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Ex Jets WR Brandon Marshall wants to play for Steelers

2017 looks too be one hell of a year for free agents with names like Alshon Jeffery, AJ Bouye, & several other big plagers on the market. Ex Bears & Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is one of the top free agents after requesting to be released from the Jets. The veteran wide out won’t cost too much considering he’s coming off the worst season of his career and he’s 32. 

Marshall would be a good addition to go alongside Antonio Brown and if Martavis Bryant could stay out of trouble the Steelers could have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. Marshall will definetly draw some attention given that he’s just one season removed from a 1,500 yard season but if he truly wanys to play fir Pittsburgh then it should definitely be easy to get him. 

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Steelers release CB Justin Gilbert

On Monday the Steelers released the former 1st round pick Justin Gilbert to no one’s surprise. Gilbert was traded during the preseason in an exchange that gave the Browns a 2018 6th round draft pick. Throughout the 2016 season Gilbert was mostly on special teams and didn’t really see any defensive snaps. 

In Pittsburgh he appeared in 12 games. His release doesn’t impact much especially since DeMarcus Ayers might be the return man next season. Gilbert was drafted 8th overall in 2014 by the Cleveland Browns

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4 Teams That Should Sign WR Markus Wheaton In 2017

So Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is in the final year of his rookie contact and he had off of a pretty good 2015 campgain most notably his 200+ yard game against the Seahawks. A question many may ask is why would the Steelers let Wheaton leave in free agency, there are a few reasons why but it’ll most likely be because of the amount he can get from another team coupled with the fact that he can be replaced with Eli Rodgers. Wheaton has shown that he could be a capable #1 or even a capable #2, which leads to a small problem…for Pittsburgh and that’s the fact that he can demand a pretty sizable contract which won’t work for them since they have to re-sign Bell and Brown. 

Luckily for Wheaton or rather some Teams he has enough talent and skill to get with another team. So without any further delay here’s 5 possible landing spots for Steelers WR Markus Wheaton. 

4) San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are a team that seemingly lack many offensive weapons, or possibly it’s their quarter back Blaine Gabbert. Out side of Torry Smith San Francisco doesn’t have any real legitimate receiving threats. If they can get a good QB i.e. Colin Kapernick ( who’s already on their roster) then they’d really be able to burn Defenses with Smith and Wheaton.

3)Kansas City Chiefs 

The Chief’s have a great offense but other than Jeremy Maclin thry don’t have any real threats. Chris Conely is a fine WR but he isn’t good enough to be their #1 should Maclin go down. Wheaton could provide a reliable target for Alex Smith and be their #1 should Maclin get injured.

2) Minnesota Vikings

Now the Vikings have a great offense that includes TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Stephon Diggs, and RB Adrian Peterson. Somehow they’re undefeated with Sam Bradford at the helm, but they still lack some weapons in their receiving corp. Wheaton is more than capable of being their #2 or even taking Diggs spot as the #1. 

1)Tenessee Titans 

The Titans are a tricky  team one game they look good and the next they look like the worst team in the league. The problem mostly stems from their weak offense although their defense isn’t too good either. Wheaton would be able to give Mariota another reliable target that can catch and run and then double as a possession receiver. 

Just How Bad Was Antwon Blake

If you watched any steelers games over the past 2 years then you would’ve noticed that our secondary got burned a lot. The weak link in our secondary over the last 2 years was a man named Antwon Blake, he was without a doubt one of the worst corners in the league. He stands at 5’9 which is pretty short for a guy who isn’t a slot corner, his small size created some unfavorable matchups on the outside leading to a lot of completed passes. Despite that Blake did have some up sides, mainly his tackling which was pretty damn good (especially compared to the other DB’s). 

Last year Blake had 3 picks one of which was a pick-6 against the Chargers. He shows decent skills when he picks off the ball, usually taking it back for a good gain. His coverage skills need some work which is pretty evident by the number of completions against him. 

Overall Blake it’s a decent CB who should really be covering the slot WR. He best fits as a special teams player or a sub package player, there’s no reason for him to be a starter. If he works on his coverage skills he’ll make a decent defensive back but until then he’ll most likely remain a special teamer or depth player.

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The Awkward Case Of Landry Jones

As a Steelers fan the sight of Landry Jones on the field (playing for us) disgust me. Jones is going into his 4th season and what I believe if the final year of his rookie contract, last year he started 2 games and played in 7 due to Big Ben and Vick both being injured. Landry did manage to put up some reasonable numbers against the Cardinals & Chiefs. Although after that he looked like complete trash. His most recent outing was against the Eagles a game in which he threw 4 picks and we were shut out 17-0. 

After that bad preformance the Steelers signed former Bronco/Raven Bryn Renner. The signing could mean that they’re preparing to cut Jones, which would actually be a good move since it’s likely that we can’t trade him for anything. Renner and Vaughn will most likely compete for the 3rd QB spot with Gradkowski injured. Ultimately Jones most likely won’t be wearing the Black and Gold after this season sure to his put performance over the past 4 years with the team and not improving much since being drafted back in ’12. 

There is one more thing that needs to be adressed and that’s the fact that Jones knows the playbook and how the offense runs but he plays like it’s his first time being in our offense. Now a Jones Sympathizer might say that he’s with 3rd string wideouts which it’s true but even when he was with the first team he still made mistakes that most QB’s make for example against the Chiefs he threw a pick to a linebacker due to him throwing it directly above him. That’s a mistake that even Johnny Manziel wouldn’t even make. The best thing for the steelers to do is bench Jones for the next two games and just let Bryn Renner prove his worth and possibly take Jones’s spot.
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