Fernando Velasco Thinks He’ll Be Ready For OTAs

Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco came in off the street and filled in admirably once Maurkice Pouncey was lost early in the season opener. Unfortunately, he ruptured an Achilles in Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and has since been placed on injured reserve.

According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Velasco, who is currently in a boot, said Wednesday he’ll “definitely be ready for OTAs.”

The Georgia product is set to be come an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and will likely remain unsigned until his Achilles rehab is completed, which normally takes six or seven months post surgery date.

Being ready for OTAs might be a bit optimistic for Velasco, but there is nothing wrong with setting it as a goal. He will miss out on the free agency process, but I have a good feeling that the Steelers will be able to get him back under contract by the time training camp rolls around.

  • Shea Fahr

    Velasco did a nice job but I think the Team has Wallace in their plans for back up Center/Guard. Especially now that Velasco suffered a serious injury. Wallace will never go to the Pro Bowl but he has done well under the circumstances.

  • srdan

    Man, pouncey sure looked good at guard a couple years ago.

    It would be nice to be able to pull either way for Bell. It would be a new dimension to the offense.

  • Shea Fahr

    True…Pulling is definitely not a strength of Foster’s.

  • RMSteeler

    I’d rather see them coach up Wallace. Is Velasco so inflexible that he can’t look between his legs and that he’s the only center on the team that has to have a guard tap him to let him know Ben’s ready for the snap? That Achilles is not likely to help with flexibility. I had never seen a center do that before Velasco this season.

  • steeltown

    We have some serious options along the interior of this OL heading into next season once everyone is healthy and ready to roll

  • srdan

    Is that the reason they did htat?

  • steeltown

    I think that had more to do with crowd noise and him being new to the offense (snap counts) after a few weeks that wasn’t the case

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    No matter what the future may hold for Fernando, I’d like to thank him for his efforts this season; he played far better than predicted IMO.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I hope we can get Velasco back. I hear people saying he should be starting and move Pouncey to G which i hear he’d be okay with a move. I’m not real sure of moving your pro bowl C to G but Velasco can be a good interior swing guy for us providing solid depth.

  • Joe

    It was the case as late on as his last game that Foster was tapping him pre-snap

  • Castiron

    I say trade Pounce to Bombs Away BA for a 2nd or 3rd round pick and re-sign Velasco. Pounce hasn’t been worth a damn since his rookie year, will cost more to re-sign, and frankly I don’t want a guy on my team that is besties with a triple murderer.

  • Nick Williams

    I would move Pouncey to guard and draft Weston Richburg from Colorado State. The guy is a stud. Keep velasco as a versatile backup when he proves he is healthy.

  • Jazz

    Thank You!! I get so sick and tired of people raving about Pouncey; Velasco played much better than Pouncey has the previous two seasons. Since his Rookie Season, he has made the Pro Bowl off of what he did as a rookie. He isn’t that good, period. He would make a much better Guard, keep Wallace as the Center, resign Velasco as the backup. Besides, Velasco will need pretty much a year 2 recover from that achilles injury. Move Foster to the Bench or flat out cut him! He is too slow people.