ESPN’s Louis Riddick thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers will be competitive in 2023, but he doesn’t see them winning the AFC North.
“Their offensive line still scares me because it’s still a work in progress. It’s really been their Achilles’ heel over the past 2-3 seasons,” Riddick said on the Rich Eisen Show. “It’s been the issue. They can’t run the football, they can’t protect the quarterback, they have to get the ball out quick, they can’t get push the ball down the field. They are always in second-and-long situations because they can’t run the ball effectively. This year is Broderick Jones going to make that much of a difference? Is (Chuks) Okorafor going to be that much better at right tackle? Is James Daniels going to be that much better at right guard? I don’t know.”
Overall, Riddick thinks the Steelers are just not up there yet in the elite category of the AFC. “Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh. They are a top-notch organization. It’s just that the AFC is so good. And that’s not hyperbole, man. I mean, these teams are good.”
🏈 The 33rd Team named Minkah Fitzpatrick as the biggest X-Factor for the Steelers in 2023.
“As a deep safety, he has an uncanny sense for nuanced positioning and body angles that lend helpful presence to teammates and cause hesitation in the quarterback,” Andy Benoit of the 33rd Team wrote. “Impressively, in Pittsburgh’s man coverages, Fitzpatrick displays these traits on the move as a rover. They show up when he drops down as the buzz defender in zone coverage.”
🏈 NFL on Prime Video’s official Twitter account examined Cam Heyward’s career numbers, which look Canton bound. Heyward is a six-time Pro Bowler and has been nominated first-team All-Pro three times. He ranks second all time in team history in sacks (78.5) and tackles for loss (115).
🟡 78.5 Sacks (2nd in team history)
🟡 115 Tackles for Loss (2nd in team history)
🟡 6x Pro Bowler
🟡 3x First Team All Pro pic.twitter.com/RltSQuoNTs
— NFL on Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) June 30, 2023
🏈 According to BetMGM, 91% of bets and 98% of the money is on the Steelers to go OVER their win total in 2023 (8.5). Mike Tomlin and the Steelers have went over their projected win total in each of the last three seasons. One bettor will win $45,000 if the Steelers (+4500) win the Super Bowl this season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Pennsylvania born, raised and educated, Jack Ham went on to be a career member of the Steelers and a member of the Hall’s Class of 1988. On the 35th anniversary of Ham entering the Hall, he’ll again be honored in Canton this summer.
Pennsylvania born, raised and educated, Jack Ham went on to be a career member of the @steelers and a member of the Hall's Class of 1988.
On the 35th anniversary of Ham entering the Hall, he'll again be honored in Canton this summer. pic.twitter.com/SeuftNR9r5
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 29, 2023
🎂 Happy Birthday to Steelers defensive end DeMarvin Leal, born on July 1, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas. Leal was drafted by the Steelers in the third round out of Texas A&M in the 2022 NFL Draft. Leal finished his rookie season with two starts in 11 appearances. He had 14 total tackles and three passes defended. After weighing 315 pounds at the start of last year, Leal is now down to 290, which is more akin to his weight at Texas A&M. With a classic tweener built, Leal worked at both interior defensive line and outside linebacker during OTAs, lining up from those same alignments of wide-9 to 3-technique.
🎥 Mike Garafolo of Good Morning Football created a checklist for the Steelers to win the AFC North in 2023.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) June 30, 2023
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