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Steelers continue secondary overhaul, trade for Bucs safety J.J. Wilcox

The Steelers continued to revamp their secondary Sunday by acquiring safety J.J. Wilcox from the Buccaneers.

Wilcox, who is entering his fifth NFL season, has played at least 13 games in each of his first four seasons. He served as a starter for the Cowboys in 2014. During that season, he accumulated 74 tackles, three interceptions and five passes deflected.
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Laremy Tunsil Game Jersey Wilcox had signed a two-year deal with the Bucs this offseason after spending his first four seasons in Dallas. He will likely serve as Pittsburgh’s No. 3 safety to start the season.

The Steelers also signed Browns stowaway cornerback Joe Haden, and traded away corner Ross Cockrell to the Giants earlier this week.

That was just behind Robby Anderson (54) for tops among offensive skill position players, though Kearse had the much bigger day in the box score. Kearse turned nine targets into seven receptions for 59 yards. The Jets aren’t going to score often — they registered 12 points against a shaky Bills defense, after all — but Kearse will flirt with flex numbers if he sustains a large role. Rookies Chad Hansen (47 snaps) and ArDarius Stewart (36 snaps), meanwhile, worked as the team’s Nos. 3 and 4 receivers. The progression of both should be monitored, especially if one is able to emerge into an every-down player.

The biggest surprise from the Raiders’ 26-16 season-opening win at the Titans was the coronation of kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to Silver and Black folk hero. Signed off the practice squad a day earlier to replace Sebastian Janikowski after the franchise’s all-time scoring leader was placed on Injured Reserve, Tavecchio drilled field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards, plus a PAT. He spent the previous four years in camp with Oakland so he has built relationships. No wonder the locker room exploded when coach Jack Del Rio awarded Tavecchio a game ball.