Wednesday’s “First Call” finds out which Seattle Seahawks quarterback will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. Jordan Addison’s transfer is getting more attention. The Browns lost a player thanks to a long-term injury.
And we’ve got some hockey news that might drive Penguins fans crazy.
Smith vs. Steelers
When the Steelers open their preseason Saturday night, they won’t be the only club at Acrisure Stadium with a 2022 quarterback question.
Their opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, is also in a dilemma. The Steelers are trying to replace Ben Roethlisberger with Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph or Kenny Pickett. Meanwhile, in Seattle, head coach Pete Carroll must replace Russell Wilson with either newly acquired Drew Lock or incumbent backup Geno Smith.
For at least the trip to Pittsburgh, it looks like Smith will start.
“He’s still going with those (and) he’ll start the game this weekend,” Carroll said of Smith. “He had a very solid day today, made some big throws today.”
Smith lost a 23-20 overtime game in Pittsburgh last year. He had a 99.5 passer rating but was sacked five times, lost a fumble and only had 209 yards passing.
Mike Tomlin has yet to officially be named a starter for the Steelers. But Trubisky is No. 1 on the depth chart and has taken all the first-team reps.
Bad news for the Browns
The Cleveland Browns have enough problems, given the Deshaun Watson situation.
Now they also have some injury problems.
Via Pro Football Talk, Jakeem Grant suffered an Achilles injury that will end his season. The former Chicago Bear and Miami Dolphin was injured during Tuesday’s practice. Grant signed a three-year contract with the Browns as a free agent that offseason.
“I really feel terrible for Jakeem,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said, via PFT. “We have witnessed how hard the young man has worked since he arrived in our team. We’re all aware that injuries are part of our game, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept, especially for someone who works as hard and carries himself as Jakeem does.”
Grant made the Pro Bowl as a running back last season. He was a second-team All-Pro each of the past two years.
This will go over well
Here’s something to send to Penguins fans. Jacob Trouba was named captain of the New York Rangers.
That is correct. “King Chicken Wing” now gets the honor of being named captain of his team.
Not only that, but the Rangers haven’t even had a captain since 2018. Now they’re giving the honor to the famous head-hunting defender. The last guard to wear the “C” on his jersey was Ryan McDonough in 2018.
“We just felt it was time and the development of this team and this organization, it’s been a while. I know Jacob will do a great job as captain and push us towards our ultimate goal of winning a cup,” Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury said. according to the New York Post. Drury served as the Rangers captain from 2008-11.
That’s quite an honor for a guy who made headlines during the postseason for blasting the likes of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Max Domi and Seth Jarvis in the head.
So I guess that’s all it takes, huh? Take someone else’s captain away, and you can become a captain yourself.
Adding to Addison’s hype
Jordan Addison’s transfer from Pitt to USC certainly got a lot of attention.
Now throw this acknowledgment of ESPN.com into the mix.
The website ranked the top 50 rookies to college football this year, and Addison’s move is second in the country.
“Addison won the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in the country last season,” ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren said. “It’s rare to see such a high-caliber player transfer, but he transferred to USC and is now part of what could be a high-powered offense for the Trojans. He had 1,593 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns last season, and he will factor into a receiving corps that lost leading receiver Drake London to the NFL.”
The only player who ranks ahead of Addison is another new USC Trojan. It’s Caleb Williams, the quarterback who also left Oklahoma to land in Los Angeles.
Oklahoma transfer wide receiver Mario Williams (11th), Oregon transfer running back Travis Dye (14th), running back recruit Raleek Brown (23rd), Alabama linebacker transfer Shane Lee (31st) and defensive back recruit Domani Jackson (43rd) is another Trojan who made the top 50.
Helping the cause
The World Junior Hockey Championships are underway in Edmonton.
West Mifflin’s Logan Cooley helps Team USA. He scored a goal against Germany on Tuesday.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 10, 2022
The American team went on to win 5-1.
Cooley was the third player selected in the NHL draft last month. He went to the Arizona Coyotes.
Team USA’s next game is against Switzerland on Thursday.
Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.