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 Friday, May 27th.
Welcome to the family!
Steeler Nation got a little bit bigger this week as Ben and Ashlee Roethlisberger welcomed their third child. The Roethlisberger family welcomed Bodie Roethlisberger on Thursday.
Bodie Roethlisberger weighed in at 7lb, 7oz, 21 inches. It’s gotta be a sign. Congratulations to the Roethlisberger family!
Roethlisberger was missing from Thursday’s OTA practice, obviously, and now that Antonio Brown has officially returned to Pittsburgh from his Hollywood experience, it’s going to be a couple of weeks before the two hook up again.
The elephant in the locker room
The since the new CBA allowed for the rookie wage scale and gave teams 5th-year options on their first-round pick’s contracts, the Steelers have picked up that option for every first round draft pick except for linebacker Jarvis Jones. They declined this offseason to pick up his fifth year so he’ll become a free agent at the end of this season.
The showing of lack of confidence the team has in him is quite obvious to Jones, according to the Trib’s Mark Kaboly. But he’s trying to turn it into something positive and hopefully the driving force from within this season.
"“That’s money. I don’t play this game for money. Hopefully, I am here. I love this place. I love everything about it. I am going to work hard and do what I have to do so I can stay around here. It is what it is. I am a positive person. I know what it is. I just have to work hard and do the things that you have to do as far as football, and things will work out. I am not going to let that hinder me from doing what I love.” – Jarvis Jones"
I hope he loves sacking the quarterback because he hasn’t done a whole lot of that since he’s been here and that’s one thing that will totally keep him here.
30 for 16
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler describes how the Steelers plan to be the seventh franchise in the NFL since 2011 to average 30 points per game. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley openly admits that the 30 points per game is their goal and they fell short of that last season.
But, there’s hope. Fowler points out that the last 10 games of the 2014 season along with the eleven healthy games Ben Roethlisberger played in 2015 averaged out to 30.14 points per game. If everything goes right this year, 30 points per game will be easily attained.