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First call: Kenny Pickett upholds keeping Matt Canada, drafting Jordan Addison. You might be a Titans tackle looking to the Steelers

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Wednesday’s “first call” earned two handouts from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Beckett. One is for the current coach and the other is for a former Pitt teammate.

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An AFC rival could be focusing on the Steelers if he gets free agency. The Penguins are preparing for a home and home run with a familiar foe in the Eastern Conference.

And the Duquesne basketball team is looking to continue ringing the scoreboard in Western New York.


making a case

On Tuesday, Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett appeared on teammate Cameron Hayward’s podcast “Not just football. ”

During their conversation, Howard asks Beckett about the nature of his relationship with Matt Canada. The Steelers’ offensive coordinator has been heavily scrutinized by fans and the media since taking on the role two years ago. Many are wondering if he will be replaced this off-season.

But Pickett made it seem like he saw room to grow with crime under Canada’s determination.

“He picks my brain as to what I like and how I like it,” Beckett said. “Throughout the game, (he’s) asking me to line up the plays. He likes to see the game from the quarterback’s point of view. He keeps things different. We really took a step after the bye week, figured out what it takes to win — what that recipe looks like, so we can continue to grow.” Team up and grow as offense.”

Still, Beckett knows what the bigger challenge the two will face, assuming Canada stays on board.

“We need to take that leap into year two. We need more explosive plays. He’s doing a great job of trying to figure out what we need to do to get those and put up more points. So I’m excited to continue working with him in the off-season.” Beckett added.

While Pickett threw only one interception after the bye, his 6.2 yards per attempt and seven touchdowns on the season were good for just 33rd in the NFL in both categories.


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Ready for a reunion?

Piquet was also asked about a possible reunion with former Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison.

The former Tiger transferred to USC after the 2021 season ended. He led the Trojans with 59 receptions, 875 yards, and eight touchdowns. He announced the NFL Draft this week.

“That would be cool, man,” Beckett responded when asked about the idea of ​​having Addison in the Steelers locker room. “We talked about playing in the NFL together while we were at Pete’s. It’s like a college roommate’s dream… especially as a quarterback, that kind of dynamic. Especially how well we played.”

Beckett insisted that Addison would experience better on set than people expected.

“He’d probably go down 4.3 seconds, maybe 4.29-4.28 if he got off to a good start,” Pickett said of Addison’s 40-yard dash time. “He’s got that kind of speed. I think people kind of underestimate his speed. He runs the roads that fast. Some guys who run 4.3’s, but they don’t play that fast. That’s what’s impressive about him, he plays so fast. He gets in and out of cuts so quickly.” He’s an elite receiver. Whoever gets him will get a special talent.”

Pickett also said that Addison was eager to learn off the field, claiming he never missed a pitching session at Pitt. In two years with the Panthers, Addison caught 160 passes and 21 touchdowns. Total receiving yards totaled 2,259.

Bringing in the favored quarterback out of college could be an interesting dynamic with Diontae Jonson and George Pickens. Especially since at times during the 2022 season, These two really looked troubled in points with Not getting the ball far enough.

But the Steelers are in need of a third wide receiver option, unless the club is convinced the player could be Calvin Austin. He missed all of his rookie year with a foot injury.


New look for the yuan?

Taylor Lewan is likely to be released from the Tennessee Titans after missing most of this season with a knee injury.

After seeing a photo of himself photoshopped in Steelers gear on Twitter, Lewand at least drew the color scheme.

The Steelers may be in the market for an offensive tackle in the free agency or the draft. Lewan was a professional starting pitcher from 2016 to 2018 with the Titans. He signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension with Tennessee in 2018, but injuries have limited him to just 20 games over the past three years.

The 31-year-old is set to count $14.8 million toward the Giants’ 2023 salary cap.


Turn back

It will be two games in three nights for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators. The two clubs participate in the Home and Home series over the next few days.

The pens will be in Ottawa on Wednesday night, then the clubs will have another rematch in Pittsburgh on Friday.

penguins Score a victory over the lowly Anaheim Ducks, 4-3 in overtime on Monday. That was after taking a 2-1 lead in the third period.

As for the Senators, they lost four of five and didn’t look particularly great doing it. In those five matches, the Sens won 23-10.

Ottawa 41 points. The Columbus Blue Jackets (28) are the only team in the Eastern Conference with fewer. Ottawa doesn’t score much, just 126 goals this season. Only Columbus (110) and Montreal Canadiens (120) have lower goal totals in the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins start the game with 50 points, good for fifth in the D.C. Division, tied with the New York Islanders.


Bound to Bonnies

The Duquesne Dukes (13-5) are in St. Bonaventure Wednesday night (7 p.m.) to face the Atlantic 10.

Duquesne (13-5, 3-2 A-10) got a good rest after a 92-80 win over St. Joseph’s on Jan. 11. It was the fourth time the Dukes had led by 90 points this season. They only do it once a year, and that was a 98-93 three-overtime loss to George Washington. At 76.0 points per game, Keith Dambrot’s team is second best in the Atlantic region, 10 points behind St. Louis (76.6).

As for the Bonnies, they are 9-9 (5-5, A-10) on the season and rely on defense. With 66.9 points per game allowed, Mark Schmidt’s club ranks fourth in the conference defensively. But they only averaged 67.8 points per game, third from bottom in the conference.

The Dukes are looking to buck some historical trends against their longtime rivals.

Duquesne lost at St. Bonaventure last year 81-55. This is the 130th match between the two in a series dating back to February 13, 1920. St. Bonaventure is Duquesne’s most frequent opponent ever. The Bonnies have won 16 of the past 19 and have a 69-60 advantage overall. Duquesne is 19-43 all time on the road in the series.

Tim Benz is a writer for the Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets can be retweeted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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