Good Friday to you Steelers’ Fans!
ESPN’s Marcus Spears said this week that he believes the Steelers should sit James Conner as soon as Le’Veon Bell returns. That’s nonsense for a couple of reasons. First of all, if Conner is still producing at an above average rate and the team is winning you don’t dare mess with that. Secondly, why does Spears think Bell would show up and play at a high standard? He didn’t last year as it took three weeks for him to get up to “football speed.” Spears does a nice job from what I’ve gathered the few times I’ve seen him but this take isn’t well-thought and strikes me as the TV equivalent of ‘clickbait.’
Furthermore, these suggestions that Conner and Bell could split time in the backfield are hilarious. When is the last time a Mike Tomlin team has featured anything other than one back? And I’m not talking about offensive sets. Tomlin has traditionally used one feature back. From Willie Parker to Rashard Mendenhall to Bell. I don’t see that changing much. That doesn’t mean you won’t see some sets with both of them on the field but let’s cross the bridge when we get to it.
Tweet of the Day… Big Ben continues to provide service dog to our police departments. Great stuff!
Today, Ben announced the third grant award of the 2018 #NFL season from the #BenRoethlisbergerFoundation at @givingbackfund to the #VillaHillsPoliceDepartment: https://t.co/4UmF4qlQ7f. Also want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to @Sarris_Candies for the continued support! pic.twitter.com/CpBIFyID97
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) October 11, 2018
This is a really premature take on my part but I’m going to go here anyway. If T.J. Watt can continue his strong play there’s no reason he can’t be a Pro Bowl player.
Injury Report from Thursday courtesy steelers.com.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Coaches Decision) – Full
CB Joe Haden (Coaches Decision) – Full
S Terrell Edmunds (Calf) – Full
S Morgan Burnett (Groin) – DNP
C Maurkice Pouncey (Coaches Decision) – Full
LB L.J. Fort (Ankle) – DNP
G Ramon Foster (Coaches Decision) – DNP
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Ankle) – DNP
LB Vince Williams (Hamstring) – Full
Comments: Burnett and Fort both look like they’re out on Sunday as well as DHB (I never thought I’d say this but if his holds true the loss of Fort is more significant than that if Burnett). Foster out due to a coaches decision bears watching. If he can’t go B.J. Finney jumps in.
G Clint Boling (Hip) – Full
LB Preston Brown (Ankle) – Full
DE Michael Johnson (Knee) – Full
DE Carl Lawson (Ankle) – Full
CB William Jackson (Knee) – Limited
OT Cedric Ogbuehi (Wrist) – Limited
WR John Ross (Groin) – Limited
HB Giovani Bernard (Knee) – DNP
TE Tyler Kroft (Foot) – DNP
C Billy Price (Foot) – DNP
Comments: Cincy is already thin at TE so keep an eye on Kroft. Billy Price not being available would hurt the interior of their offensive line.
This is pretty funny. JuJu Smith-Schuster is looking for advice now that he’s the new father of a new baby ‘football.’
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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