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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 24, 2018
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When I’m at my lowest, I’m not going to hide. I’m sorry. That loss was on me. I let everyone down, it won’t happen again. pic.twitter.com/amLOGJxino
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) December 24, 2018
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John Harbaugh said the first goal to any season is winning the division title. "We appreciate where we’re at," Harbaugh said. "This is the opportunity that we wanted. Now, it’s ours to go get."
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 24, 2018
"I liked what Mike Tomlin did. I liked the message he was trying to send to his team: 'We are playing to win. We are going for broke in a place that almost nobody ever wins.'" — @RealSkipBayless on Steelers' fake punt pic.twitter.com/PFdLgMJ1lm
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) December 24, 2018
— Joe Kapp (@937Catfish) December 24, 2018
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— Joe Kapp (@937Catfish) December 24, 2018
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If I were Art II, I would drill down deep this off-season to figure out how my team went from 7-2-1 to 8-6-1. B/c it was a cataclysmic collapse. You can't solve problems until you realize you have them.
— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) December 24, 2018
Last year, the Jesse James play changed catch rule. That call on Joe Haden might be bad enough to make some PI calls reviewable.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 23, 2018
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 24, 2018
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Per @NFL JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is 22 years and 31 days old, has 106 catches this season and surpassed LARRY FITZGERALD (22 years, 123 days) as the youngest player to reach 100 receptions in a single season in NFL history #WTAE
— Andrew Stockey (@astockeyWTAE) December 24, 2018
If they lose in Week 17, the Bengals will have double-digit losses for the first time since 2010. Which begs the question (again). What about Marvin Lewis? https://t.co/rOZ17pcfqo pic.twitter.com/S8Gellg99h
— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) December 24, 2018
This is dumb. They call DPI for a touch or grab, but this is a no call? Guess we just love touchdowns pic.twitter.com/dp6TD3ijXi
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) December 24, 2018
Steelers Announce 2020 Preseason Schedule
The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.
Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.
The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.
The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.
Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.
The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.
First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.
Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.
Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.
The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio
Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints
Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets
Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers
Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars
Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins
Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills
Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns
Steelers Announces Jerseys Numbers for Rookies and Free Agents
The Steelers have announced jersey numbers for the rookies and free agents they added this off-season.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool already revealed on his Twitter last week he would be wearing No. 11, but the team announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Alex Highsmith will wear No. 56.
The Steelers made a splash this off-season adding a tight end Eric Ebron, who will stick with his No. 85 jersey he wore with the Colts. They also beefed up the offensive line by signing Stefen Wisniewski. He will also stick with the number he has held his entire career, No. 61.
The pair of Maryland Terrapins selected in the 2020 NFL Draft — Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. — will wear No. 26 and 25, respectively.
Continuing with the theme of Steelers rookies, fourth round guard Kevin Dotson has chosen No. 69.
Seventh round nose tackle Carlos Davis will wear No. 73.
Steelers Exercise T.J. Watt’s 5th Year Option
The Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of outside linebacker T.J. Watt, the team announced on Tuesday.
Watt, 25, is set to enter his fourth year with the Steelers this fall after joining the team as a first-round draft pick out of Wisconsin in 2017.
All first-round rookie contracts come with a fifth-year option. After exercising the option on Watt, he will be with the Steelers through at least the end of the 2021 season. The exact salary figures for 2017 draft class options has not yet been released.
The Steelers previously exercised their fifth-year option for 2015 first-round pick, linebacker Bud Dupree in advance of the 2018 season. They declined to extend the contract of 2016 first-round pick, cornerback Artie Burns this offseason, and he signed with the Chicago Bears in free agency.
Watt has started 48 of 49 games for the Steeles since he was drafted. In 2018, he led the NFL with eight forced fumbles and also set career highs in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (14), passes defended (eight), fumbles recovered (four), interceptions (two) and quarterback hits (35). He was named to his second Pro Bowl and was selected as a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.
Watt was one of several Steelers players that were set to become a free agent following the end of the 2020 season, along with Dupree, defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, cornerback Joe Haden, running back James Conner, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tackles Matt Feiler and Alejandro Villanueva, among others.