Gregory D. Maglio

Gregory D. Bernard, age 59, of LaPorte, died Sunday, October 11, 2009 at his residence in LaPorte. Services will be held Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m.

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Work continues on stopping the run

Work continues on stopping the run

Spillane and Edmunds both preached the importance of gang tackling, of everyone getting to the ball, being there to help each other out.

“It’s all about gang tackling, everybody running to the ball, wrapping up,” said Edmunds. “We knew that about Chubb. We know that he is a dynamic back. We had to try our best to limit him. He got a lot of yards after contact. We just have to gang tackle everybody right to the ball.”

After ranking last in the NFL against the run in 2021, a big focus this offseason was stopping the run. Edmunds said that focus won’t stop.

“It’s everybody just flying to the ball,” said Edmunds. “Missed tackles happen during the game, but you have to have your other friends, other teammates right there having your back on the field. We have to all go out there and make plays together.”

While the loss to the Browns leaves the Steelers at 1-2, the one thing to keep in mind is there are still 14 games to play, and a lot can happen.

“We have a lot of games left to play,” said Edmunds. “A lot of get better to do. That is our whole mindset. We are watching film to see what we can do to get better and go week to week and take those steps in the right direction.”

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Steelers at Browns, Week 3

Steelers at Browns, Week 3

Making his second appearance in three weeks, the Classic Jurassic Meat-Eater Matchup pits the Steelers’ young and up-and-coming left tackle, Dan Moore Jr. against a formidable opponent, the Browns’ outstanding defensive end, Myles Garrett.

(*3*) A six-year veteran, Garrett stands 6-foot-4, and 272-pounds, (though he looks bigger). He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection, earned first-team All-Pro accolades in 2020 and second-team All-Pro honors in 2018. Over the course of two games this year, Garrett has recorded three sacks, four tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Garrett has punched out double digit sacks each year since 2018, including his high of 16 sacks last year as he vied for top-defensive player honors with the Steelers’ T.J. Watt.

(*3*) Moore checks in at 6-foot-5 and 315-pounds of strength, power and athleticism, attributes he’s going to lean on to do battle with the likes of Garrett. Moore has steadily improved from a hiccup-laden preseason and looks more like the guy who ended last season as a rock at left tackle, than the guy who started this preseason. Moore has powerful four-wheel drive ham hocks, yet he’s athletic enough to lead running backs around the corner on toss crack backs to the outside.

(*3*) When the tape rolls, and all eyes are on Garrett, who is questionable to play in this game because of a neck injury. The athleticism and power Garrett displays makes you sit upright in your meeting room chair and start taking notes. It reminds me of the first time, as we were getting ready to play the Philly Eagles, we watched film as a group in the offensive line meeting room at Three Rivers Stadium. Yeah, it was eye-opening alright. Some guy named … who was it … uhh, Reggie White?

(*3*) I say Reggie White with all due respect to Reggie. Garrett does share some of the same characteristics as the “Minister of Defense.” Garrett is by no means Reggie as of yet, but he’s representative of the size, power and speed White brought to the NFL.

(*3*) Once you get a gander at Garrett, you could easily lump him into the speed rushers that try to zip to the up field rush and shave the arc to get pressure on a QB. He’s certainly quick enough to do that.

(*3*) Or you could watch as Garrett puts both his hands in the dirt on a third-and-1 and physically overwhelm the left guard from the Jets, massive 6-foot-3, 322-pound Laken Tomlinson. It looks more like a switch-a-roo and Garrett is the run blocker, as he drives Tomlinson backwards and then throws him down like it’s personal. And that strength is real, as evidenced by the tape I saw a couple years ago of Garrett deadlifting 700-pounds for a couple reps.

(*3*) Garrett is quick to recognize a trap, will close with power and set the edge with equal strength. He also will line up in a Wide 9 alignment, by taking his position almost two body widths outside of the offensive tackle. This makes a trap block harder for the offense, outside toss crack backs nearly impossible and pass rushing painful on the tackle.

(*3*) This puts Moore in a bit of a dilemma. Does he position himself to set 45 degrees outward towards Garrett to shave the angle, while playing him inside out? If he doesn’t, and the set is vertical, it can be problematic. It gives Garrett a huge running start at Moore. Also, by short-setting Garrett, he can declare the battleground, and engage Garrett in more of a phone booth, close-quarter-combat range to the betterment of Moore.

