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 – Fresh off his trip to Mexico to visit with Steelers Nation and to take part in a few football camps, former quarterback Charlie Batch landed in the hospital due to a bacterial infection, according to a Saturday Facebook post by him. Please pray for him on this Sunday.
Shot #2 – Speaking of Steelers quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger finds himself in some good company on this list on Football Perspective that was put together by Richie Wohlers. This stats study ranking focuses on fourth quarter quarterback comeback percentages and Roethlisberger ranks fifth-overall on it.
Shot #3 – The Steelers official website has a short video of college highlights from new Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson posted Sunday morning and to piggyback on top of that, below is a clip of a completion that Johnson had last season with Toledo against Nevada that should get everyone excited. Watch how quickly Johnson gets stopped at the top of the route once he begins sitting down and how quickly he breaks out of that stop back to his quarterback. This is impressive.
Shot #4 – This recent post from former NFL agent Joel Corry of CBS Sports does a great job of explaining the current differences between NFL and NBA contracts and it’s really worth taking the time to read.
Shot #5 – We’ve see Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva slowly develop into a great offensive lineman over the years and during that process he’s developed a nice snatch-and-trap technique to stop pass rushers. This past week, Brandon Thorn wrote up a great explanation of the snatch and trap technique for the USA Football website and it’s worth your time to read and watch the included examples.
Shot #6 – In an effort to start getting you ready you more ready for the start of the 2019 NFL regular season, here is a video of Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo breaking down how to play zone defense and when to use cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4. It is quite informative.
Shot #7 – How early will Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster go in most fantasy football drafts this year? The GMFB crew discussed that topic on the NFL Network recently and you can watch the video segment below.