Eric Herrmann: 2019 Steelers Mock Draft 2.0

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Mock draft season is a time I both love and hate. On one hand, I love learning about different prospects and trying to predict who the Steelers will draft. On the other, I’m reduced to a dog chasing its tail and am constantly going back and forth between potential picks. Yes, draft season is fluid, […]

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Current and former members of the Steelers start chiming in supporting Ben Roethlisberger

With the Pittsburgh Steelers gearing up for the 2019 season, teammates have started to finally stick up for the team’s quarterback.

I’m not sure what it was which sparked change, but maybe it was just one of those ‘enough is enough’ situations where teammates of Ben Roethlisberer had reached their tipping point of the Ben bashing.

Fans wondered where the current, and former, players were in supporting Ben Roethlisberger, while so many spoke out openly against him. Wait no longer…as several members of the Steelers took to social media in support of No. 7.

Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Ryan Clark and even Emmanuel Sanders have all had their chance to speak their minds. A chance to show how bad a teammate, and leader, they feel/felt Roethlisberger was/is for the black-and-gold.

Now you get to see the other side of the proverbial coin…

Take a look at some of what was said via social media:

Mike Tomlin admits he is disappointed with Artie Burns

The Steelers head coach touched on a number of subjects when he spoke to the media on Monday, discussing the notable departures and additions this offseason.

Following on the heels of Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Sunday, it was the turn of Mike Tomlin to talk with the media at the owners meeting on Monday, discussing a wide range of topics ranging from notable player departures to recent free agent additions.

But while the Steelers head coach appeared reluctant to talk too negatively about names like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, he was far from encouraging when the subject turned to Artie Burns. As per Teresa Varley of, when asked if it was a little disappointing that the young cornerback seems to perform well in practice but struggles during a game, Tomlin left no doubt that that he was unhappy with the level of production he was getting from Burns on game day.

“Not a little bit disappointed. Disappointed. Certainly. Having the ability to carry those talents into a stadium kind of defines us, or inability to do so, so certainly.”

And if Burns is to get another opportunity to prove his worth in the NFL with Pittsburgh, it appears that he might need to be more concerned about keeping his roster spot right now, rather than worrying about who will be the starter opposite Joe Haden in 2019.

“You know, that’s what this process is about. It’s not about giving him another chance. It’s about putting together the very best group that we can put out there, and if that includes giving him another chance, then certainly, but it’s not per se specifically about giving him quote-unquote another chance.”

Rather than be drawn into the ongoing saga about Ben Roethlisberger and his leadership abilities, Tomlin put the onus on everyone to improve this season, including himself.

“I don’t think he was void of leadership skills or talents. I think he’s more than capable as a quarterback. I think he’s more than capable as a leader. But do I expect growth and development? Certainly. I expect growth and development from all of us based on the experiences that we’re a part of. And I expect growth and development from myself from a leadership standpoint based on the experiences that we have, so that’s not unreasonable.”

And although the Steelers coach would not go into the details surrounding the breakdown in the relationship with Brown, he did reiterate a point he has made in the past when discussing team personnel – a desire for players who want to be in Pittsburgh.

“I don’t have a lot of the intimate details about his [AB] wants and desires. Probably not fair for me to express that. I know he has expressed that. I have just taken the position that we have from an organizational standpoint. I have been really consistent with it. I was consistent with it addressing it at the end of the year. We can’t do this with hostages. We need volunteers. And we need players, good guys who want to be here. If guys can’t check those boxes, it’s probably best for all parties involved that we go our separate ways.

“That is the only thing appropriate to be said about that circumstance and Le’Veon Bell’s circumstances. I think it’s been highly chronicled and too chronicled. I think some things have been said that may or may not be true. All I know is neither one of those guys are members of our team anymore, so I understand that. I understand what that means. We focus our energy on those who are and their readiness and preparation.

“I think that relationships run their course and the fact that neither one of them are here speaks to that. But I’ll also say we’ve got good players on our team, and no disrespect to those guys or what they’ve been able to do over the course of their careers, particularly in Pittsburgh, but we had a Pro Bowl wideout on our team who’s still on our team from last year. We had a Pro Bowl running back last year who was on our team who’s still on our team. So we’ve got good players, we’ve got good quality players specifically at those positions. Will we need additional plays from other people, certainly, but you have that discussion and make those statements year-in and year-out, and we do.”

Tomlin would go on to speak at length about his hopes for JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington in 2019, as well as the team’s plans for the vacant spot at right tackle. A job that will seemingly go to the winner of an open battle between Matt Filer, Chukwuma Okorafor and Jerald Hawkins, judging from his remarks.

A transcript of his interview can be found here, with some additional remarks about the changes to the coaching staff and the recent free agent signings broadcast in a sit down interview with Missi Matthews that can be viewed here.

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Black and Gold Links: GM Kevin Colbert breaks the Steelers’ silence on Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how Kevin Colbert finally broke his silence regarding everything from the Antonio Brown trade to Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership skills.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Many fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers wanted someone from the organization to break their silence. Wanted someone to come out and stand up for Ben Roethlisberger while he was being bashed by everyone with a microphone. That person was Kevin Colbert, and here is his interview below:

  • Speaking of bashing the Steelers, the latest person, who is currently employed by an NFL team, to bash the organization who drafted them was none other than Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders. This caught the attention of some local writers.

