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Diontae Johnson uses tennis ball machine to work on drops

Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson led the league in drops last season. To kick his drops habit, Johnson worked with tennis balls. Via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Johnson purchased a tennis ball machine and practiced catching the tiny, fuzzy spheres shot therefrom. “It’s a smaller target so you have to really focus on the [more]

Trai Turner visits Steelers

We haven’t heard much from free agent guard Trai Turner since the Chargers cut him in March, but the Steelers are showing some interest. The Steelers hosted Turner for a visit today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 27-year-old Turner went to five straight Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2019 with the Panthers before he [more]

Eric Ebron: Pat Freiermuth is going to be good

The Steelers drew some raised eyebrows when they selected tight end Pat Freiermuth in the second round of this year’s draft. But so far, Freiermuth appears to be fitting right in. Back in May, the Penn State product said he wanted to “do it all” in Pittsburgh’s offense. On Thursday, fellow Steelers tight end Eric [more]

Dwayne Haskins: Release from Washington wasn’t completely surprising

Dwayne Haskins acknowledged Dec. 23 that he was down to his final opportunity to make good in Washington after violating COVID-19 protocols by attending a private birthday party. Five days later, Washington cut Haskins. So obviously, Haskins, like anyone and everyone else, wasn’t exactly surprised by his release. “I wouldn’t necessarily say I was surprised,” [more]

Dwayne Haskins: I want to prove that I love football

When Dwayne Haskins flamed out a year and a half after Washington chose him in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, some critics said he just didn’t care enough to put in the work it takes to be a great quarterback. Haskins says that’s not the case. Now just trying to earn a [more]

Steelers comfortable with “young guys” at cornerback

The Steelers are heading into the season with a different and younger look at cornerback. Joe Haden is back and they re-signed Cam Sutton, but Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson are gone and the team didn’t make any big moves for veteran help for the unit. That leaves largely untested guys like Justin Layne, James [more]

Mike Tomlin says he’s building a personal connection with Dwayne Haskins

Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been through a lot in his short NFL career, and coach Mike Tomlin wants to learn all about it. Tomlin was asked on Wednesday about a post-practice talk with Haskins, and he said that while he’s letting quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and offensive coordinator Matt Canada coach Haskins on Xs [more]

Looking at the non-quarterbacks likely to make a leap in 2021

Wednesday’s PFT Live included a draft that focused on players who are most likely to take a leap in 2021. We left out quarterbacks to make it more interesting. The attached video includes the picks made by Simms and me. Feel free to watch it and then chime in with your own thoughts. We do [more]

Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster leave field early

The Steelers had every player in attendance at their minicamp except defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt’s brother, Richard Bartlett, was killed by a hit-and-run driver last week in Johns Creek, Georgia. “Everyone knows the personal circumstance that Stephon Tuitt and his family is going through,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “He has our full support, and [more]

Mike Tomlin: Steelers “tops in the league” in vaccinations

A report Tuesday indicated only half of the NFL’s 32 teams have at least 50 percent of their players vaccinated. Three teams have at least 70 players vaccinated. Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday the Steelers are in the latter category, saying he is “really comfortable” with the team’s vaccination rate. Tomlin did not have a precise [more]

Steelers OC: Ben Roethlisberger’s voice, vision will be what we do in new offense

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed to return to the Steelers in 2021 on a significantly reduced salary for what could be his final NFL season. And Roethlisberger is learning a new offense. Pittsburgh promoted Matt Canada to offensive coordinator after he spent the 2020 season as the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach. A longtime college assistant, Canada said [more]

T.J. Watt looking forward to playing alongside Alex Highsmith

When Bud Dupree went down with a torn ACL late last year, then-rookie Alex Highsmith took over as a starting outside linebacker for Pittsburgh. Now that Dupree has signed with Tennessee as a free agent, the role is Highsmith’s to lose entering 2021. Head coach Mike Tomlin has said it’s reasonable to expect significant improvement [more]

Terrell Edmunds betting on himself after Steelers decline 2022 option

The Steelers had a pair of decisions to make about picking up option years for 2018 first-round safeties this offseason and they went in different directions. Minkah Fitzpatrick had his 2022 option exercised after a pair of All-Pro seasons in Pittsburgh, but Terrell Edmunds did not get his picked up. In a Tuesday press conference, [more]

T.J. Watt declines to discuss contract situation

Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt has become one of the league’s elite defenders. In just four seasons, he’s a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro. Watt led the league with 15.0 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in 2020, while also registering 41 quarterback hits. He’s entering the final season of his rookie contract, [more]

Panthers bring back Steve Smith, as an analyst

“89 is back in the building.” Eight years after Steve Smith last played for the Panthers, Smith will rejoin the team. The Panthers have announced that he’ll serve as the analyst for the TV broadcasts of the team’s preseason games. And Smith utters the line quoted above in the video announcing the move. The Panthers, [more]

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