Steelers News: Roethlisberger rank, super socks, Bell appeal


The Steelers summer vacation is winding down. They’ll be reporting to the dorms of Saint Vincent for the Steelers’ 50th season of training camp in Latrobe in just a few days. While the Steelers are enjoying the last of their summer break we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Wednesday, July 22nd.

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Is he elite yet?

Stop the presses. The ESPN NFL Insiders released their annual arbitrary rankings of the top quarterbacks in the league finally have ranked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in their top 5. Mike Sando explains that he polled coaches and “evaluators” on each of the 32 projected starting quarterbacks to come up with the ranking on a tier system.

Last year, Roethlisberger ranked at the top of the second tier at No. 7. After throwing back-to-back six touchdown games last season and carrying the Steelers without the support of a strong defense he gets recognition for being a top quarterback.

"“He throws to win games by himself and he can do it every week. He could throw for 350 every week. I did not give him his due until I really saw this past year, with the average defense and only one top receiver, getting it done every week and keeping his interceptions down.”"

That’s what one “offensive coach” had to say about Roethlisberger. We’ll see what he does this season with more than one top receiver, a top running back and a younger defense.

Super socks

In the third episode of “Forging Steel: 2015 Steelers Minicamp” the minicamp draws to a close but not before newcomer running back DeAngelo Williams presents his teammates with some presents.

No new news

Good Ole Rogeez was in the area on Tuesday speaking at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn for the Y Capital Campaign Kickoff Luncheon fundraiser for the Washington, PA YWCA. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly describes how Goodell was asked about the appeal process for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as well as for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

Goodell announced that in spite of previous reports that his decision on Brady’s appeal was on its way, he didn’t actually have a timetable set for when the decision will be made. Then, when it comes to Bell’s suspension he said that he’s not hearing that appeal and he didn’t even know the status of it.

Bell was suspended for the first three games of this season stemming from an arrest for marijuana possession and DUI last summer. The NFLPA has already said they won’t flinch to take Goodell and the league to court if Brady’s suspension is upheld so you might think a smart way for Goodell to play it while he’s got the power is to just wait until just before the season kickoff to announce his decision on Brady.

In the mean-time it seems rather odd that a decision hasn’t been made on Bell’s appeal yet.

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