NFL safeties landed during free agency. It was impossible not to.Landon Collins scored $84 million from the Washington Redskins. Earl Thomas snagged $55 million from Baltimore. Tyrann Matthieu and LaMarcus Joyner both signed for more than $40 million.That’s life-changing money.Still https://www.thesteelerslockerroom.com/authentic-terrell-edmunds-jersey
, Davis insists he’s entering the fourth and final year of the rookie contract he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016 focused on taking a step forward after an occasionally bumpy 2018, not a possibly lucrative payday that beckons next spring.“Yeah I think the safety market went up,” Davis said Tuesday after participating in organized team activities for the first time after sitting out the first two weeks with what he described as overall stiffness.“That just puts a little more pressure on me to get the job done and to compete with (those) contracts but like I said, it’s no pressure. I’m not putting no pressure on myself. No pressure on my team. I’m just trying to do the best I can.”Something the Steelers need Davis to do if they want to bounce back from a late-season collapse in which they let a 2½-game lead in the AFC North disappear over the final month.Pittsburgh moved him from strong safety to free safety last summer, believing Davis’ physicality and experience would help him be a difference-maker in the secondary after cutting Mike Mitchell.Things didn’t exactly work out as planned. Paired with rookie strong safety Terrell Edmunds, Davis had a respectable 80 tackles, but also finished with just one interception as part of a secondary that grabbed just six in all and a defense that had only eight in 566 pass attempts, 28th in the league.“One interception is not acceptable,” Davis said.Not if Davis wants to close the gap between the player he thinks he can be and the player who has put together three seasons in which flashes of brilliance have been followed by bouts of inconsistency and a bit of bad luck. One snap against the Los Angeles Chargers last season symbolized all three.Pittsburgh was leading 23-7 late in the third quarter when Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers dropped back to pass . He tried to thread the ball to wide receiver Keenan Allen in the end zone only to have Davis and Steelers cornerback Joe Haden jump the route. Yet rather than knock it down or pick it off, they smacked into each other. The ball popped up in the air and into Allen’s awaiting arms for a touchdown, the spark that propelled the Chargers to a comeback victory.Aggression has never been a problem for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Davis, whose massive biceps along with the visor that shields his eyes from view create an intimidating presence. He’s not afraid to throw his body around, a mindset that hasn’t cost him much in terms of playing time. He’s been remarkably durable. When he sat out the 2018 regular-season finale with a quadriceps injury, it marked the first game in his career he was forced to watch in street clothes.Davis believes he’s taken a step forward in each of his first three seasons. He understands he’ll have to take another one to help Pittsburgh get back to the playoffs.Though he insists he’s not worrying about his long-term prospects, he did switch agents over the winter, hiring Drew Rosenhaus to represent him in his final year before potential free agency.“I just needed a change,” Davis said. “Drew is a top agent. He wants the best for me.”Whether that means staying in Pittsburgh is uncertain. The Steelers typically make a concerted effort to keep players they covet from hitting the open market Womens Terrell Edmunds Jersey
, yet Davis said the club has yet to reach out about a possible new deal.It’s something he’s trying not to worry about. He’s more concerned about his relationship with Edmunds — the two spent time after practice ended Tuesday putting in extra work in one of the end zones — and getting a firmer grasp of what his role is in defensive coordinator Keith Butler’s system.“No big plays,” Davis said. “That’s really my big thing. More turnovers. We need more turnovers. Defense definitely has an uphill battle this year but I know we can get it done.”NOTES: The Steelers signed former players William Gay and David Johnson as coaching interns for 2019. Gay, a former cornerback, played 10 of his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Steelers, the last in 2017. Johnson, a former tight end/fullback, spent five of his seven seasons in the league in Pittsburgh. He last played in 2016. Taking a look at an offseason starting roster projection, and looking for flaws."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsLatest NewsAgree or Disagree? Analyzing NFL Network’s 2019 Steelers roster predictionNew,17commentsTaking a look at an offseason starting roster projection, and looking for flaws.EDTShareTweetShareShareAgree or Disagree? Analyzing NFL Network’s 2019 Steelers roster predictionJeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports‘Tis the season for everyone to try and look into their crystal ball and see who will be players, and pretenders, when it comes to any NFL team’s roster. The 2019 NFL Draft is over, and while teams are still rounding out their roster’s after minicamp and Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the starter projections should be safe, barring injury.Recently, NFL.com’s writer Gregg Rosenthal took a stab at predicting every NFL team’s starting roster, and gave some reasoning behind his decisions below the roster. What I planned to do is to look at the roster, as well as his summation Terrell Edmunds Jersey White