(*3*) Like White, who I first credit with its use, Garrett will use the “hump move,” which is a club with his inside arm as he rushes hard up the field, attempting to use his opponent’s momentum against him. Moore will need to sit down hard when Garrett attempts to club. The key to successfully defeating that move was demonstrated years ago by former Steelers Pro Bowler, and Hall of Honor offensive tackle, Tunch Ilkin. When Reggie White would try to hit Tunch with it, Tunch would beat him to the punch by punching Reggie as he stretched his arm back to club.

(*3*) Timing is everything in a get him before he gets you battle of speed and technique.

(*3*) And by the way. Over six games in a head to head matchup with White, Tunch never gave up a sack to him. Just saying.

(*3*) Moore might want to pull some old Tunch Ilkin versus Reggie White tape and watch. And learn.

 

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Tomlin on Pickens, pace, significant changes

Tomlin on Pickens, tempo, significant changes

Q. If my accounting is correct, playing on a Thursday night cuts preparation time for the game almost in half. One thing that’s always a part of your work week is combing through the previous game. Is that comb-through with the whole team something that has to be sacrificed?

A. No doubt. You know, it’s important within the smaller groups within the unit that you address any issues that need to be corrected that could impact this next performance, things that could be used as development of a plan. And so, the meaty things, the significant things are addressed and adjustments made, but it’s not combed through in the way that you will particularly comb through a second game of the season. In a short week, time is just not afforded in that area. So, you’ve got to make some major sacrifices and obviously, preparation things relative to the next game, go to the top of the line.

Q. In terms of the workflow on a short week like this one, is your general procedure to shorten everything as opposed to eliminating anything?
A. Yeah. And then not necessarily eliminate things in terms of menu things, but boy, you better weigh certain things more than others and make sure those things get addressed appropriately. Like situational plays – red zone, short-yardage, possession-down plays, planning in those areas. You don’t get a chance to do everything, and particularly you don’t get a chance to do everything in the manner that makes us all comfortable as coaches and players in terms of preparedness and having that feel of being able to go in and play fast. But you better have those boxes checked relative to the significant plays, the weighty plays, the weighty moments.

Q. During a game, when a pass play is sent to the quarterback, does the play-call itself dictate where the ball should go, or where the quarterback should first be looking to throw the ball, or is it a situation where the quarterback first has to read the coverage and then make his decisions?
A. It’s all of the above. There are complexities to the discussion. Sometimes you could have an alert within a concept, saying if you see a certain look, the ball goes here. Sometimes there’s a natural progression within a concept and obviously what the defense is doing often times dictates the progression, the side of the field that you’re working, etc. And so, it sounds complex, but it all comes together. There’s a myriad of variables, but usually it pushes you through a process that’s pretty fluid.

Q. When a defense is said to be in “single-high” what does that mean?
A. It means that they’ve got one deep safety, and they’ve got another safety allocated toward the run game, or closer to the line of scrimmage. Often that’s associated with run stopping structure. And when you have two safeties high with both safeties back deep, often times that’s two-deep or quarters, and that’s associated with pass dominant structures.

Q. What can an offense do to take advantage of single-high?
A. Everything. I mean, you’re not reduced in any way in terms of what you’re capable of doing offensively. Obviously, there’s a structure that makes it more difficult to run the football, but there are mechanisms that the offense has in place to minimize that. You run the ball one direction, you block the guy furthest away from the ball on the other side, and things of that nature if you want to run the ball into that structure. And so, in today’s game, I’m not going to pretend like that structure can dictate to offenses what they do. It just requires some coordination and planning.

Q. When an offense sees single-high, do they lick their chops and say, we can do this against this?
A. Not necessarily so because by the same token on defense, defenses know when they’re in single-high that they’re subject to the passing game, and so there are adjustments in those single-highs. There are just so many complexities in the game at this level. Maybe if you were watching a little league football game, you would see that level of purity in that discussion, but at this level, there are so many complexities to it.

Q. In your review of the game against the New England, you said, “I thought we had one-on-one playmaking opportunities, particularly in open space, with some of our receivers vs. defensive backs; we didn’t get that done.” What were you referring to there?
A. They’re a man-dominant team, they’re a single-high team, (Devin) McCourty is in the middle of the field. We talked about it going into the game, and so there are gonna be some one-on-one opportunities, and we didn’t get enough of them; we didn’t take enough of them. And so that’s what I was simply referring to. It’s not in any particular moment. I just know that under those circumstances, often times chunk plays, which flip field positions, which produce scoring drives and things of that nature, are often comprised of drives that have those type plays in them.

