Steelers’ Seven Shots – Sunday, March 26, 2017

Every Sunday during the offseason I plan on recapping for you seven items related to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest of the NFL that may have fallen through the cracks the past week that should be worth your time to read. This weekly feature will be entitled “Steelers’ Seven Shots.”

Shot #1 – Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will hopefully be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell sometime before the 2017 NFL Draft and this past week the former fourth-round draft pick became a father once again. Bryant’s newest addition is a little boy, which I believe might be his first. Bryant posted a picture of his newest son on Instagram along with his measurables.

3-23-17 My son 💙 7 pounds 13 ounces 20 inches long

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Shot #2 – Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has a new addition as well only his is an album. Bell, who records under the moniker Juice, released his debut album, Post Interview, this past week and it includes 16 tracks. You can listen to the full album below if you would like.

9pm #PostInterview

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Shot #3 – Two more former Steelers players signed free agent contracts with new teams last week. First, former Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin signed with the Seattle Seahawks while former cornerback Valentino Blake signed with the New York Giants. Both players will undoubtedly have to be solid special teams players once again in order to make the final 53-man rosters of their respective teams. Both signed one-year contracts for the minimum, in case you’re curious. Garvin played last season with the Washington Redskins while Blake played for the Tennessee Titans.

Shot #4 – The annual Mel Blount All-Star Celebrity Roast will be held on April 7 at the Westin Convention Center and this year the roastee will be Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter. While it is a black-tie event that cost $350 to attend, I’m sure it will be very entertaining this year considering all that’s gone on with Porter. Hopefully some video emerges from this roast that benefits a great charity.

Shot #5 – Several fans of the Steelers are hoping that the team will ultimately sign cornerback Darrelle Revis so that he can end his career in Pittsburgh. By the sound of things, Revis has a much better chance at landing back with the New England Patriots and really anywhere other than Pittsburgh.

Shot #6 – Another group of fans are hoping the Steelers will have some interest in free agent linebacker Zach Brown, who remains unsigned after making several visits over the course of the last few weeks. Saturday Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted out that Brown is wanting $6 million annually, which is what former Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons recently received from the Miami Dolphins. I like Brown quite a bit, but not for $6 million a season.

Shot #7 – Last week the NFL Competition Committee announced 15 new rule proposals, six new bylaw proposals and three resolution proposals that the owners will vote on early next week at the annual league meeting. While you have probably already seen some of these items summarized, below is the full list of proposed changes along with detailed explanations.

2017 NFL Rules Change Proposals by Steelers Depot on Scribd

  • Delboka

    Bell’s raps are a joke. Embarrassing to listen to, even just sampling a few tracks alone.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Fatherhood is an amazing thing. It can really complete a man, especially a man that is not quite mature yet…….
    Hopefully this blessing that MB10 has received will help him get straight – AND us our 7th SB!!!!!

  • Lee Foo Young

    Valentino Blake? When was he a Steeler? 🙂

  • Maureen A Gomes

    This is his 2nd child. He has a daughter who was born before he was drafted. Apparently, that didn’t do much for his maturity.

  • Maureen A Gomes

    He has a daughter who was born before he was drafted.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I will most likely be attending the Mel Blount Celebrity Roast event, as I’m scheduled to be back in Pittsburgh for 10 days during that time, and I have a friend who has 4 tickets, and only two are spoken for as of today. I’m very excited. I’ve met Mel and Jerome before, but never Peezy. Not that I assume I will get a chance to be anything more than a spectator, I’ve heard the event does sometimes provide for an opportunity or two. As the biggest Blount fan on the planet that I know of outside of his family, I do want to just say as was mentioned above, that Mel is an amazing guy, and his off-the-field contributions to society have been vast and so consequential. He truly is one of the best Steelers of all-time, on and off the field. Incomparable in my eyes.

    Also, I can’t say congratulations to Martavis enough! Fatherhood is unbelievably special. And rarely anything else has the same sort of down-to-earth affect, such as that. For a man to have a son, is something I think all fathers will tell you, is beyond words in this life. I’ve been one of his biggest supporters on this site and others, for the past few years now. I truly hope he is keeping on the right path. And I can’t wait to see him back playing for Pittsburgh. I pray that his little boy is healthy, happy, and wearing a little black & yellow, as we speak! 🙂

  • Darth Blount 47

    I know plenty of “mature” people who smoke pot. Including most of the people in your CD/Record player. He just happens to play in a monopolistic sport of a job, that is antiquated and strict, when it certainly doesn’t need to be. Do you realize how many players in the off-season get high? And even some who do during? I won’t ever say Bryant is/was a rocket scientist, as there are ways to avoid detection that many others undoubtedly use, but I personally don’t think that has anything to do with “maturity.” Is it mature to ingest and shoot yourselves up with all of the “legally peddled” drugs that these players take just to be able to get up out of bed and compete? Most of these NFL players are treated closer to rich performing bovines, than they are human beings.

