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RAV4 Prime SE: One month of driving, impressions, data, and one issue. AMA?

RAV4 Prime SE: One month of driving, impressions, data, and one issue. AMA?
(EDIT: Got distracted, didn't finish a thought about electric rates and total costs. Fixed it!)
(EDIT 2: BIG wow on the gold! Thank you, kind redditors!)
(EDIT 3: Don't edit on mobile, you'll break your post. Just logged back onto my computer to fix it.)
(EDIT 4: Thanks for all the support, folks. I've edited my awful data representation because I added new data, and I'm adding to the Fuel Economy and "Why on earth..." sections with some stuff I've learned.)
(EDIT 5: This guy does a great job talking about suggested maintenance and what not to do with a Prius/RAV4 Prime. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING THIS. He talks about a lot of good things like actually using the ICE, good charging habits [which are also in the Prime's manual], tires, proper use of charge mode, etc, and there's some good discourse in the comment section about battery health.)
(EDIT 6: I swear, the amount of edits I'm doing will be as long as the original post soon. Maybe I'll make a resources section. Anyway, this guy did what I wanted to do to test the fuel system. I say watch the whole video, but I've linked to the end where he goes through the numbers. He drove in HV mode (with a full battery backup) with the car telling him to refuel, implying it was nearly out of gas. He drove for about 70-80 miles, and when he filled up he still had just over a gallon of gas left in the tank. This lines up with my experience of the one visit to a gas station. This car is insane.)
Howdy all! I'm new to the club, and this will be long.
On July 31 (a day before his birthday), I retired my grandfather's 1999 Ford Explorer (RIP, 3/6/99-7/31/20) after driving it for 5 years after his passing, and traded it in for a shiny new 2021 RAV4 Prime SE. In this thread I'll talk about my buying experience (context: USA, East Coast), present a little bit of data I had collected, and the only glaring issue I have with this car. I've driven over 1000 miles already (had to drive for a work trip, which was a great way to refine the HV fuel economy).
Feel free to ask questions, and I'll answer as best I can! I'm not gonna talk too much about the specs and overly technical stuff, because plenty of great videos exist that explain it better than I could. I want to bring this a little more down to earth for us normal folks and our normal people concerns.
Disclaimer: My only experience driving a "new" car was in 2017, doing a short drive in my mom's new Jeep. I have a sense of awe and wonder at some of the features modern cars have, because I haven't had them. Also, many people in my family have had Toyotas over the years (many RAV4s both ICE and Hybrids, some Corollas, an early Highlander Hybrid come to mind), so I knew I was pretty partial going into this ordeal.
Most of the pictures I've used to collect my data can be found in this Imgur album (which I made before making a proper Imgur account, so I can't edit it. Sigh.)

Buying Experience

The dealership I bought from had one (1) SE delivered earlier than planned. Another dealership in the area also only had one (1) SE, but with different upgrade packages. There was less than $1.5k difference between the models (IIRC). The one I bought included weather and moonroof package, all-weather floor liners (good because winter), roof rack crossbars (not necessary, but always nice to have), frameless homelink mirror (basically buttons for garage door openers on a snazzy mirror), and the protection package (includes edge guards on doors, mudguards on the fenders, etc).
The dealership experience was mostly good. The staff was courteous and friendly, and even the finance officer was honest and blunt with me about stuff I could get cheaper elsewhere, or stuff I could sign up for later if I want it. The big downside came with the rarity of the car: There was very little negotiation available in any aspect, and the dealership included an "Adjusted market price" increase of $5000.
Yes, you read that correctly. According to them (and I had also heard of this through a few sources), many other dealerships had a much higher markup which would put an SE with comparable upgrade packages over $50k before any taxes/fees. With limited availability, I didn't really have a choice. I tried to play the game, but the three different people I talked to at the dealership (salesman, manager, and finance) basically all said "yeah, no." It was pretty frustrating when they were like "what can we do to make this sale for you?" and I replied at least three times "you can make the price what was on your website, for a start." (The website showed the MSRP, plus upgrade packages, with a line through it. When you clicked on the button to get a deal/more details, it said that you already had the best price. They claimed it was bad website design, I told them straight up it was a nice case of false advertising and they should get their act together.)
I used my trade-in value (not much, but I was able to negotiate it up a bit) toward an extended warranty (jumps from 3-year to 10-year, I think, which I felt was worth it given how much driving I do), and put down a healthy down payment with reasonable financing through a local credit union to cover the rest. I know that the situation will change once I receive the tax rebates (The Prime qualifies for the full $7500 federal rebate, and my state offers a $1000 rebate).
Am I a fool for going through with this ordeal? From most points of view, absolutely. But when you drive a 21-year old car and have to fill it up 2-3 times per week (pre-COVID) at the tune of $40-50 per fill up, it's time for change.
But I mean, she's so pretty.
The actual email I got from the dealership. It here, indeed.
And there she is, safely at home.

Features I like

I didn't know you could have heated seats that aren't leather or leather alternative. I've also never heard of a car having rear heated seats. Color me surprised when I found out that it's got it all! The weather package also included a heated steering wheel, which is great because I don't mind bundling up for the cold, but my fingers typically are colder than the rest of my body.
I'm a musician, specifically a bass player, and if there's one thing I'll splurge on it's good sound. Because I got the SE, I didn't have the option of upgrading the audio system. Honestly: I didn't need to. The stock system sounds great to me, and I don't think the extra inch on the infotainment display would make a huge difference.
Also, the big reason that this vehicle stood out to me is because there aren't a ton of options for hybrid/PHEV SUVs that get good mileage. I need the cargo area to haul music equipment from time-to-time
The ability to switch between Normal, Eco, Sport, and Trail modes satisfies my need to control the AWD of the car. My Explorer let me choose between 2WD and 4WD. Before the Explorer, I drove a Mitsubishi Montero which let you choose 2WD, 4WDH, 4WDL, and 4WDL with locked center differential, and that car had literally saved my skin in some nasty winter weather, as well as some infrequent off-road usage. Obviously this is different than that, but the absolute shift in the feeling of driving in the different modes is awesome (Note: I haven't needed to use Trail mode yet, and I'm not doing that on a paved road). I've only used Sport mode a few times while driving on the interstate back from work, and I absolutely love it.
I primarily use Eco mode (the whole point of me getting this car was to save money on gas). Sport mode, to me anyway, is just for fun. With those two options, normal mode is just kind of "whatever" and I'll probably never use it. If I have a need to use Trail mode, I'll update the post.
I was literally ecstatic when I saw a traditional style shifter in here, and not just a twist knob to go between gears. Also, having the manual shifting option is always a huge plus to force yourself into lower gears during winter weather.
Ignore the AM radio stations listed, I've just had that piece of paper forever.

Things I Wish Were Different

The 6.6kW onboard charger as a standard (only available as an upgrade option on the XSE), and Level 3 charging capabilities (DC fast charging). The SE is limited to a 3.3kW onboard charger. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has all 3 levels of charging for a base price comparable to the SE (yes, I know it gets less EV miles). I get that this is Toyota's second foray into PHEVs recently, so I genuinely hope that they add it as an option in future model years, but it's a shame it wasn't available this time. I feel like it will really restrict the practicality of using public charging stations, since even at a 240V station it would still take 4.5 hours for a full charge. Realistically, I suppose if you're at one all day at your place of employment then it's good regardless. But if you're going to just be at a parking lot/garage for an hour, or if lower power charging is the only option, it's almost not even worth it and you may as well drive home in HV mode.
(Note: I don't have the option of charging at work, and there aren't many options for public charging stations near me. The nearest one is a highway rest-stop that has a bunch of Tesla chargers on one side of a huge lot near the building, and a single 240V charger far away near the tractor-trailer parking. Even with an adapter the Tesla chargers, if I understand it correctly, would literally blow up my car because I don't have DC fast charging. No thanks.)
The "Auto EV/HV" button is very self-explanatory: If you press that button, you drive as an EV until the car decides it needs some extra oomph and switches to HV mode. And then when it doesn't, it'll switch back. That's how I normally drive. Excellent work, Toyota, 10/10.
The "EV<->HV, Chg Hold" button is not as intuitive because it FORCES the car between the two modes and holds it there. My big gripe is the second function, which makes it sound like you switch to HV mode just to hold the charge of the EV mode. In reality, if you hold the button it tells the car to use the motor as a generator to charge the batteries. This was explained very poorly at the dealership to me, so I had to figure it out for myself. If you want to burn the extra gas while you're driving to try and charge the batteries back up, go for it? Otherwise, I'd just drive in normal HV mode.
No fog lights? Seriously? Is that still considered a "premium" feature?
A better way of capturing driving/fuel economy data would be grand. See the next two sections.

Typical Driving, Fuel Economy Data

As far as money spent, electric rates in my area are around $0.12/kWh (including all fees, charges, etc.). With the 18.1kWh battery pack, that equates to about $2.17 for a full charge. Less than the cost of a gallon of gas ($2.30-2.50/gal near me) to go 45 miles, or whatever. And that's such an insignificant part of my electric bill, especially considering that I don't empty and recharge it every single day (thanks, COVID?). Unfortunately I live in a rental, and can't have too many nice things. But if you have solar panels, wind power, or an absolutely electric connection with Zeus, well, it's basically free miles. And if you can recharge at work, it is literally free miles (for you, sort of). Also, imagine the money you're saving on not having engine wear. When do I get an oil change, anyway?
(EDIT: Please get regularly scheduled service and maintenance. Watch the video I linked at the top.)
Anyway, for those not familiar, the dashboard looks something like this. Super intuitive, gives you great information, please ignore the EV battery being depleted.
Dashboard when the car is on.
Dashboard when you turn the car off.
So from that screen, I compiled a bunch of information (not consistently, mind you), and wanted to share that performance data.
EDIT: Something important to note with EV mode is that by having the fan/air conditioning on, even with ECO heat/cool is that it will reduce your estimated EV miles on the counter by one or two. If you just turn the A/C off, the fan icon disappears and you'll typically get an extra mile. It's not much, but if your goal is to maximize EV driving, every bit helps. My running average, as you can see from some pictures, is 2.9mi/kWh. With an ~18kWh battery, that math works out to a suggested 52.2 miles of EV driving, but I'm sure I really am losing a few miles between climate control and idle time while driving.
Context: My typical commute to work is about 39-40 miles one way, and the coffee shop is in the path of my normal commute so it doesn't add anything substantial, maybe like 200 feet of driving. Because of this commute, I pretty much burn through my battery on my way down, maybe I have a little left to start my drive home.
EDITED 10 Sept, 2020 to include new data/better charts. Sorry that this is a chart for ants.
Added a few more lines of data.
Don't ask why the EV ratio bar is so big, I have no idea what's happening in Excel. Changed this so that EV ratio is a bar associated with each drive (as it should have been) and total economy is a set of lines.

Why on God's Green Earth Would I Represent Data This Way?

