September 2016 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Steelers To Use Le'Veon Bell More As Receiver

Sep 30, 2016 8:05 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers could use Le'Veon Bell as a receiver in two-back sets against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

Bell, one of the most productive receiving backs in the NFL, is returning from a three-game suspension.

"In a way, yes," Ben Roethlisberger said when asked if Bell could play in the slot. "Listen, we're not going to put him at wide receiver and use DeAngelo [Williams] at running back, but we will, I think, have them both on the field and move them out of the backfield.

"We're not going to take RB off the front of (Bell's) name and put WR, but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers."

The Steelers have struggled to make plays with Martavis Bryant suspended for the year, Markus Wheaton struggling with drops and Ladarius Green sidelined indefinitely.

Bell has caught 152 passes in 35 career games.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Referees Threatened To Sit Antonio Brown Over Custom Cleats

Sep 28, 2016 9:02 AM

The NFL threatened to sideline Antonio Brown for the second half of Sunday's game if he didn't take off his baby blue cleats emblazoned with the faces of his children.

In Week 1, Brown's blue cleats with the No. 84 on the side earned him a fine for a uniform violation. Two weeks later, he displayed his children on a new pair of cleats.

According to NFL rules, wearing "foreign substances on body/uniform" earns a $9,115 fine for a first offense and $18,231 for a second offense. Or the league could categorize the fines under "personal messages," which results in a $6,076 fine for first-time offenses and 412,154 for a second.

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Pederson Sees 'Lot Of Similarities' Between Wentz, Roethlisberger

Sep 20, 2016 4:33 PM

Ahead of Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson says he sees a lot of similarities between rookie Carson Wentz and Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger.

Both quarterbacks are listed at 6-foot-5 and roughly 240 pounds and each was a first round pick from a lesser-known program.

"Carson has the ability to extend plays with his legs; Ben is big, strong, physical in the pocket, hard to bring down and continues to have great vision down the field," Pederson said. "I think that's one of Carson's strengths, is he continues to have that vision down the field when things begin to break down.

"So, yeah, there's a lot of similarities there. And the fact that they're both very good throwers outside the pocket is a tribute to both of them."

Roethlisberger went an amazing 13-0 as a starter during the regular season in his rookie year and was a Super Bowl champion by age 23.

Wentz has completed 61 percent of his passes for 468 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers to help the Eagles jump out to a 2-0 record.

"Carson is doing a great job of making reads and getting them in good plays and maybe getting them out of some bad plays," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "He's showing great maturity for a young guy from that perspective in terms of the amount of communication he's involved with. ... Those who are successful generally don't play like rookies."

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DeAngelo Williams Just Wants To Be Pittsburgh's 'Insurance Policy'

Sep 19, 2016 7:25 PM

DeAngelo Williams has been so good for the Pittsburgh Steelers whenever Le'Veon Bell has been out that he 

“No! I am an insurance policy. I’m driving the car till L-Bell gets back. I’m trying to keep us in good position till he gets back. That’s good with me. When I came here, I came here to win a Super Bowl. That’s the only thing I care about.”

Williams is the oldest running back in the NFL at 33.

In Pittsburgh's Week 2 win over the Bengals, Williams rushed for 94 yards on 32 carries while also catching four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.

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Victor Cruz On Josh Norman: If You're The Best, Cover The Best WRs

Sep 15, 2016 8:27 AM

Victor Cruz took a jab at Josh Norman on Wednesday for not covering Antonio Brown on Monday night.

Brown had eight receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins 38-16.

"Especially if he calls himself -- I don't call him this, he calls himself the best corner in the league -- then you have to go cover the best receivers on the other team," Cruz said. "Going in, I thought he was going to follow AB all over the place, but he didn't. So it is what it is. He made his choice."

Norman told reporters Wednesday that he focuses on the assignments given to him by his coaches.

"I'm doing what I'm asked to do and doing it to the best of my abilities, trying to be a cerebral assassin on details and assignments, which my coaches ask me to do," he said. "Trying to be a technician of the game. Anything I can do, I'm all for it. Whether I travel or not travel to one side, left side, who really cares? Just get the job done. Whoever gets the job done, so be it.

"All this talk about this guy matchups up this guy, who really frickin' cares? Come out with a W and win the game. That's hogwash. That's what people talk about. Of course we want to go up against each other because our competitive egos are through the roof. It's one of those things that comes with the territory."

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Tags: New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Antonio Brown: Josh Norman Wanted To Cover Me One-On-One

Sep 14, 2016 6:47 AM

Antonio Brown had 126 yards and two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins on Monday night with Josh Norman primarily lined up against other receivers.

Both of Brown's touchdowns came against Bashaud Breeland, beating the third-year corner down the sideline for scores of 29 and 26 yards.

"I'm sure he wanted to play me, but I don't know if it was his coach's scheme or what they thought," Brown said. "I know he wanted to play against me one-on-one the whole game if it was up to him."

Brown said he considers Norman a "good friend," and the two exchanged jerseys after the game.

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Jay Gruden Defends Putting Bashaud Breeland On Antonio Brown

Sep 13, 2016 6:58 AM

Jay Gruden opted to put Bashaud Breeland, and not Josh Norman, on Antonio Brown during Monday night's Pittsburgh Steelers-Washington Redskins game.

The Monday Night Football matchup was billed in part as a matchup between a star cornerback (Norman) and star receiver (Brown). Breeland was the primary defender on Brown, who caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 38-16 victory.

"He's a good corner and he got beat by a great player today, and some great passes that I don't know what corner could defend," Gruden said of Breeland.

Going forward the Redskins will look at the possibility of having Norman shadow the opposing team's No. 1 receiver.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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David DeCastro, Steelers Agree Upon Six-Year, $58.07M Deal

Sep 8, 2016 7:41 PM

David DeCastro has agreed upon a six-year, $58.07 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DeCastro is one of the NFL's best guards and was named a First-team All-Pro in 2015.

DeCastro was the 24th overall pick out of Stanford in 2012.

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Steelers Claim Zach Mettenberger Off Waivers

Sep 1, 2016 8:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have claimed Zach Mettenberger off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers claimed the quarterback off waivers from the Tennessee Titans when he was released in May.

A sixth-round selection in 2014, Mettenberger finished 0-10 as a starter in Tennessee and did not play in the past two preseason games for San Diego.


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