Steelers’ selection of Quincy Roche receives nationwide accolades; Andrew McCutchen warms up; Pitt Hoops News – fr

Steelers’ selection of Quincy Roche receives nationwide accolades; Andrew McCutchen warms up; Pitt Hoops News – fr

Monday’s “first call” shows some optimism for a late Steelers draft pick. Also, a tough recruiting loss for Pitt basketball and a preview of the Pirates’ upcoming series at PNC Park. In addition, former pirate Andrew McCutchen is starting to get it right at home plate.

It would of course be

On Thursday we ran a “Breakfast With Benz” column about the Steelers’ lack of depth in the outside linebacker. The opportunity to play is part of the reason Quincy Roche’s sixth-round selection appears to be creating the buzz nationwide.

Over the weekend, Draft Wire (USA Today) ranked Roche as the Steelers’ top “sleeper pick” of the 2021 selection process. And CBS Sports listed him in a recap of potential day three departures at “Instant impact”.

“There is an opportunity for Roche to make a name for itself early in the NFL. And he’s got the game to do it, ”said CBS’s Chris Trapasso. “Pittsburgh put him on the bargain grid in the sixth round. He likely fell due to his short stature during a mediocre workout on Miami Pro Day, but the former Temple and Miami star has a developed arsenal of passing moves and plays much more flexible in the game. around the corner than his measured athleticism would indicate.

Trapasso says Roche has the makeup to be a “classic, stand-up rush linebacker” in Pittsburgh.

Its good. Because – with Bud Dupree having left for Tennessee in free agency – beyond TJ Watt and Roche, all the Steelers are relatively unproven players in last year’s first substitute Alex Highsmith and journeyman Cassius Marsh. .

Hopefully both outlets are right. But honestly, I would call having Najee Harris 24 picks in the first round the biggest end of the Steelers draft.

Swing and a miss

The Pitt Panthers basketball team took a big leap forward to try and land one of the best great men in the country.

But IMG Academy’s five-star center Efton Reid announced on Twitter that he was going to attend LSU instead.

Reid is widely regarded as one of the top five centers and top 25 players in the 2021 class. The Panthers and Tigers were on Reid’s last schools list with schools like Florida State, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia.

Cutch hallmark

Former pirate Andrew McCutchen is on a radiator. And he needs it.

The Phillies outfielder hit that home run on the opening pitch of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Philadelphia won 6-1. McCutchen now has 10 for his last 25. His batting average went from .176 to .227.

At 18-17, the Phillies are now a comeback for the Mets, leading the National Eastern League (16-13). New York has won five in a row.

See red

If the Pirates (14-19) want to break out of last place at NL Central, this week would be a good time to start.

The Cincinnati Reds (15-16) come to town for a three-game set starting Monday night. They are the fourth team in the division, just two games ahead of the Pirates. Tyler Mahle is expected to open the series against Pirates’ Mitch Keller.

Cincy swept the Pirates in a three-game streak last month, edging the Bucs 30-8 along the way. The Reds shared their last two series in a game against the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. They have won two of three games in their previous two series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.

p style = »font-style: italic; > Tim Benz is a staff 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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