Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 9:33 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly could use an inside linebacker in the upcoming 2013 draft as position is mighty thin and likely to get thinner depending on the ability of Sean Spence being able to come back from the knee injury that he suffered last preseason.
Should Larry Foote ultimately end up being re-signed, and it looks like he will be, the Steelers will only have him and Lawrence Timmons as the two inside linebackers with serious game experience underneath their belts. Stevenson Sylvester, a restricted free agent that is expected to be tendered soon, has yet to play 100 snaps on the Read more [...]
Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 4:10 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace was absent for all of training camp last year due to his unhappiness with his contract situation. During his time away from the team the Steelers gave fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown an extension that included an 8.5 million signing bonus.
Brown was asked last Wednesday on 98.7 ESPN Radio New York if there was any awkwardness between he and Wallace in the locker room last season because he was the receiver that received the new contract.
"Some bit of awkwardness," said Brown. "You know, a guy who had been there longer than I and definitely Read more [...]
Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Season 3, Episode 79 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk first about what we have observed over the course of the first few days of the 2013 NFL combine and how it relates to the Pittsburgh Steelers. We talk offensive linemen, wide receivers, running backs, tight ends, as well as several other positions, and we take a long hard look at whether or not we think the Steelers will trade down in the first round.
Kevin Colbert talked at the combine last week so we discuss what he had to say about linebacker Sean Spence, tight end Heath Miller and several other topics. Read more [...]
Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 9:36 am
Alabama guard Chance Warmack is regarded by many as the top interior linemen in the 2013 draft class. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock even went as far to say that he might very well be the best football player in this draft.
If Warmack is indeed number the number one interior lineman on several of the draft boards, then North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper easily holds the number two ranking.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the 17th overall pick in the April draft, and as I pointed out recently, there is a good chance that Warmack, and Cooper for that matter, will more than likely still be on Read more [...]
Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 9:05 am
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had a solid showing at the NFL combine on Sunday and during his NFL Network interview he admitted that the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of many teams that he met with while in Indianapolis.
Smith is expected to be long gone by the time that the 17th pick rolls around, but the Steelers are doing their due diligence just the same.
A smoke screen, perhaps? Sure, it is possible. General manager Kevin Colbert has stated ever since the season ended that all positions are open to being drafted in every round, and that includes the quarterback position. Do we really Read more [...]
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 7:54 pm
As the days click down to the start of the new league year date of March 12, the name of Pittsburgh Steelers guard Willie Colon will remain a talking point as he is one of a handful players that could possibly be released, restructured, or asked to take a cut in salary prior to the Steelers needing to be cap compliant.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Saturday that there has yet to be any talks between the Steelers and Colon's agent, Joe Linta about his client possibly taking a pay cut. Colon is scheduled to earn a base salary in 2013 of $5.5 million.
Is this surprising? Read more [...]
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
The defensive backs are getting their time with media Sunday at the NFL combine and Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reports via Twitter that Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is scheduled to have a formal interview tonight with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This news is not surprising at all as the Steelers seem certain to draft a safety that can play both inside the box and deep at some point during the draft in April.
Vaccaro can play both the run and the pass effectively and is forecasted by many to be drafted in the first round after a successful college career.
The Steelers need to start grooming Read more [...]
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 1:37 pm
It should come as no surprise that Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting on Sunday that Eric Metz, the agent for former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston, will meet Sunday with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert in Indianapolis at the NFL combine.
Metz told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week that he has been talking to four or five teams and that there is mutual interest between Breaston and the Steelers.
As we pointed out immediately after Breaston was terminated by the Chiefs, the Woodland Hills graduate is a natural free agent fit Read more [...]
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 10:46 am
By Christopher DiMarino
This article continues along with my pre combine look at key positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For an explanation on how the rankings are calculated please reference the link below:
The Steelers had one of the worst running attacks in recent memory last season. Whether or not the blame is on the offensive line or running backs, it's clear that both need work. The Steelers should figure to still have Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer in the mix, but adding Read more [...]
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 10:13 am
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o now has his media session at the NFL combine behind him. Te'o seemed to handle it all well and he didn't flinch at any question that was asked off him.
Sure, Te'o, like all of the other draft hopefuls, rehearsed leading up to their interviews with the media and teams, but that's what these players do leading up to the biggest job interview of their life.
Now that most of story about Te'o is out there, all he has left to do is get through his drills.
Now that you have had a chance to take in the whole process from the National Championship up until his Saturday Read more [...]
