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Kenny Pickett Caps Rookie Season With Win Over Browns, Close to Playoff Miss

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Miami kicker Jason Sanders’ 50-yard area objective sailed via the uprights to primarily finish the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season from midway throughout the nation. However that doesn’t imply Sunday was nugatory.

With a 28-14 win over the Cleveland Browns, who weren’t shy in voicing their intent to “finish” the Steelers season themselves all through the week, Pickett capped the season on a 7-2 stretch and one more win over the Browns.

The playoffs will not be within the playing cards this winter, however the progress made by Pickett was evident in each recreation he began this season.

Pickett wasn’t helped by drops Sunday in opposition to the Browns, however he accomplished 13-of-29 cross makes an attempt for 195 yards and a landing. He led three landing drives and two extra that led to area objectives — and one which ended on the Browns’ 1-yard line on a drive on which Najee Harris appeared to have scored.

The Steelers wanted a win to protect playoff probabilities, and Pickett delivered. The Buffalo Payments and New York Jets additionally wanted to win. The Payments pulled via, and the Jets didn’t.

One-time Pitt quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t in a position to pull via for Pittsburgh.

However on the finish of the day, that isn’t what’s necessary. What really is, is Pickett’s continued development. Pickett fulfilled his finish of the discount.

Pickett was in a position to pull via for the Steelers over the course of the season. He set historical past as the one rookie quarterback in NFL historical past to steer his squad to back-to-back game-winning drives within the last minute of the fourth quarter — knocking off the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

With Pickett within the beginning lineup, the Steelers went 7-5 — together with three in a row to finish the season. And within the 9 weeks following the bye week, the Steelers put collectively a 7-2 file.

After all, the standard of competitors dropped down the stretch, however Pickett received key divisional video games — at house and on the street — and his poise and skill to run the offense steadily grew. He’s most harmful when he’s creating outdoors the pocket, however the progress within the pocket was noticeable.

After a three-interception exhibiting in his debut, with all three picks of questionable origin, and a begin during which he threw two touchdowns to eight interceptions over his first 5 video games, he evened out. In his last eight — seven and 1 / 4 since he was knocked out of the Ravens recreation in Week 14 — video games, he threw 5 touchdowns to only one interception.

Pickett accomplished 245-of-389 cross makes an attempt for two,404 yards with seven touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 12 video games — 11 begins. He additionally added 237 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries.

Pickett will now enter his first NFL offseason because the Steelers’ unquestioned starter, constructing additional rapport with Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth — and whoever the Steelers could add within the offseason.

There are many areas the place Pickett nonetheless wants to enhance as an NFL quarterback, however that additionally comes with time. He wants continued reps, continued instructing and continued alternatives to develop. Pickett proved he belongs within the NFL.

The following step is proving that he’s in a position to proceed his progress — and proceed to develop into an NFL quarterback that leads the Steelers to the playoffs.



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2024 3-Star DT Francis Brewu’s Junior Day Go to Ended With Supply From a ‘Dream College’

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Francis Brewu didn’t go into his latest Junior Day go to at Pitt with a suggestion, however he was grateful to go away with a suggestion from one among his dream faculties.

Brewu — a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive deal with from Thomas Worthington Excessive in Columbus, Ohio — hoped that he’d be capable to head house with a suggestion, however he wasn’t anticipating it. He preferred Pitt, however now he is aware of it’s mutual.

“I hoped for (a suggestion),” Brewu instructed PSN. “I wasn’t essentially anticipating one, however I knew that it was undoubtedly a chance as a result of I knew my head coach stated they actually preferred me. Pitt is one among my dream faculties.”

Pitt grew to become the thirteenth faculty to formally lengthen a suggestion to Brewu over the weekend, becoming a member of an inventory that features Akron, Ball State, Boston School, Bowling Inexperienced, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa State, Kent State, Miami (Oh.), Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.

And whereas an official supply was a key takeaway from this weekend, it wasn’t the one one. Particularly not as Brewu made his Junior Day go to.

“It was nice,” Brewu stated. “I obtained loads of one-on-one time with the coaches, which is all the time nice as a result of not many locations down that. That was fairly neat. I like the services and every thing. I like the power. It’s only a great spot to be.”

Brewu spent a while with each line of defense coach Charlie Partridge and Ryan Manalac Saturday — with Manalac formally extending the supply. He’s fostered a bond with each coaches already.

On the subject of Partridge, who can be his potential place coach, he’s seen what Partridge has finished for “undersized” defensive linemen. On this case, it’s a resume lining up completely with a persona.

“I can inform (Partridge’s) an amazing man, he’s obtained an amazing persona,” Brewu stated. “You possibly can actually inform he loves the game of soccer. He has the resume to again up being an amazing coach, profitable line of defense coach of the yr twice to one thing like that, which is insane.”

He frolicked breaking down Pitt’s line of defense movie with Partridge Saturday, attending to see how Pitt’s line of defense operates technique-wise and schematically, and he loved the teaching from probably the greatest within the enterprise.

