Week 10 Blog: New and Notes

Friday, November 10

Stopping the run: The Steelers defense knows they are going to see a lot of the combination of Packers running backs A.J. Dillion and Aaron Jones on Sunday and the most important thng is they can't let them get into a rhythm. 

"They have what we call pony two backs on the field at the same time," said linebacker T.J. Watt. "They can do a plethora of different things. No. 33 (Jones) is the gasher and No. 28 (Dillon) is the bigger back. 

"We have to be able to handle whoever they have in there. They aren't going to get away from the run. They are going to try and establish it.

"It's a challenge like it is every week."

Adding to the challenge will be some missing pieces on defense this week. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has been ruled out for the second straight week with a hamstring injury and linebacker Cole Holcomb is on the Reserve/Injured List. 

That means communication is going to have to be on point.

"They've done a good job," said Watt of the rest of the inside linebackers. "Like we talk about every week, it's all about communication. We had the crowd noise out there this week, the refs, trying to create a game like atmosphere, especially for those new guys who haven't gotten as many reps as they got this week. 

"I think they did a great job so far.

"I feel very confident. It's definitely going to be more of a challenge. We have a good game plan. We've had good communication all week. We still have a few days to do as much studying as we can. 

"We have to help those guys out if they need assistance. It's all about getting everybody on the same page. It's not always about getting everybody in the right defense sometimes, it's just about calling one thing so we can all play the same play as opposed to trying to get the perfect call."

Two-headed monster: The Green Bay Packers come into Pittsburgh on Sunday with a running game that features a one-two punch at running back in A.J. Dillion and Aaron Jones.

Dillion has 94 carries for 306 yards and one touchdown on the season, while Jones has 49 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

They are both effective in the passing game as well, as Jones has 14 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown and Dillon 11 receptions for 103 yards.

Containing the duo is going to be a tough test for the defense.

"It's going to be a challenge going against them," said linebacker Alex Highsmith. "I think the first thing is stopping the run. They have a good two headed monster in A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones, we have to stop them, get after them and get after Jordan Love in the passing game.

"It starts there, stopping the run, not letting them get in rhythm, not letting them get those manageable third downs, keeping them in third and long so we can pin our ears back and get after them."

The defense is going to have to do it without a key player after linebacker Cole Holcomb was placed on the Reserve/Injured List.

"It's tough," said Highsmith. "I hate it for him. He loves this game. I know we have capable guys that are going to come in and play. It's an opportunity for guys like Mark Robinson and others to step up and play."

One area where everyone will have to be on point is from the communication standpoint without Holcomb on the field.

"There are capable guys who can communicate," said Highsmith. "We are not worried in any way in that way. Having other guys who can make those calls helps us a lot."

Ready if needed: The next man up mentality isn't just for those on the 53-man roster who aren't starters.

It applies to every player on the practice squad as well.

The Steelers signed linebacker Mykal Walker to the practice squad on Oct. 30 and with Cole Holcomb on the Reserve/Injured List for the season and Elandon Roberts dealing with injuries, his number could be called at some point. 

And he is no stranger to playing in the NFL.

Walker was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons (2020-22) with the Falcons, playing in 49 games, with 20 starts.

Walker recorded 187 tackles over his three years in Atlanta, 89 of them solo stops. He added 11 passes defensed, three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

"For me, I started so many games last year," said Walker. "Just going through this process, staying positive. I never thought I would be in the situation, especially with the body of work that I put up in my career. 

"I have been itching to get back on the field. I mean, eight games, nine games, I haven't played yet. I am trying to show the coaches, I can play."

The Steelers are dealing with injuries at the inside linebacker spot with Cole Holcomb out for the season after suffering a knee injury against the Titans. Add to that Elandon Roberts on the injury report this week with a knee, and others could be asked to do more.

"Wherever they put me, I have shown them I can play," said Walker. "For me, it's just learning the playbook, cramming it all in, and then showing them out there I can play. 

