Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ Fans!
Chris Boswell, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ up and down kicker, spoke to the assembled media yesterday for the first time since last season. I detailed his comments in a piece yesterday afternoon that you can read right here but here’s what I can tell you aside from that. Boswell is owning his failed 2018 campaign. He is not blaming injury and he is not looking for a scapegoat. He is only as good as his next kick, etc. Saying the right things is important but acting on them even more so. Boswell will have plenty of opportunities to prove to us, his team and most importantly himself, that he’s righted the ship. It’s in the best interest for all mentioned that he does.
The Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh returns to the airwaves Thursday night. We’ll be discussing the above plus all the latest from Phase Three of OTAs and a whole lot more.
Tweet of the Day… A throwback of sorts.
He passes / catches / runs / punts / scores TD's / and is your TV guide pic.twitter.com/2AVHPv1C2Z
— 3Rivers (@steelcitystar) May 28, 2019
I think there’s a very important storyline to watch this coming season on defense and it doesn’t involve a rookie or who is playing where in the secondary. Defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt has already been paid his $3 million dollar roster bonus for this year and has a cap hit of over $13 million for this season and the next two that follow. My question (as is the question of many others) is whether or not he is living up to his contract. In 14 games last season Tuitt recorded 5.5 sacks, 45 tackles and seven tackles for loss. Defensive line play always teeters on subjective because what one guy does can create a lot more in the way of opportunities for another so I’m not going to come out and say Tuitt hasn’t played up to his contract. What I will say however is that he has to improve on his numbers. Cam Heyward often is the one getting double-teamed and Tuitt has to take advantage of those one-on-one situations. I’m not going to put a number on what I expect from Tuitt in 2019 but is it fair to ask for ‘better numbers?’ I believe it is.
We can officially put those “Are we trading for Chris Harris, Jr?” trade rumors to bed as he’s signed a new deal to stay in Denver at least one more year.
Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph said yesterday he’s “Comfortable” being the backup to Ben Roethlisberger. What I know about Rudolph is this; if he can’t beat out Josh Dobbs after having a full year to get his nose in the playbook for the #2 role then he’s not going to be comfortable for very long. Guys with his resume and draft position should not be #3 QBs.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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