First call: Avery Williamson humorously writes about trading at the Steelers; Ravens WR pout after loss


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In Monday’s “first call”, Avery Williamson posts about his impending trade with the Steelers. Stats suggest the Steelers’ 7-0 start means “can’t miss” for the playoffs. Le’Veon Bell had a tough day against his former team. And a pouting Raven on social media.


Since taking over from Devin Bush as the Steelers as an inside linebacker, Robert Spillane has made his presence known.

He had a touchdown on an interception Sunday against Baltimore, with a breakaway recovery. And a thunderous save against Derrick Henry on the goal line last week in Tennessee.

Not to mention 10 solo tackles against the Ravens.

But the Steelers apparently want more. Sports Illustrated, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, reports that the Steelers are negotiating for another inside linebacker.

This is Avery Williamson of the New York Jets.

The Steelers were linked with Williamson as he left the Tennessee Titans for the Jets ahead of the 2018 season.

It was then that Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was looking for a way to replace injured Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier. But Kentucky Product signed a three-year, $ 22.50 million contract in New York City that included $ 16 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $ 6 million. Williamson started all 16 games in 2018 and recorded 120 career-high combined tackles (80 solo). This accompanied three sacks and an interception.

Williamson then tore his ACL in a preseason game before the start of the 2019 season. He has 31 solo tackles and one interception this year.

And it looks like Williams has confirmed the business talk on his own Instagram account.

In a rather humorous way.

Hey, if you went from the winless Jets to the unbeaten Steelers, you’d be in the mood for a joke as well.

Very good company

So what does a 7-0 start mean for the Pittsburgh Steelers? Historically speaking, this is good. Very well.

As’s Missi Matthews illustrates.

This 7-0 Steelers team was one of 10 to win the championship by beating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII.

Keep in mind that the Steelers were 7-2-1 in 2018 and completely missed the playoffs. But this is unlikely. Again. With this team.

Especially since the next three games are against Dallas, Cincinnati and Jacksonville. These teams have a combined record of 5-17-1.

Brown out

At least one Baltimore Ravens player is pouting after his team’s loss to the Steelers.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown – cousin of former Steeler Antonio Brown – was not very happy with her role in Sunday’s loss.

He caught a touchdown. But that was his only reception of the day. And he only had two targets.

So he tweeted that.

Brown deleted it. But our buddy Dave Dameshek from Daves of Thunder caught it.

Which represents as many captures as Hollywood had on Sunday.

Hmm. A wide receiver named Brown takes to social media to spread? Where have we seen this before?

Claypool calls them

Since we’re on the subject of wide receivers making their voice heard on social media, let’s move on to the other sideline.

It looks like Chase Claypool is embracing the Steelers-Ravens rivalry after his first foray.

The Notre Dame rookie caught the winning touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Then he posted a photo of the room with the words “BALL GAME. Sit down. 7-0 #steelersnation #ratbirds »

Hey, if Baltimore fans and media are going to kiss a billboard of a fallen Ben Roethlisberger, a simple “ratbirds” beard isn’t that bad.

Less than the noble Le’V

Le’Veon Bell played his second game for the Kansas City Chiefs since leaving the Jets.

It was against his former club as the Jets toured Arrowhead Stadium. The results were far from impressive for Bell.

The running back had just six carries for 7 yards. That was accompanied by three catches for 31 yards.

The Chiefs racked up 496 passing yards en route to their 35-9 victory over former Bell teammates. But barely 50 of them were on the ground.

Tim Benz is a writer 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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