Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Player Profile: Defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux

Another in-depth look at one of the newest members of the black-and-gold.

The 6’5, 288-pound defensive lineman was one of four Pittsburgh Steelers’ signings from rookie minicamp. Mondeaux will have a mountain to climb to land a spot on the 53-man roster or the team’s practice squad. Stephon Tuitt, Cam Heyward, and Javon Hargrave are locked in as the 2019 starters along the defensive line. The team also re-signed top backup Tyson Alualu. In 2018, the team carried six defensive linemen into the season.

Too small to play nose tackle, his only true option will be to compete for a backup defensive end position. His competitors at the position will be 2019 sixth rounder Isaiah Buggs, Casey Sayles, Conor Sheehy, and Craig Winston. Overcoming challenges is nothing new to Mondeaux, as he is a type-1 diabetic. The diabetes forces Mondeaux to take insulin daily to manage his condition.

“I deal with that and play football and that’s what I try and play for — kids that get affected by stuff like that. It doesn’t mean that your dreams are over,” Mondeaux said.

“I’ve got to make sure that I know everything that’s going into my body especially even more with my condition,” he said. “So I’d say that’s the toughest part, maintaining my weight and all that.”

The former Oregon Ducks defensive lineman appeared in 41 games in college which spanned four seasons. He had 111 total tackles, 10 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. His senior season was his most productive with 45 total tackles, six for loss, five sacks and one fumble recovery.

His productive college career landed him with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2018. Mondeaux could not crack the final Saints roster and remained a street free agent until December 31 when he was signed to the team’s practice squad.

On February 1, Mondeaux was signed to fill out the Kansas City Chiefs 90-man roster. He lasted just over three months and was cut before the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp. The move cleared the way for him to compete in the Steelers’ minicamp.

On his third team in over a year, it does not bode well for Mondeaux but the others vying for the position are not guaranteed of the final spot and are not household names. Buggs may have a leg up at this stage because of his draft pedigree but he is assured of nothing. Steelers fans know that sixth-round picks are not guaranteed roster spots.

During the Kevin Colbert era, there have been plenty of sixth rounders who have failed to land a spot on the final 53-man roster. According to Pro Football Reference, over a quarter of the Steelers sixth rounders do not make it into the regular season.

Camp body? Or legitimate 53-man roster contender?

Johnson explains his abrupt resignation from Lakers

Before the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game of the 2018-19 season, Magic Johnson stunned the team and the NBA world at large by stepping down as the team’s president of basketball operations. More than a month later, Johnson appeared on ESPN and said that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was the one who was “backstabbing” him.

Johnson did not hold back on “First Take” this morning, saying that Pelinka had circulated talk within the Lakers that Johnson was not working hard or showing up at the office enough. Upon stepping down from his role on April 9, Johnson alluded to the fact he was tired of “all the backstabbing” and “whispering” going on within the Lakers organization. 

The Lakers hired Johnson and Pelinka within weeks of each other in the spring of 2017. In his interview Monday on “First Take,” Johnson said he and Pelinka worked well initially as

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My 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers UDFA sleeper pick for the 53-man roster

My sleeper pick for the UDFA player with the best chance to make the Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 roster is former WVU S Dravon Askew-Henry.

What once was quite rare has now become commonplace across the NFL landscape. A vital aspect of team building for any successful NFL franchise. Priority undrafted free agents are more important than ever. Since the NFL implemented the current seven round format in 1994, more talented players with pro potential go undrafted than in prior years. Therefore, it is not a big surprise that each year undrafted players across the league not only earn spots on practice squads, but often on NFL rosters.

The league imposed salary cap, coupled with the constantly growing salaries of established veteran talent, makes it imperative that each team fills out the back half of their rosters with a cheaper alternative. That’s where the importance of UDFA’s reveals itself.

Teams with great depth at all positions are a thing of the past. Teams with solid depth across the board are now younger teams with an inordinate number of individuals still playing under their rookie contracts. This makes talent evaluations even more important, and also requires a good bit of luck. Not only do you have to nail your draft across the board, but those players need to be able to gel almost instantly and have success as a team right out of the box. Easy to say, much harder to do. This has become the accepted plan for success for many franchises because the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Before you know it you have a roster full of established veterans just waiting to get paid. Roster turnover is unavoidable.

Some positions are much easier to fill with UDFA’s than others. Finding a starting QB utilizing this method would be the equivalent of a Bigfoot or unicorn sighting. Not saying it couldn’t happen, but I will believe it when I see it. However, finding a running back or offensive lineman with starting potential is much more common.

Last season UDFA LB Ola Adeniyi seemed destined to make an impact. His game and body type instantly brought to mind memories of a young James Harrison, and his preseason performance did nothing to dispel those notions. He was a young, inexpensive option at an area of need. After a perfectly timed stint on the injured list, he eventually made the active roster and actually saw a few minutes of live action. His rookie season had to be considered a success for a UDFA. Bigger expectations can be assumed for his sophomore campaign.

So who will be this seasons UDFA with the best chance to make the active roster at some point this season? My sleeper pick is former WVU S Dravon Askew-Henry. There are a multitude of other talented possibilities at the moment, but I feel Askew-Henry is the best option at the biggest area of need. Tight end could be argued as the biggest area of need, but at least the Steelers selected a TE in the draft this season. Safety was not addressed at any point in this draft class, or free agency for that matter. A few UDFA safeties have been brought in since the draft, but Askew-Henry appears to be the best option at free safety.

