During minicamp I posted an item about running back Baron Batch creating an abstract painting for teammate Brett Keisel that featured the hirsute defensive lineman; now painter Denny Karchner has captured Keisel, presumably as a member of Davey Crockett's posse for the cover of something called The Backwoodsman magazine:
Thanks to PG outdoors editor John Hayes for passing this gem along.
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*** Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke offers a competant breakdown of the AFC North today, and seems to follow what's rapidly becoming a consensus feeling for the 2013 Steelers: a head-scratcher as to how they'll finish.
"The hardest team to peg in this division," Burke writes while noting that the Steelers were 6-3 last year before falling apart down the stretch.
He tabs Antonio Brown as on the "verge of stardom" and that the Steelers will have an immediate upgrade at saftey by drafting Shamarko Thomas and simply from Troy Polmalu being healthy and in good shape.
Curiously, however, he rates the offensive line as a liability and an area where the team got worse since last season, citing the departure of Max Starks and Willie Colon.
The pair were certainly the veteran leaders of the line, but Colon missed a quarter of last season -- his first and only at guard -- after missing essentially all of the previous two years with injury. Starks was a proven commodity, but Marcus Gilbert is the future at LT. Mike Adams showed real promise last season, as did Kelvin Beachum. David DeCastro will have a chance at a "rookie 2.0" season. Ramon Foster was arguably the lineman on the team last season, and that inlcudes three-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro Maurkice Pouncey.
If anything, the offensive line should continue to be an emerging strength and the defensive line is lessened by the departure of Casey Hampton.
*** A fun slideshow of Steelers stats on NFL.com.
*** Steelers trailing Baltimore in Dave Dameshek's greatest uniform bracket.
*** Interesting article by Grantland's Bill Barnwell about which bad teams from last season will make the playoffs this year.
*** The Jaguars have officially listed rookie Denard Robinson as an "offensive weapon" which is about the stupidest thing ever. And is why their the Jaguars. Post-Aaron Hernandez, teams should be leery of ever using a player and "weapon" in the same sentence.-