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Antonio Brown serving as mentor to Browns draftee Antonio Callaway

Antonio Brown has been a nemesis of the Cleveland Browns for years as he’s wreaked havoc throughout the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Browns may eventually have to end up thanking Brown for his assistance with Cleveland’s newest wide receiver. According to Jeremy Fowler of, Brown has been mentoring Cleveland’s fourth-round [more]

What are the most glaring needs for NFL teams, post-draft?

Thursday’s PFT Live draft focused on one of the lingering questions in the aftermath of the 2018 NFL draft. Specifically, what are the most glaring remaining needs for NFL teams? As usual, Simms and I went three rounds deep. As usual, it was a lively and spirited segment. As usual, I won. But don’t take [more]

Steelers change Ryan Shazier’s contract to pay him most of his salary upfront

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play this season as he continues to recover from a serious spinal injury, but the Steelers are making sure Shazier is well cared for. The Steelers have changed Shazier’s contract to pay him most of this year’s salary in advance, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Shazier had been due [more]

Steelers claim Jake Rodgers off waivers from Texans

The Steelers claimed offensive tackle Jake Rodgers off waivers Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Houston waived him Tuesday. Rodgers, 25, signed with the Texans’ practice squad on December 21. Houston signed him to a reserve/futures contract after the season. He has never played in a regular-season game. The Falcons made Rodgers a seventh-round draft [more]

Steelers move Ryan Shazier to PUP list

It was made clear some time ago that linebacker Ryan Shazier would not play during the 2018 season as he continues to recover from last year’s spinal injury, but he remained on the team’s roster until Wednesday. That’s when the Steelers announced that they have moved Shazier to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Shazier’s [more]

Ben Roethlisberger “kind of caught off guard” by Martavis Bryant trade

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s response to the team’s decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round drew attention on Tuesday, particularly when Roethlisberger said he plans to play 3-5 more years after musing about retirement not so long ago. The Rudolph pick wasn’t the only offensive move the Steelers made during the draft. They [more]

Report: NFL tweaking ejection language in new helmet rule

The NFL is tweaking the ejection language in the new rule outlawing lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports. Ejections by on-field officials will be subject to replay review, but owners must approve the replay component. The NFL began a two-day player-safety summit Tuesday with owners, [more]

Ben Roethlisberger: If Mason Rudolph’s the guy, it won’t be for a while

After being drafted by the Steelers in the third round, rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph said that he doesn’t think it is Ben Roethlisberger‘s job to help prepare him for life in the NFL. Roethlisberger sees things a bit differently. Roethlisberger said “it’s a good thing” to play a teaching role with younger players, although he [more]

NFL doles out four more international practice squaders

As the NFL continues to try to build its international brand, they continue to dole out a few players to hang around teams for a year to build interest. The league announced that eight teams will carry international players on their practice squads this year, with each team in the AFC North getting a player [more]

Steelers release J.J. Wilcox

The Steelers picked two safeties during the draft and their arrival has pushed a veteran defensive back out the door in Pittsburgh. The team announced that they released safety J.J. Wilcox on Monday. Wilcox, who was acquired in a trade with the Buccaneers last year, was due a non-guaranteed salary of $3.125 million and his [more]

Oddsmakers peg Pats as favorites to win the most games

Now that the draft has come and gone, an effort to predict a team’s total wins becomes slight more relevant. Or, more accurately, slightly less irrelevant. Regardless, bets can now be placed in Las Vegas (in time, plenty of other states) regarding a given team’s total number of wins. Via David Purdum of, the [more]

Steelers add 13 undrafted free agents after draft

The Steelers signed 13 rookie free agents after the draft ended on Saturday and three of them will be staying in Pennsylvania after playing their college ball in the state. Wide receiver Quadree Henderson has the shortest trip of the trio. He played at Pittsburgh and returned a pair of punts for touchdowns during the [more]

Steelers ranked Mason Rudolph alongside first-round quarterbacks

The Steelers became the first team to take a quarterback after the end of the first round when they traded up in the third round to draft Mason Rudolph. Pittsburgh had to give a seventh-round pick to the Seahawks for the chance to move up three spots, which General Manager Kevin Colbert called a “minimal” [more]

Mike Tomlin: Raiders pursued us for Martavis Bryant, third-round pick too good to pass up

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he wasn’t looking to get rid of receiver Martavis Bryant, but the Raiders were looking to acquire Bryant, and in the end the Steelers liked what the Raiders were offering too much to pass it up. Tomlin said that he didn’t have a problem with Bryant, who has had substance-abuse [more]

Three rounds in, no new quarterback for the Patriots

The New England Patriots widely are believed to be determined to emerge from the 2018 draft with a new quarterback who can be groomed to eventually take over for Tom Brady. Through three rounds, it hasn’t happened yet. From the rumors of trading up to the top five to get one of the premier guys [more]

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