Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
Yesterday, Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie wide receiver was named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s ‘All-Rookie Team for 2020. This is not surprising considering his performance and he is most certainly deserving of this and other accolades. Claypool grabbed 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added two rushing touchdowns as well. He also added 5 catches for 59 yards and two scores in the postseason loss to Cleveland. Number 11 wasn’t the only rookie however who performed well in his first NFL season. Kevin Dotson played in 13 games, starting four of them at guard, proved he belonged on an NFL Offensive Line. His devastating run blocking will only improve as will his ability to pass protect. Outside Linebacker Alex Highsmith was pressed into action when Bud Dupree went down for the season with an ACL injury. He started the final five games of the regular season and the playoff loss to Cleveland. He recorded two sacks on the season but harassed opposing quarterbacks many times and more than proved he could set the edge against the run. Fellow rookies Anthony McFarland, Antoine Brooks and Carlos Davis all saw time but will need to take serious steps in order to become bigger factors for the Steelers in the future.
As some of you know, Ellie Finnerty has been part of SCB for some time now. She is an incredible follow on Twitter (@elliefinnerty) for the obvious reason that she’s a Steelers’ fan. But more than that, she’s incredibly positive and realistic in her approach. She’s been on the podcast several times and yesterday she unveiled her first article. I hope you enjoy it.
Tweet of the Day… Sarah is very deserving of this honor. She has earned it. Every time I see her officiate a game I see the same enthusiasm and same decision-making from her.
Sarah Thomas will be making history this year as she will become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl 👏 pic.twitter.com/qk0lc1I3MQ
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 19, 2021
Steelers’ QB Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges announced he had been released by the Steelers this week. He was an incredible story last year pinch-hitting for Mason Rudolph who was of course pinch-hitting for Ben Roethlisberger. Many fans are tweeting their thanks and goodbye’s to him but don’t be surprised if he returns. The Steelers are in the midst of some serious cap restructuring right now and they are skimming some of the smaller salaries off currently before they get to the bigger ones. I’m not going to predict anything but don’t be shocked if #6 is back in 2021.
And Then There Was Ben…
With Eli Manning already retired and Philip Rivers announcing his today, Ben Roethlisberger is the last of the Big Three from the famous 2004 Draft. I have to be honest (and we don’t yet know Ben’s plans) but I would have lost money if you had told me he’d be the last one standing. He took such a beating early in his career… Props to him either way.
With word that the NFL Combine will not be happening in its’ usual form, that means us getting out previews out to you means even more. In the coming days we’ll be doing just that. We try to format our Draft Previews to be easy to follow and we try to highlight what you need to know and eliminate what you don’t.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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