Because the the infotainment display doesn't save the information in a helpful/useful way. You've probably noticed that absolutely enormous jump in the last two data points. That's because in trying to use this awful system during my a recent drive, I basically erased my MPG and reset the counter. What this did was save the total economy for a "trip" and then start tracking it from scratch. At the time, I was driving in HV mode, and when I parked at home it was at something like 53MPG (jumping from 0 all the way up into the 60s and then back down).
What was interesting was when I did a short, all EV drive the next day, which meant I got "99MPG" (I wasn't using gas, so...) which just brought the average way up across so few miles. I'm sure this will start to drop once I do a few longer drives that drain the battery or switch into HV mode. I'm not sure if there's a recommended frequency at which you "update" your fuel economy history, but maybe I'll play around with it more in the future.
Well that isn't helpful.
What the heck am I even looking at? What does the placement of those E's mean??
I rest my case. But I'll try to do better next time. Having EV Ratio as another bar made it feel really cluttered, but I realize now that having it the way I do is objectively worse. I was tired when I made it and probably meant to have Total Economy be that kind of chart. FTFY.
Whatever. You get the idea. The car is awesome.

So What's The Big Bad?

It's the fuel tank.
I believe that the Prime suffers from the same fuel tank issue as the recent year Hybrids (i.e., cannot completely fill the tank). I drove the car down to basically nothing left in the tank (gauge on E, "3 Miles" left on display), and then refilled it and could only fill up to 11.7 gallons, when the car has a 14.5 gallon tank. Based on the efficiency of the car, 3 miles left would literally be running on fumes left in the tank, when in reality I had a little under 3 gallons left. It isn't the worst thing in the world, but because of the sensor being tied to the gauge and the mileage counter, if I hit 0 and keep driving I have absolutely no way of knowing when I'm gonna run out. I believe I read somewhere that a guy drove his Hybrid for another 120 miles after hitting "0 miles." I don't want to take that chance, at least not without a full charge of battery as a backup. And even then, *shudder* EDIT: Go watch the video of the awesome dude who literally did this and could not empty his gas tank after driving around for 3 hours, it's back up at the top.
Here's my proof that I \"emptied\" the vehicle as much as possible. Yes, I did this on purpose.
Here's after refueling.
And here's my receipt from my only visit to a gas pump this month, which has a lower number than I've seen since my childhood for a \"full tank\" fill up of an SUV.

tl;dr

Let them work out manufacturing kinks, fix the gas tank issue (if that's a huge deal to you), and finalize the charging to at least have the bigger charger on both models (ideally add Level 3), and GET ONE.
If you need me, I'll be driving around silently.
EDIT: Here's a neat thing. When I bought the car and charged it for the first time, I had 33 EV miles. It crept up to 40 after a week, and has slowly crept up even more, and I was recently greeted with this when starting up. (Edited again because it GOT BETTER.)
Not too shabby, considering the battery is rated for 42 EV miles. Also, my mi/kWh finally bumped from 2.9 to 3.

Bonus

Here's me with the Explorer, parked right next to the Prime. Sorry for the garbage quality, not sure what was up with my mom's phone (she was there to sign over the Explorer). Had a grand total of 179,188 miles, and was still going pretty strong minus some oil leaking and a questionable startup every now and then.
Would you believe that this thing was in a fender bender that chewed up the front bumper and messed up the hood? The dealership didn't either. But CarFax is good at what they do.
Goodbye, old friend. :(
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Post Lottery Full Mock Draft

