Team president Art Rooney II has basically been spending the entire offseason letting everyone know that the Steelers would be getting new throwbacks this year, and now, we finally know when the team will unveil them. The Steelers announced on Thursday that the new uniform will be dropping on May 30. If you want to set your Google calendar, the official announcement will be coming at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Penny is a dark-horse Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate and a potential silver-lining provider for a team that could have its hands full in 2018.
This is a copycat league. So when the Eagles rode a deep defensive line rotation to Super Bowl LII, teams took notice. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were clearly one of those teams, because they went out and loaded up on talented D-linemen.
They went straight to the example-setter on two occasions, signing former Eagles Beau Allen and Vinny Curry just days apart in March. They also traded for veteran Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and used a first-round pick on mountainous former Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea (6’4″, 347 lbs).
But for only the second time in franchise history, the Jets just used a top-three draft pick on a signal-caller. The first occurrence was in 1965, when they took Joe Namath first overall. This time, it was polished USC product Sam Darnold in the No. 3 spot.
He might have to fight to replace Josh McCown and even Teddy Bridgewater on the depth chart, but ESPN’s Dianna Russini noted earlier this month that head coach Todd Bowles would be willing to hand the 20-year-old the starting job if he outperforms those guys in training camp.
Even if the Jets stink, it’ll be worth participating in Darnold Watch 2018.
Jon Gruden is new (hasn’t coached in a decade) and old (coached the Oakland Raiders for four years at the turn of the century). So while Gruden has attracted a lot of criticism in his first offseason back in Oakland, his return will undoubtedly be one of the most buzz-worthy stories.