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…
Three trades Steelers should make before deadline: Go big on defense with Broncos All-Pro Patrick Surtain II | Bryan DeArdo, CBS Sports
On paper, this trade makes sense for both parties. The Steelers would acquire an affordable player (Surtain is in the final year of his rookie deal) who can immediately bolster what is currently the league’s 25th-ranked pass defense. In return, Denver would get a high draft pick it can use for its rebuild.
Steelers notes: Mike Tomlin explains decision to receive after winning coin toss | Chris Adamski, Trib Live
Teams that win the coin toss in the NFL elect to defer possession to the second half more than 90% of the time. For the second time this season, though, on Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to receive to begin a game at the Los Angeles Rams.
In explaining why, coach Mike Tomlin cited concerns about his team playing its first game after an idle week.
“There’s always an element of concern coming off of a bye about running out of the locker room,” Tomlin said during his weekly news conference Tuesday. “I thought we warmed up to it a little bit. That’s why we intentionally took the ball. We didn’t want to give the ball to a guy like (Rams veteran quarterback) Matt Stafford to start the game.”
The Steelers brought Washington in for a visit following the placement of Pat Freiermuth on Injured Reserve. Without their top tight end, the team elevated Rodney Williams from the practice squad, and are now replacing him with Washington.