• Steelers Fill Two Holes in Free Agency; Ink RB Davis and CB Sensabaugh

    The Steelers have a new pair of free agents, two players that could play a solid role in the team as they look to build towards another title run in 2017.

    Monday the team announced the addition of running back and kick returner Knile Davis, as well as cornerback Coty Sensabaugh.

    Free agency continues, make sure to follow the news which you can find at Skybook NFL lines and news.

    First Sensabaugh, still a player with plenty to give at 28 years old, he’s been around, playing with the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants.

    He’s played on the outside the last couple of seasons as well as has had extensive time playing as a nickel back. He’s a player who pointed out his ties with Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak as well as the Titans defense as two reasons he joined the black and gold.

    The cornerback has made 29 starts in 72 career games, with two picks to his credit. He started last season as a starter in Tennessee, but was moved to a backup role after two games, released after four, and then went to the Giants for the rest of 2016.

    Davis comes aboard after a tenure with the team the Steelers knocked off in the divisional round of the playoffs last season, the Kansas City Chiefs.

    He will add a big role for the team, that of kick returner. Last season that role was shifted between a couple players on the team, and it will be nice to see a steady hand at the wheel of the kick return duties.

    Davis has a 26.8 average at the kick return spot, and also will be backup Le’Veon Bell in the running back position, something he’s done well in Kansas City.

    The Chiefs 3rd round pick in 2013 has 805 career rushing yards with 11 touchdowns to his resume.

    “I’ve had 100-yard games in this league. I’ve done well in this league, and I’m prepared for whatever comes in the future,” Davis stated on Monday.

    The two become the second and third outside free agents to join the Steelers this offseason, as the team already added wide out Justin Hunter.

     
  • Steelers Agree to Terms with Wide Out Justin Hunter

    The Steelers made their first outside free agent signing on Wednesday, coming to terms with wide out Justin Hunter, who they hosted on Tuesday.

    Hunter has appeared in 48 games since being drafted by the Titans in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the college of Tennessee.

    He had 14 starts to his credit with 78 career receptions and 12 touchdowns with 1,305 yards. He had 10 catches and four touchdowns last season as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

    Last season Hunter met with the Dolphins and Bills.

     
  • How Do the Steelers Look at Landry Jones as Their Long Term Backup QB?

    The Steelers have an interesting decision to make with backup quarterback Landry Jones, who at times has come in and won games for the team (Arizona and Oakland in 2015), and then at times it seems has looked like a deer in headlights that fans can’t wait to jump on as nothing more than a bum backup QB.

    Jones is a free agent next month, and according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the powers that be with the Steelers think that the backup QB is “to be better than 80 percent of the other backups in the league,” and will bring him back to again serve under Ben Roethlisberger (provided he returns).

    It’s an interesting decision if the Steelers don’t at least look around the market for another QB, as with the injury history for Ben, one would think the team might want to be careful with how they treat the backup quarterback spot.

    One issue with looking for a higher profile backup QB is money. We know this team is going to have to shell out a lot of money for players like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, so spending even 2-3 million on backup just might not be in the cards for this team.

    So the next time you’re ready to boo Jones out of Heinz Field or another NFL stadium, remember that right now, he might just be the best backup option the Steelers have.

    At least that’s how the Steelers upper brass feels.


     
  • The City of Pittsburgh All Seemed to Watch the Super Bowl; Can the Steelers Get to the Next One?

    If you meet anyone from Pittsburgh today who told you they didn’t watch Tom Brady and the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI on Sunday, they are probably lying.

    Overall the Steel City had the best ratings of ANY in the country when it come to TV ratings for the annual super showdown between the NFC and AFC, drawing a crazy 57.9 share last night.

    They beat out Buffalo (57.2) and Atlanta (57.0) as the top city in America that watched Sunday’s wild Pats comeback, led by Brady, as they beat the Falcons in the first Super Bowl overtime 34-28.

    With Super Bowl LI over, already the odds are out for what teams to look for next season, and what teams are favorites to make a trip to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

    Sites like whichbettingsites.com have the Steelers high up on the list not only in the AFC, but overall when it comes to the top teams in the NFL.

    Right now the black and gold are listed at 10-1 odds to make it to the Super Bowl, meaning if you put $10 on the Steelers to get to the dance next year and they do, you would take home $100.

    The Patriots, fresh off their 5th ring, are the top AFC team and are at the top of the list, sitting at 5-1 to repeat as AFC Champs and get back to the Super Bowl.

    Of course all bets about the black and gold are off if the stunning revelation after the season by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that he might not come back in 2017 turns out to be true.

    You would have to think if the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback decides to hang it up, the odds of the Steelers going back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2010 season would be drastically different, and not in a good way.

    So what are the chances the Steelers finally overcome and get back to the Super Bowl next season? Well, the biggest offseason issues will be the new deal for WR Antonio Brown, as well as getting something done with free agent running back Le’Veon Bell.

    Also making sure to keep their franchise quarterback happy is of the upmost importance as well, as if the team loses Ben, things are going to change drastically.

    It’s a shame that Brady didn’t get up on the platform last night and say he’s walking away, as that would change things drastically in the NFL as well.

    For now, the Pats will continue to be the biggest block in the way of the Steelers playing in the biggest game of the year.

     
  • NFL Looking Into Le’Veon Bell Injury and If the Steelers Reported It Correctly

    While the Steelers are still licking their wounds over a disaster of an AFC Title Game last week, there’s now news that the NFL is looking into the injury for running back Le’Veon Bell.

    The NFL is looking to see if the team properly listed Bell on the injury report, an injury that eventually ended his game and most of the running output for the Steelers in the 19-point loss.

    Here’s the report from ESPN:

    The NFL is investigating whether the Pittsburgh Steelers properly listed running back Le’Veon Bell on last week’s injury reports, a source told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on Friday.

    Bell said after Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots that he had been managing a groin injury in recent weeks. Bell was hurt in the game and carried the ball five times for 18 yards.

    Bell got consecutive Wednesdays off during the playoffs with a “not injury related” designation, and, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Bell had an excused absence on Jan. 19. A source close to Bell told ESPN that the absence was specifically for a personal matter and not groin-related.

    What could come of the eventual situation with Bell and will the Steelers get punished? It’s probably going to be nothing more than a slap on the wrist if anything, but as usual with the NFL, you never know what’s going to happen.

     
 
 
 
 

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