Good Monday to You Steelers’ Fans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their rookie mini-camp over the weekend. This gives coaches the opportunity to put their draft picks and undrafted free agent rookies through the paces. But it also gives some other guys (often known as “long shots”) a chance to show they have what it takes to at the very least make it to an NFL team’s training camp. More on those guys in a moment but first the guys you want to hear more about… Devin Bush was everything the Steelers hoped he’d be. Despite not allowing any true contact, Bush was aggressive and was a vocal leader on defense throughout the camp. He showed the type of speed and explosiveness that made the Steelers trade up to get him… Third round selection Justin Layne also looked very good. At 6’2″ and incredibly long, Layne flashed his ability on several occasions often looking quite smooth in the process… Sixth rounder Sutton Smith is not a big guy by any stretch but my goodness is he quick!
As for those “long shots…” Devlin Hodges has reportedly signed with the Steelers after impressing this past weekend. The former Samford Bulldogs’ QB threw for over 14,000 yards during his collegiate career. At this point, he will be nothing more than a Training Camp “arm.” Then there’s Toledo EDGE rusher Tuzar Skipper who tweeted today’s Tweet of the Day. He did enough to impress the Steelers’ Coaches and get himself a deal.
Tweet of the Day… Gonna need to work on the “Black and GOLD” there Tuzar.
TODAY MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE! ALL PRAISE TO THE MOST HIGH! I AM OFFICIALLY A PITTSBURGH STEELER!#BlacknYellow
— The Tuzar Skipper (@TuzarSkipper) May 12, 2019
Devin Bush signed his contract over the weekend leaving just Justin Layne as the only unsigned draftee. Bush has a four-year deal (the team holds the fifth year option as is the case for all first round selections) worth over $18 million with a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $11 million.
I know there’s a lot of people who are really taking a “wait and see” approach with JuJu Smith-Schuster. They are afraid that when he gets that big contract in another year that he’ll become just another diva wide receiver and I totally get that. I’m optimistic on this kid though. There’s just something about him that tells me he can handle whatever is coming in terms of fame and attention. I could be wrong but I feel good about him. After all, how many guys could throw a water balloon party in a park and have it go off as well as he did this past weekend?
Power Rankings are stupid. They are nothing but fodder for people to get unnecessarily fired up over. What is worse? Power Rankings that are released in the offseason. Sorry, not sorry.
I hope you were good to your mothers Steeler Nation!
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