Miller vows to keep timing snaps despite 3 flags last week
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams warned his offensive linemen this week that Von Miller anticipates the snap as well as any pass rusher in the NFL.
"Oh yeah, you see that a lot, man. That's what he gets guys (on). He uses that to his advantage because a lot of guys panic as far as getting back," said Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard, who will try to keep the Broncos' star linebacker off quarterback Baker Mayfield this weekend.
Browns Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-16)
New faces: GM John Dorsey, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Carlos Hyde, LB Mychal Kendricks, DB Damarious Randall, QB Baker Mayfield, CB Denzel Ward, LT Austin Corbett, RT Chris Hubbard, WR Antonio Callaway, TE Darren Fells, DB E.J. Gaines, WR Jeff Janis, DB Terrance Mitchell, DL Chris Smith, QB Drew Stanton, CB T.J. Carrie.
Key losses: LT Joe Thomas, RB Isaiah Crowell, QB DeShone Kizer, NT Danny Shelton, CB Jason McCourty, CB Jamar Taylor, WR Ricardo Louis.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Following four trades and a flurry of free-agent deals, the Cleveland Browns are looking better.
Maybe even good enough to win a game next season.
On the day one-of-a-kind left tackle Joe Thomas said goodbye after 11 stellar seasons, the Browns took the first steps without their perennial Pro Bowler, a player who might be replaced but never duplicated.
AP Source: Browns to sign free agent T Hubbard
CLEVELAND (AP) — As they wait for Joe Thomas' decision, the Cleveland Browns added some offensive line depth.
Pittsburgh Steelers free agency capsule
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-4)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Arthur Moats; G Chris Hubbard; WR Justin Hunter; LB Sean Spence; RBs Stevan Ridley and RB Fitz Toussaint; DT Daniel McCullers; S Daimion Stafford.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: K Chris Boswell; LB Anthony Chickillo; WR Eli Rogers.
Steelers standout O-line a tribute to Munchak’s approach
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Munchak doesn't live in a bubble.
If anything, he makes it a point to avoid it.
So do the players he mentors as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So when the Hall of Famer's name popped up as a candidate for the open head coaching job in Arizona this week, Munchak didn't ignore the elephant in the room.
Neither did his guys.
"We told him to enjoy the West Coast," Chris Hubbard said with a laugh. "Enjoy being out there closer to your daughter."
Chris Hubbard remembers watching Terrell Suggs when the outside linebacker was a rising star for the Baltimore Ravens on a dominant defense led by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
As the starting right tackle for the Steelers, Hubbard is tasked with stopping Suggs Sunday night at Heinz Field.
"For them, he's their Ben Roethlisberger," Hubbard said. "He knows everything. He's seen it all and he's been around for a long time. That helps him a lot."
Rookie cornerback Cam Sutton, a third-round pick activated from injured reserve earlier in the week, will be active for the Steelers' game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday night at Heinz Field.
Also active is running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday.
1. OK WITH ‘HUBB'
In the wake of Marcus Gilbert's suspension this week, there is no shortage of statistical analysis comparing the Steelers' offensive output when Gilbert plays right tackle versus when Chris Hubbard does. By one metric — an obscure but all-encompassing one that over a large sample size could prove useful — Hubbard has been better than Gilbert in 2017, and significantly so.
Steelers backup lineman Hubbard ready for full-time audition
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Respect comes in many forms. For Chris Hubbard, it came a couple years ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman learned he was no longer on the hook to pick up the massive spread required for the line's weekly Thursday night get togethers.
"I'm good now," Hubbard said with a laugh.
It just took a while, which is maybe fitting for a late bloomer.
Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert suspended 4 games
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert four games for violating the league's performance-enhancers policy. Gilbert will not appeal.
The league made the announcement Monday. Gilbert will be eligible to return for Pittsburgh's visit to Houston on Christmas Day. Gilbert is banned from the team's facility until after the Steelers face New England on Dec. 17.
Steelers linemen juggling roles as injuries mount
PITTSBURGH (AP) — There's no such thing as an individual meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
When Munchak turns on the video during film sessions, he speaks to the entire group even as he breaks down the weekly assignments of a specific position. When there's a drill or a fundamental to work on with one player, everyone else stops and pays attention.
Steelers’ offensive linemen realize versatility is key for unit to excel
When coach Mike Tomlin begins to trim the Steelers' roster Aug. 30, he'll have to make tough decisions about reserve offensive linemen.
"We've got a pretty solid group," guard Chris Hubbard said. "Everybody is trying to fill in the gaps."