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:

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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Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Pre-Draft visit Tracker – Updated 3/25

Keep tabs on who the Steelers have met with at each stage of the offseason leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with almost every other NFL team, are preparing for the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, and all are doing their diligence interviewing prospects. There are several stages where teams interview prospects, and it can actually start at All-Star games. Teams will take a look at prospects at the Senior Bowl and the Shriner game, but the biggest event is the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

With All-Star games underway, and the Scouting Combine just around the corner, reports of teams meeting with prospects are raging. We here at BTSC will keep you updated with the prospects who have met with Pittsburgh at every step along the way. The Combine, Pro Days and of course the ever-important Official Pre-Draft Visits.

Check out the latest list below:

Updated 3/25

East/West Shrine Game

Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri
Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
Olisaemeka Udoh, OL, Elon University
B.J. Blunt, LB, McNeese State

Senior Bowl Game

Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Isaiah Buggs, DT/NT, Alabama
John Cominsky, DE, University of Charleston
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

NFL Scouting Combine

Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Alec Ingold, FB, Wisconsin
DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Devin White, ILB, LSU
Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama
Florida, DE, Jachai Polite
Washington, CB, Byron Murphy
LSU, CB, Greedy Williams
Florida, CB, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Washington, CB, Taylor Rapp
Temple, CB, Rock Ya-Sin
Michigan, LB, Chase Winovich

Pro Days

Steelers scouts on-hand at Ohio State Pro Day
Scouts present at Notre Dame Pro Day
Georgia Pro Day brings in Steelers Scouts
Steelers brass in attendance at WVU Pro Day
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert at LSU Pro Day
Kevin Colbert at Alabama Pro Day
Steelers reps at Temple Pro Day

Official Pre-Draft Visit Rumors

Steelers to hose UMass WR Andy Isabella
Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin set to visit Pittsburgh
Kentucky DB Mike Edwards rumored to visit Steelers pre-draft
Maryland S Darnell Savage reportedly coming to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visist

Official Pre-Draft Visits

Will take place after the Combine

Pre-Draft Visits, By Position

None yet

Mock Draft Monday: Steelers try to reverse their trend of misses on 1st round CBs

The Steelers haven’t had the best success with drafting cornerbacks in the NFL Draft, and the latest mock draft has them taking another stab at the position in Round 1.

The 2019 NFL Draft is about a month away, and those who produce mock drafts almost on a weekly basis are feverishly typing away trying to give their best estimation as to what will take place in late April when the three day selection process takes place.

For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the biggest debate is what position the team will target in Round 1? Will it be inside linebacker? Will it be wide receiver? The Steelers have options early in the draft, but which player should be their top pick is a debate which turns ugly depending who you are talking to.

For this Mock Draft Monday, a space where we all understand mock drafts are nothing more than guesses, I looked at The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema’s latest mock draft to see who he had tabbed as going to the Steelers.

Here is the pick:

Steelers

Byron Murphy

CB, Washington

Look, I don’t care that the Steelers don’t traditionally take cornerbacks of Murphy’s mold and of his smaller size. The Steelers need good, reliable cornerbacks and Murphy is the best one in the class. Pick him and build around him from there as you add to your secondary over the next few years.

They won’t regret this pick, I promise.

For the record, it should be noted both Devin White and Devin Bush were both off the board before the 11th pick. White went to the Broncos at pick 10, and Bush to the Bengals at pick 11. With those prospects gone, the Steelers snagged themselves a cornerback they hope can break their failed draft pick mold.

If you are like me, you don’t keep tabs on all of these players in college football. There just isn’t enough time in the day to watch all these prospects. While many will know plenty about Murphy as a prospect, others just want to know the basics. Here is a draft breakdown via The Draft Network:

PROSPECT COMPARISONKyle Fuller

BEST TRAIT – Zone Cover Skills

WORST TRAIT – Run Support

BEST FILM – Utah (2018)

WORST FILM – Auburn (2018)

RED FLAGS – None

Byron Murphy is an elite prospect who can plug into just about any system at play at a high level. Murphy has surreal mobility and polish for a younger prospect. His explosiveness, ball skills and route recognition skills make him a great fit to play in both shallow and short zones. Murphy would have little issue stepping up and filling on the boundary or contesting shallow throws in front of his face. Murphy has the upside to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL by the end of year 3.

What do you think of the pick? Would you be okay with Murphy being the Steelers’ top pick? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!