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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 2, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 According to DraftKings, the Baltimore Ravens are the betting favorite to sign former Tennessee Titans All-Pro running back Derrick Henry at +200.

🏈 In response to public demand, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “A Legacy Forged in Black & Gold” temporary Pittsburgh Steelers exhibit has been extended another week. It now will remain open until Feb. 25. Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson will be there Friday and Saturday.

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🏈 Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated thinks Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields would be a perfect fit in Arthur Smith’s offense in Pittsburgh.

“In his time as an offensive coach with the Tennessee Titans, Smith was with Jake Locker, Marcus Mariota, and Ryan Tannehill. With the Atlanta Falcons, the coach had Matt Ryan, Mariota and Desmond Ridder. So he’s built an offense, over the years, that’s adaptable to whatever type of quarterback he happens to have,” Breer wrote.

“Then, there’s this: Mike Tomlin is as wired into Ohio State as any coach in the NFL, save for the guys, like Mike Vrabel, who actually played there. So he’s gonna get the goods on Fields, and know what needs to be done to get the most out of him.

“Add it up, and I actually think the Pittsburgh Steelers are the ideal landing spot for Fields, where he’d enter into a competition with Kenny Pickett, plus have an improving offensive line and talented group of skill players around him. I think it’d work for the Steelers, too, giving them two shots at finding a long-term answer, rather than just one, at the position. That said, there’s merit, too, to going with someone whom Smith knows, like Tannehill. We’ll see what happens.”

🏈 Ryan McCrystal of Sharp Football has the Steelers selecting Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham at 20th overall in his mock draft.

“Broderick Jones will return to a starting role despite a tough rookie year, but it’s time to move on from Dan Moore Jr. at left tackle,” McCrystal wrote. “Alabama’s JC Latham and Georgia’s Amarius Mims are options, though both would likely play right tackle with Jones moving to the left side. The Steelers typically favor elite size in their linemen, and both Latham and Mims fit that profile.

McCrytal thinks cornerback is also an option at 20th overall.

“Joey Porter Jr. is the only cornerback with a long-term future in Pittsburgh. Patrick Peterson may return, but Levi Wallace and Chandon Sullivan are both free agents. Iowa’s Cooper DeJean, Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry, and Missouri’s Ennis Rakestraw Jr. are viable targets,” McCrytal wrote.

🏈 Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk thinks it’s a no-brainer for the Steelers to go after Justin Fields.

“When you look at Justin Fields and what the Steelers current options are, he’s clearly better than the options that are already on the team,” Florio said on 93.7 The Fan.

🏈 Explosive LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers reminds Brett Kollmann of former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. Nabers Nabers is a projected first-round pick, ranking No. 11 overall and second among receivers in CBS Sports’ 2024 NFL Draft prospect rankings. Nabers is coming off a junior season in which he caught 89 passes for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns — all career-highs.

🏈 North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye gives a lot of people Ben Roethlisberger vibes. Dan Orlovsky even made the comparison recently.

🏈 The official trailer for EA Sports College Football 25 was released on Thursday.

The famed franchise hasn’t released a new edition since NCAA Football 14. Several months after the release of that game, the publisher stated that they would not be publishing a new college football game due to legal issues. Those legal issues would lead to a class action lawsuit from former college athletes. EA would settle the suit of $60 million in 2016, paving the way for the game to return.

The full reveal for the new game will come in May with a planned summer release.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, born on February 16, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan. Bettis finished his career in 2005 with 13,662 yards, at that time fifth in NFL history and still the eighth-most ever. After Bettis’ final regular season, the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit, with Bettis retiring on stage as a champion. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

🎥 Steel City Star shared Jerome Bettis’ speech from the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory parade in February 2006. His farewell at the end: “Thank you for all the memories you’ve given me.”




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