Tim Benz: Emmanuel Sanders joins party of bashing Kevin Colbert, Steelers

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The latest ex-Steeler to pile on the franchise is current Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Last week, Sanders told 104.3 “The Fan” in Denver about how he left the Steelers.

“The Steelers offered me a crappy deal,” Sanders told the radio station. “They offered me three years, $9 million, $1 million guaranteed.

“I went into Kevin Colbert’s office and said, ‘I don’t want to take the deal.’ He looks at me and he goes, ‘Who do you think you are, Antonio Brown?’ I wanted to say, ‘F-you.’ I’ll never forget that.”

To read the full article, click HERE

  • The Steelers are going to give Ben Roethlisberger a new contract, but now the question is for how much, and how long will the new contract be?

Steelers not rushing Roethlisberger extension

By: Jeremy Fowler

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t rushing the contract extension for Ben Roethlisberger.

General manager Kevin Colbert said from the NFL owners meetings that talks with Roethlisberger are “still ongoing.” Roethlisberger turned 37 on March 2 and has one year left on his current contract.

“It’s probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it’s significant. It’s significant for us,” said Colbert about the status of a new deal. “We’re in a different dynamic from a financial standpoint as far as the cap because we don’t have a couple of players with us before. So we have to make sure it all makes sense. It has to make sense for both sides, and we’re comfortable at some point we hope it does.”

To read the full article, click HERE

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Orlando plays Miami on 5-game win streak

Orlando Magic (36-38, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (36-37, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando looks to keep its five-game win streak alive when the Magic take on Miami.

The Heat are 17-20 on their home court. Miami ranks sixth in the NBA with 11.4 offensive rebounds per game, led by Hassan Whiteside averaging 3.7 offensive boards.

The Magic are 7-6 against opponents in the Southeast Division. Orlando is third in the Eastern Conference allowing only 106.2 points and holding opponents to 45.3 percent shooting. In their last meeting on Dec. 23, the Heat won 115-91. Tyler Johnson scored a team-high 25 points for Miami in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Whiteside is shooting 55.2 percent and averaging 12.3 points. Bam Adebayo is shooting 68.7 percent and averaging 12.4 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

Nikola Vucevic leads the

Hornets host the Spurs in cross-conference matchup

San Antonio Spurs (43-31, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (34-39, 10th in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte and San Antonio meet in non-conference action.

The Hornets are 23-15 on their home court. Charlotte averages 44.3 rebounds per game and is 23-11 when winning the rebound battle.

The Spurs have gone 14-23 away from home. San Antonio is 22-15 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Hornets won the last meeting between these two squads 108-93 on Jan. 14. Kemba Walker scored 33 points to help lead Charlotte to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Walker is scoring 25 points per game and averaging 4.4 rebounds for the Hornets. Jeremy Lamb has averaged 2.3 assists and 14.7 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

DeMar DeRozan has averaged 21.4 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 9.7

Boston takes on Cleveland, seeks to break 4-game skid

Boston Celtics (43-31, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-55, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Cleveland; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Boston is looking to break its four-game skid with a victory against Cleveland.

The Cavaliers have gone 13-25 at home. Cleveland is 5-4 in one-possession games.

The Celtics are 29-15 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston ranks sixth in the NBA with 26.4 assists per game, led by Kyrie Irving averaging 7.1. The Celtics won the last meeting between these two squads 103-96 on Feb. 5. Jayson Tatum led Boston to the win with a 25-point performance.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kevin Love leads the Cavaliers with 11.4 rebounds and averages 17.9 points. Collin Sexton has averaged 23.4 points and totaled 2.7 rebounds while shooting 52.7 percent over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

Irving has shot 49 percent and is averaging 23.8 points for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown

Leonard and the Raptors host the Bulls

Chicago Bulls (21-53, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (51-23, second in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Kawhi Leonard leads Toronto into a matchup with Chicago. He’s seventh in the NBA scoring 27.2 points per game.

The Raptors are 29-9 on their home court. Toronto is 28-9 in games decided by at least 10 points.

The Bulls have gone 12-25 away from home. Chicago is third in the Eastern Conference scoring 50.1 points in the paint per game, led by Zach LaVine averaging 10.7. The two teams square off for the third time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Leonard is scoring 27.2 points per game and averaging 7.5 rebounds for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam has averaged 4.2 assists and 19.9 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.

LaVine has averaged 23.7 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Bulls. Robin Lopez is shooting 55.6

Milwaukee plays Houston, seeks 4th straight home win

Houston Rockets (47-27, third in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (55-19, first in the Eastern Conference)

Milwaukee; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee hosts Houston aiming to extend its three-game home winning streak.

The Bucks have gone 30-6 at home. Milwaukee is fifth in the NBA with 17.3 fast break points per game, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo averaging 4.4.

The Rockets are 20-17 on the road. Houston is fourth in the Western Conference allowing just 109.7 points and holding opponents to 46.9 percent shooting. The Bucks won 116-109 in the last matchup between these two teams on Jan. 9. Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 27 points and James Harden led Houston with 42 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brook Lopez leads the Bucks averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers and scoring 12.5 points per game while shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. Antetokounmpo has averaged 24.4 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting