Good Monday to you Steelers’ fans.
As I write this, the National Football League is planning to release its preseason schedule and then regular season for 2020 later this week. It does not include any contingencies for Covid-19. That does not mean however that the NFL doesn’t have plans to change or alter the schedule should issues from the pandemic continue. Like the NFL Draft, the release of the NFL schedule gives us all a sense of normalcy in a storm of anything BUT normal. For the record I do believe we will see interruption or a pushing back of the schedule. Roger Goodell has already stated that the league will not begin OTAs until ALL states with stay-at-home orders are released. That’s where things get sticky. You know this already but players need time to prepare for a full season. Heck, players need time for an adjusted schedule but you know what I mean. Therefore I think we as fans need to be prepared for a couple of things. First, I think even if we start on time players will not have had the usual amount of time to prepare so that’s means poor quality of play and likely an increase in injuries. It goes without saying that I hope normalcy returns ASAP but common sense is telling me things aren’t going to go quite as planned.
Tweet of the Day… And changes are already beginning.
NFL plans to release its preseason and regular-season schedule later this week, but one league source said Sunday that he doesn’t “think any international games (are) coming this year.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 4, 2020
Dalton to Dallas
Former Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton has signed to play in Dallas in 2020. After nine years and zero playoff wins in the Queen City, Dalton returns to his native Texas under unusual circumstances. Should Dak Prescott choose to sit out and not sign his franchise tag Dalton becomes a very nice option. The Cowboys’ offense is loaded and all Dalton has to do is not screw it up.
The JuJu Contract Mess
Ed Bouchette of The Athletic said a few days ago that he does not believe the Steelers will re-sign JuJu Smith-Schuster following 2020. He cites the fact that a strong season will likely price him out of what the Steelers could afford. Another average or poor season makes the decision easy. Like you, I find it hard to imagine JuJu in a uniform different than a Steelers’ one but the possibility exists.
Get Your Hands on This!
Our online store has released a fantastic new tee celebrating the the Steelers’ new wide receiver Chase Claypool. Get on over to DC4L Custom Tees and grab one!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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