"I have AC (Aaron Curry), a great coach, getting me up to speed, being with him the last couple days, getting at it. The linebackers are great. Kwon (Alexander), I have known him forever, he's really going to help me. E Rob (Roberts), he's the mastermind of the operation. They are really getting me up to speed.

"That linebacker room is like a family. It's been really cool the way they took me in and gotten me ready to play. So, I think if my number is called, I will be ready."

Captain Cam believes he is ready to go: Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward did not practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. But with Heyward returning to play just over 40 snaps in last week's win over the Titans after missing the previous six games while on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a groin injury, it was more a maintenance day than anything else.

Heyward expects to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Acrisure Stadium even though he was limited in practice on Friday.

"Throughout last year, Thursdays were ordered my day off," the 34-year-old Heyward said. "But you know, (I'm) trying to get back in the flow of things and getting ready for Sunday, not getting ready for Friday. As of right now I'm feeling good."

The Steelers will need Heyward this week against Green Bay's two-headed rushing attack of Aaron Jones and Corey Dillon. Those two combined to help the Packers rush for more than 180 yards in a win last week over the Rams.

The Packers used that to take some pressure off first-year starting quarterback Jordan Love, who is playing behind a young offensive line, as well.

"I just think they they probably complement themselves very well," Heyward said of that duo. "Jones can really bounce outside, and Dillon's more of a straight-line guy at 250 pounds and he brings it. I think though with a young offensive line and young quarterback, you know often running game is the easiest recipe so we got to make sure we really take care of the run."

— Blog post by Dale Lolley

Steps in the right direction: In their most recent effort the Steelers' defense contained Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and corralled Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, relatively speaking.

The 20-16 victory over the Titans on Nov. 2 at Acrisure Stadium wasn't quite a defensive statement, but it provided more evidence that the defense is getting better.

"We're getting there, man," defensive back Patrick Peterson assessed. "It's still a work in progress but I will say we're moving and trending in the right direction. Now, in the third quarter of the season, November, that's where a lot of real football is being played. A lot of the pretenders and the contenders start to weed themselves out.

"We want to be one of those teams that continues to trend in the right direction."

The path to doing so, Peterson said, involves "sticking in there with one another, continuing to fight, continue to have a point of emphasis of eliminating those big pays and smashing the run."

Any progress the defense continues to make may have to be made without any on-the-field contributions from free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick in the short term. Fitzpatrick hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury on Oct. 29 against Jacksonville. But he remains involved, much to Peterson's appreciation.

"We obviously still don't know how long 'Mink' will be out," Peterson said. "We all know that he's the soul and the heartbeat of the secondary. We wish him nothing but the best. But he's in the meeting room with us each and every day, he's on the sideline, communicating with guys, helping guys understand what positions they need to be in, and certain calls, certain concepts to look for.

"He's around each and every day helping the guys that are stepping in for his position like me, (safety Damontae) Kazee and (safety) Keanu (Neal)."

-- Blog entry by Mike Prisuta

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Thursday, November 9

Porter stepped up: Joey Porter Jr. was given the challenge of shadowing Titans receiver DeAndre Hopkins last Thursday, and the rookie held his own and then some.

Porter held Hopkins to four receptions for 60 yards, well under the numbers he normally puts up.

Porter loved the challenge, a throwback to watching games growing up and seeing the 10-year veteran in some classic matchups.

"It was fun," said Porter. "It was stuff you dreamed of growing up as a kid, especially watching Thursday Night Football. I was just glad Coach put me in a position to do that. I feel like I did a pretty good job and just have to keep moving forward with that.

"Growing up, seeing him, the DB matchups with him, Jalen Ramsey and Hopkins. Used to always tune in to them because those are just going to be fireworks.

"I had my moment to do that, so it was fun."

Porter will have some good matchups this Sunday as well against the Green Bay Packers. He doesn't know if he will be asked to shadow anyone else moving forward, something he said is, 'up to the coaches.'

But he won't shy away from anything.

He is looking forward to going against another rookie, receiver Jayden Reed, who he played against while he was at Penn State and Reed was at Michigan State.

