Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
OPEN CAMP: July 24, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: First-year coach Matt Patricia lost seven of last 10 games, saddling franchise with double digits in losses for...
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Reality TV star Jesse James is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of one of his beloved dogs.
James in an Instagram post says the 6-year-old French bulldog named...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions waived tight end Michael Roberts after trying to trade him to the New England Patriots.
The Lions say trade conditions put Roberts back on the...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick.
Detroit made the move Thursday, creating an open roster...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have invested a lot in tight ends, desperately hoping to turn a weakness into a strength.
Detroit drafted Iowa star T.J. Hockenson early in the...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. highlighted a busy final day at the NFL draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh selected Snell with their fourth-round pick,...
Lions Draft Preview Capsule
8. DETROIT (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Detroit dropped seven of its last 10 games under first-year coach Matt Patricia, reaching double digits in losses for first time since 2012. Lions were...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Trey Flowers' 6-year old daughter has already experienced plenty of success during her father's NFL career.
"She's been fortunate to be at three Super Bowls. She has...
Free Agency-Steelers Capsule
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-6-1)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Le'Veon Bell, TE Jesse James, P Jordan Berry, LB Anthony Chickillo, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DT Daniel McCullers, LB Ryan Shazier, WR...
Steelers tight ends McDonald, Grimble dealing with injuries
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their depth at tight end tested with Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble both dealing with injuries.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that McDonald has a hip issue while Grimble is in the concussion protocol. McDonald could be limited early in the week as the Steelers (7-3-1) prepare for a visit from the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3).
Broncos face Steelers, out to snap another 6-game win streak
DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL's best pair of pass catchers and the league's top tight end tandem.
"We've had a tough game every week," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We haven't had any easy games. So, this is just another top offense that we get to see, another great challenge and we're up for it."
FANTASY PLAYS: Saints-Falcons, SF-KC stacks for Week 3
Week 2 was another high scoring slate in the NFL and another week when daily fantasy sports contests were won by rostering the passing attack from just a handful of games.
New helmet-hits rule causing concern heading into season
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's revision of the catch rule figured to grab the spotlight this season.
Then the league altered the regulations on using the helmet when making contact on both sides of the ball, basically making it a 15-yard penalty no matter where on the helmet strikes an opponent. Even players on offense and linemen in the trenches are subject to being flagged, with potential fines and ejections for particularly flagrant hits by lowering the helmet.
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn't see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they've already been calling catches the new way.
If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer reviews of their rulings.
Tim Benz: Sneak peak at NFL’s simplified catch rule seems better, not great
NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron announced pending changes to the NFL's catch rule via Twitter. In the tweet, he admitted the now-infamous Jesse James "didn't survive the ground catch" versus New England last December would now count as a touchdown moving forward.
Ole' Al even @-mentioned James. That's nice. James surely appreciated that wonderful gesture.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Maybe it's too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears.
No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions.
Team owners unanimously approved the new language Tuesday, with basically three elements defining a catch:
—having control of the ball;
—getting two feet down or another body part;
—making a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball.
NFL weighing changes to catch rule
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — That's a catch.
Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn't one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.
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INDIANAPOLIS -– It was a question Mike Gesicki started to answer before it left the reporter's mouth.
Did Jesse James, his good friend and former Penn State teammate, make the catch that was controversially overturned against the New England Patriots?
"Absolutely," Gesicki said without hesitation. "Absolutely. … He caught the ball, moved it. I think they just looked too far into it."
Minneapolis — In one of the biggest regular-season games last season, a Week 15 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, an improbable comeback was not be after a touchdown pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to tight end Jesse James was overturned — a victim to the league's convoluted and controversial rule about what constitutes a catch.
The TV ratings for the Pittsburgh-New England game were the highest for any game this season.
Given the NFL's sharply down TV ratings for 2017, that was good news.
The bad news is that it reminded a large audience of one reason why maybe they haven't been sitting in front of pro football games as much this year.
The NFL's rules have in some areas become impossible to understand.
It’s a catch. Wait, there’s a catch to the catch.
It's a catch. Wait, there's a catch to the catch.
While coaches, players, fans and broadcasters become puzzled or annoyed by the NFL's "catch rule," the people in charge of developing and refining it through the years also have struggled. They simply couldn't find language to simplify it, leading to the inconsistency and controversy seen for seasons.
You can add Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh to the list of those who thought Steelers tight end Jesse James' late-game catch was a touchdown.
Allen Park — It's that time of year again.
On Sunday, the New England Patriots escaped Pittsburgh with a win over the Steelers partly due to the NFL's now infamous debate over what exactly is a catch.
Steelers trying to recover from near miss against Patriots
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maybe Mike Tomlin called it.
Maybe it was Todd Haley.
Maybe Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Rogers went rogue.
The chaos surrounding Pittsburgh's decision to go for the win instead of force overtime late in a 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday doesn't lead to easy answers.
Roethlisberger initially said he was told to run a play rather than spike the ball to set up an easy field goal.
When a catch isn’t a catch, and how it hurt Steelers
A run is a run, a basket is a basket and a goal is a goal.
In the NFL, a catch isn't necessarily a catch, and a touchdown isn't always a touchdown.
A runner can inch the nose of the football over the goal line and even if it's subsequently batted away, it's a touchdown.
Cue the celebration.
A receiver can cross the goal line, get up and spike the ball. But if the football shifted just a hair as he hits the ground, it's just as if the pass went right through his hands.
Tampa, Fla. — When Quandre Diggs saw the flag, and heard the ruling he was being penalized for unnecessary roughness against a defenseless receiver, the Lions defensive back initial concern was his bank account.
