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Steelers Trade QB Josh Dobbs to Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Steelers have traded quarterback Josh Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars and will receive the Jaguars’ fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in return, the team announced on Monday.

Dobbs, the Steelers’ third-year quarterback, lost a training camp battle with Mason Rudolph to be Ben Roethlisberger’s primary backup.

The 6-foot-3, 216-pound passer out of Tennessee played in all four Steelers’ preseason games and made two starts, finishing with 280 passing yards on 18 of 33 attempts, no touchdown and two interceptions. He also had nine carries for 70 yards.

In five career regular-season games played, all of which came in 2018, he competed 6 of 12 passes for 43 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was inactive for the regular-season opener against New England.

The Jaguars quarterback position suffered a loss in Week 1 when starting quarterback Nick Foles broke his clavicle. Rookie Gardner Minshew II was the only other quarterback on Jacksonville’s roster.

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Report: Mike Hilton Signs Second-Round Tender

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton has signed his 2nd-round tender, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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.

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Report: Steelers Re-Signing RFA OT Matt Feiler

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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.

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.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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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.

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.

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