Reed has 23 receptions for 333 yards this season, with three touchdown.

"They have a good wide receiver corps," said Porter. "I definitely went against one of their guys at Michigan State, Reed. He is a good ball player. It's going to be a good matchup."

Taking the right approach: Rookie Broderick Jones said after practice on Thursday that he hasn't been told yet if he will start on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers or not. 

But all indications point to the fact that he will get the nod at right tackle for the second straight game.

"I thought he did some really good things," said Coach Mike Tomlin during his weekly press conference on Tuesday of Jones.  "I thought we did some really good things, and so it's probably worthy of the extended look, considering he did those things, and we did those things, on a short week. And so I'm not going all the way in but, but we'll probably take another look at it and see what it looks like this week."

Jones, who came to the Steelers as a left tackle, admits he prefers that position, but is willing to do whatever is asked to help the team. 

"I would prefer left," said Jones. "It just feels more natural to me. I am just going to do what Coach wants me to do. If they feel like right is what's going to help my team win, I will do that."

For Jones, he is just happy to be contributing, having started one game at right tackle and one at left tackle. 

"It feels pretty good, just being able to be out there with the team, help provide, trying to get the victory," said Jones. "Just being able to go out there compete, protect Kenny (Pickett)."

Jones was a part of an offensive line that helped the Steelers have their best rushing day of the season against the Titans with 166 yards. 

For him, though, that isn't enough.

"I don't think that's good enough," said Jones. "I want to be 200 plus every time. That's just me. 

"I know this is the NFL level, but if we are going to commit to the run game, we've got to do it all the way."

All about the execution: The Steelers are coming off their best ground game of the season by far, putting up 166 yards rushing against the Titans on Thursday Night Football. Prior to that, the highest total was 114 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 4, and this was only the third time this season they went over the 100-yard mark. 

"I think it really came down to execution," said center Mason Cole. "I've been talking all year about execution. Schematically we didn't do much differently. We just executed the box, backs ran really, really hard. It made us right a lot of times and when you do that early in the game, it makes teams defend that and defend the pass. 

"When you're more balanced like that, it turns good in our way."

The key now is sustaining that and getting in a rhythm.

"When you're in a rhythm like that and you feel confident, we can call whatever when we're executing at a high level," said Cole. "It just makes life easier for us on offense."

And the combination of two different style of backs in Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren certainly doesn't hurt either. 

Harris has 100 carries on the season for 382 yards and two touchdowns, while Warren has 56 carries for 263 yards and one touchdown.

"It's good when one back gets tired, you can put another back in and he's just as good and is efficient and he's still explosive," said Cole. "To have two really good backs is super helpful."

The Steelers prepare for the Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers

Ground game coming around: The Steelers rushed for a season-high 166 yards in their 20-16 victory over the Titans on Nov. 2. In the process they surpassed over 100 yards in a game for the third time this season and for the first time since they gained 114 yards on the ground on Oct. 2 at Houston.

The Steelers' 5.5 yards per rush against Tennessee was also a season-best figure. Their 30 rushing attempts against the Titans tied for their second-most this season, with the 30 they tried on Oct. 8 against Baltimore behind their 31 totes on Sept. 24 at Las Vegas.

Running back Najee Harris addressed what went right with the ground game against the Titans.

"I think it was, No. 1, our O-line," Harris said. "(Tennessee) came out in a different defense, I think they were playing four-down (linemen). I think it was a light box all game mostly, that was one thing that helped. 'G.P.' (wide receiver George Pickens) helped, he helped out a lot on that, too. Them playing some type of defense on 'G.P.,' kind of minimizing him, that kind of helped out the run game, also."

Harris has mentioned on multiple occasions this season his desire for the Steelers' offense to recapture the mindset and mentality displayed during last January's win at Baltimore. That, too, was present against Tennessee, in Harris' estimation.

"I think we expressed that a couple times actually, this year," he said. "We're just trying to get to that point where we do that every game." 

