Be­hind 1-2 punch, Steel­ers on track

The Morning Call - - VARSITY -

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.

Hand­off? Check.

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.