, and say whether I agree, or disagree, with his sentiments.First, let’s take a look at the roster:PITTSBURGH STEELERSOffenseQB: Ben Roethlisberger RB: James Conner WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster WR: Donte Moncrief WR: Diontae Johnson TE: Vance McDonald LT: Alejandro Villanueva LG: Ramon Foster C: Maurkice Pouncey RG: David DeCastro RT: Matt FeilerAGREE/DISAGREE: I just don’t see Diontae Johnson as the Day 1 starter opposite Smith-Schuster or Moncrief. I’ll go with James Washington in that spot.While Feiler is the leader in the clubhouse for the RT position, I wouldn’t rule out Chukwuma Okorafor. The second year tackle could be in for big things this offseason.DefenseDE: Cam Heyward DE: Stephon Tuitt OLB: T.J. Watt ILB: Devin Bush ILB: Vince Williams OLB: Bud Dupree CB: Joe Haden CB: Steven Nelson CB: Mike Hilton S: Sean Davis S: Terrell EdmundsAGREE/DISAGREE:I actually agree with this defensive prediction. I like Bush starting from Week 1 on, and I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory.» The wide receiver depth chart will not shake out until training camp. I’m giving Moncrief the slight early edge over second-year pro James Washington as the second starting receiver on the outside. The Steelers have a great track record developing wideouts, so a Year 2 leap from Washington wouldn’t surprise anyone, but Moncrief is getting paid $5 million this season.AGREE/DISAGREE:I agree that Moncrief will get every opportunity to come in and start, but I foresee a big change in Washington in Year 2. A big enough change that the Steelers’ top WRs will be Smith-Schuster, Moncrief and Washington for the vast majority of the season.» It’d make sense for third-round pick Diontae Johnson to get snaps in the slot. The Steelers still have Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers on the roster, so the post-Antonio Brown depth chart isn’t that thin.AGREE/DISAGREE:I agree the depth chart isn’t as thing as many make you believe, but at the same time we shouldn’t pigeon hole Johnson as nothing more than a slot receiver. Like Brown, he is capable of playing both positions.» Early chatter from GM Kevin Colbert indicates the Steelers don’t want James Conner to carry as heavy a load this year as he did in 2018. They invested a fourth-round pick in Benny Snell Jr., who will battle Jaylen Samuels for the backup job.AGREE/DISAGREE:While the thought of Conner getting some rest sounds great, I’ve seen this movie too often to think otherwise. Conner will be the feature back, and just like Le’Veon Bell before him, don’t expect him to leave the field much. Even when DeAngelo Williams was with the team, Bell hardly ever left the field when healthy. I expect more of the same for Conner this year.» The departure of offensive line coach Mike Munchak cannot be overlooked Womens JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey
, but one of the league’s best units returns intact. Feiler quietly started 10 games last year and held his own, although he is the only one here without his starting job guaranteed.AGREE/DISAGREE:As stated earlier, I think this job is Feiler’s to lose, and less of an open competition, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance someone unseats Feiler for the only spot on the offensive line.» The Steelers didn’t trade up for Devin Bush at No. 10 to not have him starting Week 1. Vince Williams and free-agent pickup Mark Barron figure to compete for snaps next to Bush, possibly getting taken off the field on passing downs.AGREE/DISAGREE:Agree 100% on this, and feel it will be Williams, not Barron, who will lose snaps in the Steelers’ sub-package heavy defensive system.» I listed excellent slot cornerback Mike Hilton over excellent nose tackle Javon Hargrave as the 11th starter, because the slot corner position should get more snaps.AGREE/DISAGREE:While in theory this is true, if 2018 is any indication of the trajectory with both players, Hargrave should be seeing more time. His 6.5 sacks were a huge surprise, while Hilton was essentially replaced by the end of the season with Cameron Sutton as the slot cornerback. I expect a bounce back season from Hilton this year, and don’t be shocked if Hargrave finds his niche even in subpackages to improve upon his sack total in 2019.Rosenthal sums up the Steelers’ roster well in the below paragraph:Biggest change from a year ago: Performing this exercise, it’s striking how the Steelers have enviable continuity, Antonio Brown aside, from a roster that went toe to toe with the Patriots and Saints (beating the former) in late December. This is not a franchise in retreat....What do you think of his predictions? Do you agree with my assessment? Let us know in the comment section below!