-- Blog entry by Mike Prisuta

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Wednesday, November 9

A luxury no longer: Coach Mike Tomlin referred to it as a luxury and he wasn't wrong.

The Steelers had not just one, not just two, but three solid starters at inside linebacker through the first eight games of the season.

Until linebacker Cole Holcomb suffered a season-ending injury against the Titans last Thursday night that is.

They are now dealing with having two starters there in Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts, two players that can handle the starting duties without issue and without the luxury of a three-man starting rotation.

"Like Coach Mike T said, we had the luxury of being able to all get in there, play together, stay fresh, and stuff like that," said Roberts, who was limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. "Like Mike T told you guys, we had the opportunity. There was three of us. We have a lot of versatility with certain situations. Now like he said, we are going to get more to the traditional.

"Cole to the room was bigger than just another linebacker. It's a brotherhood. It's still a brotherhood. Cole is still going to be involved with our room. Right now, he just has to take care of himself so next season he is good to go.

"In the meantime, he is going to be with us mentally, helping us get ready for the games. He is still a big part of this even though he is not out there from a physical standpoint."

Roberts said the only way for them to deal with the loss of Holcomb is to play their best for him.

"Play well. We play well, we're doing everything we need to do for Cole," said Roberts. "That shows we still have his back and that while he is rehabbing, getting better, he is happy with what we are doing on the football field from an inside linebacker position."

The luxury of having the three starters meant they were always fresh, always ready. Roberts doesn't see staying fresh being an issue, approaching things the same way this week as he has done his entire career.

"In some games, Cole might have had the hot hand, Kwon might have had the hot hand, and they stayed in longer," said Roberts. "Why would you take a guy that's playing well out. It's all about being prepared. No one has had an attitude. Cole makes a play, I am going crazy, same with the others. We understand the objective.

"I have been doing it for eight years. I will do things the same. Being in the game, you don't expect Cole to go down last week, and me and Kwon end up with the bulk of it, you don't see any drop off. We weren't tired. We just had the luxury of going out there fresh."

One player who could see more snaps if a breather is needed is linebacker Mark Robinson. The second-year player hasn't seen extensive snaps on defense, but Roberts knows he will be ready.

"Mark, every day he comes to work ready to go," said Roberts. "Mark prepares every week like he is going to be in there. We're excited. Every week Mark prepares like he is going to be in there. It's like second nature.

"Mark is right there with us in practice. It's not game reps, but you can't go into a game without practice. I am a deep believer in what you do on the practice field is what you are going to do in the game. Practice reps turn into game reality."

A weight off his shoulders: Receiver Diontae Johnson hadn't felt the joy of scoring a touchdown since the 2021 season, so when he pulled in a game-winning three-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett in the win over the Titans, he breathed a sigh of relief.

"A lot of weight has been lifted off," said Johnson. "I still have more work to do. It's just one touchdown. It's been a while, though. I am looking forward to getting in the end zone some more."

Johnson is hoping that one good play leads to another and the flood gates start to open as far as him getting in the end zone.

"Most definitely," said Johnson. "Getting in the end zone opens more opportunities for more touchdowns. Gives the defense a harder time to figure out what they are going to do. Anybody can score at any moment. It makes it harder on the defense."

It was a bit of a struggle for Johnson, who simply wants to help the team win by scoring, but he just kept working at it.

"It's part of the game," said Johnson. "You just have to keep playing, keep making plays. Something is going to happen eventually. That play they called was a great play and I was able to get in the end zone."

The Steelers prepare for the Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers

Back in Block: The Steelers will wear their throwback jerseys this week when they host the Green Bay Packers at Acrisure Stadium.

The jerseys feature block letters and numbers on a traditional looking jersey, a nod to the teams of the 1970s.

This will be the fourth time the team has worn this particular throwback jersey, previously doing so in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

In 2018, the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns, 33-18, while wearing the jersey. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 17-12, while wearing the jersey in 2019.

