Steelers Daily Links: Pouncey on Retirement; McCaffrey Trade?
Former Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurice Pouncey explained his decision to retire after the 2020 season and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been speculated as a possible trading destination for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
BJ Rudell of Pro Football Network thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a possible landing spot for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who is on the trade block. Rudell thinks Najee Harris could be part of a package that would enable Pittsburgh to keep a little more of their draft capital. He also considers McCaffrey as an instant upgrade over Harris. “Pittsburgh is 2-4 and only one game out of a surprisingly muted AFC North. They have four more intra-divisional games. For a team that’s fifth-worst in yards per carry, the addition of McCaffrey could elevate them to divisional co-frontrunners alongside Cincinnati and Baltimore,” Rudell said.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Baltimore Ravens are signing veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson. At 35, Jackson is back for his 15th NFL season.
Through six weeks, Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith leads the league in sacks with 6.5.
On a recent Twitter Space held by SteelerNation.com, Maurkice Pouncey opened up about the tough decision to retire following the 2020 season. “Man, honestly if I had anything left, I promise you guys and Steeler Nation, I would’ve given it man,” Pouncey said. “I had too much respect for the organization, myself, and my pride to go out there and one: to accept that I wasn’t the same player, and two: to steal from the team and not go out there to produce for the money that they paid me as a player. I couldn’t live with myself knowing that I was going to go out there and do something like that.” Pouncey will join SteelerNation.com this week at the Terrible Tailgate before the Steelers take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.
The Dolphins had an eight-game winning streak at home prior to Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Dolphins will wear throwback uniforms for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. Miami’s jerseys will feature the Perfect Season patch, honoring the 1972 squad. The Dolphins will wear their teal throwback jerseys.
The Steelers worked out free agent cornerback Troy Pride on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. The Notre Dame product was a fourth-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2020. Pride was waived by the Panthers this past May after failing his physical.
Mitch Trubisky converted four third-down plays of 11+ yards in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The last time that happened for the Steelers was when Ben Roethlisberger did it in Week 1 of the 2012 season against the Denver Broncos.
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger broke down how Cam Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi had a field day against the Buccaneers’ offensive line. “Cam Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi dominated the trenches of this game nearly every play. Looked like the Standard of Steelers Football. They took turns whooping the guy in front of them start to finish,” Baldinger said.
.@Steelers @CamHeyward @Mr_Ogunjobi dominated the trenches of this game nearly every play. Looked like the Standard of Steelers Football. They took turns whooping the guy in front of them start to finish #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/q1INKxD9n8
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 18, 2022
AROUND THE NFL
The NFL and Amazon announced that in 2023, Prime Video will exclusively stream a “Black Friday” game, the Friday after Thanksgiving. The first-ever NFL Black Friday game will take place on November 24, 2023, with an expected kickoff of 3 p.m. ET. Teams are to be announced.
The Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft, engaged in a heated exchange, multiple league and ownership sources told ESPN. The disagreement was over the NFL owners voting 31-1 on Tuesday to permit their compensation committee to open negotiations on a new contract with commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones was the only owner to vote against it, while Kraft was in strong support for the measure. Jones was so outraged that he reportedly told Kraft, “Don’t f*** with me.”
Jones vs. Kraft isn’t the only owners beef, as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is the first owner to publicly back removal of Dan Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders. “I believe there’s merit to remove him as owner,” Irsay said of Snyder, who is facing two NFL investigations and a congressional inquiry into allegations of rampant sexual harassment of women employees. Snyder sent a letter to fellow NFL owners on Tuesday addressing an ESPN article that claimed he hired a private investigator to dig up dirt on NFL owners. Snyder called the allegations “false” and “malicious.”
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett had X-rays on his shoulder that came back negative, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. It was the same shoulder that Garrett injured in his car accident on Sept. 25. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said after Sunday’s game that Garrett “banged” his shoulder but should be good to go for this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers will practice at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex at 12:15 p.m. Alan Saunders, Ed Thompson
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