Steelers sit struggling rookie WR Washington vs Chargers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers sat down struggling rookie wide receiver James Washington for Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Washington, a second-round draft pick, has just eight receptions on the season. He was targeted three times in last week's loss to Denver and did not have a reception.
Steelers safety Morgan Burnett set to return against Browns
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Morgan Burnett is just happy to be back on the field.
The veteran safety will play Sunday at home against Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a groin injury.
Steelers OL DeCastro, Gilbert inactive vs. Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are without All-Pro guard David DeCastro and right tackle Marcus Gilbert for Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
DeCastro is out for the second straight week while recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh's Week 1 tie against Cleveland.
B.J. Finney is starting in DeCastro's place. Matt Feiler is replacing Gilbert, who had been listed as doubtful with a hamstring issue.
Steelers G DeCastro out against Buccaneers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night.
DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh's Week 1 tie against Cleveland. B.J. Finney will start in Decastro's place.
Packers Preview Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)
New faces: GM Brian Gutekunst, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Marcedes Lewis, QB DeShone Kizer, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, rookie ILB Oren Burks, ILB Antonio Morrison, CB Tramon Williams, rookie CBs Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, P JK Scott.
Steelers Preview Capsule
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-4)
New faces: S Morgan Burnett, LB Jon Bostic, rookies S Terrell Edmunds, WR James Washington, QB Mason Rudolph, OL Chukwuma Okorafor.
Key losses: LB Ryan Shazier (injured), WR Martavis Bryant, S Mike Mitchell, S Robert Golden, CB William Gay, OL Chris Hubbard, offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Steelers excited to see new-look secondary in action
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is excited to see his new-look secondary.
The Steelers overhauled the position following a bumpy season which included a disappointing upset playoff loss against Jacksonville in the divisional round. The team followed by parting ways with several long-time veterans, and their position coach, while adding experience, depth and a pair of hard-hitting draft picks.
Packers Training Camp Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Green Bay, Wisconsin
LAST YEAR: Finished under .500 and out of playoffs for first time since 2008. Offense struggled with QB Aaron Rodgers sidelined for seven games with broken collarbone. Defense plagued by porous secondary and lack of consistent pass rush. Injuries ravaged cornerback position again.
1. Head scratcher: The Steelers' selection of safety Terrell Edmunds in the first round remains a mystifying pick, given that he is considered not just a reach but perhaps even for the second round.
Then again, the safety many projected the Steelers to pick, Stanford's Justin Reid, slipped to No. 70.
Analysis: Here’s why the Steelers might be so interested in another safety
The Steelers opened eyes with some draft-eligible invites to the South Side Tuesday. Our Joe Rutter reports that Stanford's Justin Reid, Penn State's Marcus Allen and Tarvarius Moore of Southern Miss were all at the headquarters.
A week after being released by the Steelers, veteran free safety Mike Mitchell thanked the organization and fans with a message on his Instagram account.
Breakfast with Benz: Somehow, Steelers pull off a steal; Polamalu, Ward back in football; Penguins look to rebound
Well, well, well. Morgan Burnett is a Steeler. Somehow, some way the Steelers managed to franchise Le'Veon Bell, yet still get a starting safety and an inside linebacker in free agency.
Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett is now a Pittsburgh Steeler. Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covered him and gave us some great insight on what Burnett can do for the Steelers, what he can't , and why Green Bay let him leave.
That worked out nicely, didn't it?
I admit it. I was disappointed that the Steelers didn't sign Tyrann Mathieu when he hit free agency.
Expected to be bit players in free agency, the Steelers signed their second player in as many days Tuesday, addressing another deficiency on defense.
Breakfast with Benz: Steelers may sign safety Morgan Burnett; Pitt out of Dan Hurley running?
Well this is why we created this page in this first place.
There's news in "First Call" from overnight that the Steelers may have gotten their free agent safety, even if it isn't Tyrann Mathieu.
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After years of disappointment, Packers knew defensive changes had to go deeper than just coordinator
ORLANDO, Fla. — If you don’t think your defense is good enough to win a Super Bowl — and the Green Bay Packers obviously knew that theirs hasn’t been over the past few years — then you have to make changes. And those changes have to go deeper than simply replacing the defensive coordinator.