Q. How does a receiver get open deep in the NFL, because I would imagine speed is only one component of that?
A. They run by defensive backs. Now they run by them in different ways. It’s not always, you know, pedigree vs. pedigree. Sometimes it’s intellect. It’s stemming. It’s stuttering. It’s how they run their route. Sometimes it’s looks that the offenses provide that are dominant in one area and then the vertical route concept is a changeup. Sometimes it’s circumstantial. You run the ball repeatedly on third-and-1 and people are ready for the run and you have a hardcore play-pass, and you end up behind people. And so, receivers do routinely run by defensive backs week in and week out in the National Football League, but it’s not that pure pedigree foot race that you think it is. It’s involving some other variables.

Q. Mitch Trubisky said that he could look to throw to George Pickens more. In the first two games of the season, have the Bengals or Patriots done anything specifically to minimize Pickens as a down-the-field weapon?
A. No. They’ve done what they do. If you’re talking about a particular receiver getting attention, Diontae (Johnson) is the guy over the course of the first couple of games who has probably gotten additional attention based on the fact he was a 100-plus catch guy a year ago, and that’s usually how things go in the National Football League. Pickens is gonna have to put some plays on tape to garner that type of attention, and not in preseason football.

Q. At one point during your weekly news conference, you said in an answer to a question related to the performance of the offense, “I don’t know if significant changes are what’s required.” What would you have to be seeing that might convince you to consider significant changes?
A. When we’re not in the right neighborhood. You know, we’re in the right neighborhood; we might be knocking on the wrong doors. What I mean is, the difference between success and failure are small things. It’s understanding. Its cohesion. It’s playmaking. When it’s things of that nature, when it’s a small number of tangible things that you can point to, then you proceed, and you continue to grow and develop. When it’s multiple things, when it’s popcorn, then that’s a different suggestion or a different story. What I’m seeing to this point are singular, tangible, minute things, and so that just tells you to keep your head down, have a certain collective resolve about your approach to business in spite of outcome, in spite of outside noise or what have you and get better.

Q. What does the use of tempo do to help an offense?
A. It does a lot of things. It quells a crowd. It catches a defense off balance, maybe lacking snap readiness. It could be something that reduces a rush if the defensive lineman isn’t coiled and ready for action. It limits communication, which is a result of collective understanding. Oftentimes, one guy could recognize a formation structure if he’s afforded an opportunity to say, “Hey, watch this. Watch that.” And so now the defense is collectively ready. Pace reduces those things. Pace between plays, meaning keeping a unit on the field from, say, second to third down, can reduce defensive specialization. Certain personnel packages that make a defense more diverse, you can minimize that by pacing from second to third down, which is a common occurrence in the NFL these days.

Q. You have said that the use of tempo is scheduled into the game plan. What factors are in play when deciding tempo within a game?
A. Just the things we were just talking about. It’s a myriad of factors in a myriad of different circumstances. And it’s utilized in different ways. It’s a versatile tool. In a game like tonight’s, it can be used to quell the crowd. That’s why often times visiting teams work in no-huddle because when you break the huddle, that signals to the crowd to pick up the noise. And that’s why visiting teams work in no-huddle for instance. There are just so many components of that discussion.

Q. What did you see in DeMarvin Leal, either during training camp or the preseason, that led you to give him a chance as a rush end following the injury to T.J. Watt?
A. Much like Kenny Pickett, once we started getting into stadiums, you just saw rapid growth and development in his play and his understanding. Often times these guys just need to get an in-stadium taste of the NFL, and then they’re like, “Oh, I belong here. It’s like they said it was in practice.” Those two guys in particular, you felt an increased maturation and increased development in their games and more consistency in their game once we started stepping into stadiums.

Q. Jacoby Brissett, Cleveland’s starting quarterback tonight, is now with his fourth different team, which could indicate he’s lacking some important ingredients to be a starting QB, but the fact he’s in his seventh NFL season indicates teams believe he has attributes. What are Brissett’s attributes?
A. You know, he has unbelievable intangibles. Anybody who’s ever been around him says that about him and that he’s an unbelievably hard worker. He’s a smart guy. He’s a natural leader. That was said about him when he came out of college. Ryan Fitzpatrick is another example of a guy who played for a lot of teams, maybe seven or eight teams over the course of his career, and similar things were said about him. This is a highly competitive business and game, and often times a guy working for multiple teams is viewed as a negative, and I just don’t necessarily view it as such. This is a highly competitive league. The fact that multiple teams want to do business with him often times means that the guy has some really good qualities about him beyond what you see on tape. I think he falls into that category. I think Tyrod Taylor falls into that category. There are a lot of quarterbacks who have made a career of being a guy who is a bridge guy in some form or fashion for an organization. I think the Cleveland Browns thoughtfully went out and selected him knowing that they were looking at some potential issues as they moved forward with Deshaun Watson and so forth. And I know that Brissett has those types of intangibles.

