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First Call: A roster spot opens in Steelers’ defensive line. Cameron Hayward has announced a high goal.Matt Murray traded

Tuesday’s “First Call” has a bold goal for Pittsburgh Steelers star Cameron Heyward. A spot has opened along the team’s defensive line. Former penguin Matt Murray is on the move. Then we’ll look at the needs of the Pirates Major League Baseball Draft.

Hole to fill

The Steelers currently have vacant roster spots. It opened along the line of defense.

According to, Daniel Archibong is on the Reserve / Retirement List. Archibong was credited with 2 tackles while playing 13 defensive snaps and 6 special team snaps.

He wasn’t drafted from the Temple a year ago. The Chicago Bears had him for a while before cutting him. It was then that the Steelers added him to the practice team. He played against the Chargers in Los Angeles and the Bengals in Cincinnati last year.

The Steelers defensive line was more crowded this offseason after the signature of Larry Ogunjobi and the drafting of Demarvin Lille.

Great expectations for Hayward

Cameron Heyward, defensive captain of the Steelers, has set high standards in 2022.

He seems to want to pull the Cooper Cup triple crown — some sort. Last year, Kupp won the wide receiver yard, touchdown and reception titles. In addition, he was the Super Bowl MVP.

Hayward hopes to achieve similar lofty achievements in Pittsburgh this season.

“We’re already trying to win the triple crown next year,” Hayward said in a “Playbook Podcast” last week (12:30). “Defensive MVP. Super Bowl MVP. And MVP.”

If Hayward achieves that, it will be one of the finest seasons in NFL history. First of all, he needs to replace his own teammate, TJ Watt, for the Defensive Player of the Year.

Since 2000, Ray Lewis (XXXV), Dexter Jackson (XXXVII), Malcolm Smith (XLVIII) and Von Miller (50) have been the only four Super Bowl MVP winners on the defensive side of the ball. It was.

Lawrence Taylor was the last defensive NFLM VP in 1986.


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From Murray to Toronto

As mentioned in Monday’s “First Call,” Matt Murray has become Toronto Maple Leaf.

Former penguin goalkeeper was traded from Ottawa. Senator held 25% of Murray’s salary cap hit of $ 6.25 million. The club also sent a third round pick in 2023 and a seventh round pick in 2024 to Toronto to be willing to accept Murray’s contract.

The senator only received future considerations in return. It’s how enthusiastic they were to drop Murray’s salary from books.

For two years in Ottawa, Murray was 15-25-3. His ERA was 0.899 and his ERA was 3.22.

At last week’s draft meeting, Reefs traded goalkeeper Petr Murasek to Chicago, and Jack Campbell is about to become a free agent.

Who sees

The Major League Baseball Draft Conference will be held on Sunday. MLB Draft Insider Kylie McDaniels also states that left-handed pitching is the number one need for pirates in the system.

McDaniel has tabbed Noah Schultz and Jackson Ferries with two possibilities to help fill that gap.

Both are high school pitchers. Schultz is from Oswego, Illinois and is 6 feet 9 high. He throws 94 mph and has a sidearm curve ball according to Maxprep.

Feliz is also big at 6 feet 5. Max Preps says he can hit 97 with a gun, but the site sees both outlooks as late first rounders.

Pirates are the 4th choice.

Tim Benz is a Tribune Review Staff Writer.You can contact Tim via or twitter.. You can repost all tweets. Unless otherwise stated, all emails are subject to publication.

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