The Steelers draft picks have been made and the offseason workout program is in full swing.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the team starts to put in the work to prepare for the 2016 NFL season 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, May 25th.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tells us that a noticeably slimmer Ben Roethlisberger reported for Steelers OTAs on Tuesday as a result of extra cardio he had been doing during his offseason. The idea behind shedding some weight for Roethlisberger was to reduce chances of sustaining injuries and increase the stamina.
The Steelers will need Roethlisberger on the field and healthy if they want to content for a Super Bowl this season like so many are projecting them to. With an offense lacking in Heath Miller (retired) and Martavis Bryant (suspended) there is no room for errors and no time to waste.
Lions in Latrobe
The Steelers will host the Detroit Lions on Friday, Aug. 12th at Heinz Field in their first preseason game but prior to that they’ll get acquainted with each other in Latrobe. Teresa Varley reports that the Lions will join the Steelers for joint practices on Aug. 9th and 10th at Saint Vincent College.
Le’Veon Bell returned to the practice field for the Steelers on Tuesday for OTAs but only did individual drills as part of his recovery from knee surgery he had in November. Around the NFL’s Conor Orr has Bell’s comments about his injury and how it sparked the Steelers and Bengals rivalry for last season.
Bell insists that he doesn’t think it was just Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict who was out to injure him intentionally. Burfict will be starting the season suspended by the NFL for his multiple dirty hits.
"“I don’t think it was just (Burfict); it was like the whole team was really out there trying to like twist my ankles and do little dirty stuff in between the piles. I feel like there’s a lot of teams that do that, try to take me out of the game.” – Le’Veon Bell"
It may be a bit dramatic for Bell to play the “everyone is out to get me” role so early in his career but hey, whatever works to get him into the endzone. Some players just need to have a chip on their shoulder for one reason or another.