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Steelers Daily Links: Kenny Pickett Back to Work; Ravens Coach Backs Hines Ward for HOF



Steelers QB Kenny Pickett

The final game of the 2022 NFL season, Super Bowl LVII, has not even been played yet, and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is already back to work.

Pickett has started his offseason training in Florida with personal quarterback coach Tony Racioppi in Florida.

“Back to work with KP for entire offseason. Grinder!!” Racioppi tweeted. 

93.7 The Fan: Former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick thinks Hines Ward belongs in Canton. “Hines Ward is a slam dunk Hall of Famer. … He changed the game,” Billick said.

93.7 The Fan: Former Steelers running back LeGerratte Blount reveals that Todd Haley was the reason for his short stay in Pittsburgh back in 2014.  “(Haley) did not want to use me much,” Blount told Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller. “Me and him had conversations ad nauseum. I would go to work and grind. I do my job every day. I put the same work in that Le’Veon did. I have a credible background. It was crazy they weren’t trying to make a way for it to work for both of us. Maybe Le’Veon gets 20 carries and I get 11 or 12 and I was ok with that. There were games where he would have 30 carries and I would have one or two and I was like, ‘Bro, what did I come here for?'” Blount infamously left the field early during a Week 11 win over the Tennessee Titans due to receiving no carries. He was subsequently released by the Steelers the next day.

93.7 The Fan: NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger doesn’t think Kenny Pickett is on Joe Burrow’s level. “Joe Burrow is the best pure passer in the league,” Baldinger said. “I think there’s a difference in arm strength and overall talent.”

Pete Schrager: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed 84-year-old Tom Moore to a contract extension. This is Moore’s 47th different NFL contract that he has signed over the course of his illustrious career. Moore was the Steelers wide receivers coach from 1977-82 and offensive coordinator from 1983-89.

The Watt brothers and Aaron Donald have combined to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year in seven of the last 10 seasons. Neither of the Watts or Donald are in the running this year for DPOY. Coming off a season where he won NFL Defensive Player of the Year, T.J. Watt had high hopes for the 2022 campaign. But those hopes were hindered when he suffered a pectoral injury in the Steelers season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Watt also had arthroscopic knee surgery, which further delayed his return until after the Steelers’ Week 9 bye. “It was probably the last two weeks of the season that I started to really feel like myself,” Watt told Teresa Varley. “I don’t know if I ever fully got back, but I was definitely climbing and starting to feel a lot better and I wasn’t coming out of games super sore. I was finally in football shape and getting back to taking chances and playing free and not being so worried about making mistakes. That’s the frustrating thing for me. I felt like I was starting to gain my stride and get back to who I am.”

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin won the NFLPA’s Alan Page Community Service Award. Hamlin accepted the prestigious award in person.

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