PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about “position-less” football and the ever growing need to find players who can’t just do one thing Hakeem Butler Jersey
, but many.After waiting a season turning to experienced players while trying to fill a void that is in many ways unfillable, the Steelers didn’t sit on their hands hoping Michigan’s Devin Bush would fall to them with the 20th overall. They attacked.The aggressive and decidedly un-Steelerlike choice to move up 10 spots in a trade with Denver to make sure they landed the do-everything Bush is a testament to both the organization’s belief in his talent and the team’s very pressing need to find a difference-maker next to inside linebacker Vince Williams.“If he helps us win a Super Bowl then it was a good pick,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Does he have the capabilities? We believe so. He can play the run. He can cover. He can rush the passer. He’ll be a special teams contributor. He’s an awesome kid and has great football intelligence. … Where it goes, we’ll see.”Whether Pittsburgh’s 2019 draft will eventually be viewed as a success or a failure depends on it.The previous time the Steelers traded up in the first round was in 2003 when they jumped 11 slots to snag safety Troy Polamalu, a move that helped pave the way to three Super Bowl appearances (two victories) and will likely end with Polamalu in the Hall of Fame. It’s far too early to put Bush in such company, but his arrival should give the defense a serious jolt of athleticism and swagger.“Trading up 10 spots is obviously never heard and they haven’t done it in a while or are really not used to doing it,” Bush said. “Just to be able to do that, it really shows a lot of what they think about me and what they want me to do for this organization.”Pittsburgh split its remaining eight picks between offense and defense Chris Lindstrom Jersey
, addressing the departure of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and three-time Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell while also providing the secondary with a dash of size and finding some depth at tight end and along the defensive line.A flurry of late-round picks focused on players who can fit in at multiple positions will help provide depth, even if the players selected never play a down of meaningful football, in Pittsburgh anyway.“You need to provide as many avenues as you can for those guys to make your team, or impact your team,” Tomlin said.WHO THEY GOTBush will get most of the attention because he figures to get mixed in almost immediately with Williams and veteran Mark Barron — who signed as a free agent — after the Steelers cut linebacker Jon Bostic on Saturday shortly after the draft ended.Wide receiver Diontae Johnson out of Toledo shares a ton of similarities with Brown, while 6-foot-2 cornerback Justin Layne could provide a physical presence on the outside. Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. was relentlessly productive for the Wildcats and joins a group that includes James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. Tight end Zach Gentry from Michigan provides some depth after Jesse James left for the Detroit Lions.The Steelers took a pair of linebackers (Sutton Smith and Ulysees Gilbert III) in the sixth round sandwiched between mammoth Alabama defensive end Isaiah Buggs. Offensive lineman Derwin Gray gives Pittsburgh a big body to throw in the mix after veteran Marcus Gilbert was traded to Arizona.SURPRISE MOVEThe Steelers don’t do bold often. Jumping up to grab Bush was a bit out of character but a move the team needed to make. While Shazier continues to make inspirational progress, it’s uncertain at best if he’ll ever play again. Drafting Bush was an important step toward moving on.HOW THEY DIDWhile Colbert talks about not drafting for “need” it’s kind of tough to look at the top four picks and not draw a straight line to positions where the team needed impactful guys. Johnson can line up all over the field and return kicks (much in the way Brown did when he arrived as a sixth-round choice in 2010). Layne will join a secondary that picked off just five passes last season. Snell’s workhorse mentality will help the Steelers find spots to rest Conner, who wore down late in the year.WHAT’S NEXT?The Steelers chose to go all in on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when they signed the 37-year-old to an extension that runs through the 2021 season. The window to win another Super Bowl during Roethlisberger’s highly successful tenure is open but will require Bush and Johnson to learn quickly.If Layne can force his way onto the field http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kaleb-mcgary-jersey
, too, that will only help a defense that had no trouble getting to the quarterback but struggled to produce turnovers. The St. Louis Cardinals left Arizona feeling a little bit better about themselves, thanks to a late-inning surge by the offense and another strong outing from Miles Mikolas.
The Cardinals scored seven times in the seventh and eighth innings to beat Arizona 8-4 on Wednesday night. After coming to town on a four-game losing streak and off a three-game sweep at the hands of Atlanta, St. Louis took two of three from the first-place Diamondbacks.
Yadier Molina’s three-run homer on the first pitch from reliever Fernando Salas highlighted a five-run Cardinals seventh inning after Arizona had nursed a 2-1 lead through six in front of a sellout crowd of 44,072.
”Had some big hits today,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ”It allows those big five-run innings to happen. Wear the pitcher down, wear the defense down. Then you have Yadi come in and do something special on the back end.”
Tommy Pham drove in three Cardinals runs with a double and two singles. Matt Carpenter doubled twice and singled with one RBI.
”Carp kind of set the tone. He got on base a lot,” Pham said. ”I think we had good at-bats. Even when the results weren’t there Kendall Sheffield Jersey , we made guys throw pitches. That’s key. If a guy is taking four or five plus pitches to get outs, that means you are grinding as a hitter. When you put that together as a team, it wears out pitching staffs.”
The Diamondbacks dropped to 1-5 on their homestand and lead the surging Los Angeles Dodgers by just a half-game in the NL West.
Mikolas (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits, walked four and struck out three.
Arizona reliever Yoshihisa Hirano (2-1) had his franchise-record streak of 26 games without allowing a run end when Yairo Munoz homered to lead off the seventh. Hirano gave up four runs, one earned, on three hits in two-thirds of an inning for his first loss since coming to the major leagues from Japan this season.
”Yoshi’s human,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ”That’s what it means, right? And he’s absolutely spoiled us. He’s been a slam-dunk reliever and he made a really tough game look easy for a long time.”
After Munoz’s homer http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-john-cominsky-jersey , shortstop Ketel Marte booted pinch-hitter Tyler O’Neill’s grounder for an error. With one out and O’Neill on second, Pham singled to center to put the Cardinals up 3-2. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson left the game with discomfort in his right groin area, Lovullo said.
Salas relieved Hirano and gave up the big hit to Molina, who homered twice in the series.
”It was like two totally different games,” Lovullo said. ”The first six innings were exactly the way you’d like to see guys go out and execute and do their job, and then the final three innings unfortunately we couldn’t execute in a lot of key areas.”
Arizona starter Patrick Corbin allowed one run and six hits in six innings, his third straight strong outing without a decision. He’s given up two runs in 19 innings during those three starts.
Cardinals: Paul DeJong (broken left hand) homered and doubled and played shortstop all nine innings Tuesday night in his fourth rehab game for Triple-A Memphis. Matheny said DeJong would not be activated Thursday in San Francisco but could be at some time during the four-game series.
Diamondbacks: Right-handed reliever Randall Delgado (left oblique strain) was scheduled to make another rehab appearance for Triple-A Reno and is expected to be activated Thursday, the end of his rehab assignment. … OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained right pectoral) had Wednesday off in his rehab assignment with Reno after homering twice for the Aces on Tuesday night. Souza has three homers in his last two rehab games.
Cardinals: Head to San Francisco for four games against the Giants. RHP Luke Weaver (4-7 Qadree Ollison Jersey , 5.16 ERA) starts for St. Louis in Thursday night’s opener. Johnny Cueto (3-0, 0.84) comes off the disabled list to pitch for the Giants.
Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (0-2, 11.42), following two rough starts in his return from Tommy John surgery, takes the mound Thursday night in the opener of a four-game home series against San Diego. LHP Eric Lauer (3-5, 5.08) goes for the Padres.