Ben Roethlisberger: AFC title game ‘too big’ for young Steelers receivers

After the Steelers were ousted from the playoffs Sunday night with 36-17 loss at New England, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suggested the lights of the AFC championship game were too bright for some of his young receivers.

According to documents filed in federal court Monday, Smith repaid the team $844,396.82 between August 2014 and March 2016, but the team still hasn’t seen the remaining $341,630.18.

The NFL’s arbitrator for labor disputes, University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank, issued an order Nov. 4 requiring Smith to repay the outstanding balance Cheap Jerseys For Kids within 30 days. According to the lawsuit, Smith and the NFL Players’ Association did not exercise their right to appeal the arbitrator’s decision within 10 days, and Smith has yet to make a payment.

The 49ers released Smith on August 7, 2015, a day after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, hit-and-run, and vandalism. It was Smith’s third DUI arrest since San Francisco made him the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Raiders signed him in September 2015 and he played in nine games for Oakland Cheap Jerseys From USA before the NFL handed down a year-long suspension. He still has not returned from that ban; NFL Media reported last month that his petition for reinstatement would be considered by commissioner Roger Goodell in March.

Despite the suspension, the Raiders signed Smith to a two-year, $11.5 million contract last spring.

This is not the team to face if you are vulnerable on your home field. There are a few reasons many called the Steelers the AFC sleeper. The dent in the 12-win Chiefsarmor is one of them.

David Steele: The passer rating against the Chiefsdefense was the third-lowest in the NFL, and they led the league in interceptions.

They have two first-team All-Pros in their secondary in Eric Berry and Marcus Peters.

Patriots’ defensive parts make up a top-ranked whole

The fact that the Patriots gave up the fewest points in the NFL this season by a healthy margin caught plenty by surprise.

Nothing in particular about them screams out No. 1 defense.Two starters Cheap Jerseys Bulk made the Pro Bowl, which is impressive but not mind-blowing (the Titans are among the teams that also had two Pro Bowl defenders). Theres no segment of it that comes off as dominant, nothing they do that says, You cant try that on the Patriotsor Youd better not let them take over.

In fact, they were all but impenetrable the second half of the season, since their 31-24 loss at home to the Seahawks. They havent lost since then, and enter the AFC championship game against the Steelers on an eight-game winning streak and giving up 12.9 points a game during that streak, a healthy step below the 15.6 they gave up overall in the regular season.

The Steelers do have an addiction to drafting defense. They went corner-corner-tackle in 2016, and it paid off with Artie Burns, Sean Davis and Javon Hargrave. Before then, they went linebacker in the first round in three consecutive drafts Jarvis Jones, Ryan Shazier and Bud Dupree.

That’s a pretty good talent haul, and all the more reason not to dive back into that pattern. They now have their core pieces on defense, and unlike in the past, they made picks with immediate impact in mind.

Forward-thinking is now required at the most important position in the NFL. Compared to ironman draft peers Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, or older contemporaries Tom Brady and Drew Brees, Roethlisberger looks a lot more broken down and isn’t in the same, late-career shape.

Sitting on the No. 30 pick, the Steelers are in the wheelhouse Cheap Jerseys Coupon Code to catch a falling QB prospect in 2017. If either Deshaun Watson or DeShone Kizer doesn’t last that long, there might be a good chance to trade up only a few spots to get either.