Report: Steelers NT Alameda Ta\’amu Has Lost 27 Pounds

In my Friday night post about Alameda Ta\’amu, I recapped the negative surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers second-year nose tackle, who will start training camp on the Active PUP list, so today it is only fair to post some positive news about him.

According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Ta’amu injured the hamstring that landed him on the physically unable to perform list two weeks ago when he was running sprints. In addition, Wexell\’s report goes on to say Ta’amu has lost 27 pounds and has traded in that gut of his for a bigger chest and shoulders.

Since his incident last October, Ta\’amu has said he has quit drinking, and that he\’s been around Pittsburgh quite a bit working out at the Steelers facility. The weight loss is proof of his dedication and now all that is left is for him to show some improvement on the football field.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said the Washington product could be sidelined for days as he continues to rehab his hamstring, so hopefully he will not miss much more than a few practices.

Once Ta\’amu is allowed to practice, it will be interesting to see where he is in the pecking order. During the offseason, he reportedly received reps with the second and third-team defense; however, some of those second-team reps were split with defensive end Al Woods.

  • Jason Brant

    I like it.

  • Ahmad

    Well at least he was trying to get into shape. Hopefully he can show something on the practice field.

  • Derrick

    Hopefully he steps his play up. We don’t need any dead weight this year.

  • Jazz

    Bravo, wish I would have known this before I posted my other reply. This guy has a rap for being in poor shape, he has only himself to blame for that too. However, I have to give credit were credit is due.

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  • sgtrobo

    27 lbs of blubber is a lot of weight. 21-year old gets the
    workout bug and puts on a bunch of muscle while dropping bodyfat, that’s
    beautiful. this is truly excellent news. If Ta’amu can recapture the form that made him so ridiculously dominant in his junior season vs. Nebraska in that bowl game, we have someone who has potential similar to Star Lotulelei. That would enable McLendon to kick out to either DE position in a rotation with whichever 1st rounder is there, OR….give us a bit of leverage in negotiations with Ziggy in a contract year. Of course, he has to heal up and show something on the field, but it’s a good thing that he injured it working out before camp rather than injuring it during camp because he was out of shape.

  • Robert Schultz

    Most importantly! He matured and quit drinking !!!!

    Great job Alameda !!