The Pittsburgh Steelers’ hated rival is mocking their recent acquisition of William Jackson III. A Steelers quarterback is backing the opinion of the man who took his job.

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

We’ll also see Saturday’s games for Penguins and Duquesne football on Friday’s “First Call.”

Competition is back

We know old Bengal for a long time Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones hates the Steelers Organization.

Also, Pac seems to have a particular dislike for the new Steelers in particular.

Jones posted one A tweet with obscene content – with accompanying video – targeting newly acquired Steelers cornerback William Jackson III.

Now your (behind) is really in the hot seat!!! I new (sic) you weren’t (expletive),” Jones posted. “Now there you go (funny) Burge!!!! Great job @steelers, you (backside) try to barbecue, you run but you can’t hide!!!

Jones He seems to have some beef with Jackson b yearsJackson once though He praised Jones for being a good teammate. When they overlap in Cincinnati.

But I suspect Jones will feel some pain after being released by the Bengals after the 2017 season. Jackson was drafted in 2016.

Meanwhile, Jackson told members of the Pittsburgh media that he is not on social media. That’s not quite true. He has a Twitter account. But Jackson hasn’t tweeted in 14 months. That’s roughly one of Jones’ most outrageous attacks via social media.

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Truth from Trubisky

Before heading into the weekend off, Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky echoed Kenny Pickett’s recent complaints about the Steelers’ offense.

After the team’s loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, Pickett was critical of the Steelers’ scouting practices.Practice attention to detail and focus.

Pickett’s replacement expressed similar frustrations this week.

“You’re basically seeing the same thing (as) when I was there,” Trubisky said Tuesday. “It’s frustrating. We’ve got to get back to basics. Avoid penalties. Everybody’s on the same page. Eleven guys playing as one. Find ways to score points.” Find ways to earn some points.

Trubisky also seemed to second-guess some of Pickett’s concerns about long drives going without points.

“We’re going to move the ball a little bit. We’ve got to be better in the red zone. We’ve got to get better on third down. Everybody knows that,” Trubisky continued. But for me, it all starts with practice. We’ve got to practice more. We’ve got to be more detailed. We’ve got to lock down in stride. We need to get back to basics.

Frankly, the only other similarity between Trubisky’s or Pickett’s results this year is that both have struggled to identify, target and hit receivers with any sort of consistency.

And that’s on two of the other offensive players or offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

The code is crackin’.

The Seattle Kraken come to PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night. Pittsburgh will try to send the Penguins to their seventh straight loss. If that happens, it will be the second losing streak of the Sidney Crosby era.

On October 30, Seattle won 3-1 against the Washington Penguins and remained part of the series with a 3-1 score.

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

This is Oleksiyk’s third goal of the season. Six is ​​the most in his 11-year career.

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

No questions about QBs

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

Syracuse QB Garrett Schrader 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 the rest of his teammates, Schrader lost that game and was knocked out at halftime in last week’s game against Notre Dame.

Schrader — a Mississippi State transfer — 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.

It’s still unclear who will start Saturday on the North Coast. But Narduzzi said his team’s defensive game plan won’t be affected much.

“The offense doesn’t change much,” Narduzzi said. “If there was a big stubborn guy in the pocket compared to an athlete, we could get that. But they’re both athletic guys, so they can both move and they both throw the ball well. This doesn’t seem like a big difference.

A big difference is experience. Del Rio Wilson had thrown five passes before Saturday. Schrader has thrown 579 in Power 5 experience over three and a half years.

Shot in the heart

The Duquesne Dukes are back at home on Saturday following a disappointing loss last week.

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

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

Now Jerry Schmidt’s club hosts 4-4 Sacred Heart at Arthur J. Rooney Field on Saturday at noon. The Pioneers went 6-1 in conference play last year.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at or at Twitter. All tweets may be reposted. All emails may be printed unless otherwise noted.

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