Q. In terms of their running styles, do Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt complement each other, or are they two of the same?
A. They’re No. 1 and No. 1a. They have their own styles, just some differences, but I don’t know that the play selection changes. You know, Nick Chubb’s got 76 plays on the season and Hunt has got 74. That probably just reflects their usage and how both are a significant component of what they do. That’s the most important position on their football team. And that is probably the best running back tandem in the National Football League.

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Week 3 Blog: Time to move forward

Week 3 Blog: Time to move forward

Moving forward: Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi felt the frustration on Sunday of losing to the Patriots, 17-14, in a game where the defense was unable to get ball back for their offense on the final drive.

Ogunjobi sat at his locker postgame, taking it in, but at the same time remembering you have to move on.

“Never let a win get to your head, never let a loss get to your heart,” said Ogunjobi. “I was reflecting on how to be better, make more splash plays.”

The Patriots got the ball with 6:33 to play on their own 30-yard line. They were able to move the ball to the Steelers 15-yard line with just 1:40 to play, at which point quarterback Mac Jones simply had to take a knee three times.

“We didn’t find a way to stop the run,” said Ogunjobi. “That was it.”

While he reflected on things after the game, there isn’t time to think about it now with a Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns on the horizon.

“You move forward because we have a short week and have to get ready for the next challenge,” said Ogunjobi. “You don’t have a choice. You just don’t have a choice. You play two games in four days. You have to shake it off or you’re going to get beat again. I think the biggest thing is to look at the film, correct what needs to be corrected and move forward.

“You understand the task at hand. You understand how important division games are, they count for two. For me personally, I understand the challenge. I am looking forward to it. I can’t wait.”

Ogunjobi is familiar with the Browns, the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in Cleveland, before going to the Bengals in 2021, and is ready to face another former team in just three weeks.

“It should be fun. I am excited for it,” said Ogunjobi. “I’m excited for that game. I’m excited.”

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Tomlin press conference on Monday at Noon

Tomlin press conference on Monday at Noon

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin will hold a press conference at approximately Noon ET on Monday.

The press conference will be streamed live on Steelers.com, the Steelers Official Mobile App, as well as the team’s Facebook and Twitter channels. It will also be carried live on Steelers Nation Radio and locally on the Pittsburgh CW.

Fans who cannot watch it live can watch it ON DEMAND later in the evening on Steelers.com, the Official Mobile App, Facebook and Twitter.

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Tomlin not interested in quick fixes

Tomlin not interested in quick fixes

After scoring just one offensive touchdown in each of the first two games, Mike Tomlin isn’t running from the idea that his team’s offense needs to be better.

But the Steelers’ head coach is continuing to look at the big picture when it comes to development on that side of the ball, understanding that there were going to be growing pains with a young offense and a brand new quarterback in Mitch Trubisky.

Following Sunday’s 17-14 loss in their home opener against the New England Patriots, the Steelers are averaging just 255 yards per game, a number everyone knows must get better.

But Tomlin isn’t looking for any short-term fixes.

“I’m not happy with much of anything when we just lost a game,” Tomlin said Monday at the UMPC-Rooney Sports Complex.

“But I’m also experienced enough to see the big picture, that we are in development. I’m going to exercise appropriate patience and continue to teach and ask the guys to continue to learn in an effort to push this train down the tracks and get better. If anyone is sitting here on Monday in Week 2, feeling happy, they’re probably wrong or misinformed.”

Unfortunately for the Steelers (1-1), Week 3 will be around before they know it. The Steelers kick Week 3 of the NFL schedule off Thursday night in Cleveland against the Browns (1-1), so they’ll have just one day of practice before heading up the road for their next outing.

That means Monday was a day of quick self-reflection from the loss Sunday, when the offense managed 243 total yards.

Trubisky has completed 59.2 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 76.1.

One thing Tomlin doesn’t seem interested in at this point is making any sweeping changes. Trubisky, signed in the offseason as a free agent, was named the starting quarterback coming out of training camp over rookie first-round draft pick Kenny Pickett and veteran Mason Rudolph.

