Steelers regular season is right around the corner so whether we are predicting roster moves, previewing the next game, or looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold we’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block for Friday, Aug. 29th.
Mike Tomlin addressed the media following the Steelers 10-0 loss to Carolina in the preseason finale on Thursday night. When asked about his outlook on the overall status of the team he was optimistic but realistic. He also added a new “Tomlinism” about how much work is ahead of the team as they now have ten days to prepare for the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
“We’re very much still a team in development like all teams are. I think you’re kidding yourself if you think you’re a finished product this time of year. We’re going to continue to put hay in the barn. We’re going to continue to work on a day-to-day basis. We realize there’s going to be some finality in preparation to our opener, fast approaching but we’re still going to clock in on a day-to-day basis with that mentality.” – Mike Tomlin
Jarvis Jones bounces back
ESPN’s Scott Brown’s observations from the Steelers final preseason game included positive thoughts about the play of Steelers second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones. Jones clearly struggled in the third preseason game, as did most of the defense, against Philadelphia but ended up his short playing time on Thursday night with three tackles and a fumble recovery. The hustle he showed in scooping up that ball that sailed over Derek Anderson’s head is the kind of improvements coaches were probably hoping to see out of Jones this season after assigning Joey Porter to be his mentor. Here’s hoping he can carry that hustle into the regular season now.
53-man roster shaping up
The PPG’s Gerry Dulac predicts the Steelers have a clearer picture of who made the best case to make the final roster based on the 1-3 finish to the preseason. The wide receiving group was quite possibly one of the most intriguing units heading into training camp this season considering all the new faces as well as the younger guys trying to make the roster. Dulac thinks the Steelers are likely to keep five wideouts, although he’s not ruling out the possibility they keep six. He’s projecting Darrius Heyward-Bey to get that fifth spot on the receiving corps to go along with Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and rookie Martavis Bryant.