Terrible Towel Tales: George Pickens pulls all-nighters thinking about football

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Steelers news and commentary from Wednesday, May 22nd

Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Steelers WR George Pickens pulls ‘all-nighters, just thinking about football’ | Kevin Patra, NFL.com

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens enters Year 3, but sometimes he still acts like a college student, pulling all-nighters to improve his football acumen.

“I don’t take a lot of time off,” Pickens told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday. “Sometimes I don’t even sleep. I’ll pull all-nighters, just thinking about football.”

Steelers could keep 3 UDFAs this season | Curt Popejoy, Steelers Wire

First up we have cornerback Beanie Bishop Jr. Physical, scrappy, quick and strong against the run sounds like a Steelers slot cornerback to me. The team is excited about what Bishop brings as a sort of hybrid cornerback/safety up and around the line of scrimmage and he has a real shot to make the final roster.

The Steelers went out and signed quarterback John Rhys Plumlee based on his remarkable athleticism and intangibles. All Plumlee needs to do in order to make the roster is beat out veteran Kyle Allen.

Steelers legends Ben Roethlisberger, Jerome Bettis, and others come back to Pittsburgh for the Resilience Bowl | Patrick Damp, CBS News

It was the Resilience Bowl at Acrisure Stadium.

For the first time in two years, Ben Roethlisberger returns to the grass at Acrisure Stadium, and while things did not get off to a great start – he threw picks on his first two drives – but as he always has done, he led a comeback for his team, throwing a short pass to Jerome Bettis.

The fans in the building loved seeing all the stars back in Pittsburgh, including Hines Ward.

Patrick Peterson says Steelers ‘finally’ have reliable quarterback

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The former Steeler takes a subtle jab at previous Steelers QBs

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Patrick Peterson had a lot to say on a recent appearance on The Jim Rome Show.

He had noted that he wants to return to Pittsburgh and continue playing for the Steelers. On top of that, he commented on Pittsburgh signing Russell Wilson, and that he spoke to Mike Tomlin immediately after he heard the news.

“I even texted [Mike Tomlin] right after they signed Russell,” Peterson said. “I said, ‘Now you finally got you a quarterback that has credibility. A guy who’s going to be in the lineup that you can count on. Being in the lineup week in and week out. Now [it] is going to be putting the right pieces around him.’ They have the pieces for Russell to be successful.”

This obviously feels like a not-so-subtle jab at Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky, both of which are now in different uniforms. Trubisky was released in February and eventually signed with the Buffalo Bills, the same team he spent the 2021 season with as Josh Allen’s backup. Pickett was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the Steelers signed Wilson.

Wilson’s 26 touchdown passes in 2023 were more than all three Steelers quarterbacks combined last season.

Cory Trice says he’ll be ready to go by training camp

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The second-year cornerback is coming off a torn ACL

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a very young cornerback room. Outside of Dante Jackson, every other player likely to make the roster is a rookie or second-year player.

Of those second-year players is Cory Trice, a 2023 seventh-round pick out of Purdue that many looked at as a potential steal in last year’s draft. Trice tore his ACL in training camp last summer and missed his entire rookie campaign, but has been participating in OTAs with the team. While he has yet to be completely cleared, Trice says that will change by late July.

“I’m not cleared yet,” Trice said. “But I’m able to do more [than before] and like I said it’s just a time thing… training camp, I’ll be ready to go.”

Trice has been practicing with a brace on his injured knee, which he said was nothing new considering he had been through this before in college.

The former Boilermaker was also asked about the young cornerback room and the competition for a higher spot on the depth chart.

“I’m just trying to get better every day, man,” Trice said. “I know once I’m out there, everything will take care of itself. We’re all in the room trying to just feed off each other and keep getting better and better.”

In a youthful secondary with the opportunity to earn playing time, Trice is certainly a name fans will be watching in training camp and preseason play.

Steelers LB Patrick Queen says Mike Tomlin is ‘everything you want’ in a head coach

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The newest Steelers linebacker loves his new head coach

The Pittsburgh Steelers showed that this regime is not like those of the past, and Omar Khan showed that he isn’t Kevin Colbert.

Rather than remaining stagnant and making little noise in March during free agency, the Steelers were aggressive to get big names in order to make their team better, one of which was former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. The Steelers gave Queen the largest contract to an outside signing in franchise history, giving him $41 million over three seasons.

During his introductory press conference, Queen was asked what made him want to come to Pittsburgh, to which he pointed at Mike Tomlin. When speaking to the media Wednesday after practice during OTAs, Queen reiterated his adoration for his new head coach.

“He’ll definitely have you in the right mindset before practice and during practice,” Queen said. “Strictly football related, crack jokes. But there’s also times when he is serious and you can tell. He’s everything you want in a head coach.”

Queen is just the latest in a very long list of current and former players who go to bat for Tomlin, and point to wanting to play for him as a reason why they came to Pittsburgh, or why they stayed in Pittsburgh.

The city of Pittsburgh, Steelers awarded the 2026 NFL Draft

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The city of Pittsburgh will host the draft

After wide speculation over the last 24 hours that the city of Pittsburgh and the Steelers would be awarded the NFL Draft in 2026, it has now been confirmed. Pittsburgh will be hosting the 2026 NFL Draft, the NFL announced.

The 2024 NFL Draft took place in Detroit, and the 2025 NFL Draft will take place in Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

This will be huge for the city of Pittsburgh, and will draw in tons of fans and business over the entire weekend of the event. Pittsburgh recently hosted a slate of games for the NCAA Tournament.

Holding the draft at Acrisure Stadium is sure to draw a massive crowd for all three days of the NFL Draft, and is a great way for the city to show that it is, indeed, the best football town in the world.

Steelers OT Broderick Jones indifferent about what side of the offensive line he plays on

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The former first-round pick just wants to play

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line has been a talking point all offseason, and especially since the 2024 NFL Draft when they used three of their seven selections on offensive linemen.

One of, if not the biggest storyline around the offensive line is where the Steelers will put Broderick Jones and first-round pick Troy Fautanu. Jones was a left tackle coming out of college, but played on the right side last season as a rookie. Fautanu played the majority of his career as a left tackle, but says he is comfortable playing wherever he is positioned on the offensive line.

Jones spoke to the media Tuesday after the first day of OTAs and said he doesn’t care where the Steelers line him up, he just wants to play.

“At the end of the day, football is football,” Jones said. “Right side, left side, in the backfield- it don’t matter. You just gotta be prepared to play when your name is called.”

Jones was then asked about the Steelers’ plan to put him at left tackle, referencing Omar Khan saying they drafted Jones to be a left tackle.

“Yeah, eventually,” Jones said. “That’s the key word there. They still got me swinging both ways right now just like last year. Just gotta wait for the season to get here and see what’s really set in stone and go from there… I really don’t care what side they put me on. As long as I’m in the starting lineup, that’s fine with me. I’m an aggressive player, I’m a team player. So wherever they need me to play, I’m ready to play.”

This willingness by both Fautanu and Jones gives the Steelers a lot of freedom to figure out their offensive alignments.