Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 28, 2019 (Pt. 1)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 28, 2019 (Pt. 1)


WEATHER AND SPORTS ANYTIME ON YOUR COMPUTER, PHONE OR TABLET AT KDKA .COM. RIGHT NOW IT IS THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. RIGHT NOW, PITTSBURGH’S BEST SPORTS SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. CALL US OR TWEET US. WE HAVE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL . THANK YOU VERY MUCH. KEN, WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. I AM YOUR HOST, JOSH TAYLOR IN TONIGHT FOR BOB POMPEANI. BOB IS ON THE ROAD. HE IS IN CHARLOTTE WITH RITUALS. THEY ARE GETTING YOU READY FOR THE FINAL GAME OF THE PRESEASON TOMORROW NIGHT. STEELERS, PANTHERS. TOMORROW NIGHT STARTING AT 6:30 OVER ON KDKA TV. THEY WILL HAVE PREGAME COVERAGE. BOB AND CHARLIE — WILL HAVE THE CALL IN THE BOOTH. RICH WALSH, MATTHEWS ON THE SIDE GIVING YOU ALL THE INFORMATION AS IT COMES TO. OF COURSE AS WE GO TO THE SPINAL PRESEASON GAME, COURSE, THIS GAME MEANS NOTHING REALLY TO THE STARTERS. THOSE VETERANS ARE PRETTY MUCH DONE AS FAR AS THE PRESEASON WORK OKAY PRETTY MUCH COMES DOWN NOW TO THE GUYS BEHIND THEM. BUT ONE GROUP THAT IS PROBABLY PRETTY MUCH CLEARCUT AS FAR AS WHO IS GOING TO STAY AND WHO IS GOING TO GO AS THE QUARTERBACKS. WE LOOK RIGHT NOW, JOSH DOBBS GETS TO START TOMORROW NIGHT. HIS SECOND START OF THE PRESEASON. BUT ALSO, MASON RUDOLPH. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT AS TO WHICH GUY IS WHERE, PROBABLY THE EARLY FAVORITE RIGHT NOW IS MASON RUDOLPH FOR THAT NUMBER 2 QUARTERBACK SPOT. RUDOLPH HAS COMPLETED 21 OF 32 PASSES IN THE PRESEASON FOR A LITTLE BIT OVER 240 YARDS. 3 TOUCHDOWNS AND ONE INTERCEPTION. HE HAS BEEN A LOT MORE PRODUCTIVE, A LOT MORE EFFICIENT THAN DOBBS HAS BEEN IN A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BOTH PLAYERS HAVE PLAYED. BUT, JOSH DOBBS WILL GET THE START. MASON RUDOLPH WILL BE THE BACKUP GOING INTO THIS GAME. NOW GRANTED, IT IS ALSO WORTH MENTIONING THAT THERE ARE SOME GROUPS THAT MIKE TOMLIN SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE MORE OF. ONE OF THOSE GROUPS IS A TITAN PETITION. HE IS NOT REALLY PLEASED WITH WHAT HE HAS SEEN WITH THE GUYS BEHIND MAN’S VANCE McDONALD. THERE’S A LOT OF GUYS THERE FOR ONLY A COUPLE OF JOBS TO BE ONE. THE OTHER GROUP GUYS LIKE BENNY SNELL, WHO HAVE NOT REALLY SHOWN AS MUCH PRODUCTION WISE. OF COURSE, HE IS A GUY THAT IS EXPECTED TO DO A LOT IN THE SHORT YARDAGE. BUT AS FAR AS THE NUMBERS GO IN THE PRESEASON, HE IS AVERAGING JUST UNDER 2 YARDS PER CARRY. SO, REALLY NOT A LOT FROM THAT PRODUCTION STANDPOINT. BUT HE IS ANOTHER GUY THAT THE STEELERS ARE EXPECTING TO SEE A LOT OF. ACTUALLY MADE A PLAY OR TWO IN SPECIAL TEAMS. AND PROBABLY EXPECTED TO DO THAT IF HE IS GOING TO HAVE A SHOT TO REALLY DO ANYTHING ON THIS ROSTER. HIS EARLY ACTION WILL PROBABLY EIGHT BE IN SPECIAL TEAMS. HE WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST RUNNING BACK WITH HIS ORGANIZATION TO DO SO. BUT THAT SOMETHING ELSE. THAT PRETTY MUCH IS AT THE FOREFRONT. WANTING TO SEE MORE FROM GUYS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RUNNING BACK DEPTH CHART. IS MORE WE CAN TALK ABOUT STEELERS RELATED. JOINING ME IN STUDIO, COLUMNIST FOR THE PITTSBURGH POST- GAZETTE. AS A SHOW BEARING HIS NAME ON 95 AND 3.7. PAUL’S ICE IS HERE. HELLO. HOW ARE YOU? DOING OKAY. LET’S START WITH THE STEELERS HERE. I