First call: should the Steelers watch Leonard Fournette? Rare national praise for Ben Roethlisberger

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Monday’s “first call” begins the week with rare praise from Ben Roethlisberger before the NFL draft by national media. Could the Steelers target ball carrier Leonard Fournette in an exchange? No more Jameis Winston chatting to the Steelers. And it seems that the Chinese Professional Baseball League (Taiwan) does not fully grasp the concept of social distancing.


The Jacksonville Jaguars apparently put ball carrier Leonard Fournette on the trading block.

Do the Steelers make sense as a destination? A point of sale seems to think so.

“Pittsburgh is in winning mode now,” said Allison Koehler of Steelers Wire (USA Today). “Fournette is the Steelers mold – it’s a three-way down shredder that can catch up on the backfield and block. It is the kind of proven functionality that the Steelers are looking for. “

Fournette had the best career records for the Jags last season (1,152 rushing yards, 522 receiving yards). The Jaguars have until May 4 to exercise their fifth year option on Fournette. He is expected to make just over $ 4 million in base salary next season.

As good as Fournette is, if the Steelers want a ball carrier, they may be more likely to choose their own guy in the draft if he is available where they want to, rather than giving up that choice to a player who is either will need a fifth year option in 2021 or will go via a free agency.

Also, do the Steelers want to restructure other deals to create space for a move like this now, or do they want to wait until summer to potentially do it? In addition, concerns exist regarding the sustainability of Fournette. He missed 11 games due to injury in his first three seasons.

If the Steelers want to get Fournette, he will automatically upgrade the current game. From afar. It’s a question of what the Jaguars would like in return, including whether or not they are looking for choices this year or next. And would the Steelers be ready to massage the cap to put it back in place?

Or they could just get a younger, cheaper version in the project.

If the Steelers are going beyond the third round without stepping back, and want to swing a collection of choices between this year and next year to reach an agreement, it may be worth studying.

JaguarsWire.com, for its part, has not listed the Steelers as a potential contender. Here are four teams that are on the list.


Former NFL receiver Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens) is now part of the NFL network. He is not one of the types of national media that suggests the Steelers should get a quarterback in the project. In fact, he says that Ben Roethlisberger “will shock some people.”


Bucky Brooks of NFL.com is the latest to join the “Jameis Winston to Pittsburgh” movement. But he has two other teams on his list that might make sense.


Hacker shortstop Cole Tucker was playing in an MLB: The Show video game tournament with Philadelphia Phillies player Rhys Hoskins.

And he made an inappropriate bet.

Tucker told Hoskins that he would “name his eldest son Rhys” if Hoskins knocked a homer out of him.

The words had barely left Tucker’s lips when …

What will be the baby’s middle name? Rhys “Oops” Tucker?

Don’t worry, Cole. “Rhys” could work like a name for a boy or a girl.


If you’re looking for live baseball, this is it! Let me give you an incident of cleaning the benches in the Chinese Professional Baseball League between the Fubon Guardians and the Rakuten Monkeys.

My God. Cheeky contempt for these indoor locations! God, I miss baseball.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review editor. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be republished. All emails are subject to publication, unless otherwise indicated.

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