The Cleveland Browns have named rookie DeShone Kizer as their starting quarterback for the game against the Steelers on September 10th. Kizer will be the 27th starting quarterback for the Browns since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999.
Kizer knows a little bit about the frustration the Browns have had finding a long-term quarterback, “enough to know that there has been quite a few and due to injury and success on the field, they have not been able to find their guy, and that is all I need to know, to understand I need to go out there and work hard everyday to stop that tradition.”

 

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James Conner rushed for 98 yards against the Falcons, so you might be wondering why head coach Mike Tomlin isn’t completely satisfied with that performance.  It’s all about Conner’s play on special teams, which Tomlin called “junior varsity,” but Tomlin tempered his criticism, “he hasn’t done anything wrong, but there’s a sense of urgency that we need to see in terms of his growth and development. We’ve gotta respond appropriately to the cards that have been dealt. He’s got a lot of ground to make up. I’m sure he’s capable of doing it, but I’m gonna apply a little pressure in that regard.”  Conner is ready to take on the challenge, “for me to help this team it’s gonna have to be with special teams, and also when my number is called, when it is called, so yeah if I wanna help it’s gonna have to be with special teams.”

Clint Hurdle had some strong and positive comments about the MLB Little League Classic, “it’ll be one of the highlights of my career. The handshakes that I got today from little people. Boys and girls, the faces, the smiles, the thank yous, they’re heartfelt, they’re real.”

 

James Conner says he wants to play on Sunday against the Falcons and thinks he’ll play, but Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is taking a wait-and-see approach, “time will tell, he’s just getting his feet wet, I’m not ready to paint a picture in that regard just yet, will Conner’s ability to go through a fully-padded practice, will he be able to practice tomorrow? I don’t know, we’ll be padded on Wednesday. We’ll see if he works.”

James conner is recovering from a shoulder injury, but hopes to play Sunday against the Falcons, “Ya I’m gonna play Sunday, I think I’ll play. I’ll be good to go I believe, so you know, because me, when I get out there the adrenaline is going, you know still want to be smart so, in my mind right now I want to play on Sunday.  come game day if i feel it i’ll be smart…..I wanna play, I wanna play… I can quote that, I wanna play.”

Ben Roethlisberger on Martavis Bryant’s bid for complete reinstatement:

“He’s done everything the league’s asked. I’m not really sure why they keep holding him out from being out there with the guys. To me that’s the the best is for him to be out there with his brothers, so I’m not really sure what the holdup is, but I know he’s doing everything he can to be out there.”

 

James Conner, the third-round pick for the Steelers (from Pitt), was on the practice field this afternoon for the first time since injuring his shoulder earlier this week, but he wasn’t i pads. I spoke with Conner as he left the field with his shoulder wrapped.
Coach Mike Tomlin updated us on Conner’s injury, “James Conner’s got an AC Sprain. I told you I’d give you more information on him. It appears to be minor, days we’ll see where that leads us.”

 

Saint Vincent College was quiet on Tuesday.  The Steelers took a break with their first off day of the year at training camp. The Steelers return all five starters on the offensive line, and that’s a huge plus going into 2017. The Steelers line gave up only 21 sacks last season, and they paved the way for a very effective running game led by Le’Veon Bell.
They’re determined to keep it going this year.

Ramon Foster:
“From where we come from in 2009 til now…I mean that’s a good accomplishment, but our job now is to not backtrack…We got a system, Munch is doing a good job of keeping us together…Keeping us right as far as physically and mentally and with our technique so we just build on top of that:

David DeCastro:
“Every game the goal is to keep Ben clean, you know, and let him do his thing you know..there’s not too much thought put into that….those are there for sure but at the same time we’re just trying to do our best…Everybody knows that’s what we’re capable of,,,you don’t want to be the guy embarrassed not doing your best…Being the guy letting everybody down that’s always the motivation when you’re playing football.”

Baseball’s trade deadline has come and gone, but no blockbuster deals for the Pirates. They did, however, unload 32-year-old reliever Tony Watson, who goes to the LA Dodgers in exchange for 2 minor leaguers. Watson was the Pirates closer when the season started, but he blew consecutive saves in June, and soon after lost his job to Felipe Rivero.
In 47 appearances this season, Watson is 5-3 with a 3.66 era. He’ll become a free agent after the season. And the bucs made a deal with Philadelphia, trading minor league pitcher Seth McGarry to the Phils in exchange for 40-year-old Joaquin Benoit and cash.

 

 

On Sunday, the Steelers returned to Saint Vincent today for their first practice in pads of this year’s training camp, but practice was marred by a few injuries. Linebacker Vince Williams and rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster missed practice. CB Senquez Golson was carted off the field. Mike Mitchell was also injured, and so was 3rd round pick James Conner, who left practice early. Mike Tomlin: “James Conner with a shoulder injury of some description. He’s being evaluated. Don’t have a lot of information regarding that. Such is life this time of year. We’ll do our best to work hard to get better but at the same time do things that allow us to keep as many guys as healthy as we can keep them so they can log the snaps necessary to improve.”