First Call: ESPN floats 2 Steelers as NFC trade targets; Ravens sign veteran receiver; Myles Garrett injury update

Wednesday’s “First Call” unearths two Pittsburgh Steelers trade possibilities complicated by means of ESPN. The Ravens are boosting their intensity at huge receiver. We have an update on Myles Garrett’s well being in Cleveland.

And a former Pirate is having a difficult time within the postseason.


Selling off?

ESPN NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler used to paintings in Pittsburgh sooner than taking on a countrywide function for the parents in Bristol, Conn. He is bringing up two Steelers which may be of passion sooner than the Nov. 1 trade closing date.

He’s additionally providing up explicit touchdown spots.

Fowler says Green Bay could also be a excellent vacation spot for huge receiver Chase Claypool. And he dangled the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams as possible suitors for backup quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Of Claypool, Fowler wrote, “A few general managers I’ve spoken to are certain Green Bay is looking for potential receiver help on the trade market. One player who makes sense is Pittsburgh’s Chase Claypool, who multiple execs believe was available in the preseason, though at a hefty price. … The rumors of his availability have persisted for a while now, though. He’s a major talent whose production has declined in each of the past two years.”

Claypool can have simply upped his inventory with a seven-catch, 96-yard efficiency in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ultimate Sunday.

Regarding Rudolph, this was once Fowler’s evaluate. (*2*)

Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Miami Dolphins may move far towards any selections the Steelers would possibly make with regards to obtaining choices for avid gamers. If they win, omit about making trades for long run investments. The Steelers will probably be inside of a sport of .500 with T.J. Watt coming again quickly. They will dangle directly to any asset they have got.

If they lose, thus falling to 2-5 with the Philadelphia Eagles looming, then that concept would possibly really feel much more interesting. At that time they are going to believe Rudolph. But I guess a lofty go back would nonetheless be had to pry Claypool away.


Sounds like a good suggestion

The Baltimore Ravens are already making strikes to support their receiving intensity. The franchise simply signed veteran huge receiver DeSean Jackson to the observe squad.

That’s consistent with agent Drew Rosenhaus in an ESPN.com record from Adam Schefter. Jackson is 35 years previous and has 14 NFL seasons below his belt.

A yr in the past, Jackson averaged 22.7 yards consistent with catch with the Raiders and Rams, which is the very best of his 14-year occupation. But he best stuck 20 balls and two touchdowns.

Jackson has 5 seasons over 1,000 yards on his resume all through his stops in Philadelphia and Washington. Baltimore isn’t precisely achieved on the huge receiver place. Only two huge receivers have double-digit receptions: Devin Duvernay (18) and Rashod Bateman (11).

As Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley issues out in that ESPN.com put up, “Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has completed just 21% of his passes that have traveled at least 20 air yards. That’s the second worst in the NFL behind New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (14%).”


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More struggles for Myles

According to the NFL Network, Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett irritated his shoulder injury in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. Tom Pelissero stories Garrett had some X-rays on Tuesday, however they have been detrimental.

Garrett strained his shoulder all through a Sept. 26 automotive coincidence. He overlooked that week’s sport.

Garrett accumulated two sacks Sunday. He hadn’t had one since Week 2. Those two sacks driven Garrett previous Clay Matthews for probably the most sacks in franchise historical past. He has 5 at the season, and 62.5 for his occupation.

Pelissero stated that Garrett “should be OK” as the Browns get ready for this week’s sport in opposition to the Ravens.


On the battle bus

Former Pirates slugger Josh Bell is having a coarse time in San Diego.

Since being got on the trade closing date by means of the San Diego Padres, Bell ended the season hitting .192 with 5 homers in 177 at-bats. That was once following a trade to the West Coast from Washington. With the Nationals, Bell was once a .301 hitter with 14 homers this season.

In the playoffs up to now, Bell is 3 for 23 (.130), with one further base hit — a homer in Game 1 of the primary spherical in opposition to the Mets. Meanwhile, he has 9 strikeouts in six video games.

Monday night time within the National League Championship Series opener in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies, Bell was once 0 for 4. He had two strikeouts, together with one with the tying runs on base within the backside of the 9th inning to finish the sport.

Philadelphia gained 2-0. Game 2 is at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review group of workers author. You can touch Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or by the use of Twitter. All tweets might be reposted. All emails are topic to newsletter except specified another way.

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