And though he’s thrown for just 362 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the first two games, Tomlin has seen a lot of things he’s liked from the 28-year-old.

“I’ve liked a lot from him,” Tomlin said. “I think he’s done a good job of doing the things that come with the position, the intangible things, the leadership things, the communication things, detailing and communicating the offense, working hard to execute our agenda, the things we want to work on.

“We haven’t scored enough points the last couple of weeks. That’s a collective, not just the quarterback position. Not just the players. It’s all of us (who are) responsible for ringing up the scoreboard. So, we don’t seek comfort. We don’t try to quell the noise. To be quite honest, we don’t care about the noise. We’re just working on the things that are within our control to have good days to continue the progression of this group from a developmental standpoint, knowing that the outcome is going to be what we desire if we keep doing those things.”

But it also hasn’t been completely rosy.

Tomlin said Monday there have been instances where Trubisky has shied away from throwing the ball downfield. In the loss to the Patriots, the Steelers’ longest play was a 23-yard completion to rookie George Pickens, the only ball the team’s second-round draft pick caught in the game.

“I think he could and we could,” Tomlin said when asked if the Steelers could take more shots downfield.

“There are probably one-on-one opportunities on the outside in every play concept that we put in. It would probably require no changes. We’ve got long-ball shots drawn up in a lot of things. Sometimes, it’s just whether or not we get the appropriate look or we like the matchup within the look.”

Trubisky said after the game that he’s been getting a lot of input from other players on plays they feel would work or just that they want the ball more.

Tomlin said that’s only natural, and he’s not going to squash that kind of input – so long as it doesn’t start to become counterproductive.

“Largely, that’s a good battle to fight, usually,” Tomlin said. “We’ve got young playmakers, guys with a lot of talent, guys who want to be the reason why we’re successful. I’d much rather say ‘Woah’ than ‘Sic’em.’ I think that’s just a general attitude that we as competitors in a competitive organization have. We’re not going to make a problem out of guys wanting to be the reason why we’re successful.”

The bottom line is that they must be successful.

Even though the Steelers lost on Sunday, they had chances to win the game. The Steelers got the ball back twice in the fourth quarter down just three points. In both instances, they were unable to produce a first down.

Do that, and it’s a different feeling on Monday.

“Even though we weren’t in control of the game, I thought we had an opportunity to win the game in the fourth quarter, but we didn’t get necessary stops on defense and we didn’t get necessary drives or a necessary drive put together on offense,” Tomlin said.

“We weren’t a group on the rise at the end of the game putting an exclamation point on our work. We’ve got to be that. … You learn from these lessons whether you win or lose, particularly early in the season. We’d better be a group that learns and learns early.”

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Minkah is Digest Player of the Week

Minkah is Digest Player of the Week

MINKAH FITZPATRICK

Free Safety

In the regular season opener, the Steelers defense came up with what will be referred to here as 12 significant plays – 7 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery. Those proved to be a significant component of what ended up being an overtime victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati. That recipe for victory – an opportunistic defense compensating for an offense breaking in a new starting quarterback – appeared to be what the Steelers would need through the early stages of this season.

Against the Patriots, a defense without T.J. Watt came up far short of the dozen significant plays it authored in the opener, and the Steelers lost to New England, 17-14, at Acrisure Stadium.

The Steelers defense managed just one significant play vs. the Patriots, and that was a first quarter interception by Minkah Fitzpatrick. In addition to the lone takeaway, Fitzpatrick also tied for second on the team with six tackles. He is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were Myles Jack, who led the team with 13 tackles; Najee Harris, who had 15 carries for 49 yards (3.3 average) and caught 5 passes for 40 yards to finish with 89 yards from scrimmage; and Chris Boswell, who was 2-for-2 on field goals, from 36 and 52 yards.

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From the Press Room: Steelers vs. Patriots

From the Press Room: Steelers vs. Patriots

Stressing accountability: They were better on third down than they’d been in Cincinnati, gained more total net yards and held the ball longer than they had against the Bengals, so the home opener was a small but perceptible step forward for the Steelers’ offense.

But after two offensive touchdowns in two games, one of which included 10 minutes of overtime, quarterback Mitch Trubisky knows what the Steelers are doing on offense is being questioned.

“Everybody’s got an idea of what the offense should or could be,” Trubisky acknowledged following the Steelers’ 17-14 loss to the Patriots this afternoon in the home opener at Acrisure Stadium.

“Everybody” in this instance includes those playing offense for the Steelers.

