Steelers Sign Free Agent TE Nathan Overbay; Waive T Mike Farrell

Being as the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently short healthy tight ends on their 90 man roster, they were forced to make a roster move on Thursday. Burt Lauten reports on Twitter that the team signed free agent tight end Nathan Overbay and waived tackle Mike Farrell on Thursday.

Overbay, the nephew of former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay, entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Washington with the Denver Broncos in 2010. Since that time, he has been on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions.

During his college career, Overbay caught 42 passes for 601 yards and six touchdowns.

The signing of Overbay means that Matt Spaeth will most certainly not play Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants. Spaeth injured his foot Wednesday during practice and was being evaluated back in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The Steelers are also still without the services of Heath Miller and David Johnson as well, as both remain on the Active PUP list as they continue to rehab their knees.

Farrell was originally signed as undrafted free agent out of Penn State at the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft.

  • Mike.H

    Dave or others: I’m football newbie; Who does the TE block besides double team block helping out the OL?

  • steeltown

    Just need the bodies at this point.. I think Paulson and Jamie McCoy are both more than capable of making some plays and contributing, but being that we are so thin at the position you really don’t want to risk injury to either of those guys, even a guy like McCoy at this juncture atleast not once you’re in the 2nd half. I expect to see a lot of John Rabe and Tuitupou in the 3rd and 4th Qtrs

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The TE can do a couple different things to contribute in the run game depending on where he lines up. He can line up on the end and chip the DE. Or he can head up field and set the edge by blocking the OLB. He can also go in motion and lead the sweep, blocking on the outter edge. But perhaps his biggest value is faking a pass play (by running a route) and then when the defense realizes it’s a run, he peels off and blocks the S or CB deep down the field. When you see a 40+ yard run, there is almost always a big block down field from the TE or WR.

  • steeltown

    Yep.. and some fans hate on certain TE’s because they excel more so in the blocking dept. than they do with pass catching.
    I guess im old school in my train of thought when it comes to this. I prefer the TEs be stellar blockers.. pass catching is an added bonus and dimension to the Offense, but blocking is paramount