Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Warriors’ Draymond Green responds to Cam Heyward; Browns Try Ex-Steelers Lineman

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On the September 14 episode of the “Not Just Football” podcast, Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Cam Heyward and co-host Hayden Walsh pitched the idea of ​​Heyward boxing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green after both players retired went. It was all for fun as Heyward stated that he had no intention of following in Le’Veon Bell’s footsteps and stepping in the ring with another professional athlete.

Still, Green took his time reply to Heyward on Twitter, said: “I’m definitely going to do the whole big guy… as a promoter! I don’t get in anyone’s boxing ring… NO SIR!!! Los Steelers!”

For what it’s worth, Heyward and Green are similar in age (33 and 32, respectively), but Heyward is 65 pounds heavier. Green entered the NBA in 2012 as the Warriors’ second-round pick. He has since won four NBA titles with Golden State and was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Cleveland Browns drafted former Steelers defenseman Khalil Davis, twin brother of current Steelers D-lineman Carlos Davis. He’s one of several defensemen the Browns have had to practice – as per Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson — perhaps part of the aftermath of the team discipline faced by fourth-round rookie Perrion Winfrey.

Pittsburgh originally added Khalil Davis to its practice team on November 1, 2021, with the move coming less than a month after an attempt to claim him on waivers. He signed a one-year reserve/futures contract, but that was canceled in late August (along with his brother Carlos) when Pittsburgh reduced their roster to 53 players. Pittsburgh quickly signed Carlos back onto their practice team, leaving his younger brother out of a job.

Of course, Pittsburgh’s defensive line group is arguably the strongest unit on the team, led by the aforementioned Cam Heyward and starting mates Tyson Alualu and Larry Ogunjobi. The position group also offers solid depth in the form of Chris Wormley, Montravius ​​Adams and Isaiahh Loudermilk, not to mention Demarvin Leal, an under-the-radar rookie.

Khalil Davis was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 6th round of the 2020 draft, a round before the Steelers selected Carlos Davis #232 overall.

Like his brother, Khalil played his college football in Nebraska. After being ranked 194th overall, he appeared in two regular-season games as a rookie, recording two tackles and two quarterback hits during that time. The 6-foot-1, 308-pounder also played in two postseason games en route to winning Super Bowl LV as a rookie.

It remains to be seen whether the Browns will sign Khalil Davis. It’s conceivable he could provide valuable information for the Browns as the two AFC North rivals become tangled in less than a week. The Steelers are scheduled to visit Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22 for a Thursday night football game.

In another notable Test are the Tennessee Titans coached linebacker Ron’Dell Carter on Friday. Carter was with the Steelers during training camp and the preseason before being part of the same round of roster cuts as Khalil Davis. The Titans need outside linebacker help as the Steelers recently poached David Anenih and added him to the active roster to fill the gap left by reigning Defensive Player of the Year TJ Watt, who was placed on injured reserve.

Last but not least, Pittsburgh released its third and final injury report of the week on Friday, with all four of the team’s injured players — RB Najee Harris (foot), CB Levi Wallace (ankle), LB Robert Spillane (eye) and offensive lineman Mason Cole (ankle) – Listed as full participants in Friday’s training session.

The Patriots have a half-dozen players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game: S Joshuah Bledsoe (groin); T Trent Brown (ankle); LB Raekwon McMillian (thumb); S Adrian Phillips (ribs); RB Pierre Strong Jr. (shoulder) and CB Shaun Wade (ankle).

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