Matt Canada Has Got To Get Pickens Involved More

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Look, I don’t know if it is part of the plan or if Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, Matt Canada has no idea what he is doing. But rookie wide receiver, George Pickens is not being utilized they way he should be.

The University of Georgia standout was a steal in the second round in the 2022 NFL Draft, and showed his talent in both training camp and in preseason.

George Pickens preseason debut vs Seahawks

Steelers quarterback, Mitch Trubisky even mentioned his distain in the play calling of OC Canada telling ESPN he wants the play calls to “open up” and wants to answer the bell.

“I like to throw the ball down the field,” Trubisky said Tuesday. “Why I haven’t given the certain looks, especially during the game, I can’t tell you exactly. But we’re looking for that. I’m looking for that.”

The boos came out on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh fans began to chant “KENNY..KENNY” as in wanting Mitch pulled and Kenny Picket put in the game. But it wasn’t Trubisky to blame..it was the OC.

In two(2) regular season games, Pickens has been targeted only six(6) times, pulling in two receptions, averaging 13 yards per catch. This because Matt Canada is not using him as he should, which is having Pickens stretch the field..giving Trubisky more options for the long ball.

Ben Roethlisberger was criticized for not throwing the ball deep and being less mobile, but here we have Trubisky..a mobile quarterback with a strong arm, and Canada is refusing to let him off of the leash. To utilize Pickens down field which is why he was drafted.

Long story short..the trio of Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and George Pickens should be unstoppable behind Mitch Trubisky’s arm..or even Kenny Pickett for that matter. But Pickens definitely needs to be more involved in the play calls to make it work. #HereWeGo

I’LL BE BACK: Says “Terminator” J. Watt To Steelers Fans

TJ Watt intercepts Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a serious scare this past Sunday when their Defensive Player of the Year..and All-Pro linebacker, T.J. Watt left the game with a presumed torn pectoral muscle. But news has spread that his injury was not as severe as it first seemed.

Doctors determined this Tuesday afternoon that Watt will not need surgery on his torn pectoral and us expected to miss about six weeks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin said earlier today that the organization was “encouraged” about the injury update on TJ.

Dr. Brian Sutterer explains the pectoral injury to TJ Watt

“We’re probably in a lot better place than we were after the game,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “… I can definitively say that T.J. won’t play this week, but I won’t make any commitments beyond that.

“We’re encouraged, and we’ll just continue to look at the situation and gain opinions and do what’s appropriate.”

Watt, himself showed his excitement about not missing the entire season with a gif posted on Twitter. Depicting The Terminator mouthing his famous line “I’ll Be Back.”

Before leaving the game, Watt accumulated six ackles, one sack and one interception in the 23-20 overtime win over the AFC North defending Champions Cincinnati Bengals.

Last season, Watt had 22.5 sacks to tie the NFL’s single-season sack record. He has 73 sacks in his career.

Trubisky Should Be Week 1 Starter..Case Closed

Look, I am not going to pretend to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but being a former player myself..I can definitely say that I know who will be the starting quarterback in week 1 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

MITCH TRUBISKY: Not because he outshined rookie Kenny Pickett in the preseason, but because he has basically done nothing wrong to lose the starting position..which was what he was given a 2 year deal for. Also because he is a veteran who has experience playing the other teams in the AFC North. 3-0

In his three(3) preseason starts, Trubisky had a showing that most quarterbacks, starting or not, wish they had. Completing 24 of 34 attempts, going for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns. The most important stats being the 8.3 yards per attempt and zero(0) Interceptions.

The biggest argument for Trubisky was the 1:34..82 yard drive in the first half for a touchdown to Steven Simms. A drive that had penalties called against the Steelers, yet Mitch remained poised.

Mitch Trubisky drive for a touchdown against the Lions

KENNY PICKETT: Let’s not beat around the bush, the 20th overall first round 2022 draft pick is going to be the future for the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come. And has shown that he can be a leader in the locker room and on the field. But you never want to throw a rookie into the fire early on.

In his preseason debut as a rookie, Pickett pretty much proved why he was the only quarterback chosen in the first round. Putting up an impressive 29 for 36, 261 yards and 3 touchdowns. And like Trubisky, finished the preseason with no interceptions. The only stat he lacked on, was the yards per attempt. But how much does that truly factor in?

