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May 19, 2020

Big Ben missed most of 2019 with an elbow injury.  Subsequently, he vowed to not trim his beard until he could throw again.  Well -- after surgery and a lengthy recovery -- he's baaaaack!  And freshly coiffed.  With most sports on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic only time will tell if the season will start on time, but I'm excited to see Ben get back out there.

Big Ben before Big Ben after 

May 8, 2020

The NFL schedule was released last night.  Here are the Steelers' regular season games.  Starting out on Monday night will likely set the tone for the season.  Let's hope it's a good tone.

Steelers 2020 schedule
Graphic courtesy of The Tribune-Democrat

May 7, 2020

Here are pictures of the 2020 draft class, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers website.  I do not own the rights to these images and am not using them for any commercial purposes.
Chase Claypool Alex Highsmith  Anthony McFarland Jr. 
Kevin Dotson  Antoine Brooks Jr.  Carlos Davis 

April 25, 2020

The 2020 NFL Draft just wrapped up.  Here's the Steelers draft class:

2nd Rd, 49th overall: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
3rd Rd, 102nd overall: Alex Highsmith, LB, Charlotte
4th Rd, 124th overall: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
4th Rd, 135th overall: Kevin Dotson, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
6th Rd, 198th overall: Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
7th Rd, 232nd overall: Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska

Claypool is a big kid at 6'4" 238lbs -- more like tight end size but with wide receiver speed.  I'm not saying he's going to be the next Calvin Johnson, but it would be great if he just came close.  The Steelers sure could use some help after their passing offense finished at or near the bottom in every stat last season.

Highsmith is a 6'3" 248lb edge rusher.  He set a single-season school record in 2018 with 17.5 tackles for a loss and then broke it in 2019 with 21.5.  Let's hope some of that quickness translates to the big leagues.  NFL players are a lot faster than Conference USA.

McFarland is a 5'9" 198lb running back who played only 2 seasons at Maryland.  He had a good freshman year, but struggled with an ankle injury during his sophomore year.  Hopefully he'll be healthy when -- or if -- the season starts.  I'm not saying they drafted him because he played with Tomlin's son at Maryland but....

Dotson is a beast at 6'4" 321lbs.  He racked up numerous first-team all-American accolades in his senior season and is a life-long Steelers fan.  Maybe that will provide some extra motivation in his performance.

Brooks is another Maryland draft pick.  I'm seeing a pattern here.  He is 5'11" 213lbs and gives the Steelers a little depth at Safety.  He led Maryland with 87 tackles last season and was named team MVP.

Looking for a replacement for Hargrave, the Steelers picked up Davis with their last pick.  He is 6'2" 320lbs and clocked in with a 4.79 40-yard time.  Not too shabby for a big man.  Interestingly, he played at Nebraska with his twin brother, Khalil, who also played DL and was drafted by the Bucs in the 6th round.

Most of the "experts" had predicted that the Steelers would pick up a quarterback in the draft.  Jalen Hurts was identified as the most probable choice; however, he was drafted by Philly in the 2nd round.  In the end, the Steelers did not opt for a QB, deciding to stick with their current roster of inconsistent performers.

April 23, 2020

Today was the first day of the NFL Draft.  In this age of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roger Goodell announced the draft picks while social distancing in his basement.  Never imagined I'd be saying that.

The Steelers have no first round draft picks.  The one they had was traded to Miami (along with a few others) in September of last year to acquire Minkah Fitzpatrick.  Kudos on the trade!  He went on to have a helluva season.  Hopefully that continues in the coming years.

Cincy made the smart pick and took Burrow at #1.  Already dreading facing him twice a year.  The man has ice water where his blood should be.  Did you see him celebrate being picked first?  He merely stood up and hugged each of his parents.  Separately.  Not even a group hug.  And not even 2-armed hugs.  They only got 1 arm each.  That's ice cold.

On a side note:  The Phins took Tua at #5.  I wouldn't take him if he was in a fire sale at Sears.  I'm putting it in writing that I think he's going to be a bust.  Not because he can't play but because of his injuries.  In my opinion, he's destined to be the Greg Oden of the NFL.