After tonight's lottery, I figured I would post a two-round mock draft. I didn't make any trades. I tried to go based on what I thing teams will do, not necessarily what I think they should do, though my opinions obviously impact the decisions as well. I also included my personal grades and some undrafted fits that I liked. Let me know what you think!
  1. MIN - LaMelo Ball PG (NBL) - LaMelo is the best player in the draft and is worth the gamble for the Timberwolves. It is reasonable to be concerned about his fit with their roster on both ends, but that concern would be fair regardless of who the Timberwolves select. Their defense would probably struggle with either LaMelo or Edwards. The fit with D'Lo would be clunky with either LaMelo or Edwards. LaMelo is a great passer and an underrated off-ball player. He played off-ball in high school and is a high IQ player on that end of the court. I expect him to be able to adjust to sharing time on ball with Russell. The offensive potential, particularly the two-man game with Towns, is far too enticing to pass up on at this spot.
  2. GS - Anthony Edwards SG (UGA) - Edwards adds depth to their backcourt that is lacking in talent outside of Steph and Klay. He can also gives them another ball handler to take some pressure off Draymond. The Warriors’ closing lineup has Draymond at the 5, so having Edwards on the roster could allow for him to play important minutes in a lower-usage role where he plays next to both Steph and Klay. The Warriors are a well-run organization and I expect them to get him to buy in on the defensive end and be more of a team player on offense, where they can take advantage of his underrated cutting abilities.
  3. CHA - James Wiseman C (MEM) - Wiseman will help anchor the Hornets’ defense for the foreseeable future. He fits well with Washington, who is big enough to provide weakside rim protection but also quick enough to guard the 4 and space the floor on offense. Wiseman can be a quality roll-man for Rozier and Graham and can help those guys get open by setting screens with his 7’1” frame.
  4. CHI - Deni Avdija SF (BSL) - Deni is a great fit for a Chicago team that needs a wing who can help their pieces fit together. He is a competent defender who plays hard on every possession, though his lack of length may limit his upside on that end of the floor. Offensively, he is a very good cutter and a capable ball handler. Even though he is not a good shooter, he is an intelligent floor spacer and knows where to be on the court. He can do a little bit of everything, and if his skills coalesce, he should be able to provide the Bulls with their wing of the future.
  5. CLE - Isaac Okoro SF (AUB) - Okoro is a great pick for the Cavaliers here at 5. They get one of the best defensive players in the class and fill a very substantial need in their roster, that being wing depth. Okoro is a good ball-handler and passer, which could help take some of the pressure off of Sexton and Garland, both of whom are probably undersized shooting guards, not true point guards. If Okoro is developed properly, he could turn into one of the best players in the class and could be an important building block for the Cavs in the future.
  6. ATL - Tyrese Haliburton PG/SG (ISU) - Haliburton can be the secondary ball-handler the Hawks desperately need. He is a smart defender and can help make up for some of Trae’s shortcomings, particularly if he is able to add strength. He will keep the ball moving and help make their pieces fit together better. He can play both on and off the ball thanks to his shooting ability, which is a plus for his fit next to Trae offensively.
  7. DET - Obi Toppin PF (DAY) - At the 7th pick, Obi will probably be viewed as the best available player. The fit with both Blake and Wood is less than ideal, but Obi has a bunch of avenues to being an effective offensive player. This is probably not a draft where you can get high level talent, particularly at pick 7, so it makes sense to go with a high floor player who can be an important piece of their multi-year rebuild. They can grab a star in next year's draft, and Obi will hopefully fit in with that player.
  8. NY - Killian Hayes PG/SG (BBL) - Though the Knicks unfortunately fell, they will still have the ability to acquire a good player for their future. I view Hayes as a tier 1 prospect, and although the consensus is lower on him than I am, I expect Hayes to be the pick for New York as they continue with their rebuild. He can run their offense and create for himself and others in the PnR. He is a good defender both on and off the ball. Surrounding Hayes with shooters will be crucial to the success of the Knicks in the future. The two-man game with Robinson looks like it could be a great way for the Knicks to reliably generate offense.
  9. WAS - Onyeka Okongwu PF/C (USC) - Okongwu is a great addition to the Wizards frontcourt and can be an anchor for the defense in the short and long term. Thomas Bryant has been relatively inconsistent and they lack depth outside of Bryant at the center position. Okongwu will be a good PnR partner with Wall and should be a solid paint presence for the Wizards.
  10. PHX - Devin Vassell SG/SF (FSU) - Vassell and Mikal Bridges on the court at the same time will be hell for opposing wings. Both are such instinctual and smart defenders who can get in passing lanes and disrupt the flow of the offense. Vassell is a capable offensive player, particularly on the perimeter, and if his off-the-dribble shot-making flashes are real, he could be a valuable secondary creator for a team lacking in creation outside of Booker.
  11. SA - Patrick Williams SF/PF (FSU) - I trust the Spurs development staff to mold Williams into the incredible player on both ends that he has the potential to become. They needed to improve their front court and Williams can provide value at the 4 spot with his elite weak-side rim protection. He has shown some ability to create off the dribble and his shot profile looks solid enough for me to believe in him as a capable floor spacer. Williams could turn into one of the better players in this class and his youth and athleticism would be great for a Spurs team in need of both.
  12. SAC - Aaron Nesmith SG/SF (VAN) - Nesmith would add much needed wing depth for the Kings. He has a 6’10” wingspan and may be able to guard some bigger players because of it, particularly if he is able to add strength. His off-ball movement coupled with Fox’s ability to create advantages off the dribble would be a lethal combination. Nesmith will be able to find a nice role on the Kings and be productive from day 1 as a lethal shooter and valuable floor spacer.
  13. NO - Cole Anthony PG (UNC) - Cole can provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Pelicans and give some clarity to their backcourt situation, as he can play both on and off the ball and should be successful with either Lonzo or Jrue as his backcourt partner. He would not be expected to be a big decision-maker for the Pelicans, which should help him integrate into the NBA more seamlessly and allow him to focus on his high-level shotmaking that should take the Pelicans’ offense to the next level.
  14. BOS (via MEM) - Tyrese Maxey PG/SG (UK) - The Celtics need bench scoring (they finished 29th this year). Maxey isn't a point guard in the NBA, but he wouldn't have to be one in Boston. His 3-level scoring will be a great addition to their bench and his defensive abilities would bolster one of the best defenses in the league. He can play off of Smart, Hayward, and Tatum on the offensive end and benefit from the advantages that Tatum can create. Watching he and Smart terrorize the other team on the perimeter would be amazing.
  15. ORL - Kira Lewis Jr. PG (ALA) - For a team that doesn’t have a ton of young offensive talent, Kira could be a very welcome addition and he fits reasonably well next to Fultz. His rim pressure could certainly help break defenses down and create open looks for shooters or dump-offs to their forwards. His small frame isn’t a huge concern when placing him on a team with such a deep and defensively versatile frontcourt.
  16. POR - Saddiq Bey SF/PF (VILL) - The Blazers have needed wing depth for the entire season, but the bubble certainly helped bring his issue to light. Bey is a great fit with the Blazers as he should be able to play either the 3 or the 4 and he can knock down perimeter shots. He may not be the wing stopper that the Blazers desperately need to compete in the West due to his limited lateral mobility, but he is still a better option than most of the players they have on their roster currently. He is a polished player who will be ready to help the Blazers compete from day 1.
  17. MIN (via BKN) - Precious Achiuwa PF/C (MEM) - Precious is a pretty good fit next to Towns if he can be a solid interior defender. He had a lot of moments where he was a good rim protector this season. He is also ostensibly switchable and should be able to bolster the Timberwolves’ defense. On offense, he fits well with Towns as well because Precious can play on the interior and Towns can space the floor.
  18. DAL - Jalen Smith PF/C (MD) - After losing Dwight Powell to an Achilles injury that could keep him from being 100% for a good portion of next season, it makes sense to invest in the frontcourt. Smith will be able to space the floor and should be able to provide rim protection as well. It may be difficult to play Smith and Porzingis simultaneously because Smith doesn’t move particularly well, but Smith should be able to provide floor spacing with Porzingis off the court. A frontcourt of Kleber and Smith might be among the better shooting frontcourts in the league and will help open up the floor for Luka and the rest of their perimeter players.
  19. BKN (via PHI) - Josh Green SG (ARIZ) - Brooklyn could definitely benefit from some wing depth, and with a backcourt of Kyrie and Dinwiddie, they are going to need some guys who can defend the other team’s guards. Green is very athletic and has great hips, making him one of the best on-ball wing defender in the class. If his shot comes around, Green will be a contributor for the Nets for a long time.
  20. MIA - Théo Maledon PG (LNB) - Though Kendrick Nunn had a productive rookie year, he struggled in the bubble and it might make sense for the Heat to invest in a better long-term option at point guard, as Maledon is about 6 years younger. Maledon is a good fit for Miami to strengthen their backcourt, which could be pretty thin if they don’t hold onto Goran Dragic. If they can develop him, Maledon could turn into a very effective guard for the Heat with his potential to dribble, pass, and shoot at a high level.
  21. PHI (via OKC) - Tyrell Terry PG (STAN) - Though I have soured a bit on Terry’s fit with the Sixers, particularly because I think he might be too weak to contribute in the short term, this is still a good pick for Philadelphia. Terry is one of the better shooters in the class and someone who can score from the outside both off the catch and off the dribble. Has some playmaking ability and fits very well next to Simmons. The Sixers’ size should be able to make up for his poor frame in the short term; as he develops physically, he should be able to be a competent finisher around the basket due to his high-level shooting touch.
  22. DEN (via HOU) - Jaden McDaniels SF/PF (WASH) - McDaniels is a great addition to a Nuggets team that is deep enough to take a risk on a high-upside prospect. Though there may be some overlap between McDaniels and MPJ in terms of role, McDaniels is not the shot-creator that Porter is and would likely end up playing a more complementary role, without the ball in his hands. He has shown potential as a weakside rim protector, which is helpful next to Jokic, especially as Millsap ages. McDaniels could be a fantastic 4th option for the Nuggets in the future if he is able to develop properly.
  23. UTAH - Aleksej Pokuševski PF (GBL A2) - Poku probably doesn’t fit the timeline that the Jazz are currently operating under, but he is worth the swing anyway. They desperately need athleticism in their frontcourt and although Poku isn’t a ridiculous athlete, he is still a very fluid mover and is highly coordinated for his size. If he is able to hit a high-end outcome, the Jazz should be a dangerous defensive team moving forward with Gobert in the middle and Poku providing weak-side rim protection. His floor-spacing potential should also open things up for Mitchell even more.
  24. MIL (via IND) - RJ Hampton PG/SG (NBL) - Milwaukee can take a swing here because of how well their roster is already built. RJ can develop his shot and decision-making in the G-League as a rookie and can then slide into a bigger and bigger role as Bledsoe gets older and he gives them the option to move on from George Hill at the end of next season if RJ can develop as I think that he can.
  25. OKC (via DEN) - Desmond Bane SG/SF (TCU) - With Gallinari potentially walking this summer and the Thunder being near the bottom of the league in terms of 3PT attempts, Bane makes a lot of sense as a 3&D player who may end up being the best shooter in the draft. Couple that with the playmaking flashes he has shown and you’re left with a really solid player who fills a clear need for the Thunder.
  26. BOS - Xavier Tillman PF/C (MSU) - Tillman is the smartest player in the class and would greatly bolster the Celtics interior defense. He is very strong and had a lot of success against bigger centers in the Big 10 this year like Garza and Oturu. I expect him to be able to carve out a similarly valuable role in the NBA. He will be able to do a lot of the little things that Theis does well, such as helping to give Tatum cleaner driving looks by sealing off in the paint. He's also a good passer and ball-handler for a big and may be able to fill some of the void left by Horford's departure. The Celtics have done a good job teaching big men to shoot (Olynyk, Baynes, Horford), and if Tillman can be a respectable shooter, he should be an incredibly valuable role player.
  27. NY (via LAC) - Robert Woodard II SF (MSST) - The Knicks could absolutely use a 3&D wing, and Woodard is one of the better ones available at this spot in the draft. He is a capable off-ball defender and is fairly athletic. Woodard shot 43% from three this year and has shown flashes of passing and ball-handling. He is exactly what the Knicks need and can be a valuable piece as they move forward.
  28. LAL - Grant Riller PG (COFC) - The Lakers lack self-creation from any of their perimeter players outside of LeBron. Adding Riller, who can get to the basket and finish better than any player in the class, would be a great addition to their offense. Riller could take some of the creation load off LeBron as he ages and he will provide them with an entirely new avenue of offensive opportunities, particularly with LeBron on the bench. Riller is an older prospect and is ready to contribute right away for a team that will be competing for the title next year. He has been good on spot-ups (albeit on limited volume), and continued success in that regard will be crucial to his fit with the Lakers.
  29. TOR - Zeke Nnaji C (ARIZ) - It is unlikely that the Raptors will be able to retain both Gasol and Ibaka barring one of them taking a massive pay cut. Adding Nnaji to their frontcourt would be a great move. He is mobile, can play on the interior on offense, and has shown some signs of being able to develop as a floor spacer, though there are better bets at this point in the draft if that is the desire. He is a smart big who can play a meaningful role for the Raptors long into the future.
  30. BOS (via MIL) - Leandro Bolmaro PG/SG (ACB) - Bolmaro is another draft-and-stash prospect (possibly for multiple years, if he wants) and could end up as one of the best players in the class. He's a high level passer already and as he matures, he should only get better in that regard. He's a phenomenal on-ball defender and that skill should be able to translate to the NBA, especially as he gets older and stronger. If he is able to hone his scoring craft overseas, he would be a great addition to this team in a year or two to take care of some of the ball-handling duties, especially as Kemba ages.
  31. DAL (via GS) - Jahmi'us Ramsey SG (TTU) - Ramsey can provide the Mavs with his perimeter shotmaking, particularly off the catch, and is a fairly dynamic athlete, which would be a great boost for a Mavs team that lacks traditional athleticism in their backcourt. Ramsey struggles to get to the basket, but Luka is good enough to create advantages and open looks for Ramsey. He still has a fair amount of room to grow as an off-the-dribble shotmaker, but he should be a valuable scorer for the Mavs. There are question-marks about his defensive awareness, but he is a good enough athlete to where he should be able to improve on that end of the floor.
  32. CHA (via CLE) - Elijah Hughes SG/SF (CUSE) - Hughes outside shot-making will be great for the Hornets. He can operate effectively as a catch-and-shoot player, but he may be given an opportunity to show off his off-the-dribble shotmaking as well. He probably needs to improve as a movement shooter and show that he can consistently defend outside of a zone in order to be a meaningful contributor on the Hornets, but Hughes is a great selection to add some wing depth in Charlotte.
  33. MIN - Tyler Bey SF/PF (COLO) - Tyler Bey is a smart and athletic forward who can complement Towns very well. He consistently makes great rotations and has a 40-inch vertical, making him a guy who can be a solid weakside rim protector next to Towns. The fit with Achiuwa is sub-optimal, but with a core of LaMelo, D'Lo, & Towns, the Timberwolves have to find impactful defenders wherever they can get them.
  34. PHI (via ATL) - Malachi Flynn PG (SDSU) - Though it may look strange to double dip at PG, especially when the two guards are broadly similar players, Flynn is too good of a fit with the Sixers to pass up. He is one of the best PnR players in the class and provides a lot of abilities that the Sixers are otherwise lacking. Flynn can be the Sixers answer at PG in the short term while Terry takes the time to develop his body and decision-making.
  35. SAC (via DET) - Daniel Oturu C (MINN) - With Harry Giles hitting free agency, Dwayne Dedmond getting traded earlier this year, and some reasons to be concerned about the durability of Richaun Holmes/Marvin Bagley, it makes sense for the Kings to invest in a big man who can grab rebounds, potentially space the floor, and add some depth. Though I am skeptical of Oturu’s defensive IQ and his offensive projection at the next level, he can slide into a fairly comfortable role with Sacramento where he doesn’t have a ton of responsibility.
  36. PHI (via NY) - Paul Reed PF/C (DEP) - Reed is among the better 2nd round bigs for the Sixers to select. This might be a bit of a reach considering his draft stock at the moment, but Reed is athletic and fairly coordinated. He should be able to hold things down on the defensive end when Embiid is not on the floor and has shown some ball-handling ability that makes me cautiously optimistic about his ability to develop some sort of perimeter game that would allow him to play some minutes with Embiid.
  37. WAS (via CHI) - Tre Jones PG (DUKE) - Though the Wizards might opt for a wing at this point in the draft, Jones is a borderline first round talent and a guy who can provide value for the Wizards as a backup point guard right away. He can defend on the ball and has improved greatly as a shooter. He also provides some assurance should John Wall be less that 100% after his injury. This is good value at this point in the draft.
  38. NY (via CHA) - Devon Dotson PG (KU) - Grabbing Dotson at 38 is a steal for the Knicks. With a bevy of point guards and relatively small number of teams in need of one, it makes sense that some might fall. Dotson can provide rim pressure that the Knicks do not have on their roster outside of Barrett and can be a menacing defender despite his small size. The fit next to Hayes is probably better than one would think at first glance because they add value in different ways; Hayes will succeed in a PnR-heavy offense, while Dotson will probably be maximized being able to drive to the basket and finish, which Hayes can struggle with at times.
  39. NO (via WAS) - Cassius Stanley SG/SF (DUKE) - The Pelicans could use added wing depth and Stanley has the ability to provide that for them. There are reasons to be concerned about how he adapts to the pros given how raw he is for his age, but he is at least a decent 3PT shooter and is a ridiculous vertical athlete. If he can put his tools together, he and Zion would make for an incredibly athletically impressive frontcourt.
  40. MEM (via PHX) - Isaiah Stewart PF/C (WASH) - Stewart may be viewed as one of the best players available at this spot and he fits reasonably well into the Grizzlies’ long-term plans. He is a solid rebounder, which they need next to Jaren Jackson, and has flashed some ability to space the floor, which could create space for Ja to drive. It may be hard to get him minutes in the short term with Valanciunas and Dieng ahead of him, but it is reasonable to assume they will move on from Dieng when his contract is up and Stewart can then get more minutes. JJJ and Clarke should be able to cover for some of his mobility issues, and Stewart should be able to provide a hard-nosed edge to their frontcourt that has defined Memphis basketball for a long time.
  41. SA - Vernon Carey Jr. C (DUKE) - Carey may be viewed as one of the best players available at this spot, and although his playstyle does not fit seamlessly within the modern NBA, he is certainly talented enough to carve out a role for himself. Compared to other bigs such as Stewart & Oturu, Carey is a much more willing passer and may be able to conduct some offense out of the post if his awareness improves. There are reasons to be concerned about his defensive IQ, but he is fairly nimble for someone his size and may have more success than one might think on the defensive end after the Spurs coach him up.
  42. NO - Abdoulaye N’Doye PG/SG (LNB) - N’Doye is among the better 2nd round stash prospects, and although he is relatively old, he has many avenues to becoming an impactful NBA player in the future because of his combination of size, length, and ball-handling. Because the have 3 2nd round picks, adding a stash prospect makes sense for the Pelicans, even if he is only stashed for one year. If N’Doye’s jumper can improve, he may end up as a steal for the Pelicans.
  43. SAC - Nico Mannion PG (ARIZ) - Mannion is a very capable decision-maker and will benefit from being in NBA offenses with more spacing. Yogi Ferrell’s contract expires after this year and Cory Joseph’s contract isn’t guaranteed after next year. Nico could easily slide into the backup point guard role and fill that role perfectly. If his shooting can develop, he may be able to play off-ball next to Fox due to his ability to move without the ball.
  44. CHI (via MEM) - Isaiah Joe SG (ARK) - The Bulls struggled to make 3s last year, but Joe should help to solve that problem off their bench. He will probably have fewer opportunities to create with the ball in his hands, which he was pretty good at in college, but he is a very good off-ball player as well, which should be great for the Bulls offense. Defensively, Joe can hold his own with his 6’5” frame and plus wingspan, though he may have to take fewer gambles in order to be successful on that end of the floor. The Bulls get a first round talent in the second round and begin to shape up their roster nicely.
  45. ORL - Cassius Winston PG (MSU) - Double dipping at PG might not look like the best decision, but Winston and Lewis fill different roles. Winston’s outside shooting is something the Magic are in need of, particularly if Fournier doesn’t re-sign. Winston also proved to be a great PnR playmaker with Tillman this year, and I expect him to have similar levels of success at the NBA level off the bench with Gordon, Vucevic, or even Bamba. Though they probably won’t ever play together, Winston and Lewis could be a very interesting contrast of offensive styles.
  46. POR - Skylar Mays SG/SF (LSU) - Mays is another solid addition to the Blazers roster to add to their wing depth. While Bey is ostensibly a 3/4 tweener, Mays should be able to play the 2 or the 3. He is another mature, smart player who produce in a relatively small role. He can hit open 3s, defend both on and off the ball, and take advantage of his craftiness to make a play with the ball in his hands. He is not a high ceiling player, but he is what the Blazers need for their roster.
  47. BOS (via BKN) - Udoka Azubuike C (KU) - The Celtics tend to struggle against big men who dominate in the paint (as we have seen with Embiid this week). Azubuike is not a high-minutes player, but he can play a necessary role in the NBA and fills a void on the Celtics roster as a rim protector, post defender, and lob catcher. He's much better than Tacko and could easily be given a 2-way and contribute meaningfully in small minutes.
  48. GS (via DAL) - Killian Tillie PF/C (GONZ) - If Tillie is fully healthy, he is a first-round talent. He can provide floor spacing, is a capable passer, particularly in the post, and is one of the more mobile bigs in the class. I really like the fit next to Draymond and if he is able to be the passer that I think he can be, Steph and Klay should be able to use their off-ball movement abilities to get open, where Tillie will easily find them. This pick has the potential to be a steal for the Warriors.
  49. PHI - Jordan Nwora SF (LOU) - Nwora is 6’7” and will probably shoot 40% from 3 in the NBA. That alone makes him worth taking a look at, though his ancillary skills are lacking. The Sixers could use a sharpshooter, and Nwora could be that player for them. He is not the best defender, but the Sixers have a number of high-level defenders who could make up for some of his deficiencies.
  50. SAC (via MIA) - Boriša Simanić PF (KLS) - With their 4th pick in the draft, the Kings will probably take a draft-and-stash candidate. Simanić is a solid stretch big with really high level shotmaking instincts. He could potentially fill a role similar to Bjelica should the Kings move on from him in the future, and if Simanić can be more aggressive offensively and improve defensively, he could be a welcome addition to their frontcourt.
  51. GS (via UTAH) - Yam Madar PG/SG (BSL) - Looking forward, the Warriors could greatly benefit from adding another ball-handler. Madar is one of the better 2nd round stash prospects and should be able to be a capable 3rd guard once he comes over. If the Warriors can improve upon his shot, he would have the potential to be a very productive player as a solid 3-level scorer and aggressive defender at the NBA level.
  52. OKC - Reggie Perry PF (MSST) - Perry could add depth to OKC’s frontcourt and give them another dimension on offense. Perry showed some ball-handling and passing abilities with team USA and if those abilities can translate, he should be a valuable piece for the Thunder moving forward, particularly because their frontcourt depth is lacking. Perry should also be able to bang in the post a bit and provide value off the bench.
  53. ATL (via HOU) - Payton Pritchard PG (ORE) - The Hawks are very thin at PG after Trae, particularly because there are concerns about whether or not Haliburton can be a full-time point guard and because Teague is unlikely to be in their long-term plans. Adding Pritchard, who can dribble, pass, and shoot at a high level will be a good addition to their backcourt. He doesn’t defend all that well, but the Hawks are accustomed to having a poor defender at the PG position.
  54. IND - Immanuel Quickley SG (UK) - Quickley may be viewed as one of the better players available at this spot due to his shooting ability and the defensive upside he showcases thanks to his wingspan. The Pacers could use another guard/wing, particularly if Oladipo continues to have injury issues, and Quickley may be able to be that player. He can find a role on the team as a sharpshooter and floor spacer.
  55. BKN (via DEN) - Mamadi Diakite PF/C (UVA) - Diakite is one of the better shot-blockers in the class and should be able to provide value for the Nets in that regard. Though he lacks the size to play full time center, the Nets already have Allen & Jordan, and Diakite's mobility is pretty good for a big, making me think he could play a bit at the 4. He showed some ability to stretch the floor this season and knows what it takes to win a championship, meaning he should be able to be a valuable role player for the Nets as they aspire towards a championship.
  56. CHA (via BOS) - Mason Jones SF (ARK) - Rozier and Graham had FTr’s of .202 and .242 respectively, which are not good. Enter Mason Jones, who, although limited athletically, was an exceptional off-the-dribble creator at Arkansas, leading him to an absurd .668 FTr. He can provide another avenue for offensive creation for the Hornets and is a great pick at the end of the 2nd round, despite the obvious defensive concerns.
  57. LAC - Nick Richards C (UK) - The Clippers could greatly benefit from a rim protector and paint presence, and Richards should be able to provide that for them in a low-minutes role. I have some concerns about how his game translates to the NBA, but he posted relatively good block rates during his time at Kentucky. Richards should be able to be a solid role player for the Clippers when they need to guard 7 footers.
  58. PHI (via LAL) - Georgios Kalaitzakis SF (LKL) - With a total of 5 picks in the draft, it makes sense for the Sixers to go with a draft-and-stash. Kalaitzakis doesn’t shoot the ball very well, which is particularly concerning with this Sixers team, but he is good ball handler and defender. If he can learn to shoot, he should be a solid bench contributor.
  59. TOR - Ty-Shon Alexander SG (CREI) - Ty-Shon is a great fit for the Raptors, regardless of whether or not VanVleet leaves in free agency. Ty-Shon has shown some ball handling ability but can also play off ball and spot up on the perimeter. He is a good 3&D prospect and will add another quality perimeter defender to a team that is already loaded with them.
  60. NO (via MIL) - Naji Marshall SF (XAV) - The Pelicans struggled defensively this year, so adding a versatile defensive wing in Marshall should help them in that regard. He will probably have to improve as a shooter in order to get real minutes in their rotation, but if he can, he will be a great addition. Given the success they have had with Ingram as a ball-handler, it may make sense for the Pelicans to take one of the better wing ball-handlers in the draft in Marshall, as he can slide into that role with Ingram on the bench or if he misses time due to injury.

