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Shazier, the catch rule and AB & Drake

Posted Feb 9, 2018

One of the best moments of the week involved Ryan Shazier.

A look back at some highlights from the past week, and this doesn't even touch on all of the coaching news that occurred. For all of that, click on the links below.

* Bradley named DBs coach - Read More * Dunbar named DL coach - Read More * With Mitchell, it's more than a title - Read More

Wow, and wow: It was a hockey night in Pittsburgh earlier this week, and Ryan Shazier was on hand to cheer on the Penguins. However, it was Shazier who got one of the loudest hands of the night and you can see why.

Steelers President Art Rooney II was asked about Shazier during his session with local media the week, and shared this.

“I expect Ryan is going to be here one way or the other and have a role with the team one way or the other in 2018 for sure,” said Rooney.

During his Steelers Live interview Rooney added that Shazier has been an inspiration during his rehab and that he is happy he has been at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on a regular basis.


Getting it done:
Big-time congratulations are in order for Steelers alumni Charlie Batch, who earned his Master’s Degree in organizational leadership from Robert Morris University. Way to go, Charlie.


Hoping to stay:
When his phone rang back in December, Sean Spence had an idea what it was all about. He knew he was going home.

Spence, the Steelers third round draft pick in 2012 who eventually left via free agency, was brought back to give the team depth at inside linebacker.

“It was huge. It was like a family reunion,” said Spence. “I felt like I never left. The guys embraced me with open arms, this organization embraced me. It was a great feeling.

“When I left I missed that feeling with those guys and the relationship and the bond we had. When I got back it was great to reunite and fire that up again.”  

Spence was signed to a one-year deal, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent when free agency kicks off on March 14. If he has it his way, he won’t leave home again.

“I want to return,” said Spence. “This is my home away from home. It would be a blessing to be back here.”

Catching on: It was one of the hottest topics during the NFL season, and it came to light again during Super Bowl LII.

What defines a catch in the NFL?

Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass against the Patriots on a play that was strikingly similar to a catch made by Jesse James against the Patriots in Week 15 of the season. After the replay official looked at it, Ertz’s was ruled a touchdown, while James’ was not.

The reaction was exactly what you would expect, and is why last week Commissioner Roger Goodell said the catch rule needs revisited.

“From our standpoint I would like to start back and instead of adding to the rule or subtracting from the rule, is starting over and looking at the rule fundamentally from the start,” said Goodell. “I think when you add or subtract things, you can still lead to confusion. These rules are very complex. Clearly catch-no catch has been a lot of discussion and disagreement over and I think we can clarify this rule. I think we can do it with a lot of hard work, focus and get to a place where I am not going to tell you there won’t be controversy, but I believe we can get to a much better place.” 

Many Steelers players weighed in on the issue, as you can clearly see below.

And then there is this: Just Antonio Brown and Drake hanging out.

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