Every Sunday during the offseason I plan on recapping for you seven items related to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest of the NFL that may have fallen through the cracks the past week that should be worth your time to read or watch. This weekly feature will be entitled “Steelers’ Seven Shots.”
Shot #1 – Talk about Michigan linebacker Devin Bush possibly being the Steelers first-round selection this year is now at an all-time high as the annual college pro days begin to wind down. The Michigan pro day was a few weeks ago and the Steelers, as we reported, had a ton of personnel there and that included general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin. While Bush only did position drills during his pro day, he did talk to the media afterwards and below is a video of that question and answer session if you’ve yet to see it.
Shot #2 – Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman posted a 4.33-second 40-yard-dash time at this year’s scouting combine and he’s hoping the Steelers, his favorite team, gives him the chance to be the one to replace wide receiver Antonio Brown. Hardman explained recently to TMZ how he became a Steelers fan. You can watch his short interview below.
“My daddy was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so he had put me on them when Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu and all them were there. Big Ben was just getting there, so like, I’ve been rocking with the Steelers for a minute,” Hardman said.
Shot #3 – Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix celebrated his 27th birthday on Saturday and steelers.com made sure to commemorate with a video containing just a few of his career highlights.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 31, 2019
Shot #4 – The Steelers have a history of being fond of drafting wide receivers who showed in college they could make contested catches. With that in mind, below is a ranking of a few of this year’s draft-eligible wide receivers by contested catch percentages and at comes courtesy of Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus.
Notable contested catch percentages, draft-eligible WRs:
Gary Jennings 54.0%
N'Keal Harry 53.2
Kelvin Harmon 51.4
A.J. Brown 51.3
JJ Arcega-Whiteside 49.4
Hakeem Butler 45.2
Anthony Johnson 43.4
Deebo Samuel 37.9
Andy Isabella 34.8
Emanuel Hall 25.0
Marquise Brown 21.7@PFF
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) March 27, 2019
Shot #5 – Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster recently showed up at the annual Pitt Dance Marathon, the largest student run philanthropy on Pitt’s campus which raises both funds and awareness for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Smith-Schuster not only showed up at the dance marathon, he also made a sizable donation to the charity event as well.
Thank you to @TeamJuJu for coming to PDM, supporting our cause, and donating to us! We really appreciate it and hope to see you again!
follow this link to donate: https://t.co/FkKj7aUYUP pic.twitter.com/GAIHxOB0qQ
— Pitt Dance Marathon (@pitt_pdm) March 30, 2019
Shot #6 – Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and daughter Baylee Roethlisberger had their first Daddy-Daughter Dance at church Saturday night and below is a picture of the two all dressed up for the event. Baylee is already five years old and does she ever look like both her father and mother. Where has the time gone?
Enjoying our first Daddy – Daughter Dance at church tonight! pic.twitter.com/k4MHl4gq4Y
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) March 31, 2019
Shot #7 – You’ve likely already heard the news about the recent NFL rule change that will allow for pass interference calls and non-calls to be challenged in 2019. However, there were a few other rules and bylaws that were adopted at the annual league meetings as well and below is a link that quickly recaps them all.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) March 31, 2019