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Sights and Sounds from Steelers Minicamp, Day 2

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PITTSBURGH — On the defensive side of the ball, the Steelers want to focus in on situational football.

Whether its sub packages, goal line situations or two-minute drills, the Steelers feel like some of those situations held them back in 2018.

“To me, winning football games has a lot to do with what’s happening in two minutes,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “If you look at what’s happened the last couple of years in football, the games are coming down. … The bottom line is, we’ve got to make sure we’re good at it.”

So on the second day of minicamp, Mike Tomlin and company spent the day working on those situations.

“Just infusing a little more situational ball,” Tomlin said. “A bunch of third-down things. Our second day of two-minute. We’ve got an emphasis on it here in the last week. It’s good to see guys operate in situations. … It’s been productive on a lot of fronts.”

OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

From 2015 to 2017, William Gay and Roosevelt Nix were Steelers teammates. Now, Gay is a coaching assistant, working with the team’s wide receivers.

Nix stopped to talk with Gay during a break in the action on Wednesday, one of several such interactions for the former defensive back during this spring.

The Steelers also have former tight end David Johnson working with the defensive line this spring.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

The defensive linemen worked with coach Karl Dunbar on splitting blockers as a four-technique, while the defensive backs and linebackers worked on dropping into zone coverage. Check out the sights and sounds:

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No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract

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Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.

Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.

Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.

A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.

Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.

The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.

By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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