However Brewu — and his mother and father — spent most of his time with Manalac Saturday.

“(Manalac’s) an amazing man with an amazing persona, you’ll be able to inform he actually cares about his gamers as an individual and a participant,” Brewu stated. 

It’s not exhausting to see why Pitt has curiosity in him as a participant both. As a junior at Thomas Worthington, Brewu racked up 74 tackles (42 solo), 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries on the line of defense.

247Sports charges Brewu because the Seventy fifth-ranked defensive lineman and the 52nd-ranked recruit from Ohio within the class of 2024. Rivals and On3 haven’t rated him but, however that can seemingly change within the days and weeks forward.

On the subject of Brewu’s future plans, he’s obtained Boston School, Duke and Iowa State on his radar. And naturally, he’s planning to make it again out to Pitt for spring practices.

Pitt has already established itself as a spot the place Brewu may see himself enjoying.

“It looks like an amazing place to be and an amazing place to play at, and so they’re very caring, which is what I search for,” Brewu stated. “A household kind of atmosphere.”



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2024 4-Star Linebacker Jeremiah Beasley Publicizes Choice Date; Pitt A Finalist

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Pitt finds themselves as a finalist for a extremely rated junior prospect.

2024 4-star outdoors linebacker Jeremiah Beasley introduced this afternoon that he’ll be making his school determination on March fifteenth at 6 PM. Beasley beforehand revealed a High 5 of: Pitt, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Beasley (6’2”, 210-pounds) is from Belleville, Michigan and is rated by 247Sports.com has the No. 13 linebacker and No. 158 total prospect within the Class of 2024.

When speaking about what stood out to him about Pat Narduzzi’s program, Beasley advised 247’s Steve Wiltfong, “their protection is particular, and their formations are superb. The campus can be in a really stunning and distinctive place.”

Archie Collins has accomplished a great job of getting Pitt in standing and in lots of instances, as a finalist with various prime Michigan recruits during the last handful of years however it’s been powerful to shut the deal when Michigan State and Michigan are concerned. Some current examples are 4-star guard Amir Herring (Michigan), 4-star guard Cole Dellinger (Michigan State) and 4-star defensive finish Jalen Thompson (Michigan State),

Will issues change with Beasley? We’ll discover out on March 15.



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3 WPIAL Stars Make Tremendous Bowl LVII

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The Tremendous Bowl have been recognized to incorporate stars from WPIAL way back to Beaver Falls’ Joe Namath calling the New York Jets victory in Tremendous Bowl III to as current as Penn Hills’ Aaron Donald sacking quarterback Joe Burrow to win final 12 months’s iteration of the basic championship recreation.

It’s practically a practice within the area to see WPIAL gamers within the recreation, a lot in order that they’ve contributed considerably to the Huge 33’s streak – a highschool all-star recreation that includes gamers from Pennsylvania and Maryland – of getting a consultant in each Tremendous Bowl in historical past.

This 12 months the WPIAL will probably be represented by three gamers in Kansas Metropolis Chiefs broad receivers Skyy Moore (Shadyside Academy) and Justin Watson (South Fayette) going towards Philadelphia Eagles working again Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills).

Moore appeared in 16 video games this previous 12 months as a rookie second spherical pick of Western Michigan, though he solely began three of these 16 video games. He completed the season with 22 catches for 250 yards.

He caught three passes for 13 yards within the Chiefs win over the Cincinnati Bengals within the AFC Championship Recreation. He’s nonetheless in the hunt for his first profession landing, which might be fairly one other WPIAL second if he have been to get that within the Tremendous Bowl.

He was key within the return recreation this season for Kansas Metropolis together with within the AFC Championship when a 29-yard punt return set-up the Chiefs’ game-winning drive at their very own 47-yard line with 30 seconds left.

His teammate Watson isn’t new to the Tremendous Bowl after having received it alongside WPIAL alumni Rob Gronkowski (Woodland Hills) and Jordan Whitehead (Central Valley) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tremendous Bowl LV.

After 4 years with the Buccaneers, Watson signed with the Chiefs this previous offseason and tied career-highs in catches (15) and touchdowns (two). He’s been used on a couple of punt returns this 12 months in addition to setting a career-high in receiving yards (315).

Sanders in the meantime has been beginning for the Eagles since being drafted within the second spherical out of Penn State in 2019. He had a profession 12 months this previous season with career-highs in dashing touchdowns (11) and dashing yards (1,269) en path to his first Professional Bowl nod, though he clearly received’t seem within the occasion this 12 months.

He’s been a constant presence at working again since being drafted with getting a minimum of 1,000 all-purpose yards in three of his 4 seasons and averaging precisely 5 yards-per-carry in his profession.

Within the NFC Championship recreation he excelled, scoring his workforce’s first two touchdowns to take 7-0 and later 14-7 leads. That 14-7 lead proved to be the distinction maker because the 49ers failed to attain one other level.



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