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    Steelers S Sean Davis Able To Begin Participating In Team Drills On Tuesday

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on June 4, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Tuesday for their seventh OTA practice of 2019 and as expected, safety Sean Davis took part in the session after missing the first two weeks because of minor health issues.

    Davis said after Tuesday’s practice that he participated in team drills for the first time this spring earlier in the day and that he has previously missed practice time because of body stiffness, according to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    “Nothing major. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t putting my body at harm,” Davis reportedly said Tuesday.

    While Davis has been sidelined, new Steelers defensive back Kameron Kelly, who was signed after the AAF folded, was reportedly getting some first-team reps at free safety.

    Davis, who said last week that he’s yet to have discussions about a possible contract extension this summer, reiterated that again on Tuesday, according to Will Graves of the Associated Press. Davis reportedly did add that he has noticed that a few other safeties around the NFL received big contracts this past offseason.

    The offseason observations made by Davis were good ones as safeties Tyrann Mathieu, Landon Collins, Earl Thomas, Lamarcus Joyner and Adrian Amos are just a few players that were able to sign very lucrative contracts this past offseason. Even safety Kenny Vaccaro signed a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans this past March that averages $6 million per season.

    As I wrote last week upon Davis saying that he planned to finally begin practicing this week, the Steelers former second-round draft pick out of Maryland is probably looking for a contract extension this summer that would result in him being in the top 15 highest paid at his position at the minimum. That means that Davis is at least looking for a new money average of at least $6.5 million and maybe as much as $10 million per season.

    To date, there’s been no indication that the Steelers have plans to sign Davis to an extension later this summer but that could change quickly. However, it’s a good bet that if Davis is ultimately signed to a contract extension later this summer that such a deal wouldn’t be consummated until right before the 2019 regular season gets underway.

    “It felt good to get back with the guys, flying around, making some calls, just getting back in the flow of things,” Davis said Tuesday.

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    Thanks for all your post Hawaiian.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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    Tuesday, Jun 04, 2019 03:00 PM

    Back with a plan

    Mike Prisuta

    After joining his teammates on the field for the first time in OTAs, Sean Davis apparently wanted to glean everything he possibly could from the experience.

    He and Terrell Edmunds, the Steelers’ presumptive starting safeties, lingered and chatted long after today’s session had ended.

    They were out there together long after individual post-practice work on the Jugs machine had been completed.

    Long after every other player had retreated to the shade of the locker room at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

    “Yeah man, it’s been a while since we played together,” Davis explained. “Just choppin’ it up, talking about the year, talking about practice today and trying to get better.”

    Davis anticipates having a better feel entering his second season at free safety.

    His first campaign after switching from strong safety resulted in one interception for Davis and eight for the Steelers.

    “I was trying to get the hang of things, and maybe I was more focused on being the last man back there rather than playing aggressively,” he said. “But obviously one interception isn’t enough for me. How many did we have as a unit? Eight is not enough for all of us, that’s definitely been a point of emphasis.

    “For me personally, I’m just trying to get better, learn different angles, read the quarterbacks a little bit better and just perfect my craft. One interception is not acceptable, so definitely gotta get more than that this year.

    “I’m really excited to hone in on my free safety skills. I don’t want to say I was wingin' it last year, but was just learning by mistakes. Just to have another year under my belt and to have tape to watch to correct myself. We added Coach ’T.A.’ (senior defensive assistant/secondary Teryl Austin), who brings in a lot of different stuff. I feel like this year I can hopefully put it all together.”

    Davis and Edmunds are poised to become second-year holdovers on a defense that is undergoing a significant transition.

    Cornerback Steve Nelson and linebacker Mark Barron were signed in veteran free agency and the Steelers traded up 10 spots in the draft to select linebacker Devin Bush 10th overall.

    “The defense definitely needs to play better,” Davis maintained. “We lost a lot of games that we shouldn’t have lost last year, gave up too many points. It’s hard to shut teams out, but make them go by three (points) instead of seven. And no big plays, that’s really my big thing. And more turnovers, we need more turnovers.

    “So the defense definitely has an uphill battle this year but I know we can get it done.”