"First thing that goes through my mind is that's 50 racks, gone," Diggs said. "I told the ref, 'Y'all trying to take all my check.'"
Five things we learned from Steelers 31, Packers 28
Five things we learned from Steelers 31, Packers 28:
1. The offense sizzled on third down and inside the red zone.
Keeping the chains moving on third down was an issue earlier in the season and contributed to the Steelers' low scoring output throughout the first half. Against Green Bay that was no longer a problem.
The Steelers converted 8 of 13 third-down opportunities against the Packers, their most productive game of the season in that area.
Steelers 40, Colts 17
Three stats to know:
1. With catches of 41, 27 and 23 yards Thursday, Antonio Brown moved into the NFL lead both in catches of 20-plus yards (16) and 40-plus yards (five).
2. Ben Roethlisberger officially attempted nine passes more than 15 yards downfield Thursday (and another that was nullified by a Martavis Bryant interference penalty), completing three of them for 84 yards and a touchdown.
It could be argued that the difference in the game was Ben Roethlisberger avoiding turnovers, and Marcus Mariota did not. Roethlisberger wasn't perfect, but it's hard to be perfect when throwing 45 passes. He completed 30 — and that was with a handful of drops. Put simply, if he's this good the rest of the season, the Steelers will be more than OK.
DETROIT — As promised by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, wide receiver Martavis Bryant did not dress Sunday night against the Detroit Lions because of his social media comments from last weekend.
Bryant was one of the seven inactives for the Steelers. The others were quarterback Joshua Dobbs, cornerback Brian Allen, tackles Jerald Hawkins and Marcus Gilbert, tight end Vance McDonald and defensive end Stephon Tuitt.
Wide receiver Justin Hunter was on the 53-man roster in place of Bryant.
Alexis DeJoria to retire from NHRA racing at end of season
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Alexis DeJoria, the first woman to break the 4-second barrier in a Funny Car, will retire from NHRA competition at the end of the season to spend more time with her family.
DeJoria announced her retirement Monday, calling it "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make."
She added that her "reasoning behind this decision is simple: It's time for me to switch my focus towards my family."
McDonald’s hustle play? Steelers are loving it
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vance McDonald heard the dreaded "double thud" and then just started running.
The first "thud" came from Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell's right foot smacking the ball while attempting a 35-yard field goal late in the first half last Sunday in Chicago. The second thud came when Bears defensive back Sherrick McManis blocked it.
FANTASY PLAYS: Taking stock of hurt tight ends, others in W3
Week 2 was tough on tight ends in fantasy football as five big names suffered injuries — none bigger than Greg Olsen of the Panthers breaking his right foot.
Olsen is expected to miss about six to eight weeks after having surgery on Monday. Rob Gronkowski (groin), Jordan Reed (chest), Jimmy Graham (ankle) and Tyler Eifert (back/knee) are all questionable to play this week.
Brown’s clutch catch gives Steelers 21-18 win over Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — For Pittsburgh's first road game, Antonio Brown wore a bow tie and purple and black suit embroidered with fire-breathing gold dragons. He completed his outlandish outfit with ruby red-sequined sneakers.
The flashy look was both dazzling and jaw-dropping — just like Brown's game.
Steelers acquire tight end Vance McDonald from 49ers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin scouted Vance McDonald before the 2013 NFL draft and liked what he saw from the big tight end. Though San Francisco grabbed McDonald in the second round that spring, Tomlin kept tabs on McDonald, monitoring his progress from afar.
James ready to take over as Steelers’ top tight end
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Jesse James has prepared the last two offseasons to be the starting tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers even as the team explored its options following Heath Miller's unexpected retirement in 2015.
Pittsburgh splurged in free agency a year ago, signing Ladarius Green to a four-year deal. It lasted only one. When the Steelers released Green in the spring, James found himself in the spot he believed he could be in all along: a starter on one of the NFL's most potent offenses.
Four more alleged members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club have been indicted by federal authorities and are facing charges in the killing of a man in Austin who reportedly tried to start a chapter of the California-based rival, the Hells Angels.
Anthony W. Benesh III was gunned down by a sniper in 2006 in front of his girlfriend and two children as they left Saccone’s Pizza in Austin.
The Steelers come to Foxboro fresh off taking out the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round. Buoyed by an explosive offense with two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the helm, the Steelers will present a difficult challenge for the Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game. Here are three ways Pittsburgh could hurt the Pats:
Steelers TE Green misses practice, questionable for Dolphins
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green sat out practice on Friday, putting his availability for Sunday's playoff game against Miami in doubt.
Coach Mike Tomlin held Green out after expressing concern about Green's performance in practice on Thursday. Green missed Pittsburgh's final two regular season games after being put in the concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit against Cincinnati on Dec. 18.
Role players growing up on job for playoff-bound Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The image of Antonio Brown's seemingly elastic left arm fighting off a pair of tacklers to stretch the ball across the goal line and send the Pittsburgh Steelers into the playoffs will live on. One more highly GIF-able moment in the star wide receiver's weekly dance with the improbable.
Steelers grind their way past Bengals 24-16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No chaos this time. No meltdowns either.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals stuck to football this time.
And Ben Roethlisberger's sharp second half gave the Steelers an early leg up in the race for the AFC North title by shaking off a pair of first-half interceptions to finish with 259 yards and three scores and Pittsburgh held on for a 24-16 win on Sunday.
Roethlisberger sharp, Steelers top Saints 27-14
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger has played only two series this preseason, which might be all he needs.
Roethlisberger torched New Orleans for 148 yards and two touchdown passes in his first action this preseason, then got the rest of the game off while the Steelers rolled to a 27-14 victory on Friday night.