"I think it's really cool," said linebacker T.J. Watt. "It means a lot that we can wear the jerseys they wore and being a part of that tradition is awesome.

"Those guys still take a lot of pride in what they did, and we take a lot of pride in being able to carry on that legacy and play for the Steelers. That is what makes this organization so special, the true tradition."

Last year the Steelers defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, 13-10, on Christmas Eve while wearing the jerseys and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Immaculate Reception and honoring late Hall of Famer Franco Harris, who passed away just days before the game.

It was an exciting come-from-behind win, with the Steelers scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett to George Pickens with just 46 seconds remaining in the game.

"I think it's awesome," said Pickett. "The Steelers have such a rich history, and we want to continue that tradition. You think back on all of the great players who wore the jersey before you, especially Franco Harris. Going back to last year and how special that game was and getting that win for him. It will be another special game on Sunday."

Watt and defensive tackle Cameron Heyward have worn the jersey multiple times and they just want to do it proud.

"I like the little differences, the little nuances, but it's similar to our standard jersey because that is the tradition we hold," said Heyward. "You see all of the throwbacks that are out there, and they are cool colors and everything, but we have a rich tradition behind it knowing we won so many Super Bowls here. It's special to wear a jersey that resembles those.

"This game wouldn't be what it is today without them. They paved the way for us. We're just running with it. We are trying to leave the legacy the way they did."

Take a look at photos from recent games where the Steelers wore their throwback jerseys

Being on point: Kwon Alexander made the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team with the Buccaneers in 2015 and was a Pro Bowl selection in Tampa Bay 2017 before a knee injury changed the trajectory of his career the following season.

Another knee injury, this one suffered by Cole Holcomb, has potentially altered Alexander's first season with the Steelers.

Alexander and Holcomb had been part of a triumvirate at inside linebacker along with Elandon Roberts.

With Holcomb suddenly lost for the season, the division of labor at the position will presumably require more from Roberts and Alexander. But playing more snaps, in Alexander's estimation, won't necessarily require more from him.

"Same routine, nothing's changed," he insisted. "I'm still going, man, still going. Just trying to be legendary while I'm still here."

Alexander played 61 percent of the defensive snaps through the Steelers' first eight games (Holcomb led the group at 77 percent and Roberts checked in at 40 percent).

Alexander maintained his biggest play, the game-sealing interception of Tennessee's Will Levis on third-and-5 from the Steelers' 19-yard line with 11 seconds remaining in a 20-16 victory over the Titans, didn't happen by accident.

"Film study," Alexander said. "Just being on point, just reading the quarterback, just knowing you can make a play when it's time, and I did that."

The interception was Alexander's first of the season and the first by a Steelers' inside linebacker. Alexander expressed confidence such plays can continue to be made at the position.

Roberts, Alexander said, "Holds it down on his side. When he gets in he makes big plays, big splash plays. He's just been holding it down, being a big leader for all of us."

And second-year inside linebacker Mark Robinson is ready to assume a more active role on defense if need be, Alexander assessed.

"He was born ready," Alexander said. "It's in his body. He works hard, puts a lot of work in. I know he's going to be ready and prepared to go."

-- Blog entry by Mike Prisuta

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Monday, November 6

The battle in the North: It should come as no surprise, but the AFC North is in the words of Coach Mike Tomlin, the hot kitchen right now.

All four teams boast winning records, the only division in the NFL that can say that right now. 

The Steelers, Bengals and Browns are all 5-3, while the Ravens are 7-2. 

"We already know how this division is," said safety Damontae Kazee. "I am not worried about the division right now. Worry about one game at a time. This week has to be Green Bay. Until we play those teams, we have to lock in. 

"Overall it's a great division. It's a hard-working division. I used to call it 'bully ball' when I played with Atlanta. It's a 'bully ball' division. At the end of the day, we still have to compete."

And it's competition Kazee loves. 

"It's football. It's competition," said Kazee. "At the end of the day, we have competition. We can't run from it. We can't hide from it."

And nobody is trying to hide from it. The players welcome being in a division where there is little margin for error. 

