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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is headed back to the boxing ring after losing his pro debut and the Steelers are listed as the best fit for a free agent inside linebacker with a Pittsburgh connection.

🏈 Bleacher Report: Alex Ballentine thinks the Steelers are the best fit for Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in free agency.

“The Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking to add that kind of athletic inside linebacker for years,” Ballentine wrote. “They drafted Devin Bush Jr. with a top-10 pick and signed Myles Jack last year. Edmunds would finally give them that player while getting to play behind a pass rush that features T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith.The potential to play alongside his brother, Terrell Edmunds, who is also a free agent but has played for the Steelers for the last five years, is just an added bonus.”

🏈 Pro Football Talk: Le’Veon Bell will box again next month, facing YouTube personality JMX on April 21. It will be Bell’s third boxing match. He scored a TKO of fellow former running back Adrian Peterson in an amateur fight held in September 2022. The following month, Bell lost his professional debut to former UFC fighter Uriah Hall.

🏈 Next Gen Stats: Maryland cornerbacks Deonte Banks (98) and Jakorian Bennett (97) became the first teammates at the same position to post 95+ athleticism scores at the same combine over the last two decades. Banks turned heads in Indianapolis by posting a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, 42-inch vertical and 11-foot-4 broad at 197 pounds. Jakorian Bennett ran the second-fastest time of this year’s combine at 4.30.

🏈 Next Gen Stats: Joey Porter Jr. is the latest high-end defensive back prospect to share his name with a father who had a Pro Bowl-level NFL career. Porter joins Patrick Surtain II, Asante Samuel Jr. and Antoine Winfield Jr. All four of these defensive back prospects earned at least an 80 overall draft score.

🏈 NFL Network: Joey Porter Jr. ran an official 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Joey Porter Sr. told the NFL Network that he didn’t have his best day running, as he was running in the 4.3 range for the most part leading up to the event.

🏈 Ohio State offensive tackle Dawand Jones is an absolute unit, as he measured in at 6-foot-8, 374 pounds with an 87 7/8″ wing span and 11 5/8’’ hand span at the NFL Combine. Jones is bigger than former Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks, who was measured at 6-foot-7, 350 pounds, 35.5-inch arm length and 10 3/4 hand at his combine in 2004.

🏈 Pro Football Focus: Over the last two seasons, Diontae Johnson has recorded 14 drops on 307 targets.

🏈 Antonio Brown made a one-handed catch while performing at Rolling Loud in Los Angeles. He made it with his right hand, too. AB is a lefty. 

🏈 T.J. Watt was back at Wisconsin over the weekend. The All-Pro outside linebacker gave some advice to the Badgers defensive line. 

🎂 Steelers legend Rocky Bleier celebrated his 77th birthday on Sunday. Former Steelers offensive line coach and Hall of Famer Mike Munchak also turned 63 yesterday.


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