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 8:50 am
The 2013 NFL combine continues on in Indianapolis and on Saturday Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill said in his talk with the media that the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the teams that he had already met with, according to Penn Live.
At 6 foot, 1 inch and 291 pounds Hill is a little light in the pants currently to play nose tackle in the Steelers 3-4 defense, but he made it known that he is willing to make the transition from the 4-3 that he played in college if he is asked to do it.
"I'm a guy that can make a play down the field even though I'm a defensive tackle," Hill said, via Read more [...]
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 5:09 pm
One draft hopeful that has been linked to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last several weeks is Oregon linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan. On Saturday Jordan announced at the NFL Scouting Combine that he'll have surgery to repair a torn labrum.
With his surgery just now taking place, Jordan is expected to be out of commission for at least three months, and maybe more. This time out means that he will miss working out at his pro day and it could cause him to miss the entire offseason program with the team that winds up drafting him. Jordan is, however, expected to be ready for training camp.
Depending Read more [...]
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 4:37 pm
On Thursday, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert updated the status of linebacker Sean Spence, the teams third-round draft pick from last April, who suffered a serious knee injury last preseason. During his update Colbert said Spence is doing everything that the doctors and trainers are telling him to do but that there is still no timetable for his return. Colbert said that fingers are crossed that he can return, but added that an injury of that significance heals at a different pace for different people.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Saturday that Spence Read more [...]
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers guard Willie Colon is a well talked about player this offseason. The starting left guard unfortunately ended the 2012 season on injured reserve after injuring his knee. That made three straight seasons that Colon has lost time due to injury and his time in Pittsburgh could very well come to an end as a result.
Colon continues to rehab his injured knee right now and teammate Ramon Foster, who is also currently in limbo as a an unrestricted free agent, reached out to his fellow linemate on Thursday to see how he is doing.
"Just grinding my good brother, and waiting on the Read more [...]
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 11:34 am
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked to the media and SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday about the entire combine process and what he and the organization get out of the week.
Colbert was asked in his radio interview to give a summary about the week that they spend at the combine.
"The week that we spend here with this collective group of 333 guys is huge," said Colbert. "To accomplish the medical information that we get, the personal information, the interviews, and of course the workout, you never would be able to do this over a course of six months, let alone six days. Read more [...]
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 10:22 am
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will be at the NFL combine this week but he will not participate in any of the on-the-field drills after suffering a third serious knee injury this past November that ended his season.
Mauti, who likely would have been a second or third round prospect had he stayed healthy, vows to return from his latest injury and he let all 32 teams know that, along with how important the game means to him, in the form of a hand written letter that he sent to each and every team.
"I've done it twice now, and I'm going to do it again," Mauti said of making a comeback, Read more [...]
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 4:55 pm
Soon-to-be former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is pretty confident that he will be getting paid this offseason. How confident? The Mississippi product took to Twitter on Friday to say that he has recently purchased himself a Phantom. That's right, he either bought himself a Rolls-Royce or a fancy watch. Wallace added in his tweet that he has always wanted one.
If the Steelers former third-round draft pick is talking about a car, I highly doubt he bought a scaled down Hot Wheels version. Phantoms go around $400K. Read more [...]
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 3:58 pm
The 2013 NFL combine continues on in Indianapolis and another player has been identified as one that the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet with for 15 minutes. Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reports via Twitter that USC wide receiver Robert Woods has indicated that he has a meeting scheduled with the black and gold. Teams are allowed to meet with 60 players during the week.
Woods measured in on Friday at 6003, 201 and is currently regarded my many as a top ten wide receiver in the draft this year. He figures to be drafted somewhere in the second or third round.
In his three years at USC Woods Read more [...]
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm
Renowned trainer Tom Shaw reached out to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley after the 2012 season ended and invited him to train down in Florida at the Wide World of Sports Complex this offseason alongside cornerback Ike Taylor. Woodley turned the invitation down as he had already made plans to work out in Arizona, presumable at the urging of safety Ryan Clark, who said this past week that he had talked to the linebacker all season long about doing just that.
While Woodley will not be taking Shaw up on his offer, cornerback Cortez Allen evidently has again as Shaw posted a photo Friday Read more [...]
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 11:53 am
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery had a late offseason departure for Duke University, his alma mater, and several in the media have speculated that he might have been forced out of Pittsburgh.
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network on Twitter, Duke gave Montgomery a $500,000 raise to lure him back to be a college assistant at the school he once played for.
According to the Duke Chronicle, Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe said that Montgomery’s return would be the perfect way to fill the void left by the departures of wide receivers coach Read more [...]