Safety Morgan Burnett is leaving the Green Bay Packers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving the Packers another hole in their secondary.
Green Bay Packers free agency capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Morgan Burnett; LB Ahmad Brooks; CBs Davon House and Demetri Goodson; G Jahri Evans; LS Brett Goode; DL Quinton Dial; TE Richard Rodgers; OL Ulrick John; WR Jeff Janis.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Joe Thomas; P Jake Schum.
Tom Oates: It’s time for Packers GM Brian Gutekunst to get to work
It’s almost March, which means it’s time for Brian Gutekunst to go to work.
Morgan Burnett is excited for his first bite at the free-agency apple
GREEN BAY — After eight NFL seasons and 109 career games, Morgan Burnett can’t wait to be a free agent for the first time.
First, though, the Green Bay Packers veteran safety has to make it through the pick-up line at his kids’ school in suburban Atlanta.
Packers safeties coach Darren Perry leaves team
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Safeties coach Darren Perry is leaving the Green Bay Packers in the wake of a staff overhaul by coach Mike McCarthy.
Perry plans to pursue other opportunities following nine seasons in Green Bay. McCarthy announced the move Monday.
With Davon House doubtful, Packers take another hit at CB
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have listed cornerback Davon House as doubtful for their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, potentially weakening an already depleted position.
House hasn't practiced since hurting his shoulder during the 26-20 overtime win last week over Tampa Bay.
Packers S Morgan Burnett sidelined by hamstring injury
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers safety Morgan Burnett will miss Sunday's game against Minnesota with a hamstring injury, and Green Bay might be down another starter in the secondary in cornerback Kevin King.
Burnett was ruled out on Friday, and the Packers listed King as doubtful. The rookie cornerback, who is in the concussion protocol, hasn't practiced yet this week.
Packers Preview Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-7)
New faces: TE Martellus Bennett, TE Lance Kendricks, RG Jahri Evans, OLB Ahmad Brooks, DL Ricky Jean-Francois, CB Davon House, rookie DBs Kevin King and Josh Jones, rookie RBs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.
Key losses: RB Eddie Lacy, TE Jared Cook, RG T.J. Lang, OL JC Tretter, LB Julius Peppers, S Micah Hyde.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Josh Jones is listed as a safety on the Green Bay Packers roster, though he eventually he might be better known as a jack-of-all-trades player.
The hard-hitting rookie drafted in the third round has left a strong impression so far in training camp, showing the potential to contribute quickly at an already strong position.
GREEN BAY – Not that long ago, the Green Bay Packers’ safety situation was a mess.
Jordy Nelson, other Green Bay WRs active against Falcons
ATLANTA (AP) — Jordy Nelson and Green Bay's other wide receivers whose status had been in doubt are active for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Nelson missed last week's playoff win over Dallas while recovering from broken ribs. He returned to practice at midweek, but said he was far from fully recovered.
Packers receivers Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) also are in uniform after missing practice time with injuries.
Packers defense is healthier, playing better
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Now that converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery is listed as a running back, Morgan Burnett has no interest in a similar switch being made on the Green Bay Packers' roster and depth chart.
"No, I'm a safety," Burnett said with a big laugh Thursday. "That's what I am. I'm a safety that sometimes plays in the box."
Week 14 late takeaways: Green Bay Packers thump Seahawks to remain on Lions’ heels
Here are Arthur Arkush's three quick takeaways from Week 14's late afternoon slate:
1. Masterful Aaron Rodgers showed up along with a monster snowstorm at Lambeau Sunday, but for those who haven't been paying attention, Rodgers has been on top of his game for the better part of the past month.
Packers get healthy after early bye week
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An unusually early bye week did the Green Bay Packers some good.
The team returned to work Monday and practiced for about 90 minutes at nearly full strength as a few key defensive players returned from injury.
"The bye couldn't have come at a (more) perfect time," veteran safety Morgan Burnett said. "Now we're getting guys back, getting guys healthy, and that's what you really want going down the stretch."