Mock Draft Results by team (& my personal grades)
Atlantic
Celtics - Tyrese Maxey (14), Xavier Tillman (26), Leandro Bolmaro (30), Udoka Azubuike (47); GRADE: A
Nets - Josh Green (19), Mamadi Diakite (55); GRADE: B
Knicks - Killian Hayes (8), Robert Woodard II (27), Devon Dotson (38); GRADE: B+
76ers - Tyrell Terry (22), Malachi Flynn (34), Paul Reed (36), Jordan Nwora (49), Georgios Kalaitzakis (58); GRADE: B+
Raptors - Zeke Nnaji (29), Ty-Shon Alexander (59); GRADE: A-

Central
Bulls - Deni Avdjia (4), Isaiah Joe (44); GRADE: B+
Cavaliers - Isaac Okoro (5); GRADE: B
Pistons - Obi Toppin (7); GRADE: B-
Pacers - Immanuel Quickley (54); GRADE: B
Bucks - RJ Hampton (24); GRADE: A

Southeast
Hawks - Tyrese Haliburton (7), Payton Pritchard (53); GRADE: B-
Hornets - James Wiseman (3), Elijah Hughes (32), Mason Jones (56); GRADE: B-
Heat - Théo Maledon (20); GRADE: B+
Magic - Kira Lewis Jr. (15), Cassius Winston (45); GRADE: B+
Wizards - Onyeka Okongwu (9), Tre Jones (37); GRADE: B

Northwest
Nuggets - Jaden McDaniels (21); GRADE: B
Timberwolves - LaMelo Ball (1), Precious Achiuwa (17), Tyler Bey (33); GRADE: B
Thunder - Desmond Bane (25), Reggie Perry (52); GRADE: B
Trail Blazers - Saddiq Bey (16), Skylar Mays (46); GRADE: B+
Jazz - Aleksej Pokuševski (23); GRADE: A

Southwest
Mavericks - Jalen Smith (18), Jahmi’us Ramsey (31); GRADE: B-
Rockets - N/A; GRADE: N/A
Grizzlies - Isaiah Stewart (40); GRADE: C+
Pelicans - Cole Anthony (13), Cassius Stanley (39), Abdoulaye N’Doye (42), Naji Marshall (60); GRADE: A-
Spurs - Patrick Williams (11), Vernon Carey Jr. (41); GRADE: B+

Pacific
Warriors - Anthony Edwards (2), Killian Tillie (48), Yam Madar (51); GRADE: A-
Clippers - Nick Richards (57); GRADE: C-
Lakers - Grant Riller (28); GRADE: A-
Suns - Devin Vassell (10); GRADE: A-
Kings - Aaron Nesmith (12), Daniel Oturu (35), Nico Mannion (43), Boriša Simanić (50); GRADE: B-