"It's a very competitive division," said Robinson. "As a competitor, you wouldn't want it any other way. That's what brings the best out of everybody, when you have a close race like this, when teams are so close in records. Every single game counts. You have to be locked in each and every week. You can't come in and pick and choose when you want to play. You have to line up each and every week and execute."

Ready if needed: The Steelers defense was delivered a blow when inside linebacker Cole Holcomb went down against the Titans on Thursday night and has since been placed on the Reserve/Injured List. 

With Holcomb out, linebacker Mark Robinson might get his opportunity and he is ready for whatever comes his way. 

"We don't get ahead of ourselves," said Robinson. "If it's my time, it will be my time. If not, I just have to keep on doing what I am doing now and that is preparing myself."

Robinson has veterans who have been helping him prepare all season in Holcomb, Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts, using their leadership to guide him.  

"I feel good about the group of guys we've got," said Robinson. "Just preparation. That is one of the biggest things. It's great to see how guys prepare for such a task on the weekend. 

"Preparation, seeing how they go about their business the early days of the week, something I want to be better as to be the best that I can. Everybody in the room has a certain level of comfort with each other out there on the field just because of the chemistry that we have built thus far. 

"Those guys are like a group of brothers to me. Every day we come in here it's the same. We keep building and they stay on me and I am open."

Seeing both sides of it: Allen Robinson II has been in the NFL long enough to know that there isn't a one size fits all approach with how things are done.

He has been on teams where the offensive coordinator was on the sidelines, where the offensive coordinator is in the press box and where the head coach called the offensive plays. 

That is why he is fine with however things play out with where offensive coordinator Matt Canada is for games.  

"I have had both and in many different facets," said Robinson. "At the end of the day, it's whatever works best. We were able to have Coach Canada on the sideline, being able to talk through different things. 

"There is an advantage to it. He is there so he is talking to us. In an NFL setting, whether the offensive coordinator is upstairs or not you have a ton of communication that is coming in, drive-to-drive, play-to-play. You find ways to be able to maneuver around those things."

Robinson did say there was an energy that was felt, something that can provide a lift. 

"I would say so," said Robinson. "Having him down there, being able to talk through things, run game and pass, talk about things that may be coming up."

Making moves: The Steelers placed linebacker Cole Holcomb on the Reserve/Injured List and activated running back Anthony McFarland Jr. from the Reserve/Injured List on Monday.

Holcomb was injured in the Steelers win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. He signed with the Steelers this offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Holcomb has been a huge force in the middle for the defense, starting all eight games prior to his injury.

McFarland has been on the Reserve/Injured List since Week 1 and was designated to return to practice on Oct. 16 and the team had a 21-day window to activate him.

McFarland couldn't hide his smile when he first talked about being back at practice.

"It was amazing," said McFarland. "Before practice, I just put my helmet on before I walked out there because I haven't had it on in so long. It's good to be out there with my teammates.

"Mentally and physically, I feel good, ready to go. It felt good. I am just glad to be back out with my teammates. It was good to get back.

"I am just excited to be back out there with the team. It's different to be on the side. To come back out and have a helmet on, interacting and being with the team. That is the most exciting thing to me right now."

McFarland said it wasn't easy being placed on the list just after the season opener, especially after battling to make it on the 53-man roster.

McFarland was hoping this time would come.

"I feel good. I feel healthy," said McFarland. "These last two weeks, getting back on my feet. I am practicing hard and waiting for my time."

McFarland admits he is anxious to get back out there, feeling like he hasn't played forever.

"I am very anxious," said McFarland. "I haven't played since Week 1. I feel fresh. Ready to be out there with the team."

Watching the games and practice the first four weeks of his injury was tough, but practicing without being activated the last two weeks has also been a test for him.

"It is tough," said McFarland. "Especially when practice is a grind week to week. You want to grind and prepare for game day.

"When you are hurt, or dealing with situations or circumstances you can't control, it's tough. It's the game we play. You just have to be a man and learn how to deal with it."

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