First call: television would have set the start times for the Steelers-Titans; Ryan Switzer visits Browns; The Returning Pirates Bryan Reynolds


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Thursday’s “first call” gives us the potential TV – and network – schedules for the rescheduled Steelers game in Nashville.

Bryan Reynolds receives support from Pirates Brass. Ryan Switzer is piquing the interest of an AFC North rival.

And the Cincinnati Bengals are looking for their quarterback.

Who has the clicker?

Of all the moving parts surrounding the rescheduled Steelers game against the Tennessee Titans, one of them is the television broadcast. New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand thinks he has answers.

Through sources, Marchand reports that the game will remain on CBS. If the game is Monday, it will air at 5 p.m. EST. That’s more than three hours before the “Monday Night Football” affair initially scheduled between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons.

If the match is to be moved to Tuesday, the start time is uncertain.

If the game is Tuesday and he gets good marks, be careful. The NFL may want to investigate scheduling games that night on a regular basis going forward.

Coincidence? I do not think so

According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, it looks like the Cleveland Browns have invited former Steelers receiver and returner Ryan Switzer for a practice session this week.

Cleveland had to put returner / receiver JoJo Natson on the injured reserve due to a knee injury. So maybe Switzer could fill this list.

Keep in mind that the Steelers visit the Browns in three weeks (October 18).

Hmm. A little spying on their division rivals for the Browns’ new coaching staff, maybe?

The Steelers took out Switzer before the start of the regular season.

Struck Terrier

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has already been sacked 17 times this season. And the franchise doesn’t want to see the QB franchise beaten in this way anymore.

Burrow receives instructions from the team to dispose of the ball smarter and take fewer hits.

The problem is to make the former national champion take better care of himself.

“You don’t want your quarterback hurt as much as him,” Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said via “Some of these are on protection, just pure pass protection. Some of them are about him and the style of his piece. The play is never over for him. He’s doing all he can to keep him alive.

The Philadelphia Eagles sacked him eight times and hit him 10 more times last Sunday.

“It makes Joe the player he is,” Cincy coach Zac Taylor said. “He’s not afraid to take those punches and get into those positions because it means explosive games. There is a balance between being smart and putting yourself in that position. “

Luckily for Burrow and the Bengals, they have the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Jacksonville has just three sacks in three games this year.

You must have faith

Bryan Reynolds went through the ultimate “sophomore crisis” in 2020.

After finishing fourth in the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year poll, the Pirates outfielder managed a meager .189 batting average in his second season. He also had just 15 more hits and 19 RBIs.

At his end-of-season press conference on Wednesday, manager Derek Shelton reiterated his confidence in Reynolds.

“Reynolds is going to strike,” Shelton said. “He’s had a tough year with 200 home plate appearances. This kid hit on every level. We don’t expect him not to strike next year.

Pirates general manager Ben Cherington underscored Shelton’s confidence.

“There is too much history there. There are still too many good things under the hood. He moves well. He is healthy. He’s young. (We) have a lot of confidence that he’s not just going to be a good player, but that he’ll be an important part of what we’re building, ”Cherington said.

I would echo Cherington’s feelings about the tools Reynolds seems to have. But he may be overstating the toll. Reynolds’ success in the majors essentially consists of 546 appearances on the set last year.

The 208 plaque appearances he had this year were just as bad as 2019 was good.

Hopefully Reynolds can rediscover his rookie form in 2021 as we all know the Pirates won’t be active in free agency to potentially complete his production.

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

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