The Steelers announced their team captains for the 2019 season on Tuesday, with the results of the players’ voting leaving three returning captains from the 2018 season and one newcomer.
Fullback Roosevelt Nix was named as a first-time captain of the Steelers’ special teams units. Nix is entering his fifth season with the Steelers. He had nine special teams tackles in 2018 for 35 in his Pittsburgh career.
Head coach Mike Tomlin used Nix as a positive example of a player that has embraced his special teams role despite the fullback’s diminished level of usage in modern offense.
“You’d better have other things that you’re capable of doing to add value to your cause and ours.
Nix replaced kicker Chris Boswell, who was the special teams captain in 2018.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will captain the offense for the 12th consecutive season and for the third time, he’ll be joined by Maurkice Pouncey as a co-captain of that unit.
Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward will be a captain for the fifth time.
Report: Mike Hilton Signs Second-Round Tender
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton has signed his 2nd-round tender, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Steelers’ CB Mike Hilton signed his 2nd-round tender, per @RosenhausSports, though he still is hoping to get a contract extension done with the team before the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 11, 2020
The 26-year-old cornerback started eight games and appeared in all 16, recording 62 tackles, 11 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and one interception, an improvement in most categories from his first two years in Pittsburgh. Undrafted out of Mississippi, Hilton was signed by the Steelers in December of 2016 after being cut by the Jaguars and Patriots.
The Steelers placed second-round tenders on both Hilton and tackle Matt Feiler, who reportedly signed his earlier in the day. The tenders were worth $3.259 million in 2020.
Report: Steelers Re-Signing RFA OT Matt Feiler
Restricted free agent offensive tackle is signing his second-round restricted free agent tender with the Steelers, according to a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Source says Steelers right tackle Matt Feiler is signing his second-round restricted free-agent tender.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) June 11, 2020
The tender contract, offered to Feiler back in March, is worth $3.259 million.
Bringing back Feiler — who started all 16 games in 2019 — adds much needed depth and experience to an older Steelers offensive line that is also trying to replace the recently retired Ramon Foster. Pittsburgh also added former Kansas City Chiefs guard Stefen Wisniewski this offseason in free agency.
Feiler was ranked as the 20th-best tackle in the league for his performance last season.
Had another club signed Feiler to an offer sheet and the Steeler chose not to match, they would have received that team’s 2021 second round pick as compensation.
Undrafted out of Bloomsburg University in 2014, Feiler has realistically spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, aside from a short stint with the Texans.
With Feiler locked up, the Steelers now await starting slot cornerback Mike Hilton’s decision, who they also placed the second-round tender on.
Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College
It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.
The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.