Steelers News: Ross Cockrell, Xavier Grimble, DeAngelo Williams
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 Tuesday, Sept. 20th.
If you would have said last week that the key to shutting down Bengals receiver A.J. Green was to have Ross Cockrell shadow him for the entire game then I might have asked if I could partake in whatever you were drinking.
Fortunately for the Steelers, I don’t make personnel decisions. Mike Prisuta explains how William Gay came up with the idea that Cockrell should shadow Green and the rest of the defense would pitch in to force the Bengals to limit his touches.
Wouldn’t you know, it actually worked? Green torched Darrelle Revis for 180 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown in Week 1 but Pittsburgh was able to hold him to two catches for 38 yards on only eight targets.
Xavier Grimble caught his first NFL touchdown on Sunday and he already has two nicknames cooler than any of yours. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler describes how Grimble is part of the tight end committee the Steelers are utilizing so far this season in the wake of Heath Miller’s retirement and Ladarius Green’s injury.
Grimble was undrafted out of the University of Southern California in 2014 and has bounced around the practice squads of several teams before landing with Pittsburgh. He told Fowler that his friends have called him Magneto but offensive coordinator Todd Haley can be heard calling him “X-Man” during practice.
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Gonna have to draw the line here
DeAngelo Williams is the ageless wonder. On Sunday he went over 10,000 rushing yards for his career with his 94 yards on the ground in the 24-16 win over Cincinnati. Williams has been pretty much one of the best free agent signings Kevin Colbert has made since James Farrior or Ryan Clark.
He’s also very charitable, a family man and he’s super entertaining to follow on social media. However, we’re going to have to draw the line somewhere. Here is that line.
— Big Bob (@FSBigBob) September 18, 2016
We cannot stand for that. You can’t just say that you’re a Nickelback fan and let it go like it’s no big deal. That’s unacceptable man. For real. Kids are watching. You want them to think that’s ok?