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Steelers news and commentary for Wednesday, October 18

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Tomlin’s Friend? Steelers Have Better Options to Replace Matt Canada | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

Over the last few years, these two former Steelers have proved worthy of pretty good coaching spots, and have left their marks on the league and their respective teams. Now, it could be time for one of them to take a step forward and become an offensive coordinator.

With Pittsburgh’s next hire, they need to go young and upcoming. If they want to make it a Steeler thing and hire those they believe fit they’re type of character, well, two former players make a lot of sense.

Diontae Johnson’s return could give Kenny Pickett, Steelers much-needed spark | Mark Kaboly, The Athletic

Pro Bowl receiver Diontae Johnson practiced for the first time Monday since injuring his hamstring in the Week 1 loss to the 49ers on Sept. 10. He remains on injured reserve, and Tomlin said he won’t make a decision until the end of the week, but all indications point toward Johnson, who said last week he would play, returning for Sunday’s game. That would not only be a huge lift to a bad offense, but it very well could kickstart Kenny Pickett’s game.

“He helps move the chains,” Pickett said. “Getting him back is going to be massive for our offense. I think if you watched us, you could tell that we missed him a lot. It is going to be great to get 18 back.”

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Super Bowl contenders add more offensive firepower in ‘With the First Pick’ joint edition | Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 25

Xavier Worthy WR

TEXAS • JR • 6’1” / 172 LBS

PROJECTED TEAM: Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK: 30th

POSITION RNK: 5th

Rick Spielman — “The reason I ended up going with Xavier Worthy was because [George] Pickens is the real deal. [Allen] Robinson is not. He’s kind of a one-year stopgap guy. Diontae Johnson is hurt all the time. And [Calvin ] Austin [III] is just a gadget guy. I think they need to get more weapons for [Kenny] Pickett, and this kid fits the bill for me.”