Jacksonville announcers don’t know the player’s names

Kenny Pickett was definitely the most “NFL READY” quarterback to come out of the draft. Being the oldest player drafted with the most NCAA experience at quarterback, Pickett will be the starter at some point this season..just not now.

The situation reminds me of the 2004 NFL draft, when the Pittsburgh Steelers had one Tommy Maddox as their starting quarterback, and drafted future Hall of Famer quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Who came in for an injured Maddox, only to go undefeated for the remainder of the season. A year later, became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Mitch Trubisky should be the starting quarterback come week 1 for one reason only..”EXPERIENCE “. You never want to place your rookie quarterback, although talented, in a situation to where he has to win immediately.

Give Trubisky the helm, and if he falters, you can always go to Pickett. Because it is not wise to have a first round pick start then go to a veteran. Start with the veteran, then let the rookie pull a Roethlisberger. #HereWeGo

MITCHBURGH OR KENNYWOOD: Who Should Be The Week 1 Starter

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Look, I am not going to lie. When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent quarterback, Mitch Trubisky I was not upset at all. Even more so after the untimely passing of Dwayne Haskins..(RIP DH), and truly believed Trubisky was the next in line.

Enter first round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, Kenny Pickett who has basically taken training camp and the first two preseason games by storm. Which brings up the QB debate:

WHICH QB SHOULD BE THE WEEK 1 STARTER?

Let’s of course start with Mitch Trubisky, who in his two preseason games was pretty solid. In five drives went 9 for 15, accumulating 123 yards and 1 touchdown with a 108.5 QBR. Only sacked once against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Anyone would be happy about those statistics, except the skepics.

Mitch Trubisky highlights week 1 preseason vs. Seahawks

Now, let’s move on to Kenny Pickett. In two preseason games (7 drives) threw for 171 yards, going 19 for 22 and 3 touchdowns..never sacked once, with a 138.6 QBR. And let’s keep in mind, two of the three touchdowns were under 2 minutes.

Kenny Pickett Orchrestrates a 1:05 drive for a Touchdown

Keep in mind, any team in the National Football League would love to have both of these options. Both Trubisky and Pickett were first round draft picks. Trubisky has a winning record in his career of 34-23, well above average obviously.

Pickett, the rookie who started all four years for the Pitt Panthers knows the stadium, and has shown amazing Pro-Level experience over the past two weeks of the preseason.

I see this conundrum as the Tommy Maddox/Ben Roethlisberger situation. Where the veteran starts the season, only to have the young 1st round draft pick rookie step in after an injury to run the show. Not saying I want that scenario to repeat itself.

I am however, saying that in week 1 versus the Cincinnati Bengals that Mitch Trubisky should be the starter. He has had experience with playing the AFC North, going undefeated against the Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns.

But in my opinion, Kenny Pickett will become the starter within 6 to 8 weeks. And will be the future of the Steelers franchise. Let me know who you think should be the week 1 starter by taking the poll above. #HereWeGo

Trading Mason Rudolph Just Makes Sense

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MEMO: Trading Mason Rudolph just makes sense. It saves the team $3 million, basically which was their plan in the first place. He had his chance to improve for four(4) years, now it’s time for #NextManUp He is just too much like Landry Jones, good one day..bad the next. No consistency whatsoever.

Although he played fairly well against the Seahawks on Saturday, that was basically an audition for other teams who absolutely NEED a quarterback. I mean let’s face it..they didn’t sign Trubisky and draft two quarterbacks if they had trust in Rudolph.

“A former NFL GM told me thinks Mason Rudolph could be traded to the Lions by the end of the week,” tweeted 93.7’s Andrew Fillipponi.

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To be honest it is a good problem to have, with two 1st round draft picks and a 3rd round pick as your quarterbacks. But at this point and time it is time for Rudolph to get a change of scenery. Because he will not be the starting quarterback in Pittsburgh..that’s a given.

Plus, if you cannot beat the Cleveland Browns on a regular basis you will not be the quarterback for our team for long. #HereWeGo

Steelers 2022 Initial Depth Chart

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HEAD COACH: Mike Tomlin OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Matt Canada DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Teryl Austin SPECIAL TEAMS: Danny Smith

#HereWeGo The 2022 NFL season is just around the corner, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have released their “initial” depth chart leading into this year. So without further ado..”LET’S GET IT IN!”

