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Terrible Towel Tales: Patrick Surtain named as potential Steelers trade target

Steelers news and commentary for Wednesday, October 25

Denver Broncos v New York Giants Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

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.”

Steelers Sign Former Patriots TE | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former New England Patriots tight end Scotty Washington to their practice squad following a successful workout, according to KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson.

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.