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Steelers QB Dobbs focusing on football, not roster spot

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Dobbs is good with numbers. JOSHUA DOBBS has performed well in the Steelers’ first two preseason games, but he may be on the outside looking in when the Steelers establish their QB depth chart—unless they decide to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook) Look no further than his aerospace engineering degree as proof.Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback isn’t in the mood to do the math heading into his team’s final preseason game on Thursday night against Carolina.The Steelers have four quarterbacks under contract. The odds of there being four on the roster when they head to Cleveland to get things going for real on Sept. 9 are slim.Very slim.Ben Roethlisberger has the starting job until he doesn’t want it anymore. Landry Jones is a capable backup. The Steelers used a third-round pick on Mason Rudolph in April. That leaves Dobbs — a fourth-round pick in 2017 — as seemingly the one most likely to be elsewhere come September. He insists he’s not worried about the future.“I think that’s something that you guys (the media) like to play with,” Dobbs said. “But for me I just play football. I can’t control a lot of things. I can control how I approach every day and how I practice and how I play.”And Dobbs has taken significant strides in his second camp. The game has slowed down and his decision-making has sped up. He’s thrown for a team-high three touchdowns during the preseason while completing 68 percent of his passes.“Last year (as a rookie) when you break the huddle, you’re trying to figure out your eyes, figure out what you’re trying to do, to make sure you say the play right in the huddle and then get to the line of scrimmage, read, react and play football,” Dobbs said.“Now you know how each play is trying to attack the defense, where you want to go with the ball and if they give you an obscure look you know how to get your team in good plays.”Dobbs has also become more patient in letting a play develop instead of just taking off at the first hint of trouble.“Now when he’s running, he’s running at the right time,” Jones said.Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t immediately rule out the Steelers holding onto all four quarterbacks past cut-down day on Saturday when rosters are pared from 90 to 53.“You are certainly capable of it,” Tomlin said. “If you look at what happens in the National Football League it has been done. In today’s NFL, two are probably kept more times than four so it’s probably less frequent than two at this juncture.”Cutting Dobbs outright and hoping to stash him on the practice squad seems unlikely. He’s shown enough flashes that he would almost certainly be picked up on the waiver wire. The Steelers, who have depth concerns at offensive line and tight end, could also hold on to Dobbs then deal him before the opener.Dobbs will do his best to drown out the noise and focus on putting what he can on tape that will serve as his resume to hold on to the job he has in Pittsburgh or to find one elsewhere.“I think I’ve performed well,” he said. “I know that ultimate decision isn’t in my hands … I’ll (play) however long they want me. I’ll take advantage of all the reps, I tell you that.”While Dobbs and dozens of other players try to make one last impression in Pittsburgh, newly acquired wide receiver Ryan Switzer will try to make his first.The Steelers acquired Switzer from Oakland on Monday. He arrived in Pittsburgh early Tuesday, practiced that afternoon and Thursday night will find himself returning kicks and possibly even getting in for an offensive snap or two.“I know the return game is going to be something I can pick up quicker,” Switzer said. “I’m going to try and dive into the offensive playbook and find my niche there.”The Steelers have no plans to have All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to return punts but no heir apparent came to the fore during training camp. Enter Switzer, who averaged 8.8 yards per punt return while playing for Dallas as a rookie in 2017.Switzer is well acquainted with Heinz Field. The Charleston, West Virginia, native managed to get on the field for a competition as a kid then starred for North Carolina in two trips to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers. He returned nine kicks (seven punts, two kickoffs) for touchdowns for the Tar Heels. After being traded twice in five months, he’s ready for a chance to exhale and just go play.“Hopefully I can get back to what I was doing in college and things that made me the player that I am,” he said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Simone Says: Biles ready to soar at World Championships

first_img8,086 people are talking about this 2,048 people are talking about this Simone Biles✔@Simone_Biles Twitter Ads info and privacy In this Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Simone Biles competes on the uneven bars at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) 35.3K *mouth drop*don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything https://twitter.com/MaryBonoUSA/status/1038189174560452609 …4:32 PM – Oct 13, 2018 Simone Biles wants to get this out of the way first. She didn’t return to gymnastics to appease anyone. Not her sponsors. Not her family. And not the organization she represents.This “comeback” — a word the Olympic champion isn’t really a fan of — is about curiosity and self-respect. To see how far she can go. What boundaries she can push. How good she really is. That’s all.The rest of it — from her burgeoning stardom that’s made going to the mall difficult without friends as a buffer, to her unique and increasingly vocal critiques of USA Gymnastics as it tries to plot a way forward amid the fallout of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal — is just details.The 21-year-old insists what she is doing is no big deal. New coach Laurent Landi throws down a challenge and she gives it a shot. She sees something amiss at USA Gymnastics and speaks up, whether it’s the about maddening silence of former president and CEO Kerry Perry or the baffling, botched and brief hiring of former U.S. Representative