OFFENSE:

QUARTERBACK: Mitch Trubisky (1st) Mason Rudolph (2nd questionable) Kenny Pickett (3rd)

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RUNNING BACK: Najee Harris (1st) Benny Snell Jr. (2nd) Anthony McFarland (3rd) TBD

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(L)WIDE RECEIVER: Diontae Johnson (1st) Anthony Miller (2nd) Cody White (3rd)

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(R)WIDE RECEIVER: George Pickens (1st) Miles Boykin (2nd) Gunner Olszewski (3rd)

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(S)WIDE RECEIVER: Chase Claypool (1st) Calvin Austin III (2nd) Steven Sims (3rd)

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TIGHT END: Pat Freiermuth (1st) Zach Gentry (2nd) Connor Heyward (3rd)

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FULLBACK: Derek Watt (1st)

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LEFT TACKLE: Dan Moore Jr. (1st) Joe Haeg (2nd) Chaz Green (3rd)

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LEFT GUARD: Kevin Dotson (1st) Kendrick Green (2nd)

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CENTER: Mason Cole (1st) J.C. Hassenauer (2nd) Chris Owens (3rd)

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RIGHT GUARD: John Leglue (1st) Nate Gilliam (2nd)

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RIGHT TACKLE: Chukwuma Okorafor (1st) Trent Scott (2nd) Jake Dixon (3rd)

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DEFENSE:

DEFENSIVE END: Larry Ogunjobi (1st) Chris Wormley (2nd) DeMarvin Leal (3rd)

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NOSE TACKLE: Tyson Alualu (1st) Montravious Adams (2nd) Doug Costin (3rd)

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DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Cam Heyward (1st) Isaiahh Loudermilk (2nd)

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(L)OUTSIDE LINEBACKER: T.J. Watt (1st) Genard Avery (2nd) Tuzar Skipper (3rd)

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(L)INSIDE LINEBACKER: Devin Bush (1st) Robert Spillane (2nd) Ulysses Gilbert III (3rd)

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(R) INSIDE LINEBACKER: Myles Jack (1st) Marcus Allen (2nd) Buddy Johnson (3rd)

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(R)OUTSIDE LINEBACKER: Alex Highsmith (1st) Derek Tuszka (2nd) Delontae Scott (3rd)

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(L) CORNERBACK: Levi Wallace (1st) James Peirre (2nd) Chris Steele (3rd)

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STRONG SAFETY: Terrell Edmunds (1st) Damontae Kazee (2nd) Karl Joseph (3rd)

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FREE SAFETY: Minkah Fitzpatrick (1st) Tre Norwood (2nd) Miles Killebrew (3rd)

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(R)CORNERBACK: Ahkello Witherspoon (1st) Justin Layne (2nd)

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NICKLE BACK: Cameron Sutton (1st) Arthur Maulet (2nd)

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Do you agree with this depth chart? How would you rearrange it? #HereWeGo

MJD Ranks Najee Harris As No. 9 RB in the NFL

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Former Jacksonville Jaguars standout and NFL analyst Maurice Jones-Drew expressed his “TOP 32 RUNNING BACKS” on Thursday, placing Pittsburgh Steelers 2nd year RB Najee Harris at number nine(9) on his list.

Harris, the 6 foot 1 inch..232 lb. back out of Alabama had a very impressive rookie season, rushing for 1,200 yards with 7 touchdowns. Tacking on an additional 74 receptions for 467 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns, all of this behind a makeshift offensive line.

With a player not named Ben Roethlisberger under center on a permanent basis for the first time since 2003, the Steelers’ offense is primed to go through No. 22. He had an outstanding rookie campaign with zero fumbles on 381 regular-season touches. He’s durable and poised to lead the unit in the run game while also providing a big boost in the pass game.

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With the addition of veteran centers James Daniels and Mason Cole, the Steelers have definitely improved in the offensive line category and give Coach Mike Tomlin a lot more “wiggle room” than he had last season.

Not to mention the addition of offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr. With that I see Harris surpassing his 1,200 yard rookie debut, especially since the 1st string quarterback position is still up for grabs.

RUNNING BACKS ABOVE NAJEE:

8) Austin Eckler (Los Angeles Chargers)*

7) Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals)

6) Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)

5) Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)*

4) Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)

3) Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns)

2) Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis Colts)

1) Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)

* = Ranking I do not agree with