Askew-Henry is a natural free safety. He is a high effort player who has developed a lot of bad habits. That often happens when the talent surrounding you is severely limited. You try to do too much to overcome the shortcomings of your teammates and lose your defensive integrity. This resulted in plenty of bad angles, both against the run and in coverage. It also slowed his play recognition and reaction time. I don’t believe this was a indictment on his instincts, which I believe to be adequate.

Askew-Henry was asked to fill like a LB and cover like a CB for WVU’s undersized gimmicky 3-3-5 defense, and he did it all to the best of his ability. He has decent size and speed for a free safety, having run a 4.52 forty at his pro day. He was brought in for a predraft visit, unofficial because he was considered a local prospect, but obviously the interest was mutual. Another player from this year’s additions who is thrilled to be a Steeler. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to notice a trend.

So now my sleeper pick has been made known. Who do you consider from this group of UDFA’s to have the best opportunity to make an impact? Please vote and explain your pick in the comments below. This should be interesting. As always, Go Steelers!

LOOK: Giannis Antetokounmpo ignores trash-talking Drake during Game 3 of Bucks vs. Raptors

Drake is a self-acknowledged walking sports curse as much as he is a music celebrity, and he kept up his trash-talking court-side tradition on Sunday night during Game 3 of the NBA‘s Eastern Conference Finals.

The biggest star on the opposing side, however, paid absolutely no mind to him.

Weeks after the Toronto-born artist exchanged words with the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Drake couldn’t get the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to bite, chirping at the big man during the Raptors’ 118-112 overtime victory and getting nothing but a cold shoulder.

The “Greek Freak” has rarely been one to command the spotlight outside of his play, so it’s not surprising he chose to ignore Drake’s jabs. His team was also in the middle of a blown opportunity to go up 3-0 in the series — a game in which Giannis

Indians vs. Athletics odds, line: MLB picks, predictions for May 20 from model on 97-73 roll

The Cleveland Indians look to take advantage of their 11-game home stand when they face the Oakland Athletics on Monday. The Indians (25-20) have won two in a row and five of their last seven. Meanwhile, the Athletics (22-25), fifth in the AL West and nine behind Houston, have also been hot, winning three in a row and seven of their last 11. Monday’s first pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. ET from Progressive Field. The latest Indians vs. Athletics odds show Cleveland favored at -173 on the money line (risk $173 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is eight. Before making any Indians vs. Athletics picks of your own, listen to the MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following

Reports: Connelly opts to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly will apparently be back where he was last season: serving as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets.

Connelly had interviewed for the Washington Wizards’ president of basketball operations vacancy, but has reportedly decided to stay with the Nuggets, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and NBCSportsWashington.com’s Chris Miller. Connelly played a significant role in Denver’s post-Carmelo Anthony rebuild, which included the drafting of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray as well as signing Paul Millsap in free agency. 

Can confirm per a source that Tim Connelly will stay in Denver. First reported by @wojespn. I’m told he has unfinished business in Denver. #DCFamily#NBA

— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) May 20, 2019

Per Wojnarowski, Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke made an aggressive case to keep Connelly once the Wizards extended him an offer over the weekend. With Connelly out of the mix in D.C., the Wizards are expected to turn

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MLB DFS: Edwin Encarnacion and top picks for May 20 DraftKings and FanDuel daily Fantasy baseball lineups

The MLB schedule for Monday includes 10 games and plenty of big-name pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, David Price and Mike Soroka. The top-priced hitters include Mike Trout, Alex Bregman and Kris Bryant, and MLB DFS players have a variety of tournaments and cash games to choose from. FanDuel is running a Monday MLB Rally, while DraftKings is holding an MLB $300K Perfect Game. The key to winning big in those MLB DFS tournaments is to mix high-end players with value picks who can surprise with big returns, so before finalizing any of your MLB DFS picks for Monday, be sure to see what Mike McClure has to say. He’s a professional DFS player who has won almost $2 million in his career, and his optimal lineups, advice and player pool can help you crush your rosters on

Kylian Mbappe surprisingly hints at PSG summer transfer exit during Ligue 1 awards ceremony

Kylian Mbappe is far and away one of the world’s best players and is a vital part of PSG blueprint for European glory. But after accepting Player of the Year honors at the Ligue 1 awards ceremony, the 20-year-old phenom hinted that he could be open to a new home in search of “greater responsibility.”

Mbappe, who had 32 goals and six assists in 28 matches, called this moment a potentially “turning point in my career.”

“I think that it is a very important moment for me as I feel that I am approaching a first, or second, turning point in my career,” Mbappe said. “I have discovered a lot of things here and I feel that it is perhaps time for greater responsibility.

“I hope that it will be with PSG, which would be with great

Previewing the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 2019 regular season schedule

Previewing the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 2019 regular season schedule

The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the final quarter of their 2019 NFL regular season on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. They’ll also play their final two games on the road against the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. In this preview, we’ll look at the teams the Steelers will face, additions those teams made […]

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Soccer Power Rankings: Move over La Liga, 2019 has been all about Premier League dominance

The Premier League is as popular of a league as you’ll find in the world, but dominance is measured on the continental scale. For the last handful of years, Europe has been dominated by Spain. Spanish clubs have won the past five Champions Leagues and eight of the past 12. Spanish clubs have conquered the Europa Leagues (UEFA Cup) in eight of the past 13 seasons. 

Entering this season, English teams had only won one Champions League title in this decade. This season is different story because we have an all-Premier League matchup in the Champions League and Europa League — something that has never happened before. Liverpool will face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, while Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in the Europa League final in Baku. 

Is this a sign that the Premier League