James Harrison finally finds a home, as the Steelers defensive closer

After the Pittsburgh Steelers essentially benched their all-time sack leader the past two games, Mike Tomlin decided to make a change. To use some baseball terminology, he put Harrison in the bullpen.

I may be crazy, but if the Steelers are smart, not holding my breath on that one just yet, they would use Harrison like this every week. Maybe not waiting until the fourth quarter every week, but if the situation dictates you need a polished pass rusher, who still can get the job done, in an obvious passing situation — call on the closer.

The days of Harrison being on the field for four quarters are behind him, at least we hope so, but that is okay. T.J. Watt has proven he is very capable, even as a rookie, but when he is fatigued bringing in a fresh Harrison, who can bench press a house, by the way, could be a recipe for disaster for the opposing offense.

Harrison might not be the next Mariano Rivera, in regards to closers, but he just might be the wrecking ball the team could use to put teams away. He did just that in Kansas City, and could certainly continue to do it in the future.

Peppers, 37, continues to show opposing offenses that he can still dominate games the same way he did in the early 2000s. He isn’t done climbing the all-time sacks list, either. Doleman only leads Peppers by half a sack, while Greene had 160.

Peppers racked up 150 career sacks in 240 games and averaged 9 1/2 sacks per season from 2002 to 2016. He’s been a model of consistency throughout his entire career. The Panthers used the second pick in the 2002 NFL draft to select Peppers. During his first stint with the Panthers — which lasted from 2002 to 2009 — he compiled 81 sacks and 30 forced fumbles.

Following the 2009 season, Peppers took his talents to the Chicago Bears and continued to dominate opposing offensive linemen. He racked up 37 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Bears.
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Le’Veon Bell turned down a 5-year deal with the Steelers at the last minute, per report

In the final hours before the deadline to sign Le’Veon Bell to a long-term contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers thought they agreed to terms with the running back’s agent, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But then Bell nixed the deal.

It’s great news for Chick-fil-A employees who want to watch the Falcons on Sunday, and horrible for anyone else seeing the Falcons on Sunday. It’s good news for college fans and MLS fans though, who will get all the chicken they can eat on their game days.

The Mercedes-Benz stadium concessions list notes that on Sundays, Chick-fil-A is replaced by “Fries Up,” which was a hashtag Chick-fil-A coined during the Falcons playoff run in 2017, but despite the link there won’t be any chicken at the restaurant.

Undrafted rookie Marcelis Branch blows his coverage, and Bosher tried to recover the punt before it hit the ground, but the ball bounced off of his hands. The blocked punt came shortly after another one of Bosher’s punts was very nearly blocked.

Atlanta also allowed the Steelers’ Trey Williams to run one of Bosher’s punts in the third quarter back 64 yards for a touchdown.

The Falcons have plenty of young players and undrafted free agents — including Branch — who are trying to make an impression in the preseason. That lack of experience for Bosher’s blockers plays into this.

But preseason is the time for everybody to knock the rust off, including punters.redskins_012_ffe26216cd11f695-180x180