Undrafted fits that I like (Only NCAA players were counted for the undrafted pool; no international players were counted; I assumed every player who has declared but was not drafted was eligible):
Bucks: Anthony Lamb; Bulls: Lamar Stevens; Cavaliers: Kaleb Wesson, Kristian Doolittle; Celtics: Justinian Jessup; Clippers: Jordan Ford; Grizzlies: Nate Hinton; Hawks: Ashton Hagans; Heat: Caleb Homesley; Hornets: Kahlil Whitney, Nathan Knight; Jazz: Yoeli Childs; Kings: Jay Scrubb; Knicks: Jalen Harris, Jake Toolson; Lakers: Malik Fitts; Magic: CJ Elleby, Nate Darling; Mavericks: Trent Forrest; Nets: Rayshaun Hammonds; Nuggets: Trevelin Queen; Pacers: Dwayne Sutton; Pelicans: TJ Holyfield; Pistons: Markus Howard, KJ Martin; Raptors: Lamine Diane; Rockets: Emmitt Williams; 76ers: Jon Teske; Spurs: Tres Tinkle; Suns: Saben Lee, Freddie Gillespie; Thunder: Myles Powell; Timberwolves: Josh Hall; Trail Blazers: Sam Merrill; Warriors: De’Riante Jenkins; Wizards: Christian Vital
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MAME 0.223

MAME 0.223

MAME 0.223 has finally arrived, and what a release it is – there’s definitely something for everyone! Starting with some of the more esoteric additions, Linus Åkesson’s AVR-based hardware chiptune project and Power Ninja Action Challenge demos are now supported. These demos use minimal hardware to generate sound and/or video, relying on precise CPU timings to work. With this release, every hand-held LCD game from Nintendo’s Game & Watch and related lines is supported in MAME, with Donkey Kong Hockey bringing up the rear. Also of note is the Bassmate Computer fishing aid, made by Nintendo and marketed by Telko and other companies, which is clearly based on the dual-screen Game & Watch design. The steady stream of TV games hasn’t stopped, with a number of French releases from Conny/VideoJet among this month’s batch.
For the first time ever, games running on the Barcrest MPU4 video system are emulated well enough to be playable. Titles that are now working include several games based on the popular British TV game show The Crystal Maze, Adders and Ladders, The Mating Game, and Prize Tetris. In a clear win for MAME’s modular architecture, the breakthrough came through the discovery of a significant flaw in our Motorola MC6840 Programmable Timer Module emulation that was causing issues for the Fairlight CMI IIx synthesiser. In the same manner, the Busicom 141-PF desk calculator is now working, thanks to improvements made to Intel 4004 CPU emulation that came out of emulating the INTELLEC 4 development system and the prototype 4004-based controller board for Flicker pinball. The Busicom 141-PF is historically significant, being the first application of Intel’s first microprocessor.
Fans of classic vector arcade games are in for a treat this month. Former project coordinator Aaron Giles has contributed netlist-based sound emulation for thirteen Cinematronics vector games: Space War, Barrier, Star Hawk, Speed Freak, Star Castle, War of the Worlds, Sundance, Tail Gunner, Rip Off, Armor Attack, Warrior, Solar Quest and Boxing Bugs. This resolves long-standing issues with the previous simulation based on playing recorded samples. Colin Howell has also refined the sound emulation for Midway’s 280-ZZZAP and Gun Fight.
V.Smile joystick inputs are now working for all dumped cartridges, and with fixes for ROM bank selection the V.Smile Motion software is also usable. The accelerometer-based V.Smile Motion controller is not emulated, but the software can all be used with the standard V.Smile joystick controller. Another pair of systems with inputs that now work is the original Macintosh (128K/512K/512Ke) and Macintosh Plus. These systems’ keyboards are now fully emulated, including the separate numeric keypad available for the original Macintosh, the Macintosh Plus keyboard with integrated numeric keypad, and a few European ISO layout keyboards for the original Macintosh. There are still some emulation issues, but you can play Beyond Dark Castle with MAME’s Macintosh Plus emulation again.
In other home computer emulation news, MAME’s SAM Coupé driver now supports a number of peripherals that connect to the rear expansion port, a software list containing IRIX hard disk installations for SGI MIPS workstations has been added, and tape loading now works for the Specialist system (a DIY computer designed in the USSR).
Of course, there’s far more to enjoy, and you can read all about it in the whatsnew.txt file, or get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page. (For brevity, promoted V.Smile software list entries and new Barcrest MPU4 clones made up from existing dumps have been omitted here.)

MAME Testers Bugs Fixed

New working machines

New working clones

Machines promoted to working

Clones promoted to working

New machines marked as NOT_WORKING

New clones marked as NOT_WORKING

New working software list additions

Software list items promoted to working

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Offseason Review Series: Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

Division: AFC North
1. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
3. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)

Coaching Changes

Steelers Hire Matt Canada as Quarterbacks Coach
Previous Experience: Interim HC at Maryland, OC/QBC at Maryland, LSU, Pitt
After two seasons of not having a designated Quarterbacks Coach following the promotion of Randy Fichtner to Offensive Coordinator, the Steelers decided it was for the best to re-introduce that position to their staff. Fichtner was challenged with developing two young QBs following Ben Roethlisberger’s injury while simultaneously being focused on the offensive gameplan, and at times that definitely felt like too much on one man’s plate. Having a dedicated QB coach will allow Fichtner to solely focus on the game-plan while also giving the young guys someone who is prioritizing their development. To fill this role, the Steelers hired former Maryland OC Matt Canada after a year away from coaching. It is likely that they were previously familiar with him from his time working with the Pitt Panthers back in 2016. Canada is renowned for his offensive creativity and has three drafted QBs to his name (Brissett, Peterman, Etling) from his time in the college ranks. His presence should be a huge benefit to Mason Rudolph and/or any rookie QB that may be brought in in the near future, and there’s a chance this hiring could lead to a larger role once Big Ben and Randy Fichtner retire.
Steelers Hire Ike Hilliard as Wide Receivers Coach
Previous Experience: Redskins WR Coach, Bills WR Coach
Former Wide Receivers Coach Darryl Drake passed away around the beginning of last year’s Training Camp, and former Steelers coach Ray Sherman was brought in only on an interim basis to fill that vacancy. Coach Drake was a real mentor figure and had a deep impact on all the young receivers, so his loss was an especially challenging part of last season. Regarding the full-time replacement, multiple names were floated around including former WR Jerricho Cotchery, but the Steelers eventually hired another former WR in Ike Hilliard. Coach Hilliard spent the past six years in the same role with the Washington Redskins, where he worked with receivers such as DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and most recently Terry McLaurin. Hilliard himself had a 12-year career with the Giants and Buccaneers, which only speaks to his knowledge at the position. With the most veteran player in the room being 4th-year JuJu Smith-Schuster and also having a high profile draft pick at the WR position, Coach Hilliard has a big challenge ahead of him in maximizing all this young talent in front of him. Players have already spoken highly about him as a person and his desire to connect with them on a deeper level, and the hope is that it will pay big dividends once they get out onto the practice field. The WR room is filled to the brim with potential, and the Front Office believes that he is the man who can get the best out of them.
”Never choose good when great is available” - Darryl Drake (1956-2019)