  • AndyR34

    You go, DB47! My favorite player is different, obviously(!), but what isn’t to like about Mel Blount? Have a great time. And my feelings about our young WR are quite similar to yours. I, too, am looking forward to a great year from him.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Thanks! If I go, I’ll be sure to come back and give you guys the inside info. My friend bought the tickets for his wife and another couple. Was supposed to be a couple-couple sort of event. Well I’m currently stag-central, so my friend wants me to find a date if I go, since he doesn’t know anyone else to sell the other ticket to. I have a few prospects in mind, but the logistics are tough, since I’m currently a few states away. The ‘Burgh isn’t a long trip for me, thankfully, but the time is a tickin’. Hell, I may just buy both tickets and give one away to the cutest person I see at Primanti’s or something. As long as they are Stiller fans of course. I’ll probably give them a Mel Blount quiz just to be sure. 😉

  • Galapagom

    Great 7 shots Dave. By the way, martavis was a former 4th round pick. Not a 3rd. Cheers

  • Joe Rea

    When he went by Antwon

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Whether you agree with the rules or not, here is a sign of immaturity. Something is against the rules. You know that if you violate the rules, you not only earn a suspension, you potentially lose out on long term financial security for yourself and your family. And what does he do? He purposefully and knowingly breaks the rules. I’m sorry, but that’s the definition of immaturity in my book. You can make excuses for him if you want, but the rest of the world won’t.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t think $6 million is an absurd amount for someone like Zach Brown. I think he’s earned it, and I think someone will eventually pay close to that for his services. I still think the Steelers should be that team.

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  • Darth Blount 47

    Rules are made to be broken. Maybe YOU follow every single rule in life, but 99% of the population, doesn’t. Just because someone says don’t do A, or there will be consequences, and then you go do A, and then there are consequences, that to me, doesn’t mean I was “immature” for breaking them willfully. Ever run a traffic light? Cheat on your taxes a little? Did you know that connecting to an unsecured WI-FI can be considered a felony??? Ever download a book, movie, or song you weren’t supposed to? Yep, felony. How about played a little Poker at home for money? Yeah… ILLEGAL. Ever peed outside? In most states, that’s considered public display of genitalia. Guess what?
    very much ILLEGAL. Ever shared medication with someone who it wasn’t actually prescribed to? Illegal.

    I can go on and on, Jeff. Point is, you call breaking known rules that indeed do have some dire consequences, immature. I say, you’re likely a hypocrite. Don’t forget, some of the states where these guys live and play, not only have medicinal pot, but recreationally legal pot as well. You can say I’m simply defending Bryant. And you are damn right I am. And guess what? The majority of the American population agrees with me. So you may be a vocal minority, but you ARE the minority anymore. It’s 2017, not 1955.

  • walter

    Its a shame if the majority of americans think getting stoned, zonked and plastered on a daily basis is acceptable behavior but i sadly agree we are headed in that direction.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hasn’t lost his job yet. He just got an extended vacation. And since he works in a very highly compensated profession, he already has hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Have I ever broken the rules and been caught? Sure, no one is perfect. But nothing to the degree that could cost me my career. The difference is, I accepted the consequences. I didn’t look for people to make excuses for me and say things like “well everyone else does it, so it’s not a big deal.” There’s a thing called accountability. Look it up.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Ahhhh. Oh well! Was hoping for maturity that perhaps is not there to emerge!!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Again, you will be correct if Bryant HAS actually cost himself his career. But if he hasn’t, then he sounds a lot like Jeff Papiernik. A guy who broke the rules, got caught, suffered the consequences, and then continued on with his life. But I’m guessing UNLIKE Jeff, he banked hundreds of thousands of dollars before he got his little extended “time out in the corner.” Who says Bryant hasn’t “accepted the consequences?” That would be pretty presumptuous. Look that up.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I still stand by calling his actions up to this point immature. However, if he is reinstated and takes advantage of his second chance and stays clean, then he will have redeemed himself and shown that he has matured. But as of right now, who knows?

    Btw, I love the irony of your “guessing” he banked hundreds of thousands of dollars and hinting that I don’t save my money, and then calling MY assumptions presumptuous.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You spoke to “costing yourself your career” by admitting that you had indeed broken rules in life, and then accepted the consequences. My statement was speaking to the concept that whatever rule you broke in whatever profession you have, didn’t carry the cost-benefit ratio of Bryant’s. Bryant was able to “afford” to be able to break a rule like smoking some reefer, because he had already been paid handsomely for his very short time in the league, and that money was in the bank.

    But the presumption I correctly made, is bore out by the fact that Bryant DID accept the consequences for his actions, when he informed his agent to drop any appeal, and instead serve the suspension. You are the one who wanted to state that there is apparently a “difference” between you and Bryant as though he not only didn’t accept his own consequences, but I guess, conscripts someone like me to go around making excuses for him and his actions. But luckily for him, no conscription is necessary when the rule that he broke and is being kicked constantly by some for as he is down, is as stupidly arbitrary as the use of a plant God lets naturally grow on the ground.

  • walter

    i hope he can keep his urines clean. True smoking pot is not the worst crime in the world but he was warned to stop getting high and he couldnt. I think he has now and i hope he can stay that way for the season.