time captain, but that won’t likely change anytime soon.

T.J. Watt, Jordan Dangerfield 1st-time Steelers captains among 5 named for 2020

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Three familiar faces were joined by two newcomers to the ranks of the Pittsburgh Steelers captaincy.

Outside linebacker T.J. Watt and safety Jordan Dangerfield were among the five Steelers captains announced by the team Monday. An All-Pro last season, Watt is entering his fourth NFL season. He shares the defensive captaincy with lineman Cameron Heyward, who signed a four-year contract extension Monday.

Heyward is a captain for the sixth time. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a captain on offense for the 12th time. He is joined by center Maurkice Pouncey for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall.

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  • All things Mike Tomlin after his Tuesday press conference.

‘Tomlin’s Takes’ on road trips, bell cow and more

By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.com

Life on the road: Other than what happens between the white lines on game day, a lot of what players and coaches have become accustomed to during football season might look a lot different in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One such thing is team travel.

The Steelers won’t have to wait long to find out how different travel is going to be with all of the protocols now in place from the NFL as they open the season on the road against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football.

Coach Mike Tomlin ran the team through some mock road game scenarios during training camp but doesn’t know the impact the new protocols will have until all is said and done.

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