Free Agency

In-House Moves
Player Position Signing Type Contract Details
Bud Dupree EDGE Franchise Tag 1 year, $15.82 million
TJ Watt EDGE 5th-Year Option ~$10 million (2021)
Matt Feiler OT RFA Tender 1 year, $3.26 million
Mike Hilton CB RFA Tender 1 year, $3.26 million
Zach Banner OT UFA Signing 1 year, $1.75 million
Jordan Dangerfield SAF UFA Signing 1 year, $825k
Kameron Canaday LS UFA Signing 2 years, $2.425 million
  • Bud Dupree: Around this time last offseason, Steelers fans were largely convinced that Bud Dupree was a first-round draft bust who would soon be playing his last season with the team. In his first four years, Dupree showed flashes but never was able to turn the corner as a player and often left fans wanting more. Despite his inconsistencies, Kevin Colbert exercised his fifth-year option back in 2018 and that soon proved to be the correct decision. 2019 was a true breakout campaign for Dupree as he posted a career high 11.5 sacks (nearly doubling his previous high of 6) and another 28 pressures on top of that. Dupree showcased a wide variety of pass-rush moves and approaches that we hadn’t seen before and was a constant force against the run. By season’s end, it became clear that Pittsburgh couldn’t let him leave given the effectiveness of the Watt & Dupree tandem and what little depth they had behind those two. There are still some hesitations about him being a one-year wonder, so Colbert decided to place the Franchise Tag on their emergent pass-rusher (which Dupree has since signed) but no long-term deal was reached. He will play out the 2020 season looking to prove that the corner has truly been turned and that signing him is a worthwhile investment.
  • TJ Watt: In an absolute no-brainer of a decision, Pittsburgh exercised TJ Watt’s fifth-year option of his rookie deal, keeping him in town through the 2021 season. Watt has emerged into a superstar talent and one of the league’s best pass rushers, and all indications suggest that Pittsburgh wants to keep him around as the face of their defense for many years to come. Picking up Watt’s option was the logical first step as the two sides begin to focus on a long-term deal that will surely be an expensive one. Fellow 2017 draftee and pass-rusher Myles Garrett recently signed a 5 year, $125m extension which will likely serve as a reference point for TJ’s eventual deal.
  • Matt Feiler: Following a trade that sent long-time RT Marcus Gilbert over to Arizona, Matt Feiler emerged as a rock-solid replacement at the same spot. Feiler was a steady presence all-season long and also showcased his versatility when he kicked inside to Guard (and succeeded) against the Rams. At 28, Feiler is currently the youngest member of the OL, and his capabilities at both Guard and Tackle will likely have Pittsburgh wanting to keep him around a bit longer. For the time being, Pittsburgh has tendered a contract offer for the upcoming season where he will be a locked-on starter for the second year in a row.
  • Mike Hilton: Mike Hilton has quietly emerged as one of the league’s better Nickel Cornerbacks over the past few seasons. Hilton is well-known for his effectiveness as a blitzer and his willingness to make plays in and around the box, but in 2019 he showed major strides in pass coverage alongside that. Despite his effectiveness in his role, Hilton’s long-term outlook with Pittsburgh is a bit murky due to the emergence of Cam Sutton as yet another effective coverage corner. With both players set to become Free Agents at the end of this season, the Front Office doesn’t seem willing to commit to Hilton on a long-term deal given that Sutton may come far cheaper. Like Feiler, Hilton was RFA tendered in order to keep him around next season.
  • Zach Banner: #72 will be reporting as eligible once again in 2020 after signing a one-year deal to stay in Pittsburgh. After being discarded by a handful of teams back in 2017, the 6’8 360 lb mammoth of a man has found a home in the Steel City, acting as a 6th OL in short-yardage situations. Banner has endeared himself to Steeler Nation with his lovable personality and hilarious twitter account, so it is no surprise that the fanbase is excited to have him back. Banner will have a shot to take on a larger role this season as the RT spot may be up for grabs depending on where Matt Feiler plays.
  • Jordan Dangerfield: After hanging around the practice squad for a couple of seasons back around 2014-16, Dangerfield has steadily earned a spot on the 53-man roster year after year, and he has been brought back once again on a one-year deal. Dangerfield is a reliable special teamer who contributes on all four units and also adds depth to a thin Safety room.
  • Kameron Canaday: Kameron Canaday has been around since 2017 after winning the starting job following the retirement of long-time LS Greg Warren. He has snapped the ball long distances effectively and will continue to snap the ball the long distances following a two-year contract extension.
Losses
Player Position New Team Contract Details
Javon Hargrave IDL Philadelphia Eagles 3 years, $39 million
BJ Finney IOL Seattle Seahawks 2 years, $8 million
Sean Davis SAF Washington Redskins 1 year, $4 million
Artie Burns CB Chicago Bears 1 year, $1 million
Tyler Matakevich LB Buffalo Bills 2 years, $7 million
Nick Vannett TE Denver Broncos 2 years, $5.7 million
Ramon Foster IOL Retired N/A
  • Javon Hargrave; When you’re up against the cap year after year, you unfortunately can’t keep all of your stars. That was the case this year as the young and talented Javon Hargrave priced his way out of Pittsburgh following an impressive 2019 campaign. Hargrave is a modern-day Nose Tackle who is very effective as a pass-rusher from that spot. Following a Week 6 injury to Stephon Tuitt, Hargrave moved into a full-time starting role and excelled to the tune of 60 tackles, 4 sacks, and 14 pressures. The Steelers had a decision to make between retaining Bud Dupree and Javon Hargrave and they opted in favor of Bud due positional value and much stronger depth at DL. For his efforts, Hargrave was rewarded with a cushiony 3 year $39m deal that will take him cross-state to Philadelphia. With the return of Tuitt, some young talent in the room, and an ever increasing usage of the 2-4-5 package, the loss of Hargrave isn’t the most crippling of blows, but it always hurts to lose young talent. J-Wobble and his bubble butt will surely be missed.
  • BJ Finney: BJ Finney is an excellent depth lineman who has been the first interior player off the bench over the past four seasons. Finney made four starts this past season at both Center and Guard and his high level of play earned him an offseason payday. Pittsburgh was hoping to retain him as the long-term replacement to Ramon Foster but he was lured away to Seattle with a 2 year, $8m deal which will almost assuredly come with a starting gig from Day 1. It definitely hurts to lose young OL talent, especially when Pittsburgh has one of the oldest lines in the league, but that’s the price of keeping a core group around for so long. On a positive note, Finney will always be remembered in Pittsburgh for this infamous moment. Some say he still hasn’t snapped the ball to this day...
  • Sean Davis: Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you’d hope with young players and that was the case with Sean Davis. The 2016 second-rounder started his career as a slot DB, moved to the starting SS spot in his second year, and eventually found his way to the FS spot in year three. Unfortunately, he never really found comfort in any of those positions. Davis performed admirably in coverage but his painful lack of ball skills and tendency to surrender lapses in coverage always haunted the secondary. After picking up a shoulder injury in preseason, Davis played one game before being placed on IR. The trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick spelt the end of his career in Pittsburgh as he was never re-activated. There’s not much to remember him fondly for during his time here, but he has an opportunity to re-write the script in Washington where he will fight for a starting FS spot.
  • Artie Burns: Speaking of failed 2016 draft picks, former first-round selection Artie Burns is also gone following a fairly awful stint in Pittsburgh. After showing a lot of promise as a rookie, Burns failed to take the next step in year two, and then the wheels completely fell off in year three. Teams would pick on him game after game and he was unequivocally the worst player on the field before eventually getting benched for good. In the very few opportunities he did get in year four, nothing seems to have changed. Burns is a massive draft bust, rivaled only by Jarvis Jones in the past decade, and he will certainly not be missed. Chicago picked him up on a one-year deal which is likely the last hurrah of his career.
  • Tyler Matakevich: Dirty Red carved out a nice little career for himself as a former seventh-round selection and was rewarded with a solid payday over in Buffalo. His high intensity and excellent football IQ had him falling in favor with the coaching staff early on, and he developed into one of Pittsburgh’s key special teamers over the past four seasons. Whenever there was a big punt block or forced fumble on a return, Matakevich always seemed to be the culprit. He isn’t athletic enough to be a starting LB in the NFL, but he can certainly make some spot starts when called upon.
  • Nick Vannett: Following a rash of injuries to the Tight End room early in the season, Pittsburgh flipped a 5th-rounder to Seattle in exchange for Nick Vannett. He rewarded the team with 4 catches for 38 yards total and subpar blocking before vanishing entirely once Vance McDonald was back to full health. Vannett was not particularly good at anything and was basically a wasted pick. He eventually landed in Denver and proceeded to bash the Steelers organization afterwards. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
  • Ramon Foster: Despite entering the league as a UDFA back in 2009, Ramon Foster carved out an impressive 11-year career where he was nothing but reliable across 145 starts. “The Big Ragu” was a fan favorite for his personality and was also the Steelers’ NFLPA Union rep the past few seasons. At 34 years old, Foster started to show his age this past season and also missed a pair of games due to injury. With his contract having expired at the end of the year, Foster decided to hang up his cleats for good and entered a well-deserved retirement.
Acquisitions:
Player Position Old Team Contract Details
Eric Ebron TE Indianapolis Colts 2 years, $12 million
Derek Watt FB Los Angeles Chargers 3 years, $9.75 million
Stefen Wisniewski IOL Kansas City Chiefs 2 years, $2.85 million
Chris Wormley IDL Baltimore Ravens Acquired via Trade
Curtis Riley SAF Oakland Raiders TBD
Tyree Kinnel SAF XFL 1 year, $610k
  • Eric Ebron: Ever since Heath Miller retired in 2015, the state of the TE position has been inconsistent at best. Jesse James came and went, Ladarius Green was an injury riddled bust, and Vance McDonald is still kicking around but struggled mightily without Big Ben. GM Kevin Colbert decided to give the position a new spark when he signed Eric Ebron to a two-year deal. Ebron is who he is at this point; a big-bodied target with great athleticism who will make huge splash plays but has an ugly propensity for drops. However, the blueprint for Ebron as a dominant red-zone threat was showcased with Andrew Luck and the 2018 Colts en route to a ridiculous 13 TD campaign. Big Ben loves his TEs, especially in the red-zone, so it seems like the Steelers want to recapture that 2018 magic from Ebron.
  • Derek Watt: Move over TJ, there’s a new Watt in town! Derek comes cross-country from Los Angeles to reunite with his brother here in Pittsburgh, much to the jealousy of older brother JJ. Incumbent starter Roosevelt Nix missed the majority of last season with various injuries, and rushing performances noticeably suffered in his absence. As the Steelers look to get “back to their ways” in establishing a physical run game, Derek will be a huge addition leading the way for James Conner and the rest of the RB stable. On top of that, Derek is a key contributor on Special Teams and will be relied upon the same way in Pittsburgh as he was in LA. It also doesn’t hurt to keep TJ happy with an important long-term contract on the horizon.
  • Stefen Wisniewski: Long-time Left Guard Ramon Foster announced his retirement following a long career, and Stefen Wisniewski was brought in as an option to fill that void. Wisniewksi has bounced around the league during his nine-year career, most recently being crowned a Super Bowl champion after starting each game during Kansas City’s postseason run. There’s nothing particularly flashy about him but he’s a solid plug-and-play starter and an added veteran presence who will compete for a starting gig. If the Steelers opt to keep Matt Feiler at RT, I expect Wisniewski to settle into the LG spot without much issue.
  • Chris Wormley: For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers completed a trade; Chris Wormley and a 2021 7th headed to Pittsburh with a 2021 5th headed back the other way. While certainly a huge surprise given the circumstances of the trade, it made a lot of sense to add depth to a DL room that saw departures this offseason. Wormley is primarily a 3-4 DE who is stout against the run. He will likely fill a similar role as a rotational player who may also kick inside to NT in certain pass-rush packages.
  • Curtis Riley: In the middle of writing this piece, Pittsburgh went out and picked up Curtis Riley to add to their safety room. Riley started three games for Oakland last season and projects as more of a FS type. Given the lack of depth in the safety room, it makes sense to bring in some more bodies for competition purposes, especially since most of the current crop are SS types.
  • Tyree Kinnel: The Steelers have shown some interest in former spring-football players recently, with AAF standout Kameron Kelly making the 53 last season and a handful of XFL castoffs being brought in this offseason. Of the group, I believe DB Tyree Kinnel has the best chance at this year’s 53 given the lack of depth at the safety position. I cannot comment much on his performance as a player since I never watched the XFL, but I definitely believe he has a reasonable shot at a depth safety spot.
Cuts
Player Position New Team Contract Details
Mark Barron LB Unsigned N/A
Anthony Chickillo EDGE New Orleans Saints 1 year, $1 million
Roosevelt Nix FB Indianapolis Colts 1 year, $615k
Johnny Holton WR Unsigned N/A
  • Mark Barron: Prior to drafting Devin Bush in the 2019 Draft, Mark Barron was signed to add some athleticism to a room that was desperately lacking. The former safety-turned-linebacker has dealt with injuries over the past few seasons but was still a clear upgrade athletically over the likes of Jon Bostic from the season prior. Barron eventually found a role as a Dime-backer on passing downs with Vince Williams playing running downs. While I wouldn’t call him a particularly bad player for Pittsburgh, I wouldn’t exactly call him a good one either. His coverage was solid but uninspiring and he had a bad habit of low effort plays that drove Steelers fans mad. If the team wasn’t so pressed against the cap, my guess is he would’ve been retained for depth purposes, but his contract presented too much in cap savings to justify otherwise.
  • Anthony Chickillo: Anthony Chickillo was drafted in 2015 and has somehow stuck around due to lack of OLB depth and some reasonable special teams contributions. He found himself on the exempt list this past season due to allegations of domestic assault, but he was found not guilty and returned to the team by season’s end. Chickillo is alright against the run but offers little to nothing in pass rush. No self-respecting team should be relying on him as a third pass-rusher like Pittsburgh has these past few seasons. Surprisingly enough, he did end up finding a new home in New Orleans, probably only for special teams.
  • Roosevelt Nix: The signing of Derek Watt marked the end of a successful stint in Pittsburgh for Roosevelt Nix. Rosie was a big fan favorite during his time here due to his selflessness as a blocker and some surprisingly big moments. Unfortunately for Nix, he only appeared in three games in 2019 due to various injuries, and it ended up costing him his job as Pittsburgh opted to target a healthier and slightly younger fullback in Watt. Rosie was excellent for the team as both a FB and a Special Teamer and Steeler Nation has nothing but love for him as he heads to Indianapolis to block for Jonathan Taylor and the rest of their rushing attack.
  • Johnny Holton: The preseason standout Johnny Holton hung around on the Practice Squad before being activated to the 53-man roster early on in the season. He had a few opportunities for gametime due to some injuries to the starters later on in the season, but he really struggled. He has some nice speed to his game but not much else as far as receiving traits go. Cutting him gave the team some slight cap relief.

2020 NFL Draft

Round Pick # Player Position College
2 49 Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame
3 102 Alex Highsmith EDGE Charlotte
4 124 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB Maryland
4 135 Kevin Dotson IOL Louisiana-Lafayette
6 198 Antoine Brooks Jr. SAF Maryland
7 232 Carlos Davis IDL Nebraska
I wrote in detail about the Steelers draft with my Defending the Draft piece over on NFL_Draft. In the essence of post length, all my thoughts and comments can be found there.

