Report: Steelers Move Stevenson Sylvester To Outside Linebacker

Last Thursday I wrote about how I thought fourth-year linebacker Stevenson Sylvester might have to show some position flexibility in order to make the Pittsburgh Steelers 53 man roster in 2013. Now, nearly one week later, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting Wednesday that Sylvester has been moved outside after predominantly working inside since he was drafted in 2010.

“I am just doing whatever they tell me,” Sylvester said per Kaboly\’s report. “If they want me to go outside, I’ll go outside. If they want me to go inside, I’ll go inside.”

While Sylvester apparently hasn\’t been told why he is being moved, he\’s trying to learn all about the outside position anyway that he can and that includes watching plenty of tape and constantly talking to the other outside linebackers on the roster.

As I pointed out last week, Sylvester did receive some playing time at left outside linebacker during the one and only preseason game that he played in last year, but that didn\’t amount to many snaps. The news that he is being moved outside for good, however, can\’t be viewed as a positive, and you have to think that he\’s currently way outside of the roster bubble heading into training camp.

Sylvester\’s position switch likely means Marshall McFadden has impressed enough to now be considered a serious contender for a roster spot. McFadden can play both the BUCK and MACK position, so I suspect we will see quite a bit of him during the preseason once the starters exit.

Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said back in April that this upcoming offseason was going to be a make-or-break one for Sylvester, and it looks like the arrow is pointing heavily in the break direction right now as the team starts to wrap up their offseason practices.

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    McFadden & the Florida St Rookie Williams are Next up at MLB. Sylvesters best chance is at OLB.. Woodley wont play 16 games

  • TJimmy

    Steelers prophet Dave Bryan strikes again. Just keep up on this site and you’ll know what’s coming next (sometimes).

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Ouch! I’d say he’s probably done too. 3 spots are a lock and it sounds like Adrian Robinson will make the roster this year. I’m not a fan of Chris Carter, but I don’t see any room for him ahead of these guys. Sucks too cause I was hoping he showed he has what it takes this year.

  • dgh57

    Sly makes it only if he beats out Carter or they keep 10 LBs! I don’t see them keeping 10 LBs on the roster so his chances are slim. So that leaves injuries as his only hope.

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  • Mike.H

    If Dave Bryan’s this keen on observations; don’t ever play CHESS with that brilliant man. y’all ain’t got a chance.

  • Mike.H

    Glad to hear Robinson and Vince Williams are looking good; that eases the pain of Sean Spence tragedy somewhat.

    I hope Spence comes back strong so next yr’s draft choices will be on Safety and other pressing needs.

  • steeltown

    I have liked McFadden since he signed, there is something about his tenacious nature, sort of reminds me of Will Johnsons battle to make it in the NFL

  • Ahmad

    At this point I really don’t see Sly making the roster.

  • Madi

    Alright, you guys can go ahead and plaster me for this, but as a regular reader of this site, I had to make a Disqus account and offer some constructive criticism. All of the “as I predicted last week” stuff is driving me absolutely crazy. Seems like every article, or at least every day.

    It would be poor form to so shamelessly brag even if it was an impressive prediction that no one saw coming. And when it is an impressive prediction, other people will point it out for you. But come on, we already knew Sylvester was a bubble player, and as you point out later in the same article, it was public knowledge that he “might have to show some position flexibility” when he was asked to show some position flexibility a YEAR ago.

    Wow, you predicted that Jarvis Jones would backup Jason Worilds and see a few snaps per game. That’s only been every remotely informed Steeler fan’s assumption since the moment he was drafted, and for lots of people, since a month before he was drafted. And now the Steelers’ coaches are saying, “Well, we’re not going to put him on the field if he has no idea what he’s doing.” Yep, just like you predicted. How DO you do it?

    I know I’m the bad guy here and I can take the heat, and maybe you’re just trying to drive traffic to old articles, but my unsolicited advice to you is to pull back a little. Try to find another way of working those links in, if that’s what it’s about. It’s not a pleasant reading experience to feel like the author is asking you for applause, especially when it’s so repetitive, and especially when it’s not deserved. There’s no way other people aren’t noticing too.
    Otherwise, this is a great site and a great place to get info, so keep up the good work! 🙂

  • charles

    Thanks for thee reality check. I don’t care for the “I predicted this” but I very much enjoy the speculation by the site and the repliers. It is preprepreseason, there, in fact, is little real news that Tomlin and Colbert are going to give us, so speculation is all that we have .

  • SteelersDepot

    Ha. I learned a long, long time ago that my style of poor writing wouldn’t be enjoyed by all that read it, but I am totally fine with that. While most of my readers religiously hit the site multiple times daily, several do not, so that’s when pointing to previous post comes into play. I would point to more of the wrong things that I’ve speculated about, but I don’t have many of those to point to. 🙂 If you like something, read it, if you don’t like something, I promise not to hate you. I’m bipolar, obsessive compulsive and suffer from ADD and insomnia, so writing is therapy for me. If people enjoy it, all the better, if they don’t, I won’t lose sleep over it because I don’t sleep much as it is anyway! Be well, Madi, and be kind to dogs and cats in the process.

  • Madi

    Alright, fair enough. As long as you’re aware 🙂