The Pittsburgh Steelers will face
off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday night Sutton Smith Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , and it will be a good first test for the black-and-gold." Latest News2019 Preseason Week 1: Steelers vs. BuccaneersThe Buccaneers are a good first test for Devin Bush, Mark Barron and the success of the 2019 SteelersNew,33commentsThe Pittsburgh Steelers will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday night, and it will be a good first test for the black-and-gold.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:The Buccaneers are a good first test for Devin Bush, Mark Barron and the success of the 2019 SteelersTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesOne of the Steelers biggest defensive weaknesses last year was being attacked over the middle of the field. Vince Williams and Jon Bostic were both limited defenders in coverage and opposing offenses had success attacking both LBs and rookie Safety Terrell Edmunds with TEs.As Terrell Edmunds improved and L.J. Fort started taking more snaps from the ILBs and Morgan Burnett the targets to TEs decreased.In the first 5 games opposing TEs were targeted 56 times for 524 yards, over 11 times per game.The rest of the season TEs would be targeted 55 times for 444 yards. The Steelers gave up 90+ yards to the opposing teams TEs 4 times, going 1-3 in those games. The only win was in Tampa Bay Sutton Smith Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , when the defense gave up 106 yards and a TD to OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, but also intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick 3 times and scored a defensive TD in a 3-point win.But as the defense slowed down the TE yardage by taking out run stopping LBs, teams started running on the Steelers more. The last 7 games of the year show really well that the Steelers couldn’t stop both TEs and the run game. From Week 10 on, the Steelers gave up 666 yards on the ground to any team not named the Raiders. That’s 111 yards per game. The other 10 games the Steelers gave up an average of 87.2 yards per game. At the same time, they held TEs to 116 yards total in those 6 games, less that 20 yards per game. And that includes Rob Gronkowski. In Oakland they ran for only 55 yards, but TE Jared Cook had 116 yards.Over the entire season the defense proved it could not defend the run and TEs at the same time. No small wonder then the Steelers signed Mark Barron and drafted Devin Bush. Two fast LBs that are much better in coverage than Jon Bostic Sutton Smith Jersey 2019 , while being able to play the run better than the Safeties used in place of the LBs to try to improve coverage.Why does all this matter for Preseason Week 1?Enter the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, who combined for 106 yards and a TD against the Steelers last season, and who now are coached by Bruce Arians and his offense that OJ Howard described as being very TE friendly.Even better is the vanilla defense used in preseason games, which should give us some very clear examples of how well Devin Bush and Mark Barron can improve the defense’s ability to run defend and cover TEs in the same game. That is a very important thing. Because last season the Steelers were 1-3 when opposing TE’s gained 90+ yards, and were 2-2-1 when opposing teams ran for over 100 yards. The Chiefs were the only game where both happened, which means the team went 3-4-1 when giving up 90+ yards to TEs or 100+ on the ground. When neither happened Cheap Sutton Smith Jersey , when the defense held TEs to reasonable yards and didn’t give up 100 yards rushing, the Steelers were 6-2. We take a look at the projected four-year rookie deals Diontae Johnson and Justin Layne can expect from the Steelers."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsLatest NewsSteelers Contracts and Salary CapProjected salary cap costs of Steelers 2019 third-round draft picksNew,2commentsWe take a look at the projected four-year rookie deals Diontae Johnson and Justin Layne can expect from the Steelers.EDTShareTweetShareShareProjected salary cap costs of Steelers 2019 third-round draft picksTim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsThe Pittsburgh Steelers stayed put with their scheduled selections in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday, adding Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson and Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne on day two. And while neither player is set to receive the sort of rookie contract that Devin Bush will earn as a first-round selection in 2019, both will earn well over $1 million in their first season with the Steelers.Thanks to a sliding scale for rookie contracts agreed to under the terms of the CBA, the two players should already have a good idea of how much being drafted by the Steelers will pay them, and using figures generated by OverTheCap.com Jon Bostic Jersey , we can now also work out how much the pair will cost Pittsburgh over the length of their rookie deals as well.Johnson is projected to earn a total of just over $3.65 million as part of a four-year deal that will include a signing bonus worth around $1.1 million, while Layne will receive a deal worth closer to $3.44 million that includes a signing bonus worth around 922,000. Like all players selected in round three of the draft or later, both will receive the league minimum as a base salary in each year of their rookie contract. With salary cap hits of just $778,355 and $725,544 respectively in 2019, neither player will consume much salary cap space this season. And when taking displacement into account Cameron Sutton Jersey , Johnson will actually only use up just over $200,000 in additional cap space this year, while layne will only use up around $150,000.