Other Offseason News

Compared to the AB-laden insanity that was the 2019 offseason, this offseason was about as quiet as quiet could get. The highlight of the offseason for Steelers fans was watching Ben Roethlisberger throw a football for the first time since his Week 2 injury, and getting a celebratory haircut which drew the ire of Governor Tom Wolf. Big Ben is now cleared to go for the pre-season and the city of Pittsburgh is filled to the brim with anticipation for his big return.
Another cause for excitement for Steelers fans was watching a trio of former greats become part of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Legendary Safety Troy Polamalu became a first-ballot entrant in recognition of his decorated 12-year career, and former Head Coach Bill Cowher along with Steel Curtain-era Safety Donnie Shell will join him as part of the Hall of Fame’s Centennial Slate initiative. Pittsburgh was unsurprisingly selected to participate in the 2020 Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys but that game has since been cancelled. The actual induction ceremony has been postponed indefinitely, so we won’t get to hear from Troy, Cowher, and Donnie just yet, but if it’s moved back to next Summer then hopefully Alan Faneca will finally get to join them.
Also worth noting, for the first time since 1961, Pittsburgh will not be hosting their Training Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. In what would’ve been the 55th consecutive year of attendance, Pittsburgh will instead hold Training Camp at Heinz Field. This is a huge disappointment for many fans as Pittsburgh’s Training Camp is one of the most fan-friendly experiences in the entire league, but thankfully this is just a temporary absence as the Steelers have already committed to returning to Latrobe in 2021 and beyond

Training Camp Battles

Left Guard: Matt Feiler vs Stefen Wisniewski vs Kevin Dotson
After Foster’s retirement, the Steelers signed Stefen Wisniewski from the Chiefs and then drafted Kevin Dotson in the 4th round of the 2020 Draft. However, Tomlin recently confirmed what some Steelers fans had suspected, which is that Matt Feiler will get the first crack at the LG position. Feiler was the team’s starting RT last season, but has played LG in the past.
With a truncated offseason program, rookies across the league will have a hard time making an immediate impact. Dotson will likely be relegated to a backup role, leaving the battle for LG between Wisniewski and Feiler. It’s usually safe to take Tomlin at his word, so I expect Feiler to win the job out of camp with Wisniewski being the primary G/C backup.
Right Tackle: Zach Banner vs Chukwuma Okorafor
If Feiler indeed moves to LG, that leaves his former RT spot up for grabs between Banner and Okorafor.
Banner was originally drafted by the Colts in the 4th round of the 2017 Draft. After bouncing around to Cleveland and Carolina, he’s spent the last 2 seasons as a backup for the Steelers. Last year, he gained fan-favorite status as “The Most Eligible Receiver” due to him frequently coming in as a 6th OL in heavy formations.
While Banner got much more playing time than Okorafor last year, it was actually Okorafor who got the start at RT in the game against the Rams. Foster missed the game due to injury, so Feiler slid inside to LG and Okorafor started at RT. That is a strong indication to me of how they’ll handle the situation now that Foster is gone permanently.
Nose Tackle: Tyson Alualu vs Dan McCullers
Alualu signed a 2 year deal with the Steelers in 2017, then signed another 2-year deal last year. In his time with the Steelers he’s played about 40% of snaps as the top interior DL backup. Whether it was Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, or Javon Hargrave who needed relief, Alualu was the guy to step in.
McCullers, meanwhile, has been with the team since he was drafted in 2014. He’s only started 3 games in his career, but a 6+ year career as a 6th round pick is nothing to scoff at. He’s got an old-school, massive NT build at 6’7” 350 lbs, but offers little penetration and is really just a clogger. Again, taking Tomlin at his word (see the earlier Feiler tweet), I expect Alualu to win the job.
Wide Receiver Room: JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Diontae Johnson vs James Washington vs Chase Claypool
JuJu, at 23 years old, is somehow the veteran of this group. He’s the most proven and will surely be a starter despite an injury-plagued season last year. Johnson quietly led all rookie receivers in receptions last season, and showed some excellent route running and YAC ability in his rookie season. Both can play nearly any receiving role asked of them, so the question is which of them is better suited for the slot.
Washington and Claypool, on the other hand, are pure boundary WRs. Both have the speed to threaten defenses over the top and excel at tracking deep throws. Claypool is much more physically gifted, but again as a rookie in a shortened offseason I expect the coaches to bring him along slowly.
Initially, I expect JuJu in the slot with Johnson and Washington outside while Claypool tries to make an impact where he can. There might be times when Johnson is in the slot and JuJu outside, or perhaps Claypool makes a more immediate impact than expected and takes Washington’s spot. Seeing how they define the WR roles will be one of the most fascinating parts of training camp.

Full 53 Roster Prediction:

  • Starters in Bold
  • Rookies Italicized
For a tabulated version of the 53-Man Roster, CLICK HERE
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Devlin Hodges
Healthy Big Ben can still be a top 10 QB, but we won’t know how healthy he is until the pads come on. Rudolph and Hodges were good enough for 8 wins last year, but weren’t exactly driving forces in most of those. Still, they’re young enough to expect some improvement and hopefully won’t be called upon anyway.
HB: James Conner, Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland, Kerrith Whyte, Derrick Watt
Again, health is the biggest factor in this group as Conner can be a Pro Bowl back when he’s not sidelined. Snell and McFarland create a nice thunder and lightning combo behind him. I gave the nod to Whyte over Jaylen Samuels since he has a good chance to win the kick return job, though I could easily see Samuels making the team due to his receiving chops.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, Ryan Switzer
While the Steelers have a reputation for finding great receivers in the mid-late rounds of the draft, they’ve actually spent some high capital on the position in recent years. Their top 4 receivers were all top 70 picks with one in each of the last 4 years. That leaves the final spot (or two) up for grabs. I expect Switzer to win the last WR spot over Deon Cain and Amara Darboh. With this being such a young group, I think Ben and the coaches will value Switzer’s reliability and special teams capability although it might come at the expense of a few explosive plays.
TE: Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald, Zach Gentry
Legendary stiff arms aside, McDonald has never been better than maybe the 20th best TE in the league. Sure, some teams have it worse, but the Steelers wanted more from their TE position so they went and signed Ebron. The problem is that where McDonald lacks in explosive plays, Ebron lacks in reliability. The Steelers seem to be hoping that having two B-level TEs will translate to A-level production.
OL: Al Villanueva, Matt Feiler, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Chukwuma Okorafor, Zach Banner, Stefen Wisniewski, Kevin Dotson, Derwin Gray
The position was covered a lot in camp battles, so let’s focus on the backups. Either Banner or Okorafor will be penciled in as the swing tackle if they don’t win the RT spot, Wisniewski as the top interior backup, and Dotson is in place if injuries stack up at one position. The final spot will likely come down to whoever can show the most promise at OT, since ideally we’d have more than just one backup there. I’ve penciled in Gray, a 2019 7th round pick, who spent last year on the practice squad.
DL: Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu, Chris Wormley, Dan McCullers, Isaiah Buggs
With Tuitt back from injury, he and Heyward form one of the league’s most dangerous interior DL duos. As stated earlier, Alualu is sliding inside to NT so the Steelers brought in Wormley as the new top DE backup. Buggs may also work his way into the rotation as he impressed in limited duty after being a 6th round pick in 2019.
LB: TJ Watt, Devin Bush, Vince Williams, Bud Dupree, Ola Adeniyi, Alex Highsmith, Ulysses Gilbert, Robert Spillane, Tuzar Skipper
In addition to one of the best interior DL combos, the Steelers also boast an excellent edge rush duo with Watt and Dupree. They will try to replicate, or even improve upon, their 26 combined sacks from last season. With Barron gone, Williams returns to his starting spot next to Bush, who will look to build upon a promising rookie season after being the Steelers’ first top 10 pick since 2000. Highsmith and Adeniyi will be the edge backups while Gilbert looks to be the top backup at ILB ahead of Spillane and Skipper. The depth at ILB is pretty thin - and Williams has his limitations to begin with - so I would not be surprised if the Steelers pick up a veteran after final cuts are made across the league.
CB: Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Cam Sutton, Justin Layne
Once again, Steelers boast another excellent defensive tandem; this time at CB with Haden and Nelson. Hilton is also an excellent slot man while Sutton provides solid depth both outside and in the slot. Layne got virtually no playing time last year, but when your #5 is a 3rd round pick in his second year, it probably means you’re in a good spot depth-wise.
SAF: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmunds, Jordan Dangerfield, Antoine Brooks Jr., Curtis Riley
Fitzpatrick is an All-Pro caliber player that has been talked about ad nauseum since his trade from Miami. Edmunds, meanwhile, was also a 1st round pick in 2018. He’s turned into a reliable tackler and has all the physical gifts you could ask for, but his coverage skills are lacking at this point. If he can take the next step the secondary will truly have no holes to attack, which is an exciting thought for this defense. The depth here is a concern, however, as Dangerfield is more of a special teams player and Brooks is a 6th round rookie. The final spot came down to Riley or Marcus Allen. While Allen has been on and off the practice squad for the past 2 seasons, and therefore has more familiarity with the defense, Riley has starting experience at FS which none of the other backups can really offer.
ST: Chris Boswell (K), Jordan Berry (P), Kameron Canaday (LS)
After a disastrous 2018 season, Boswell re-rewarded the Steelers’ faith in him by returning to form as one of the most accurate kickers in the game. Canaday was re-signed for a reason, so I expect him to make the roster without much issue. Berry isn’t a very good punter but he’s still penciled in until Tomlin or Colbert officially cuts him.