    Davis hadn’t taken part in OTAs prior to today because “my body just felt a little stiff,” he said. “Nothing major, though.”

    His eventual participation was apparently worth the wait.

    “It felt good to get back with the guys, flying around, making some calls, just getting back in the flow of things,” Davis said. “Today I felt good and it felt good to be back out there.

    “I see a lot of additions and I feel like we’ve upgraded. We’ve all just been getting better. We’re all progressing, making the proper steps to get to a championship defense.”
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Now Respected, Steelers S Jordan Dangerfield Still Doesn’t Take Any Day For Granted

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on June 10, 2019

    It used to be cute to reference Pittsburgh Steelers safety Jordan Dangerfield as not getting enough respect in post and stories but that angle has now been overplayed at this point with the Towson product making the initial 53-man roster the last few seasons. While Dangerfield has more than earned the respect of Steelers coaches and fans of the team at this point of his career, he knows that he must continue to earn a roster spot every offseason.

    “That’s the first rule: Never get comfortable,” Dangerfield said last week during OTA practices, according to Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “There’s always somebody in life trying to take your spot. You’ve got to come out and prove it every day.”

    A backup safety and core special teams player the last few seasons, Dangerfield now looks to once again beat out several other younger safeties on the offseason roster this summer in the form of Dravon Askew-Henry, P.J. Locke and defensive back Kameron Kelly, who can play multiple positions in the secondary. While Kelly reportedly received some first-team reps at free safety during the first two weeks of OTA practices while starter Sean Davis was sidelined with a minor injury, Dangerfield also reportedly played some with the first-team defense as well and he feels he took advantage of them.

    “It’s been big,” Dangerfield said, per Gorman’s story. “I’ve been here. I know the defense.”

    Last season, Dangerfield, who first arrived in Pittsburgh in 2014 on a Reserve/Futures contract, played all of 76 total defensive snaps and his way to registering 5 total tackles on that side of the football. 49 of those snaps came in the regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals as he started that game in place of an injured Davis. Not only did Dangerfield play every defensive snap in that Week 17 game, he also had a team-high 19 special teams snaps in that contest. How’s that for earning your keep in Week 17?

    Dangerfield’s path to where he is now in his NFL career has included him being waived from a roster or cut from a practice squad a total of seven times. Last week during the final week of OTA practices, Dangerfield made sure to recognize the fact that not many other players would have had the metal fortitude to stick around as long as he’s been able to.

    “They would have folded,” Dangerfield said. “That’s why I’m different. I’m built different. I keep my faith. Every time I get an opportunity, I’m thankful and make the most of it.”

    If not for an ankle injury suffered during the Steelers 2017 preseason finale, Dangerfield would have likely been on the Steelers 53-man roster most, if not all of, the entire season. Instead, the Steelers had to waive him injured and eventually cut him with a settlement so that he could possibly return later in the season, which he ultimately did. Obviously with all that Dangerfield has gone through since entering the NFL in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent, he doesn’t assume anything moving forward into whatever is now left of his professional football career.

    “I don’t take any day for granted,” Dangerfield said, “because I’ve been through the ups and downs, been through life without football – a whole year, a few weeks even when I was healthy – so all I’ve got to do is think about those hard times and I’m motivated every day.”

    With the Steelers mandatory minicamp set to start on Tuesday, it’s hard to envision Dangerfield ultimately not being on this year’s 53-man roster. After all, he’s a core special teams player and while his defensive playing time has been limited over the years, he can be trusted in the defense to be in the right spot. Obviously, one of the younger defensive backs could ultimately make Dangerfield expendable later this summer, it will be a tough chore to accomplish that feat just the same.

    Dangerfield, by the way, graduated from Towson University a few weeks ago and that’s a goal he’s been trying to accomplish for the last several years.

    “It’s a backup plan, something to fall back on after football,” Dangerfield said of him recently graduating. “Whatever I decide to do, I’ve got that in my back pocket.”

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    Safety - Do you think Danger's in danger? Not with all of the core special teamers they lost from last season. No, Jordan Dangerfield is a valuable reserve safety. We'll watch Marcus Allen try to fend off sleeper Kameron Kelly, but, again, it's another No. 4 or 5 spot.


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