Mary Bono as Perry’s interim replacement.center_img Asked if she’s aware of the significant influence she wields within her sport as she prepares for a return to the world championships starting Saturday in Doha, Qatar, Biles is matter-of-fact. The three-time world all-around champion and 14-time world championship medalist won’t hesitate to let her feelings be known “as long as it’s in a positive manner.”Some days, it’s telling Perry to start talking publicly because “that’s her job.” Others it’s calling out Bono on Twitter for marking over the Nike swoosh on her golf shoes, Bono’s way of protesting Nike’s decision to have former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick serve as the centerpiece of an ad campaign. Still others, it’s wearing a teal leotard — as she did during the finals of the U.S. Championships — as a tribute to survivors of sexual abuse, herself included.Biles acknowledged in January she was among the hundreds of women who say they were abused by Nassar, a former team doctor at USA Gymnastics now serving up to 175 years in prison for molesting women and girls and possessing child pornography. She remains in treatment as part of her recovery. One of the byproducts is becoming more comfortable in her own skin, a maturity that’s allowed her to embrace her role as an agent of change, albeit in her own unique style.When Biles has something to say, she does it with a “real talk” bluntness that eschews volume and anger for something quieter and more direct.“She relays her message in my opinion in a subtle way,” her mother, Nellie Biles, said. “It’s strong but it’s subtle. But she still knows whatever message she puts out there, everyone gets it.”Biles simply wants USA Gymnastics “to speak up, take ownership and do what’s right” as it tries to dig itself out of the Nassar mess. The organization’s rocky two years since Nassar’s first victims came forward have included a massive overhaul among its national staff and dozens of changes in response to an independent investigation.And while that’s all fine, Biles wonders if USA Gymnastics is now bending too far the other way. The new regulations require athletes attending national team camps to be escorted by a chaperone. Biles traveled by herself while flying from Houston to Bradenton earlier this month.While she understands the need for a culture change, she also thinks the young team she will lead on to the floor at Aspire Academy on Saturday under the guidance of new high performance coordinator Tom Forster could sometimes use a not-so gentle nudge in the right direction.“In reality I think there does need to be somebody to be tough on them so we can do what we need to do,” Biles said. “Not abusive or anything, but someone people are kind of afraid of in a good way.”Here’s the thing though: the one person the team may be afraid of, at least in some small way, is Biles. She is the lone holdover from the team that dominated the 2016 Olympics, winning nearly half of the medals available. Her four gold medals and five overall tied records. Now she finds herself calling girls who have long looked up to her teammates.“I think it is very different (than 2016),” Biles said. “I do feel a part (from the group) in a way. But I feel like we’re trying to work as a team. We’re trying to learn to work as a team. Obviously that’s going to take some time as well.”The process is already underway. The Americans have been in Qatar for the better part of a week, with Biles standing side by side (and sometimes arm in arm ) with 2017 world champion Morgan Hurd, 2016 Olympic alternate and 2017 national champion Ragan Smith, Riley McCusker, Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker.As much as she understands her talent sets her apart, Biles also just wants to feel included.“She has no idea about the perception of others when it comes to her,” her mother says. “Her perception is that she’s Simone and that means nothing because she’s just Simone.”Even if that’s not how others see her, particularly when Biles competes. She’s not the first Olympic champion to make another run at glory. She is among the small group not intent on simply holding on to their previous form but building on it instead. How else to describe the vault she unveiled earlier this month. Oh. My. Goodness. 16.000 for @Simone_Biles at World Selection Camp.6:14 PM – Oct 11, 2018 8,517 Twitter Ads info and privacy USA Gymnastics✔@USAGym The vault — a roundoff, half-twist onto the table, front double full off — requires Biles to land blind. It’s a skill typically only done by men. No matter. She drilled it anyway, though she’s keeping it out of her world championship set as a precaution due to warm-up limits.“That was crazy,” said 2017 men’s national champion Yul Moldauer. “I’m embarrassed to do floor and vault after something like that. … You see Simone do that and she’s smiling the whole time. How does she do that?”And Biles did it despite nursing injured toes on both feet that occasionally make it difficult to walk.“I’m just thriving over here,” she cracked.Biles is also vastly improved on uneven bars, an event she admits she dreaded at times earlier in her career, when she would swing a couple of times and then say simply “this isn’t happening today.”That’s changed thanks in large part to Landi, who took over as her coach last fall and who has a knack for breaking down skills in a way that makes it easier for his star student to digest.“I realized I kind of can’t get out of bars and I might be put in the lineup,” Biles said. “So I guess I’ve learned to hate it less.”And respect her own potential more. Biles’ plan in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics was based on trying to maximize the code of points and do what was necessary to win. Now she does as she pleases. Her routines are designed not so much to win — though her degree of difficulty assures she’s a heavy favorite in Qatar — as much as they are to keep her engaged and see how high she can go.“The fact that she can say, ‘I haven’t maximized my potential and I want to do that,’ I think that speaks volumes,” Nellie Biles said. “Simone doesn’t just … talk the talk. She walks that.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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