The Steelers are coming off of their first home win and are looking to stack their victories with a trip across the state this weekend.
While the focus turns from the Bengals to the Eagles 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, Sept. 23rd.
Back at it
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Receiver Markus Wheaton looks to make his season debut this weekend in Philadelphia. He told Teresa Varley that he feels good and is ready to go. He joins a log jam of receivers making plays like Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers.
"“I am planning to play. If something else comes up, that’s what it is. But I am planning to play.” – Markus Wheaton"
The Steelers offense has been on point so far, with 62 total points scored in the two games they’ve played. Adding Wheaton to the mix could add a whole new wrinkle to keep defensive coordinators up at night.
We want sacks
Steeler Nation might not be used to the kind of defense that doesn’t sack the quarterback but if they’re only allowing a touchdown a week then I, for one, am not complaining. However, it doesn’t mean that players line linebacker Jarvis Jones don’t want to get after the quarterback.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains how Jones is in an intriguing position by being in a contract year but so far not really padding the stats so much through two games. They’d like that to change against Philly and get after Carson Wentz but without giving up on the defensive philosophy they’ve adopted.
"“(The defense would) love to hit him as many times as we can, but it’s not that simple. We’re going to play our style. We’re going to dictate the tempo and the game plan. He’s a really good quarterback. He has started strong. For us, we don’t want to say rattle him, but get him off the spot, make him make some hard throws, give him some stuff he hasn’t seen.” – Jarvis Jones"
He hasn’t seen all 300 pounds of Daniel McCullers barreling down on him. I’d say that should get him off the spot just right.
Not checking ID
We know that every day is DeAngelo Williams’ birthday because that’s what Cam Heyward declared in training camp. Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, on the other hand, does not even care to know that Williams is a 33-year-old running back.
Mike Florio of PFT has Schwartz’s comments on Williams’ age and abilities.
"“I can only go by what goes on tape. They don’t ask for a birth certificate before the game. They don’t give you nine yards [to gain a first down] if you are over 30. You’ve still got to get 10. He’s a patient runner, he’s compact and he’s strong. He can test every area of your run gaps.” – Jim Schwartz"
He will test every area of your run gaps. Believe that.