First Call: Adam “Pacman” Jones mocks last Steeler; Mitch Trubisky backs Kenny Pickett concerns

A hated Pittsburgh Steelers rival is poking fun at their recent acquisition of William Jackson III. A Steelers quarterback backs the views of the guy who took over.

Speaking of quarterbacks, which one will Pitt see from Syracuse when Orange visit Acrisure Stadium on Saturday?

We also get a preview of Saturday’s games for the Penguins and Duquesne football in Friday’s “First Call.”


Rivalry restored

We’ve known for a long time that former Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones hates the Steelers organization.

It also seems like Pac has a particular dislike for the newer Steeler in particular.

Jones posted a profane tweet — with an accompanying video — targeting newly acquired Steelers corner William Jackson III.

“now your (back) really on the Hot Seat!!! I know (sic) you weren’t (expletive),” Jones posted. “now you’re over there with (expletive) burge!!!! @steelers great job lol, you (back) fight to grill a bbq, you run but you can’t hide!!!”

Jones seems to have had beef with Jackson for years, although Jackson once praised Jones for being a good teammate when they overlapped in Cincinnati.

But I guess Jones harbors some ill will since he was released by the Bengals after the 2017 season. Jackson was drafted to his position in 2016.

Meanwhile, Jackson told members of the Pittsburgh media that he was not on social media. This is not entirely true. He has a Twitter account. But Jackson hasn’t tweeted in about 14 months. It goes back, basically, to one of Jones’ nasty social media attacks.


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Trubisky’s Truth

Before leaving for the bye weekend, Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky echoed many of the same complaints about the Steelers offense that Kenny Pickett has recently made.

After the team’s loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, Pickett criticized the Steelers’ study habits, focus on training and attention to detail.

The man Pickett replaced expressed the same frustrations this week.

“You basically see the same thing (as) when I was in there,” Trubisky told me on Tuesday. “It’s frustrating. Got to go back to basics. Removed penalties. Just everyone being on the same page. Eleven guys playing as one. Find ways to score. Find ways to get points.

Trubisky also seemed to lend a second voice to some of Pickett’s concerns about long rides stalling without points.

“We move the ball around a bit. We have to be better in the red zone. We have to improve on the third down. Everyone knows that,” Trubisky continued. “But, for me, it all starts in practice. We have to train harder. We need to be more detailed. We must be locked in the catwalks. We have to go back to basics. »

To be fair, another similarity between results under Trubisky or Pickett this year is that both have struggled to identify, target and hit receivers on the field with any semblance of consistency.

And it’s on those two as much as the other offensive players or offensive coordinator Matt Canada.


Krakin’ the code

The Seattle Kraken come to PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night. They will try to send the Pittsburgh Penguins to a loss for the seventh consecutive time. If that happens, it will only be the second such losing streak in the Sidney Crosby era.

Seattle was part of that streak, beating the Penguins 3-1 in Washington on October 30 by a score of 3-1.

The Kraken are off to a strong start to the franchise’s second season. The team is 6-4-2 to start the year after beating Marc-Andre Fleury and the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Thursday night. Former Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak scored.

This is already Oleksiak’s third goal this season. The most he’s ever had in his 11-year career is six.

Seattle is 4-1-1 on the road this season. Justin Schultz, Daniel Sprong and Brandon Tanev are also former Pens who played for the Kraken last night. Jared McCann was a scratch with an injury.

No questions about QBs

As the Syracuse Orange 6-2 prepares to visit Acrisure Stadium to face Pitt 4-4 on Saturday, Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t worried about the quarterback’s uncertainty. Orange.

Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader had a great season for the undefeated Orange (20 total touchdowns), until the second half of a loss at Clemson two weeks ago. But like many of his teammates, Shrader was beaten in that game and ultimately knocked out at halftime of the game against Notre Dame last week.

Shrader – a transfer from Mississippi State – was eventually replaced by Carlos Del Rio-Wilson. He was decent, finishing with 190 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. But SU lost to the Fighting Irish.

We still do not know who will leave Saturday on the North Shore. But Narduzzi insists his side’s defensive game plan won’t be much affected.

“The attack is not going to change much,” Narduzzi said. “If you had a stiff big guy in the pocket versus an athlete, we would be able to get that. But they’re both athletic guys, so they can both move around and they both throw a great ball. It’s not like there’s that big difference.

A big difference is experience. Del Rio-Wilson had thrown just five passes before Saturday. Shrader threw 579 over three and a half years of Power 5 experience.

Shot through the heart

The Duquesne Dukes are back in action at home on Saturday, following a heartbreaking loss last week.

The Dukes are down to 2-6 this season, losing to Long Island University 50-48 in double overtime on The Bluff last Saturday. Duquesne squandered a 14-0 lead, only to come back from 35-21 to tie, then lose it when Sharks quarterback Luca Stanzani hit Michael Love for a game-winning two-point conversion in the second OT.

It was the first win of the year for the 1-7 Sharks.

Now, Jerry Schmitt’s club hosts 4-4 Sacred Heart at Arthur J. Rooney Field at noon Saturday. The Pioneers won the conference last year 6-1.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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