Pittsburgh Steelers: Russell Wilson Has Quickly Assumed Leadership Role

Russell Wilson is not losing time bonding together with his new Steelers teammates.

Tight finish Pat Freiermuth and extensive receivers Calvin Austin and Van Jefferson have been just lately in California with Wilson, understanding and operating routes. It’s a part of Wilson’s plan to construct chemistry as rapidly as potential since being traded to the Steelers final month, and Freiermuth stated the method goes properly.

“I used to be simply down there in San Diego with him understanding and throwing routes,” Freiermuth stated on the Around the 412 Podcastvia Pro Football Talk. “He’s been nice at speaking to guys and beginning to construct that connection. He’s a terrific man. You can inform the drive and willpower that he has to win and are available to Pittsburgh and win some playoff video games for us. I feel he will match our tradition and locker room very well.”

Only 4 groups averaged fewer factors per sport than the Steelers final season (17.9), however Freiermuth believes the Steelers might be much more potent with new Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith.

“I’ve had a variety of conversations with Coach Smith,” Freiermuth stated. “He’s been nice. The preliminary stuff within the offense seems nice. Obviously, tight ends are going for use closely. I’m excited for that expanded position.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Geno Stone’s Arrival Could Mean New Role for Dax Hill

The Bengals revamped their security place throughout free company, signing ex-Raven Geno Stone and Vonn Bell, who began 13 video games for Carolina final season.

That may imply a brand new position for Dax Hill, a first-round decide in 2022 who began at security in 2023. Hill is a flexible expertise who performed each security and nook at Michigan, and Head Coach Zac Taylor stated the Bengals will attempt to reap the benefits of his multidimensional skillset.

“We’ve bought a variety of DBs and we’ll discover the easiest way to make the most of them,” Taylor stated via Geoff Hobson of cincinnatibengals.com. “We’ve bought excessive expectations for Dax. We drafted the expertise. One factor about Dax is he served a variety of totally different roles at Michigan and right here. We’ll proceed to evaluate because the offseason goes and that might evolve over the course of the summer time.”

Hill, brother of Ravens operating again Justice Hill, led the Bengals in defensive snaps final season. Taylor indicated Hill will proceed to be a serious piece of Cincinnati’s protection.

“We nonetheless have excessive expectations for Dax,” Taylor stated. “It was nice this yr for him to get on the sector with the quantity of snaps he was in a position to play and the totally different conditions he was in. That’s solely going to serve us properly.”

Cleveland Browns: Nyheim Hines Expects to Bounce Back Strong From Injury

Nyheim Hines hopes to be a playmaker for the Browns in 2024 as each a operating again and returner.

Hines suffered a knee harm throughout a jet-skiing accident final yr and missed the complete 2023 season with Buffalo. He was launched by the Bills in March and signed with the Browns, and Hines stated he is had time to mirror on his expensive accident.

“I may do higher not placing myself in that state of affairs,” Hines stated on the “Up & Adams Show.” “It was a freak accident, however I’ve realized my classes from that mistake.”

Cleveland has inquiries to reply relating to its operating again rotation. Nick Chubb continues to be rehabbing after a critical knee harm, and the Browns could draft a operating again, including to a room that already consists of Jerome Ford, D’Onta Foreman and Hines.

However, Hines may contribute on particular groups. The new kickoff return guidelines ought to profit Hines, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns with Buffalo in 2022. Hines stated his rehab goes properly and that his explosiveness is returning.

“I’m feeling rather a lot higher than I did even a month in the past. There’s been progress,” Hines stated. “I’ve been listening to the entire return-specialist factor. I’m not that. I consider I play offense, however returning is one thing I like to do as properly. I love to do each.”