First Call: Steelers floated as trade partner for Bears’ tackle; Steel Curtain


In Thursday’s “First Call,” members of the Steel Curtain have been snubbed by ESPN. The Steelers are being connected to an offensive tackle who is potentially getting traded. Ex-Pirate Josh Bell played his first game with his new team.

And Gerrit Cole suffers through an unbelievable first inning in Yankee Stadium.


Reclamation project?

The Steelers are being floated as a possible trade partner with the Chicago Bears for second-year offensive lineman Teven Jenkins.

The offensive tackle was viewed by many as a possible first-round pick out of Oklahoma State for the Steelers last year. But they went with running back Najee Harris instead. Jenkins stayed on the board until the second round when he was scooped up by the Bears. But reports are that the Bears would like to trade him, after he played in just six games a season ago, starting two.

Jenkins missed most of last year after needing back surgery and is said to be “disconnected” with the coaching staff. That’s a report Jenkins has downplayed.

However, he has practiced just one day of training camp. According to Bears Wire, Jenkins “started the spring at right tackle with the first-team. But something happened where he found himself working with the second-team while Larry Borom filled his starting right tackle role with rookie Braxton Jones getting a look at left tackle. It lasted for the remainder of OTAs and mandatory minicamp.”

Jenkins’ maturity has apparently come into question. But The Draft Network cited the Steelers, Falcons and Commanders as teams that may be a good fit in a deal.

“There have been questions about Jenkins’ maturity and overall approach, but Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has successfully managed difficult personalities before,” said Justin Melo of The Draft Network. “Tomlin’s ability to keep Antonio Brown in check for several seasons is now viewed as a resume-building accomplishment. The Steelers also drafted wide receiver George Pickens this year, who had similar maturity questions coming out of college. Working under Tomlin’s tutelage may represent the best-case scenario for Jenkins.”

Melo also brought into question the ceilings for the Steelers’ current offensive tackle pairing of Dan Moore and Chuks Okorafor and sees Jenkins as a potential upgrade if he can get healthy and stay focused.

Or, at the very least, he may add some depth as a “developmental option.”


Steel curtain snub?

It was nice to see Steelers legend Mike Webster honored by ESPN.com in its “GOAT Poll.” On Tuesday, the outlet ran a survey of 50 NFL experts, asking them to identify who they thought was the greatest offensive player of all time at each position.

Webster won the vote at center. Wednesday, defensively, Mel Blount, “Mean Joe” Greene, Rod Woodson, Troy Polamalu and Jack Lambert all got votes. But none of them were tops at any position.

Pitt product Aaron Donald was named the best…



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