Second killing may be linked to former Packers LB Carlos Gray’s death, police say

A man found shot to death Tuesday near Birmingham, Ala., possibly was killed in retaliation for former Packers linebacker Carlos Gray’s shooting death Monday, authorities told area media (via The Associated Press).
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Darryl Thomas, 21, appears to have been shot in retribution and his body dumped along a road, sheriff’s officials said.

At least one of the suspects in Thomas’ death is believed to have been a close friend of Gray.

No one has been charged in either death.

Elite Alex McGough Jersey Gray, 25, was found wounded and unresponsive Monday night in his Pinson, Ala., home, according to police (via al.com).

Gray’s girlfriend had seen him alive when she left the home an hour earlier.

Durability also is a critical factor. Rosen has good size at 6-4, 220 pounds, but there are questions about his ability to stay healthy after missing the last half of his sophomore season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He then missed two games last season due to a pair of concussions.

The traits that will go down as Roethlisberger’s signature strengths on the field 鈥?his competitiveness and his confidence 鈥?are also sources of weakness. He can overcome bad games knowing he’s capable of anything with his physical talents, but that confidence can translate to the kind of jerkiness that can be detrimental to a team. For example, the tension between Roethlisberger and Todd Haley contributed to the Steelers’ offensive coordinator change this offseason. The QB also never had the greatest relationship with wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was traded to the Raiders.

The Steelers did think about helping Roethlisberger when they hired his beloved quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner as coordinator to replace Haley. They thought about Roethlisberger again when they drafted wide receiver James Washington in the second round to replace Bryant. Pittsburgh is pushing the right buttons on Roethlisberger without having to reprogram him. The Rudolph selection simply is a sneaky way of motivating Big Ben out of his comfort zone.

If Pittsburgh’s overall offseason goal was making Roethlisberger realize the team’s window to win another Super Bowl with him is shrinking fast, consider it accomplished. The Steelers are expecting Roethlisberger to respond with another spike in his play, and his swagger suggests he will deliver. Even if that production comes out of arrogance, it’s good for the team’s bottom Cedric Ogbuehi Authentic Jersey line.

Pittsburgh’s only real QB competition in 2018 will be between Jones, Dobbs and Rudolph for the backup role. Even so, the team could not have found a better carrot to dangle in front of its veteran starter.

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