“I mean, everybody wants the ball in their hands,” Trubisky confirmed. “I want the ball in my hands.

“We got a bunch of talent. We just have to figure out what works best for us going forward.”

Trubisky’s postgame remarks stressed accountability (“I just need to play better”) and the need to stay the course two games into a 17-game regular season.

“We have to come together as a collective unit, everyone has to keep buying in,” Trubisky continued. “We’re a young offense and we’re still growing in this thing together. The best thing you can do at this time is just continue to buy into the plan, whatever it is, do you job to the best of your ability.

“When everybody is saying ‘call this play’ or ‘call that play’ it makes it tough just for everybody to do their jobs. I think everybody just needs to worry about their job then we’ll just keep growing and going in the right direction together.

“You just gotta tell guys to buy in, be patient and just focus on your job. That’s what you gotta do as a leader, just keep guys on track. If everybody just does their job, we’ll be a lot better as an offense.”

Trubisky completed 21 of 33 passes for 168 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Patriots.

He led a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Pat Freiermuth and a completion to wide receiver Diontae Johnson for a two-point conversion that brought the Steelers to within 17-14 with 14:58 left in the fourth quarter.

But the Steelers’ next two possessions ended with passes to running back Najee Harris on third downs that failed to move the chains.

The first resulted in a 2-yard completion on third-and-8 from the Steelers’ 13-yard line.

“We’re gonna have to look at that one,” Trubisky said. “They had ‘Cover 0’ (no safety deep), that was my hot throw, the corner did a good job having eyes, he came off on it and made the tackle.

“We just gotta have better answers when they show us that type of look.”

The second was a lob to Harris down the sideline on third-and-2 from the Steelers’ 28 with 6:47 left in regulation.

Harris tried to go up over linebacker Matthew Judon but was unable to make the catch.

The Steelers punted the ball back to the Patriots and never got it back.

“I tried to give him a chance,” Trubisky said. “It was slightly under-thrown. He did a good job of going up and trying to make a play on it.

“I’d like to lead him downfield a little bit more and hit him on the run. I tried to buy some time. I was probably fading a little too much in the pocket to my right to buy him some time. I could have just got out a little sooner and threw it downfield so he could make a play on it. That one was on me.”

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Pregame Blog: Steelers vs. Patriots

Pregame Blog: Steelers vs. Patriots

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: The Steelers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring someone who is making a difference in the community.

The Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award will be presented to Betty Cruz, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Cruz has 20 years of experience in community outreach, partnership building and program management. She has developed citywide initiatives for Pittsburgh and managed major accounts for a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds across the United States.

The Steelers will present Cruz with a check for $1,500 for the charity of her choice.

The community organization of the game will be Casa San Jose.

The organization, started by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, first opened their doors in 2013 as a resource for Latino immigrants. They serve as a of base of support for the Latino community in Pittsburgh, offering a wide range of services, including education, social services and health guidance to assist them in thriving in the community.

Casa San Jose is an independent 501c3 who served 2,618 clients, with 1,833 children among them, in 2021-22. Casa San Jose has grown and expanded greatly since the pandemic began in March 2020. They have vaccinated more than 1,000 adults and children against the COVID-19 virus. Their work is predominantly in Allegheny County, but also in Butler, Beaver, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

In addition, running back Najee Harris will wear custom cleats to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

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Steelers inactive for Week 2 vs Patriots

Steelers inactive for Week 2 vs Patriots

Linebacker David Anenih, who was signed to the 53-man roster on Thursday, will be inactive for today’s game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium. Anenih was signed off the Tennessee Titans practice squad after T.J. Watt was placed on the Reserve/Injured List with a pectoral injury.

With Anenih inactive, linebacker Delontae Scott will be active for the game. Scott was elevated from the practice squad to the Active/Inactive Roster on Saturday.

Scott was originally signed to the Steelers practice squad in 2021 and spent time on the Active/Inactive roster as a game day call up last season as well. He played in one game, against the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021.

Scott was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He played at SMU where he appeared in 40 games and had 97 tackles, 36 of them for a loss, with 18 sacks and five forced fumbles. In his senior season he had 10 of his 18 sacks as well as three forced fumbles.

Also inactive today are quarterback Mason Rudolph, guard Kendrick Green, receiver Steven Sims, defensive tackle Isaiahh Loudersmilk and linebacker Mark Robinson.

In addition, with Watt on the Reserve/Injured List, linebacker Malik Reed will start in his spot at left outside linebacker.

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