Jesse James “glad to get away” from Steelers drama

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After the end of the Steelers’ 2018 season, tight end Jesse James compared the drama that enveloped the team over the course of the year to something one might see on a TV show starring the Kardashians and the topic came up at his first press conference as a member of the Lions.

James said he enjoyed his time playing for the Steelers, but admitted to being “glad to get away” from the drama. He added that the Antonio Brown trade “had to happen” because things were “out of control” by the end of the season.

That’s in James’ past and he also talked about what’s to come in the future. He said he felt he had some success offensively with the Steelers, but thought his role and his production will be bigger now that he’s in Detroit.

“I think it could have been better,” James said, via the Detroit News. “Offensively, I wasn’t used the way I feel I could be used here. I feel like my ceiling is much higher here than it was in the past.”

The Lions talked a lot about getting better at tight end this season and James was the player they chose to lead that effort. That should give him plenty of opportunities to make good on his feeling that he can do more than he did in Pittsburgh.

51 responses to “Jesse James “glad to get away” from Steelers drama

  1. Softest big dude I’ve ever seen. After the catch he runs like a 5’7″ 160 lb man despite being 6’7″ 260 lbs.

  2. It’s funny how you make sure you write about this, but not the fact that AB was 30 minutes late for his introductory press conference. No lambasting Gruden for not holding him accountable and demanding he suspend him. No denigrating Mayock for calling Antonio Brown a kid in his press conference either. And I’m still waiting on the article about how Lev Bell lost out big when he bet on himself against the Steelers offer. One single article mentioning he signed with the Jets and not a peep since. But we couldn’t go 1 day without an evaluation of how bad the Steelers offers were to him 4 months ago. The bias is obvious and the hate is real. We see it.

  3. When he actually holds on to the ball he’s solid. If you don’t mind a holding call every other game and a couple of drops he’s solid.

  4. Big Dude with good hands but agree doesn’t scare CBs and Safeties, Tomlin has to start being a coach again not a buddy who walks around with his hands in his pockets.

  5. He’s just mad that Vance “Vanimal” McDonald had emerged as the Steeler’s #1 Tight End last year. Don’t be salty Jesse!!

  6. I would have really liked JJ back, but he is at best a solid TE 2 in the NFL. No shame in that, but he is grossly misjudging his own talents if he believes his ceiling is much higher than what he’s done through 4 years in the league.

  7. And Chickillo turned down a deal from the Patriots to stay with the Steelers. I guess some men don’t get phased by adversity. But you got a nice contract Jesse, enjoy 🙂

  8. Gonna miss ya jesse james on the field but the real reason your leaving is because Vance Mcdonald has taking over as number 1 and you’ll probably get more reps in detroit. Good Luck!

  9. Whatever. I can’t wait to hear him whine once he realizes how terrible Matt “the turnover machine” Stafford is. He’ll be lucky to get 30 catches in Detroit.

  10. Ill agree with JJ HE CAN PRODUCE a little more than he did here in Pittsburgh as long as hes the #1 option at TE for the Lions. The problem while here was he had a far better TE in front of him in Vance McDonald. And to those saying seems like he wanted out of Pittsburgh to bc of the drama yadda yadda…no he wanted out bc he was 2nd fiddle to McDonald. Period. And he aint got the balls to say so…so in stead, pull thw whole drama card. Softy

  11. Outplayed by McDonald last season, but hope it works out for him in Detroit. Things have been out of control in Pittsburgh. Let’s hope everyone gets some peace now. Good luck, Jesse.

  12. He will find Ben’s a wee bit better QB than Stafford. Doesn’t mean he won’t do well, with AB on outside in Pittsburgh and Ju-Ju as well, only so many throws could go to the TE. Good luck to him. At least in Pittsburgh they win (not so in Detroit). Maybe he can help change that.

  13. Yeah and the Steelers will be happy to rid themselves of a plodding guy who was always brought down by the first guy he encountered, after a catch. He was average, at best, and..oh yeah..did botch the No-TD vs the Pats 2 yrs ago

  14. Two things:

    1. Secure the catch.
    2. Nice contract but the reality that you’re in Detroit will hit sooner rather than later.

  15. nice sound bite for a headline but not the full context of his response
    “I’m glad to get away from it. Obviously things like that I like to face head-on. If I would’ve had to opportunity to head back to Pittsburgh I would’ve been into it and ready to get through this”, he said. “You know, they’re in a different situation [now]. They’ve lost a couple of players that’ve been keys for a long time for them. It’s not something I was running away from. Those problems, I would like to face them head-on”.

  16. LOL! Steelers fans.

    Get over yourselves, all he said was he was tired of the drama…nothing else.

    Enjoy your 2 win season. LOL!

  17. rpw84 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 6:48 pm
    Big Dude with good hands but agree doesn’t scare CBs and Safeties, Tomlin has to start being a coach again not a buddy who walks around with his hands in his pockets.

    Still better than Matt Patricia believing he becomes a better coach with a pencil behind his ear….

    But I agree. For a franchise with the most stability at head coach…something done gone wrong there in Pittsburgh

  18. Never a huge fan of James’ … but didn’t expect for him to jump on the bandwagon; he was a #2 TE, that’s all, nothing more.

  19. JJ has 6 million reasons a year to say that he’s happy to be out of the Burgh (and be in Detroit). What else do you expect him to say?

    He’s struck it rich and the Lions overpaid for a guy that catches well, blocks decently and runs like he has The Bus (Jerome Bettis) on his back.

    Good luck Jesse. Detroit will soon remind you that there’s more to football than striking it rich

  20. But everything would have just been so different if they would have called it a touchdown, right fanboys?

  21. steelcurtainn says:
    March 14, 2019 at 9:49 pm
    the drama boys are gone. The Steelers will be back in the playoffs now that they can once again focus on football.

    ———–

    It’s more likely they will end up in 3rd place

  22. “Take a second to look at their record “? Okay, no Super Bowl wins in 10 years, the last one they did win , TB12 the GOAT was out on injury, and they failed to make the playoffs this past season. Oh, almost forgot they are 11-4 against the Current World Champions. That record???

  23. yinzer412 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 7:20 pm
    “…… The problem while here was he had a far better TE in front of him in Vance McDonald. And to those saying seems like he wanted out of Pittsburgh to bc of the drama yadda yadda…no he wanted out bc he was 2nd fiddle to McDonald. Period. And he aint got the balls to say so…so in stead, pull thw whole drama card…”
    ——————————————————————-
    Maybe you should listen to the presser…he knew he wasn’t the #1 in Pitt, said so when he said he was looking fwd to being a 3d down option, made a couple of other remarks alluding to the same, He went to a team with no legit TE, it’s a good move for a guy wanting to move up in his profession, I liked his honesty as opposed to the usual canned garbage.

  24. whenwilliteverend says:
    March 14, 2019 at 7:17 pm
    Whatever. I can’t wait to hear him whine once he realizes how terrible Matt “the turnover machine” Stafford is. He’ll be lucky to get 30 catches in Detroit.
    **********************************************************************
    Stafford has thrown 44 INTs in the 4 years James has been in NFL.
    Roethlisberger has thrown 59 INTs in the same 4 years.
    Stafford has also played in more games and thrown more passes in those 4 years.

    Hmmm….

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