TALKED ABOUT DOING A – A COUPLE OF GROUPS THEY WANT TO SEE MORE FROM. LET’S GET MORE INTO THE DISCUSSIONS OF GUYS THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR JOBS. THAT’S READY MUCH WITH THE FOURTH GAME BECOMES. BECOMES THAT LAST AUDITION FOR THOSE GUYS THAT ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DEPTH CHART. MAYBE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN THAT ARE TRYING TO GET THAT LAST OPPORTUNITY. YEAH. I THINK THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING ABOUT THIS LAST PRESEASON GAME. LAST ONE WAS JUST SORT OF A DRESS REHEARSAL. THIS ONE IS GUYS FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES, AND FIGHTING FOR PLAYOFF – ADDITION TO CREST REHEARSAL. GUYS FIGHTING FOR SPOTS ON THE ROSTER. FIGHTING FOR PLACES ON THE DEPTH CHART. YOU BROUGHT UP A LOT OF NAMES. THAT ARE INTERESTING IN THAT WHOLE THING. A GUY LIKE BENNY SNELL IS INTERESTING TO ME BECAUSE HE IS, YOU KNOW, REALLY STILL AN INTRIGUING PLAYER. THAT I THINK HAS UPSIDE, BUT, YOU KNOW, AND IT IS CAMP AND IT IS HIS FIRST CAM. BUT IF YOU WANTED TO ASK ME WHO IS THE MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER, I MIGHT GO WITH HIM. IN THIS CAMP. I’M JUST SAYING, THIS CAMP. EVERYBODY ELSE, YOU KNOW, HAS HAD SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS OR WHATEVER. BUT, I KIND OF EXPECTED A LOT MORE FROM HIM. MAYBE I HAD THIS, YOU KNOW, PIE- IN-THE-SKY IDEA OF WHO HE WAS. IT STARTED WITH THE DRIVE. A LOT OF PEOPLE, AT THE MOMENT HE WAS DRAFTED THERE SAYING THIS IS A PITTSBURGH STEELERS RUNNING BACK. THE STEELERS PLAY THIS KIND OF FOOTBALL. HE CAN GET THEM BACK TO THAT KIND OF IDENTITY. SO, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, PEOPLE WERE EXPECTING THAT. I ALSO THINK, TALKING ABOUT THE TIEDOWNS, I FULLY EXPECT SATURDAY, WHEN COUNTDOWNS ARE MADE, THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME TIEDOWNS ON THE MARKET. THEY ARE GOING TO PROBABLY GO GET ONE, IF NOT TO, THAT MAYBE WERE CUT BY SOMEBODY. THAT’S WHAT I’M ANTICIPATING. AS DUMB AS IT SOUNDS WATCHING HARD KNOCKS, THERE IS LIKE TWO OR THREE TIEDOWNS THAT THEY HAD THAT – TWO OF THEM ARE DEFINITELY NOT MAKING THE ROSTER. AT LEAST ONE OF THEM COULD FIT THERE. AGAIN, IT’S JUST YOU ARE WATCHING CLIPS. BUT, YOU ARE WATCHING CLIPS OF TRAINING CAMP AND THINGS AND SUCH, WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING REP TO REP? BUT MY POINT IS, EVERY TEAM IS GOING TO BE CUTTING TIEDOWNS. RIGHT. AND SOME TEAMS DON’T USE AS MANY AS OTHER TEAMS DO TIEDOWNS. SO, I MEAN, I THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME GOOD PLAYERS ON THE MARKET, OR AT LEAST PLAYERS THAT ARE UPGRADES TO THE GUYS THAT THEY HAVE HERE. SO, I WOULD EXPECT THAT TITAN POSITION WILL BE THE DEPTH, MIKE COME FROM SOMEONE THAT IS NOT ON THE ROSTER RIGHT NOW. HERE’S WHAT WE WILL DO. WE WILL TAKE A BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL HAVE THE XFINITY SPORTS DESK. PLUS, WE WILL TALK PITT FOOTBALL. THEY OPEN SATURDAY NIGHT AGAINST VIRGINIA. WE WANT TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO EXPECT THIS UPCOMING SEASON FROM THE PANTHERS. WILL TAKE YOUR PHONE CALL. 412-575-2600. WE WILL TALK PITT’S, STEELERS. WILL TALK PIRATES. ANOTHER ROUGH NIGHT FOR THE PITCHING STAFF. THE PHILLIES SCORED AGAIN. THE PHILLIES JUST SCORED AGAIN. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. STICK AROUND.

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