Pittsburgh Steelers Fact or Fiction? Working for the Weekend Edition

There’s always so much to talk about when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The black and gold inquiries are constantly evolving, especially with the Steelers extending Stephon Tiitt to free up cap space. Also, position battles heating up. It seems like the musical selection that best fits this week’s Fact or Fiction could be from the legendary Canadian group Loverboy.

Here’s a sample…

Everyone’s looking to see if it was you

Everyone wants you to succeed

Everyone’s hoping it’ll all work out

Everyone’s waiting they’re holding out

Everybody’s working for the weekend

Everyone wants a little romance

Everybody’s goin’ off the deep end

Everyone needs a second chance.

Oh. You want a piece from my heart

Better to start at the beginning

You want to be in the show

Let’s go, baby!

Let’s get started

Are these lyrics really related? Or maybe I was just looking for a reason to listen to Canuck Rock. There is a lot to be curious about. BTSC tries in advance to answer some of your most pressing questions. You can see some bold statements and more on this topic. We will label them as factual or fiction.

Are we on the right track? Only time will tell.


Dan Moore Jr. is arguing his case for a future starter on our offensive line

Fact

I really like what I’ve seen and heard about the Steelers fourth-round selection in 2021 out of Texas A&M. Despite the growing pains associated with facing Alex Highsmith in preseason, Moore is being praised both for his bad streak and his blocking skills. I was impressed with his preseason performance. Although there were many negative comments about Chuks Okorafor’s abilities and efforts, I found that he was actually quite capable. 76 seems to be able to adapt to the left tackle position very well. Moore’s practice on the right might suggest that the possession arrow may be leaning towards Moore. But whether it’s RT or LT, the object in the rear view mirror that is No. 65 Dan Moore Jr. could be closer than it seems.


Kevin Colbert has finished making trades for 2021

Fiction

I really don’t expect Steelers GM Kevin Colbert to acquire any more talent by way of the trading post in 2021. I can see a player or two being shipped off to fill a depleted draft board next year in a deep position, such as running back, wide receiver or punter. Although importing talent is not completely out of the realm of possibility, it’s never going to be for the likes of a Stephon Gilmore or an Aaron Rodgers.


Fans should get to know Kalen Ballage

Fact

I say this not because this will be ear candy hearing yinzers pronounce the fourth-year running back’s name, but because he could become Deangelo Williams valuable. Ballage stands at 6’2” and weighs in at a hearty 230 lbs. But he’s also been clocked at a speedy 4.4 in the 40 yard dash. Ballage’s Pittsburgh debut saw him run for a touchdown and gain 19 yards on four carries. A penalty marker negated his nine-yard gain. Head-scratcher though is why the former Charger and Dolphin player is with his fourth team in four seasons. But Ballage has said that Pittsburgh is the finest organization that he’s worked for and environment goes a long way at times. The Steelers cannot survive on Najee Harris alone. Ballage could be used as a backup or as part of the roster.


T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick will be difficult to keep in the Steelers’ front office.

Fact

It’s old news that T.J. Watt is present at camp, but not participating in practice with the team because of contract negotiations. Many parties believe that a deal can be reached with optimism. But there is a number being bandied about and it’s slowly snuffing out the flame of hope for some. $100 million Add to that the Seattle Seahawks just signed safety Jamal Adams to largest contract in NFL history at his position. The Adams contract is $17.5 million per annum, $38 million guaranteed money, and includes a $20 million signing bonus. Minkah Fitzpatrick will likely command more than Adams. The Steelers will have plenty of space in 2022, but two mega contracts could make it impossible for a team to function. So hold on to your hypocycloids, this one isn’t going to be easy.


James Washington is expendable

Fiction

Washington is the superstar the Steelers wanted him too when he was drafted in 2018 in the second round. He’s not. He is a receiver in a small group. The team leader in yards recieved in 2019 has still been a huge asset and has been known for shining in big moments. Worries spread throughout the organization when Chase Claypool was injured in his ankle during camp. Chase was luckily deemed okay, but Washington’s presence on the roster is more important with injuries possible every single week. At this point, I’d much rather have No. 13 for 2021 rather than a draft pick 2022.

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