2020 Schedule Predictions

Week 1: at New York Giants (MNF)
I expect both QBs to struggle out of the gate. Jones is a second-year QB who has lost most of his first offseason as a starter while Ben will likely be rusty coming back from injury. The difference will come on the defensive side, where the Giants have no real star-power and the Steelers have plenty.
Prediction: Steelers 20-13
Week 2: vs Denver Broncos
Denver is in a good position to compete for a wildcard spot with what could be a resurgent defense and young playmakers on offense. Adding AJ Bouye and Jurrel Casey with Bradley Chubb coming back from injury, I think they can pull off an upset in Pittsburgh while the offense is still finding its footing.
Prediction: Broncos 17-14
Week 3: vs Houston Texans
The 2020 Texans, for better or worse, remind me of the 2018/2019 Seahawks teams. I think Deshaun Watson will be running around for his life making plays with little-to-no help from the rest of his team, much like Russell Wilson has done the last couple years. Those Seattle teams still made the playoffs, but I’m afraid the bottom may fall out for Houston.
Prediction: Steelers 27-17
Week 4: at Tennessee Titans
Tennessee is a bit of an enigma for me. Unfortunately, I get some 2017 Jaguars vibes where a deep playoff run brought expectations up to an unhealthy level. Still, with home-field advantage, I think they will be too much for the Steelers to handle.
Prediction: Titans 20-17
Week 5: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Another team with a star QB and little supporting cast, I think the Steelers’ secondary will feast on the Eagles’ inexperienced receivers. If they can bottle up Ertz, Philly doesn’t stand much of a chance. Their defense always seems to give us fits, however, so I expect another low scoring game.
Prediction: Steelers 16-9
Week 6: vs Cleveland Browns
I think the Steelers offense will finally hit its stride against a familiar opponent at home. The Browns will put up a fight, but it won’t be enough.
Prediction: Steelers 34-21
Week 7: at Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh is one of maybe two or three defenses in the league capable of corralling Lamar Jackson, as they proved last year. With home-field advantage, however, I think the Ravens’ defense will get enough stops for the offense to pull out the win.
Prediction: Ravens 24-14
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys
It’s no secret that Jason Garrett was allowed to coach Dallas for far too long. I’m not sure that McCarthy is a great coach, but I’m pretty sure he’s better than Garrett. I think Dallas will have the best shot at their division this year and will handle the Steelers at home.
Prediction: Cowboys 24-21
Week 10: vs Cincinnati Bengals
I like a lot of the moves the Bengals have made this offseason and I think they could push for 7 or so wins after a 2-14 season last year, but I don’t believe they’ll be ready to win in Pittsburgh yet.
Prediction: Steelers 31-13
Week 11: at Jacksonville Jaguars
This is a trap game for the Steelers and it’s one I could easily see them dropping if they’re not careful. Looking at the talent on the Jags’ roster, however, I just can’t see them being dangerous enough to pull it off this season.
Prediction: Steelers 20-17
Week 12: vs Baltimore Ravens (TNF)
About once a season Ben just plays flawlessly. It’s usually in or around November, it’s usually at home, and it’s usually in primetime. In each of Ben’s last two seasons (2017 and 2018), it was on a Thursday night. Ask the 2018 Panthers, 2017 Titans, 2016 and 2015 Colts, and the 2014 Ravens what that’s like. It just so happens that a big rivalry game is on a Thursday night in November this year, and my money is on Ben lighting it up. The Ravens won’t go down without a fight, but I think the stars align too much against them for this one.
Prediction: Steelers 35-27
Week 13: vs Washington Football Team
Washington is quietly putting together a talented team, but it all depends on how Haskins develops. I think their team will surprise some people, but at Heinz field and pushing for a playoff spot I’m going with the Steelers to take care of business.
Prediction: Steelers 24-13
Week 14: at Buffalo Bills (SNF)
The Bills’ defense, and especially their secondary, is legit. I think they’ll be able to handle the Steelers’ receivers at home in a fight with major playoff implications.
Prediction: Bills 20-16
Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals (MNF)
Like I said, I think the Bengals will show a lot of progress this year, but they haven’t beaten the Steelers since 2015. Their record in primetime games is abysmal. I’ll believe they can do it when I see it.
Prediction: Steelers 24-20
Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts
I like the Colts’ roster a lot, with the exception of Phillip Rivers. He’s had a ton of talented rosters in the past that have fallen short because he just doesn’t have the clutch gene. Pencil in the Colts to have the chance at a game-winning drive that ends in an interception.
Prediction: Steelers 27-21
Week 17: at Cleveland Browns
A lot of this will depend on if the Browns have imploded or are still in the hunt. Call me unconvinced.
Prediction: Steelers 20-10
Final record prediction: 11-5. 5th seed in AFC
Link to Schemes Section

Closing Notes

I’d like to give a special thanks u/ezDuke for collaborating with me on this write-up. I focused on the portions pertaining to the past (Coaching Changes, Signings, Draft, etc.) whereas Duke focused on the portions pertaining to the future (Camp Battles, 53-Man Roster, Schedule Predictions).
I’d also like to thank u/PlatypusOfDeath for giving us the opportunity to write this piece. I hope everyone found this both enjoyable and informative!
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Don't ever go full REEETARD - Counter to Shorting a Hyper-growth Company -PRPL DD inside

Don't ever go full REEETARD - Counter to Shorting a Hyper-growth Company -PRPL DD inside
There was recently a post from u/jean-claude_vandamme. You can tell he utilized every one of his 47 chromosomes to write it because it is pretty retarded and lacks any real point. His DD is questionable and he has absolutely 0 skin in the game. Here is the article, if you want to leave dumber, take a look.
https://www.reddit.com/wallstreetbets/comments/hbhwqk/purple_prpl_reasons_to_be_short/

Van Dam Making a move
First of all- In summary, he claimed that a handful of us own a massive portion of the outstanding shares, he claimed there have been dilutive offerings and he claimed that the run up was almost certainly because of this forum. There were also claims that small purchases will move the price of the stock drastically.

I would advise against going short for the following reasons:

  • Institutional ownership is a good thing- brings big players to the table that can stabilize the stock. Also his float numbers were pulled from 15 different sites. INSTITUTIONAL OWNERSHIP IS GOOD, it means smart educated firms are investing.
  • This guy literally has no position, other than bent over on his Casper mattress and let's be honest, it's as uncomfortable for us as it is for him. I will sell him puts, that is how confident I am. I have sold more than 500 PUT contracts. See below. If he wants to make some money he should buy some puts or actually short the stock. Mr. VanDam, Tell me which expiration and strikes and I'll be there for you. If these puts are to be called I would need to come up with nearly 650K.
My Current PUT contracts
  • There are 54M shares outstanding of which ~33M are publicly traded.
Float Size
  • I do not own shares, I own warrants, this is the right to buy shares that have not yet been issued.
  • There have been 2 offerings NONE OF THE OFFERINGS HAVE BEEN DILUTIVE, THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERINGS from the founders, they took shares that already existed and registered them for public sale. Please read this statement on the filing. The owners converted class B (private) shares and converted them on 1:1 for class A shares. PURPLE DID NOT RECEIVE A DIME from this SALE and the float remained the same, with more of it being available to the public.
Registration statement claiming no proceeds from sale are going to purple.
  • See Capital Structure
    • Class b shares were exchanged 1:1 for public class A shares.
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  • There are insinuations that a small 10K share transaction will artificially move the stock price. There were nearly 900K shares that traded hands (nearly 18M dollars of transactions) The stock went up 1 cent. Need I say more? Today alone, there was a transaction
Volume, and market CAP
  • I pulled some level 2 Option data to show you tards that the stock movement and option movement are very unlikely to be single individuals.
    • There are several transactions in the tens of thousands of dollars. See level 2 data
    • There were transactions with more than 20K shares changing hands in a single purchase.
Stock Transactions
some transactions are more than 30K dollars
  • Purple YOY performance has been great. See Financial statements:
Financial Statement
  • Below is PURPLE prospectus showing their retail growth and average mattress price growth. Currently purple is in about 1800 stores, in the USA alone there are nearly 30,000 stores. Purple's wholesale penetration is about as small as Jean Claudes IQ and their MOAT is about as thick as his Skull - PURPLE has over 100 patents.
YOY retail growth and Average Mattress selling price of nearly 1900$$$$


Let Website traffic also be an indication of the growing pains they will see.

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Sorry it took so long to respond, I tripped over a money stack today and had to go to the doctor. You can go full retard and trust a guy that gets his due diligence from pornhub or you can trust someone that has been through the big drop and made millions, your call.
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Hey motherfuckers, what's up ?

sitbomm here with another MASTER PIECE full of good shit Let's get started on this shit ASAP cuz i have no time to waste and i want to make this shit as short and straight to the point as possible this will be the HOLYGRAIL of making BIG fucking money just trading binary options online, ok ?! i want to tell you that i will teach you the strategies with REAL MONEY ACCOUNTS EXAMPLES, not bullshit DEMO ACCOUNTS but REAL MONEY ACCOUNTS exactly like on my VIDEO PROOFS too that i included on these folder where you got this guide where you can see myself making $3950 USD and more within FEW MINUTES on a fucking REAL MONEY ACCOUNTS LIVE in front of you, ok guys ?! so all the EXAMPLE images that will be shown here are all from REAL MONEY ACCOUNTS and REAL WON TRADES and REAL FUCKING MONEY made by myself ! so let's get started ! First of all guys i want to share with you the BEST and my FAVORITE BROKERS starting by my FAVORITE ONE now... their only problem is that they don't accept USA customers but that is not a problem cuz i have a way to teach you guys if you are from USA, to sign up with them and use them even though you NOT on USA
The way you guys will do to sign up with them even if you are in USA is FIRST you will buy a license of this VPN called www.COM on website > www.com it is VERY CHEAP... cuz with this VPN, you can pick up any server from a country that is accepted on their site like BRAZIL for example so you pick up their BRAZIL SERVER and use it this will give you a BRAZIL IP ADDRESS on your machine and what will happen is their site will detect it and think that you are in brazil, instead of USA, you know ?! and for sign up '' details '' you can use this site > www.fakenamegenerator.com and select there BRAZIL country and brazil details they will generate some fake ass brazil fullz details for you and you use this details to sign up... and that is ALL YOU NEED.. cuz WHAT WE WANT FROM THEIR SITE IS THEIR '' DEMO MODE '' cuz on their demo mode they give us '' THEIR CHART '' which is the BEST CHART ON WHOLE INTERNET i can GUARANTEE you that, guys ! i been on this trading thing for LONGER THAN ALL YOU and i know which ones are the best and which ones are not so believe me when i say IQ OPTION IS THE BEST CHART! so by signing up like that, you will have access to their demo mode immediately and this is WHAT WE WANT cuz to put my methods and trading strategies to work you guys will have to PRACTICE IT for 2 weeks MINIMUM ! before you even think about jumping on the REAL MONEY accounts... and then when you go to start on real money accounts you can use the other 2 best brokers like bitplutos and finpari this is exactly what i do too i have accounts on ALL THREE brokers and when i go trade on the other 2 i use IQ OPTION demo mode charts along with the other broker bitplutos for example open on my MOBILE PHONE using their mobile app so this way i can TRADE ON THEIR MOBILE APP while using the IQ OPTION chart open at SAME TIME on demo so i can WATCH THE MARKET and spot the perfect trading opportunities based on my strategies and place the trade on the mobile at the SAME INSTANT that they pop up on the chart on IQ this is EXACTLY what i was doing on that VIDEO PROOF that i have included in this folder here with name '' Undeniable Proof $3950 in few minutes! '' i was using IQ options chart open at same time of bitplutos app on my mobile phone, to make that $3950 USD in few minutes!
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No, IQ Option does not accept traders from the USA. IQ Option is not one of the regulated binary options brokers by the CFTC and is not compliant with US regulations. For that reason, the United States is one of IQ Option's restricted countries, despite their reputation as one of the top binary options brokers in the world. <iframe src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-WN69JL" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe> Although IQ Option USA is a division of the company, it does not accept traders from the USA. The firm operates during the trading times of major stock exchanges, i.e. from 09:00 to 23:00 on weekdays. IQ Option Europe Ltd is headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus and is regulated. The website is available in many languages. IQ Option is a popular options, CFDs, and Fx broker with an excellent trading platform. The platform is regulated by CySEC.. Since 2013, IQ Option has been successfully operating its business in the trading market with the best trading instruments and classes. IQ Option USA. Unfortunately, IQ Option is not available to traders in the United States. The broker is available in 178 countries around the world, but the United States has stricter restrictions and regulations, meaning American traders cannot use the broker.

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