The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.
Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.
The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.
The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.
Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.
The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.
First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.
Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.
Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.
The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio
Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints
Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets
Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers
Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars
Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins
Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills
Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns
Steelers Place Samuels, Washington on COVID-19 List, Release 8
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels and wide receiver James Washington have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Sunday.
This brings the team total to four players on the reserve/COVID-19. Pittsburgh placed defensive backs Justin Layne and Arrion Springs on the list last week.
The team also announced the release of eight players on Sunday. Quarterback J.T. Barrett, running back Ralph Webb, returner Quadree Henderson, offensive lineman Christian Montano, long snapper Christian Kuntz, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, safety Tyree Kinnel and defensive end Josiah Coatney were all waived. Henderson and Hendrix were former standouts at Pitt, while Kuntz played his college ball at Duquesne.
The reserve/COVID-19 designation was created for players who have either tested positive for the virus, or have been in close contact with an infected individual. Players can be removed from the list once they have been medically cleared. There is no limit to the amount of players a club can place on the list.
A second-round pick in 2018 out of Oklahoma State, Washington is coming off a productive sophomore season that saw him catch 44 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns. He played in 15 games last year, starting ten.
Selected in the fifth round of the same draft out of NC State, Samuels has turned into a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield, snagging 47 receptions for 305 yards and a score in 2019. He also carried the ball 66 times for 175 yards and a touchdown.
While they are not the first Steelers to receive the designation, Samuels and Washington are definitely more crucial to the team’s immediate plans than Layne and Springs. Getting them healthy and back on the field will be paramount, as the Steelers look to improve on their disastrous offensive output from a year ago with the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger.
Steelers, Heyward Have Made Little Progress Towards Extension, Per Agent
The Pittsburgh Steelers and defensive end Cam Heyward are no closer to agreeing to a long-term contract extension, according to the star’s agent.
Speaking with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Heyward’s agent Michael Perrett of Element Sports Group divulged that the team and his client have made no significant advances towards a new deal.
Perrett reaffirmed that Heyward still wants to retire as a Steeler, but acknowledged that COVID-19 has made the path to an agreement more challenging.
“I thought we’d be further along in the process. In a normal year, we might be,” he told ESPN. “The current situation has led to a lot of uncertainty, but NFL business is still moving forward. Cam would love to retire a Steeler, but at this point, he just doesn’t know how all of this is going to play out.”
According to Fowler, Heyward is not considering holding out, mainly because of his position in the team as a captain and player rep.
Heyward, 31, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career in 2019. With nine sacks, eleven tackles-for-loss and 23 quarterback hits, Heyward earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors a year ago. His 79 tackles-for-loss are the fourth-most in franchise history.
While other high-profile pass rushers have signed new deals this offseason, including the Chiefs’ Chris Jones, the Browns’ Myles Garrett and the Chargers’ Joey Bosa, Heyward still waits.
Even though the Steelers tend to avoid in-season contract negotiations and little progress has been made thus far, the two sides still have the month of August to work out a deal.
Still, if they are not able to get something prior to the season opener, you would think the organization would make an exception for Heyward, considering his desirable combination of leadership and ability.
He has remained consistent that he wants to retire in Pittsburgh. The Steelers would be wise to make his wish a reality.
Mike Tomlin on Rookie Development Under COVID Restrictions
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin made no excuses while explaining the difficulty in developing rookies under the COVID guidelines.