Steelers win season opener in dramatic fashion

Steelers Wide Receiver Diontae Johnson scores the team’s first touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2021 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

ORCHARD PARK, NY (GSM) — After a slow start to the 2021 season opener against the Bills, the Steelers got the “splash plays” they were hoping for.

Johnson had a modest 5 receptions for 36 yards. However, his score put the Steelers ahead of 12-10 in the fourth quarter. After the extra point, Pittsburgh was ahead by three and followed up with a blocked punt on the ensuing drive to quickly increase the score to 20-10 (including the extra point).

Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith runs in a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2021 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin said about his defense and special teams, “We needed a splash play like that. We spotted them three to start the game. At halftime I heard a lot of the core special teams players Derek Watt and others saying that we had to even the score from that perspective. We needed splash in that phase of the game, and boy they delivered and delivered big.”

Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin speaks to his team after a big defensive play against the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2021 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

The final score was Steelers 23 – Bills 16. Pittsburgh will host the Las Vegas Raiders on September 19th in the 2021 home opener at Heinz Field.


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Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll

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(GSM) — Golden Sky Media has partnered with Urban Media Today in the area of Black College Football coverage for the 2021 season.
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The Urban Media Today 2021  Top 10 HBCU Football Rankings: (Week 1) 

 #01 Alabama A&M   (1-0) Beat South Carolina State 42-41 /  BYE Week
  #02 N.Carolina A&T   (0-1)   Lost to Furman 29-18 / Next @ Duke
 #03 Jackson State     (1-0)   Beat FAMU 7-6/ Next @ Tennessee State
 #04 N.C. Central       (1-0)   Beat Alcorn State  23-14/ Next  @ Marshall

 #05 Grambling State  (1-0)  Beat Tennessee State 16-10/ Next  @ Southern Miss

#06  Prairie View A&M  (1-0)  Beat Texas Southern  40-17/ Next @ Incarnate Word

#07  Hampton University (1-0)  Beat Virginia Union  42-28/ Next @ Old Dominion

#08  Florida A&M  (0-1) Lost to Jackson State   7-6 / Next @ Fort Valley State

#09  S. Carolina St.  (0-1)  Lost to Alabama A&M 42-41 / Next @ Clemson

#10  Alcorn State  (0-1)  Lost To North Carolina Central 23-14/ Next @ Northwestern St

(Slipped out of Top Ten This Week:  None)
(New to Top Ten this week: None)

 

Honorable Mention:  (Next 5) 

 Arkansas-Pine Bluff  (1-0)   Beat Lane  34-16

Delaware State        (1-0)   Beat Bowie State 32-24

  Fayetteville  State     (1-0)   Beat Elizabeth City St  47-6

 Fort Valley State (1-0)    Beat Tuskegee 30-0

 Alabama State   (1-0)    Beat Miles  14-13

 

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Steelers Finalize 53-Man Roster for the 2021 Season

(Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media, FILE)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — The difficult decision to shave the remaining players from an NFL team has come to reality. For the Steelers, the final cuts were made Tuesday at 4pm and the team has been assembled for the battles leading up to Super Bowl LVI.

Among notable cuts, running back Jaylen Samuels who has been with the team since 2018 and punter Jordan Berry, added to Steelers in 2015. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs was placed on the injured reserve list to make way for offseason pickup Dwayne Haskins who was picked up off of waivers in January of this year.

The following list of the final roster is credited to to the Pittsburgh Steelers in alphabetical order:

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks (3): Dwayne Haskins, Mason Rudolph, Ben Roethlisberger

Running Backs/Fullbacks (5): Kalen Ballage, Najee Harris, Anthony McFarland Jr., Benny Snell Jr., Derek Watt

Offensive Line (8): Zach Banner, Kevin Dotson, Kendrick Green, Joe Haeg, J.C. Hassenauer, Dan Moore Jr., Chukwuma Okorafor, Trai Turner

Tight Ends (3): Eric Ebron, Pat Freiermuth, Zach Gentry

Wide Receivers (5): Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, Ray-Ray McCloud, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington

Defense (26)

Defensive Line (8): Tyson Alualu, Isaiah Buggs, Carlos Davis, Cameron Heyward, Isaiahh Loudermilk, Henry Mondeaux, Stephon Tuitt, Chris Wormley

Linebackers (10): Marcus Allen, Devin Bush, Ulysees Gilbert III, Alex Highsmith, Melvin Ingram III, Buddy Johnson, Jamir Jones, Joe Schobert, Robert Spillane, T.J. Watt

Defensive Backs (8): Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, Miles Killebrew, Justin Layne, Tre Norwood, James Pierre, Cam Sutton

Steelers Select Najee Harris in 1st Round of ’21 Draft

1/1/21 MFB Alabama vs Notre DameAlabama running back Najee Harris (22)Photo by Photo by Kent Gidley

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — “Najee Harris is the second coming of Franco Harris,” says football guru and NFL scout Smokin’ Jim Frazier. Only time will tell, but he very well could be!

Harris leaves the Alabama Crimson Tide as the top running back on the 2021 draft board to a Steelers team that cut ties with James Conner, the team’s former starter at the position. Harris racked up 4624 total yards from scrimmage with an impressive 3843 yards by way of rushing.

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert took questions from the media Thursday, moments after the 1st-round selection. “He’s got a nice combination of size, strength and athleticism. His picking vision is excellent in terms of finding holes,” Tomlin said. “He shows patience while doing that. He’s a complete back.”

 


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James Conner Signed by the Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner stretches over the goal line to score a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, 2018 at Heinz Field.
(Photo: Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media, FILE)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Erie, PA native and former Steelers running back James Conner has a new home over 2,000 miles away.

The Arizona Cardinals signed Conner in a 1-year deal just months after the Steelers decided not to renew his contract. In 4 years with Pittsburgh he racked up 2,302 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns on the ground. He also accomplished 963 receiving and 4 receiving touchdowns throughout his tenure.

Conner joins Chase Edmunds and Jonathan Ward in the backfield and is the second big-name free agent signed this off season by the Cardinals. Arizona signed former Texans defensive end J.J. Watt signed a 2-year, $31 million contract on March 3.

Welcome to the Valley, @JamesConner_!

We have agreed to terms with RB James Conner on a one-year contract.

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 13, 2021


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.

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