Steelers News: Foster, Brown, Thomas


The Steelers will look to shake off the funk from the opening loss to New England and make sure their headsets are working correctly in Heinz Field for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. While they’re preparing for their home debut we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Sept. 17th.

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Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster continues his work on the Steelers website contributing columns on behalf of a player’s perspective over the course of the season. For his first edition since the start of the season Foster describes how much joy and heartbreak goes into an NFL career.

He also reminds us fans to open our hearts and fandom to the new faces on the team each year, some of who might be replacing legendary faces.

"“We tend to lean on the past accomplishments of the ones who had your hearts for years and show resistance to move on from those players. As the new young players move into their roles, give them a fair chance to state their case. Rome wasn’t built in a day.” – Ramon Foster"

Keeping the streak alive

Steelers wide receiver has an NFL-record streak going of at least five catches and 50 yards in each of his last 34 games. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminds us how hard Brown works to manage to keep that streak going each week, while he’s double-covered on almost every play.

Last Thursday night’s game was no exception, the Patriots had two safeties deep and the 49ers run a similar defense. Brown said he doesn’t actively seek to keep that streak going, but with his talents and playmaking abilities, he wins the matchups time and time again and the streak manages to stay alive.

Secondary in flux

The Steelers came into training camp with their secondary as their biggest question mark of the team and after one game of the season, it remains that way. The PPG’s Ed Bouchette explains that safety Shamarko Thomas, who was drafted to be the heir apparent to Troy Polamalu, is basically back at the beginning.

Thomas has lost his starting role to Will Allen and against New England wasn’t even involved in three-safety defensive formations. Even in his third season on the Steelers, it seems Thomas still has a lot to learn.

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