Behind 1-2 punch, Steelers on track
Jaylen Samuels felt as if he’d jumped into a time machine.
Standing in the shotgun while working out of the wildcat formation Monday night against the Bengals, the Steelers running back was transported back to his freshman year at North Carolina State, when Wolfpack offensive coordinator Matt Canada would experiment with a player who defies traditional labels.
Pop passes to teammates running in motion in front of him? Check.
Take the snap and search for a crease himself? Check.
Samuels had done before. Many times.
“It was nothing new to me,” Samuels said.
It did, however, look completely new to the Bengals, who couldn’t figure out how to defend Samuels and backfield mate James Conner as the Steelers pulled away for a 27-3 victory that, at least momentarily, put them back in the thick of the AFC North.
Samuels accounted for 114 total yards and a touchdown. Conner had 125 all-purpose yards and a score.
With Ben Roethlisberger rehabbing his surgically repaired right arm, backup Mason Rudolph won his first game as an NFL starter. Working almost exclusively underneath until a backbreaking 43-yard touchdown heave to rookie wide receiver Dionate Johnson, Rudolph completed 24 of 28 passes for 229 yards and two scores. it all
Bad news, good news: Bradley Chubb is so upbeat about overcoming his torn knee ligament that he said he truly welcomes this season-ending injury.
“I’m happy this actually happened to me because I feel like in life I was getting a little too complacent,” the Broncos’ rising young star said about 48 hours after tearing his left ACL, the same one he ruptured seven years ago in high school.
“With 12 sacks as a rookie, it’s kind of hard to keep that same grind,” said Chubb, the fifth pick in the 2018 draft. “So I’m really happy that this happened to me because it’s going to get me back to that same guy that was hungry to prove everybody wrong.”
Who, him? The Ravens think cornerback Marlon Humphrey isn’t guilty of choking Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has judged differently.
“Did you see the video?” he asked.
Defending actions they think were warranted, the Ravens posted a video and story on their website to dispute that Humphrey choked Beckham when the two tangled during in Sunday’s game.
The slow-motion video shows the fight between Humphrey and Beckham, who after some pushing and shoving winds up pinned below Humphrey. While the clip shows Humphrey’s hands pushing Beckham’s jersey up around his neck, the story insists the Ravens defensive back did nothing wrong.
Extra points: Veteran safety Mike Adams, released in the offseason by the Panthers, signed with the Texans . ... The Panthers placed veteran defensive tackle Kawann Short on injured reserve with a partly torn rotator cuff that will require season-ending surgery . ... The Ravens waived outside linebacker Tim Williams.