First Call: Ex-Steeler shines at QB in Cleveland; Roquan Smith willing to stay in Chicago; Ravens extend preseason streak


An ex-Steelers quarterback is on fire with his new team this preseason. Roquan Smith’s dream seems to have died for Pittsburgh fans. The Ravens just can’t lose in August. And Pittsburgh has two champions in some very unique sports.

All that in Monday’s “First Call”.

And the beat continues

Baltimore Ravens’ uncanny preseason win streak continues. They won their 22nd straight preseason game on Sunday night, squeezing by the Arizona Cardinals, 24-17.

Isaiah probably had eight catches and 100 yards for the Ravens.

Meanwhile, during Sunday night’s Ravens-Cardinals pregame show, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson has offered more money than the Cardinals have agreed to pay quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray’s new money average at his five-year extension is $46.1 million. Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson’s deal will pay out $46 million a year over five years, all of which is fully guaranteed.

Jackson has said he wants a new contract before the regular season starts.

Show consistency

For the second time in as many preseason attempts, former Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs starred for the Cleveland Browns.

In Game 1 last week, Dobbs was 10 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Browns defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-13.

On Sunday, he was 14 out of 20 for 141 yards through the air. Dobbs picked up 47 yards rushing and also scored a touchdown with his feet.

He got 36 yards when his shirt was torn apart.

However, the Eagles won the game 21-20. Another former Steeler, wide receiver Deon Cain, was a big reason why.

Cain made a total of five catches for 66 yards for Philadelphia.

oh well

So much for the Steelers’ dream of acquiring Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith in a trade.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, it looks like Smith will suspend his contractual concerns and play for the Bears this season.

Also from Chicago, rookie safety Jaquan Brisker underwent surgery on a wanderer’s thumb. The club is not ruling out the Gateway graduate for week 1.

Brisker was a first-team All-Big Ten at Penn State last year.

More sports

• Madden Monday: Steelers offensive line ‘maybe worse’ than last year – and it could affect QB thinking too
• Ben Cherington’s Challenge: Make pirates a winner while maintaining a strong farm system
• Stock up, stock down on Steelers after the second preseason game

Mad Manoah

The New York Yankees won for the third time in their last 12 games on Sunday. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.

In the fifth inning, things picked up steam. That’s when Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch from Toronto starter Alek Manoah.

The pitch didn’t seem intentional, especially based on Manoah’s reaction. But the two exchanged glances and Judge barked some words as he made his way to first base. Just then, former pirate Gerrit Cole came onto the field and pretended to fight Manoah.

The banks started to empty. But then Cole was stopped by Yankees coaches, and the situation died down.

After the match, Manoah insisted he wasn’t trying to hit Judge. Then he called Cole for acting like a fake tough guy.

“I told him, ‘I’m not trying to do that.'” Manoah said of Judge. “I think he understood that. And I think if Gerrit wants to do something, he can walk past Audi’s sign next time.”

Manoah was referring to the luxury car brand’s logo sprayed on the grass at the Yankee Stadium dugout.

As for Cole, he just said he kind of had a short fuse and didn’t like that Yankees hitters were kind of “dusted off” lately.

“It’s the heat of the moment. Nobody likes to be beaten,” Judge said. “Everyone watches the game, everyone participates. It doesn’t matter who gets hit, everyone will make an exception. Dugout had a few things to say and then you move on.”

With the loss, Toronto dropped to eight games from the American League East-leading Yankees. The Jays are on par with the Tampa Bay Rays for second place.

Puca perfection

The Pittsburgh Pucas hurling team is national champion.

They won the US Gaelic Athletic Association (junior C) title in Chicago this weekend. They defeated Portland, Maine (39-16) on Friday, Naperville, Illinois, on Saturday (25-7) and a team from Charlotte in the final, 34-4, on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Banshees (women’s Gaelic soccer) also won their tournament crown (junior B) in Chicago on Sunday.

They defeated the Fog City Harps (San Francisco), 8:8-1:7, to claim the title.

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

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