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Steelers Daily Links: Wanny Sees Pickett as Super Bowl QB, Lev Bell vs. Logan Paul?



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett at training camp, Aug. 8, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell wants to see Logan Paul in the boxing ring.

“lol you really can’t duck me forever @LoganPaul.. at some point you’re gonna have to see me in that boxing ring,” Bell tweeted.

In October, Logan Paul will return to the boxing ring for the first time in two years to fight Dillon Danis in the UK. Bell currently holds a record of 1-1 in professional bouts.

🏈 Former NFL and Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt is a believer in Kenny Pickett.

“Maybe (Pickett’s) arm strength isn’t Ben Roethlisberger, but I think the guy is probably more athletic,” Wannstedt told Colin Cowherd on Volume Sports. “And he’s played in more big games at this point than Ben did. Coming out of college, Ben did not play at the level that Kenny Pickett did for four years. They’re expecting championships. This is not Pickett’s good enough to get to the playoffs as long as we play good defense and run the ball. No, they see Kenny Pickett as a Super Bowl type (of) quarterback for them.”

🏈 NFL on CBS analyst Charles Davis thinks Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth will blossom into an elite tight end in 2023.

“Freiermuth is someone a lot of people would say has had a breakout season already. He’s been a good player for the Steelers (seasons of 60 and 63 catches), but he can increase his production. Pickett is going into his second year as the starting quarterback. I don’t care if you’re a veteran or a rookie, a tight end is often a quarterback’s best friend,” Davis wrote.

“Freiermuth has the ability to shred defenses down the middle of the field but also run routes to the outside of the field, catch the football, turn upfield and make bigger plays. His targets are going to go up, and his catches are going to go up. At the end of the year, we might be discussing whether Freiermuth is an All-Pro or Pro Bowl player.”

🏈 Mike Tomlin was thrilled to have former Steelers free safety Ryan Clark at training camp on Tuesday. Clark was vocal throughout the practice.

“When RC is in the house, you know it. He brings that energy. Great to have him at camp today,” Tomlin wrote on Instagram.

🏈 Steelers Community Relations: On Tuesday, Cam Heyward hosted a teacher appreciation dinner and donated $10,000 to fund classroom projects for Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers.

🏈 Steelers rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. got some pointers from veteran Patrick Peterson after Tuesday’s practice at Saint Vincent College.

🏈 NBC Sports: Since 1971, the Steelers have had twice as many Defensive Player of the Year award winners as any other team in the league with eight DPOY nominations — Joe Greene (1972, 1974), Mel Blount (1975), Jack Lambert (1976), Rod Woodson (1993), James Harrison (2008), Troy Polamalu (2010) and T.J. Watt (2021).

🎂 Happy 61st birthday to former Steelers wide receiver Louis Lipps, born on August 9, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana: Happy 33rd birthday to former Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake, born on August 9, 1990 in Jacksonville, Florida; Happy 32nd birthday to former Steelers running back and return specialist Dri Archer, born on August 9, 1991 in Laurel, Florida; Happy 26th birthday to former Steelers inside linebacker and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ulysees Gilbert III, born on August 9, 1997 in Ocala, Florida; And Happy 40th birthday to former Pitt and Steelers quarterback Tyler Palko, born on August 9, 1983 in Imperial Pennsylvania.

🎥 If it’s a 50-50 situation, Kenny Pickett is going to throw it up to his. star wide receiver George Pickens.

“If he’s ever 1-on-1, I’m gonna give him his opportunities,” Pickett said on the NFL Network.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Mikael Granlund talked about what went wrong with the Penguins.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: David Bednar‘s blown save sinks Bucs against Braves.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: The ACC is talking to SMU, in addition to Cal and Stanford.

West Virginia Sports Now: Devin Carter explained his decision to flip from Penn State to West Virginia.

Nittany Sports Now: A betting columnist has predicted that Drew Allar will win the Heisman Trophy.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Could Pitt’s Randy Waldrum be the next USWNT coach?

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