NFL Notes: Visits, NFLPA, Eagles, Steelers



  • DeMaurice Smith was re-elected as NFLPA executive director by a 14-0 vote from the selection committee. (Jim Trotter)



Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said OLB James Harrison received no snaps last week because they wanted to go with the “hot hand” of OLB Anthony Chickillo.

Is [Harrison] dropping [on the depth chart] or are other guys ascending?” said Tomlin, via Conor Orr of Around The NFL. “Bud [Dupree] missed some time in Week 1, [Anthony] Chickillo was able to start. Chickillo produced two sacks. Respect those contributions. T.J. [Watt] got hurt in Week 2; wanted to leave the hot hands in there. Chickillo being that hot hand. We appreciate James. We know what James is capable of. James will ready himself.”

Tomlin insisted that “there will be a time” for Harrison and the team will continue to rotate linebackers.

There will be a time in the season where we’ll call on his services, and he’ll deliver and he’ll deliver in a big way,” said Tomlin. “Much like he did in the latter part of 2016. In the meanwhile, man, we’re going to continue to roll people and play guys that we see fit and not do a real good job of maybe describing our mindset or outlining our intentions because part of it is gamesmanship and part of it is it will define itself as we move forward.”

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