PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Heading into the final game of the 2020 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released offensive tackle Derwin Gray to make space in the 53-man active roster and 10 on the practice squad.
Gray was a seventh round draft by Pittsburgh out of Maryland in 2019. He spent most of his time on the team’s practice squad but played in five games this season.
On Twitter, Gray thanked the city of Pittsburgh and fans for the support during his time as a Steeler but mentioned that he is excited to begin the next journey in his career. The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed him from waivers on Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Dionte Johnson leads the league with 12 dropped passes. These dropped passes have come at the most inopportune time during the recent 3 game losing streak. Two drops in the Steelers loss to Buffalo, three in the loss against Washington, and one against the Bengals. Johnson has attributed the recent occurrences to a lack of focus and overthinking the process of catching the football. It has been a dark and frustrating time for Johnson.
All of his recent problems with dropped passes, faded away against the Indianapolis Colts. Dionte Johnson returned to form, looking like a true number 1 receiver. Johnsons acrobatic 39 yard touchdown pass ignited the Steelers offense, overcoming a 17 point third quarter deficit, en route to a 28-24 victory. The win crowned the Steelers the 2020 AFC North Division Champions.
With Johnson, and the other members of the vaunted Steeler receiving corps returning to the form, the Steelers offense will once again be a force to contend with.
(GSM) — James Harrison, who was once a dominating force on the Steelers’ defense, took to social media following his former team’s loss to the Bengals Sunday.
The linebacker who has one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history, posted a video to his Instagram page where he showed disbelief that the Steelers would fall to the Bengals who — at that point — had only won two games all season.
His most recent post was coupled with a John Fogerty song titled “Centerfield” blasting in the background. Harrison can be seen picking up a game-worn Steelers helmet from his in-home trophy case, sarcastically insinuating he is ready to return to action to help the “Black-n-Gold.”
The Steelers (11-3) entered the game Sunday with a chance to clinch the AFC North title. However, the Bengals (3-10-1) had other plans as they walked away with a convincing 27-7 victory.
Harrison — a five-time All Pro — played for the Bengals, Patriots and Ravens in addition to the Steelers and hasn’t seen the field since 2018.
Harrison played 16 years in the National Football League.
CINCINNATI (GSM) — An a time where the Steelers had the opportunity to win the AFC North division and guarantee cushion heading into the postseason, they lost to a team with 2 wins.
To Steeler fans (and most players and coaches), the stage was set, bounce back from a 2-game losing streak, beat the division’s last place Bengals, go into the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Easy, right? Well, not so fast. The most recent loss — part a three game losing streak — showed that the “Black-n-Gold” has more issues than you may think.
Pittsburgh went into Cincinnati and struggled from the beginning of the game Monday night and lost to the Bengals who started Ryan Finley, a 3rd-string quarterback. The final score 27-17.
In his weekly press conference, Head Coach Mike Tomlin said, “We’re not a good football group right now and so we understand the consequences that come with that, we’re working on a short week, we’ve got to be better than what we’ve been and that’s just the reality of it.”
In week 16, the Steelers (11-3) host the Indianapolis Colts (10-4) Sunday at Heinz Field.
PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Since joining the Steelers in 2017, Zach Banner got his first chance to start on the offensive line and his season was cut short.
In the 2020 season opener against the New York Giants, Banner left the game with assistance after team trainers feared the worst after suffering a leg injury. It was confirmed that Banner will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve.
Banner posted an optimistic video to twitter, ensuring fans that he will return to the field when he is healthy.