Steelers Daily Links: Ravens Take AFC North Lead; Toney Trade Keeps WR Market Hot
Not-great news for the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Baltimore Ravens moved into first place in the AFC North with a win on Thursday Night Football, while the New York Giants got a big return for struggling wide receiver Kadarius Toney, keeping the NFL WR market hot.
The Ravens got touchdowns from Kenyan Drake, Isaiah Likely and Devin Duvernay while rushing for 231 yards as a team to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-24 on Thursday night football. The 5-3 Ravens moved a half-game ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Cincinnati plays Cleveland on Monday night.
The Bengals will be without star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase for several weeks, likely including the Week 11 game in Pittsburgh.
The New York Giants got a third and sixth-round pick in exchange for sending wide receiver Kadarius Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs. Toney, New York’s first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has not made the hoped-for impact as a pro. In 12 games, he has 41 career catches for 420 yards and no touchdowns.
In Thursday night’s Buccaneers-Ravens game, Tom Brady surpassed Ben Roethlisberger as the most sacked quarterback (555) in NFL history. Tom Brady is two games under .500 for the first time in his 23-year NFL career.
In an NFL Films presentation, Najee Harris discussed how his childhood struggles shaped him into the community man and player he is today.
Thursday marked the ninth anniversary of when Jeannette native Terrelle Pryor ran for a 93-yard touchdown against the Steelers at the Oakland Coliseum. It still stands as the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history. Also, it is the longest rushing play in Raiders’ history.
The NFL Throwback account on YouTube featured the Steelers-Eagles game from Week 9 of the 2004 season. Led by rookie Ben Roethlisberger, the 6-1 Steelers defeated the 7-0 Eagles, 27-3, at Heinz Field.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said he’s been cleared from the concussion protocol.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni gave high praise to Kenny Pickett. “I thought very highly of him coming out,” Sirianni said. “I thought he was a guy that could go through reads really fast, finding the guy he was supposed to go to. Was an accurate thrower. Was deceptive with his feet. Made one of the coolest plays I’ve seen in college football when he pretended to slide and kept going.”
In his “One Man’s Opinion” video following the Steelers’ loss to the Miami Dolphins, Rocky Bleier ponders whether it’s time for the Steelers to shake things up.
Steelers.com captured Mike Tomlin giving encouragement to Kenny Pickett after the loss to the Dolphins on Sunday night. “There is gonna be better days. Head high, fighting all the time,” Tomlin told Pickett while they walked off the field together.
North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye reminds Pat Narduzzi of a young Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers will return to the practice field at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex at 10:15 a.m. — Nick Farabaugh Ed Thompson
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