Tyler Candelaria is joined by Jacob Klinger from PennLive.com. They discuss the Steelers win over the Vikings, and their upcoming game with the Bears among other things.
Lawrence Timmons quickly signed an 11 million dollar contract with the Dolphins to leave the Steelers this past offseason. Things seemed to be going well for the LB as he was solid during the preseason for the Fins.
Then things took a weird turn on Saturday night. The Dolphins went to check on everyone to make sure they were in their rooms in Southern California hours before they kicked off against the Chargers. That’s when they discovered that Timmons was missing from his room. After attempting to contact him, and calling family and friends to locate him they filed a missing persons report to the police.
Timmons was eventually located early Sunday morning at LAX waiting to board a flight back to Pittsburgh. He was said to be attempting to get back to the mother of his child because he missed his family.
He was eventually taken back to the hotel by a Dolphins staff member. It was determined that he was not in the right state of mind to play on Sunday and was inactive for the game. Thus the missed game ended his streak of 101 consecutive games started.
More to come on this strange story as details become available.
It’s been two weeks, and the Steelers have only scored 4 offensive touchdowns. That’s well below their goal of 30 points per game, but the shortage of touchdowns isn’t a lack of talent or ability. It’s about working out the kinks.
It’s very clear that Le’Veon Bell skipping all of the off-season due to injury and a holdout has hindered him through the first two games. His timing has been off in all areas, whether it’s finding the hole in the run game or being a yard out of reach for a Ben Roethlisberger pass.
We all know that in the next few weeks he’s going to find his timing again. The natural hesitation in the back field that’s become his running style is going to jive with his lineman once again. When he breaks off a 50-yarder. That’s when the NFL should become on notice.
”I’m due for an explosion play,” Bell said. ”It hasn’t happened yet. I think I had almost three today but those guys, they made a couple tackles on a screen or a run where I almost broke out.”
“Obviously, I’m going to continue to get better, each and every day, each and every week. I don’t feel a drastic change. I feel like I was in my normal routine. It’s just being in the midst of the game.”
To Bell’s credit he was running against a defense that is very stout up front. Last week the Vikings held the Saints explosive offense to only 60 yards on 21 carries. That was good for 2.9 yards per carry from Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram, and company.
“Those guys are good up front. They had their fair share of plays,” Bell continued. “But I think us keeping the balance of running it and passing – keeping them guessing – really helped us get the ‘W’ today.”
Another important piece to their offense is starting to find his rhythm. Martavis Bryant found his way into the endzone for the first time in 21 months when Roethlisberger hit him in stride coming across the middle for a 27-yard touchdown. That score gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead and they wouldn’t ever look back.
“Each game, I’m getting better and getting more into it,” Bryant said. “I’m going to get better this week in practice and go back out on Sunday and play hard again.”
Bryant should be able to find plenty of space next week against a poor Bears team that has given up over 500 yards passing through the first two games.
It might not be this week but eventually this team will be running on all cylinders. Let’s hope that it starts when they walk into Baltimore on Oct. 1.
QB Joshua Dobbs
OT Matt Feiler
OT Jerald Hawkins
WR Justin Hunter
TE Vance McDonald
DL Stephon Tuitt
S J.J. Wilcox
Tyler Candelaria and social guest Chris Mueller look ahead to the Steelers/Vikings matchup for Sunday.
The Steelers finished up their main portion of practice for the week on Friday morning and they received some good news. Bud Dupree who has been limited this week, and missed last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns was able to go through a full practice.
#Steelers LB Bud Dupree says he was full practice participant today. Thinks he's good for Sunday
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) September 15, 2017
All signs point to Dupree playing unless he has some sort of setback. Tomlin has a long standing policy that you must practice if you’re going to play, and Dupree was able to go through a full one today. Last week he missed Thursday and Friday practice.
#Steelers Status Report:
QUESTIONABLE: J.J. Wilcox, Vance McDonald, Stephon Tuitt
OUT: Jerald Hawkins
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) September 15, 2017
JJ Wilcox is still in the concussion protocol and while he isn’t listed as out his status is very much in doubt. That leaves the Steelers thin at the safety position again. Robert Golden will be the backup at both positions. Good news is that Sean Davis was a full participant after being limited yesterday.
Stephon Tuitt was confined to riding a stationary bike, but said he has made progress with his bicep injury. Without practicing at all it’s very unlikely that he will play on Sunday.