First Call: TV reportedly debuted sets of Steelers-Titans; Ryan Switzer visited Brown; Pirates Back Brian Reynolds

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Thursday’s “First Call” gives us potential television times – and networks – for the rescheduled Steelers game in Nashville.

Brian Reynolds is getting some support from Pirates Brass. Ryan Switzer is receiving interest from rival AFC North.

And the Cincinnati Bengals are looking for their quarterback.

Who has got clicker?

All of the moving parts around the Tennessee Titans vs. the rescheduled Steelers game is a television broadcast. New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand feels he has some answers.

Through sources, Marchand is reporting that the game will remain on CBS. If the game is Monday, it will air at 5 pm Eastern time. The originally scheduled “Monday Night Football” affair between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons has been over three hours.

If the game is to be moved to Tuesday, the start time is uncertain.

If the game is Tuesday and it has received some good ratings, watch out. The NFL may want to regularly check out staged games that night in the future.

a coincidence? I do not think so

According to Albert Breyer of Sports Illustrated, it appears that the Cleveland Browns invited former Steelers slot receiver and returner Ryan Switzer for a workout this week.

Cleveland had to put returning / receiver Jojo Knotson on injured reserve with a knee injury. So maybe Switzer can fill that roster spot.

Keep in mind, the Steelers visit Brown in three weeks (Oct. 18).

Hmm. A little spying on the new Brown coaching staff for their division rivals, perhaps?

The Steelers released Svitzer before the start of the regular season.


Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has already been sacked 17 times this season. And the franchise does not want the franchise QB to shine that way.

Barrow is getting instructions from the team to get the ball more intelligently and take fewer hits.

This problem is getting the former national champion to take better care of himself.

“You don’t want your quarterback to be a hit,” said Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan via “Some of them are on security, just pure pass protection. Some of them are on him and his style of play. The drama never ended for him. He does everything he can to keep it alive. “

The Philadelphia Eagles sacked him eight times and hit him 10 extra times last Sunday.

“He makes the player he is,” Cincy coach Zac Taylor said. “He is not afraid to take those hits and puts himself in those positions because it means explosive play. There is a balance of being smart and putting yourself in that position. “

Luckily for Barrow and the Bengals, they have the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Jacksonville has three sacks in only three games this year.

You must believe

Brian Reynolds went through the final “sophomore meltdown” in 2020.

After finishing fourth in the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year balloting, the Pirates’ outfielder averaged 18.1 batting in his second season. He had just 15 extra base hits and 19 RBIs.

In his season-end press conference on Wednesday, manager Derek Shelton reiterated his faith in Reynolds.

“Reynolds is going to hit,” Shelton said. “She had a tough year with 200 plate appearances. This kid has been a hit at every level. There is no hope that she is not going to be hit next year.

Pirates general manager Ben Cherington lowered Shelton’s confidence.

“There is too much history. There is still a lot of good stuff under the hood. He is doing well He is healthy. He is young. (We have) a lot of confidence that he is not only going to be a good player but an important part of what we are building, ”Cherrington said.

I echo Cherington’s feelings about Reynolds’ equipment. But he can overtake the track record. Reynolds’ success in Major is basically 546 plate appearances last year.

The 208 plates he saw this year were every bad as in 2019.

Hopefully, Reynolds can rediscover its rogue form in 2021 as we all know that pirates will not be active in free agency to potentially supplement their production.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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