Sloppy Steelers in an unusual spot: last place in AFC North
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling at 1-2 following a 24-10 loss to Cincinnati. The Steelers were undone by a pair of turnovers from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a series of penalties by their retooled offensive line. Coach Mike Tomlin says there is plenty of blame to go around. Roethlisberger says he still has belief in the offensive line and it’s on him to play better. The Steelers travel to Green Bay next week.
Steelers OC Matt Canada: ‘I need to do better’
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada says he needs to do a better job. The Steelers have scored just three offensive touchdowns through two games while getting off to a 1-1 start. Canada says he needs to find a way to make things easier for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Getting the running game going would help. Pittsburgh is last in the NFL in rushing. Pittsburgh hosts Cincinnati in Week 3.
(Pittsburgh, Pa.) Scott Blasey, lead singer of the Clarks, announced on Twitter that he will be singing the national anthem at the Steelers home opener this Sunday. as the Steelers will host the Las Vegas Raiders.
Blasey stated on his Twitter Page “Thank you steelers for the opportunity. I’m grateful and honored. I can’t wait to share what will be an unforgettable day w my family and Steeler nation. #HereWeGo”
AP source: Rebuilding Jags trade LB Joe Schobert to Steelers
By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because neither side had formally finalized the deal. Schobert confirmed the trade to ESPN, though, saying “great place to play behind that D-line.” Compensation details were not immediately disclosed. The trade makes sense for both teams and puts Schobert back in the AFC North. He spent the first four years of his NFL career with Cleveland.
Steelers rally behind Haskins to beat Eagles 24-16
By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dwayne Haskins continued his push for the backup quarterback spot. He threw for 161 yards and a touchdown to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 24-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Ben Roethlisberger sat out Pittsburgh’s second preseason game. Mason Rudolph has been the team’s backup for the past three seasons and just may keep that job. Haskins is making a run at the backup spot. Jalen Hurts played two series for the Eagles and was a modest 3 of 7 for 54 yards. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni made his debut on the sideline. He replaced the fired Doug Pederson.
Eagles starters will play preseason opener; Dillard injured
By LES BOWEN Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Sirianni and his staff “are still talking through” how playing time will be allocated in Philadelphia’s preseason opener Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles’ first-year coach indicated that Jalen Hurts will start at quarterback, and most healthy players will see action. Left tackle Andre Dillard won’t play after suffering a sprained knee in practice. Dillard, a 2019 first-round pick competing with Jordan Mailata for the starting job, is listed as week-to-week. Sirianni said Hurts’ playing time might depend on how the offense performs.
Fitzpatrick seeks to become vocal leader for Steelers
By DAN SCIFO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick let his on-field play do the talking during his first two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This year, the two-time All-Pro intends to be more of a vocal leader. Pittsburgh acquired Fitzpatrick in a trade with Miami in 2019 and he immediately improved the Steelers’ defense with dynamic plays. Fitzpatrick has nine interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in less than two seasons with Pittsburgh. He has even drawn comparisons to Hall of Fame Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
Steelers’ Butler: Watt not practicing because of contract
By DAN SCIFO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler acknowledged that linebacker T.J. Watt isn’t practicing because he has yet to sign a long-term contract. Watt has been on the field doing individual work, but he hasn’t practiced with his teammates during training camp workouts at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Steelers use strong 2nd half to beat Cowboys 16-3
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers followed a stumbling first half with a strong final 30 minutes to beat Dallas 16-3 in the first NFL preseason game in two years. Last season’s exhibition games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So maybe the enthusiastic crowd was an indication that even for a match between teams using very few regulars, the hunger for pro football has not faded. Or maybe it was simply a matter of two of the league’s most popular franchises being on the field in the Hall of Fame game, regardless of how many backups were in action.
(Beaver, Pa.) Today, July 30, 2021, is officially Jimbo Covert Day in Beaver County. Beaver County Commissioners Jack Manning, Daniel C. Camp III and Tony Amadio made a proclamation declaring today as “Jimbo” Covert Day in Beaver County.
Covert, will enter the NFL Hall of Fame as a member of the Centennial Class next Saturday along with Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell and Alan Faneca.
Covert was a star football player and wrestler at Freedom High School in the late 1970s, hw starred at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1980s. Were he was named an All-American twice.
Beaver County native Mike Ditka who was the head coach of the Chicago Bears drafted Covert sixth overall in the1983 NFL Draft.
Covert was a two-time first-team All-Pro who was part of a Bears team that won six division championships, and the 1985 Super Bowl Championship.