Steelers LB Marshall McFadden Starting To Get Well Deserved Press

If Pittsburgh Steelers second-year inside linebacker Marshall McFadden had a fan club, I would probably be a charter member. No, the South Carolina State product is not a lock to make the 53 man roster out of training camp just yet, but he is starting to open a few eyes this year in training camp.

On Monday, Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest sang McFadden\’s praises not only on Twitter, but on the evening edition of Steelers Live as well.

“Marshall McFadden is somebody to watch. Looks like James Harrison, hits like Harrison, nasty like Harrison,” Labriola posted on his Twitter account.

Of course McFadden plays an entirely different position than Harrison did, but you can certainly see how impressed Labriola is of him nonetheless.

McFadden reportedly took his fair share of reps Monday during the first backs on backers drill of training camp and represented himself well. After whipping running back Baron Batch on one of the reps, Batch apparently took issue and the two likely would have scrapped had running backs coach Kirby Wilson not intervened.

McFadden led the Steelers in tackles last year during the preseason, but it should be noted that those tackles came very late in games. He does figure, however, to see more reps this year during the preseason with the second team and how he plays during those games will more than likely determine whether or not he makes the final roster or lands on the practice squad for a second season in a row.

McFadden told me over the offseason that he is a lot more comfortable in the defense now as opposed to last year. He also said he can play both the BUCK and the MACK spot as well as call the defense.

Keep your eyes peeled for McFadden moving forward, as he is no longer a secret.

  • Shea Fahr

    I think he was also setting the Defense last year during the preseason as well…This is a do or die year for him and I think he will do.

  • BurgherinMD

    This team just needs a few former CFAs, like McFadden and a few O-linemen, to take that next step to provide quality depth/push to start as well as a few of the late draft picks like Williams and Hawthorne and this team will be just fine

  • Steve

    It’s a good start, with the season being long. Keep up the good work.

  • dgh57

    Lets see here, he looks, hits, is as nasty as Harrison, knows the defense, can play both the Buck & Mack position, sounds like a formula for success to me! So I agree, I see McFadden getting earlier looks against better talent and maybe even a start this preseason and if he passes the test he makes the team.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I wouldn’t quite say it’s do or die. He’s only in his second year and still has plenty of practice squad eligibility ahead of him, so even if he doesn’t make it onto the roster this year, he’ll have more opportunities. Come this time next year, the team could be without Sylvester and Foote, Vince Williams is no lock for anything, and Sean Spence is a big question mark. I like his chances this year, but I also think he still has time if he’s not quite ready.

  • Madi

    McFadden is one of my picks to surprise this preseason and I hope he makes the team, but the James Harrison comparisons are a little nuts.

  • cencalsteeler

    Great news! Love for that D to create the fear factor it was once known for.

  • Shea Fahr

    I had no idea Matt, for some reason I thought he had expired his Practice Squad availability…I still do think he is the most current/progressive “fringe” player that has the best chance to make the cut at ILB goes though.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Kicked their butt MC!!!!. We need you to step up!!!!!

  • Matthew Marczi

    I think the fact that he started off taking second team reps and can call the defense is a good indication that he’ll make the roster, although I wouldn’t guarantee it just yet. Personally I think Williams spends a year on the practice squad and Sylvester gets one last chance to prove his worth. It’ll be interesting to see what the Steelers do when/if Spence is ready to return at some point midseason though.

  • steeltown

    One of my favorite young guys, you could tell from last year that he had the potential when he led the Team in tackles during preseason and then I learned he can potentially play MACK and BUCK then I started getting excited about him, we need quality depth behind Foote and Timmons

  • steeltown

    I believe 3 seasons is the max you can place a player on your particular PS and if he’s active for 10games or more than he is no longer eligible as well. I think McFadden was only active for 1 game last year. He ‘could’ be placed on the PS but something tells he earns a spot this year

  • steeltown

    You could be right.

  • steeltown

    Love this guy… another undrafted player that could potentially contribute in the near future

  • Shea Fahr

    Yeah, me too…I think I was confusing the DE Al Woods with McFadden as far as PS eligibility goes…

  • Wesley Hawkins

    Y does Lebeau get so muxh credit. All of our DC’s had a great defenss, He is not great he has bn fortunate to b part of a great organization ! ChecK his stats away from Pittsburgh,they stink !!