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Steelers Rookie LB Jordan Zumwalt Continuing To Work Outside During Minicamp

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt is present for the week of mandatory minicamp practices after missing all of the OTA practices due to UCLA being on the quarter system.

According to a Twitter post by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Zumwalt, the Steelers first of two sixth-round draft picks back in May, will continue to get reps at outside linebacker during the minicamp. However, once training camp gets underway in Latrobe later next month, Zumwalt is expected to practice inside in addition to outside.

It’s currently unclear as to whether or not starting outside linebacker Jason Worilds was able to resume practicing this week after missing nearly all of the OTA practices with a calf issue. If indeed Worilds is still unable to work, it makes sense that Zumwalt would be working outside due to the lack of numbers at the position.

While at UCLA, Zumwalt started 30 of 50 games played at three different positions, middle linebacker, strong-side outside linebacker and weak-side inside linebacker. In addition, his transition to the Steelers 3-4 defense should be fairly smooth being as he played for former Steelers defensive assistant Lou Spanos during his time at UCLA.

Following the selection of Zumwalt during the draft, Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler noted that he mostly saw the UCLA product as an inside linebacker that will “create competition” at the position.

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  • Matt Manzo

    Sound like his only shot is OLB and special teams? I think his competition is Carter and maybe Garvin?

  • SteelersDepot

    Those lines sure look longer inside than they do outside, right now.

  • Matt Manzo

    If he ends up being as good as Carter but can play inside in a pinch, does that give him a leg up? Or does Carter’s experience trump that?

  • SteelersDepot

    Even as bad as Carter is, I will be surprised if Zumwalt knocks him off of the roster.

  • Johnny Loose

    I would really like to see Pittsburgh find a guy to replace Carter. Might not be the easiest thing to do given Carter’s experience to this point. It would say a lot about what direction our depth is heading in if one of these new guys were able to replace him though.

  • Matt Manzo

    I kinda like having Carter as a measuring stick; if they can’t beat him out, they can’t be any good!

  • wdhammer

    Zumwalt may end up on the taxi squad.

  • joed32

    Using that term brings back memories, haven’t heard it for a long time.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Why not give him a shot at OLB ? Am I the only one concerned about Worilds “calf” injury taking this long to heal? There must be more to this story than what what’s being told. The LB crew is far from being solid when, based on the personnel on hand, there should be a slightly higher degree of comfort. Timmons is the only proven (more than 1 season) commodity out there. Rookies and acquired FAs have to get up to speed really, really quickly if we have any hope of improving the Defense over last year.

  • wdhammer

    I’m old .

  • bk

    He seems to me like another Bryan Hinkle. Not the greatest pass rusher, but very good at pass coverage and reading offenses.

  • AndyR34

    Me too! :)

  • AzheDraven

    Im not, can I ask why you called the PS Taxi squad? lol

  • wdhammer

    that’s what they used to call it back when..Taxi squad

  • AzheDraven

    Haha, no particular reason? I imagined them in a yellow and black uniform like a taxi hahaha.

  • wdhammer

    I think the idea was that you could keep 6 around and call them anytime a Player got hurt. More or less taxi them in or out..

  • AzheDraven

    Oh, now it makes sense, thanks

  • AndyR34

    It is a little more complicated than you have been told. the name derives from a practice of Arthur B. McBride, an owner of the Cleveland Browns
    1945–53, who kept surplus players on the staff of his taxi company. At the time the Brownies played in the old AAFC (All American Football Conference). Head coach Paul Brown was good at finding talent, hence the Browns dynasty of the 1940’s. Brown brought in two eventual Hall of Famers. Bill Willis and Marion Motley were signed somewhat discreetly by Brown as to not put too much pressure and racial scrutiny on the two pioneers. The good news for Brown was that his team was loaded with future Hall of Famers backed up by players who would be starters elsewhere. It was troublesome for Brown to have to cut so much talent as rosters were limited at the time to a mere 33 players. To solve his problem, Brown enlisted the help of the Zone/Yellow Cab Co. of Cleveland Ohio. The Browns formed a relationship with the Cab Company that gave jobs to players who weren’t quite good enough to make the 33 man roster but too talented to be let go. Thus was born the Taxi squad. The athletes were not on the Cleveland Browns payroll, but their local employment with the Cab Co. provided them with enough incentive to stick around. They would continue to practice with the Browns in hopes of making the roster the following year. By the mid-50’s this was common practice in the NFL…remember back then, playing in the NFL was not a full time job. Most players needed off-season jobs in order to survive. Just a little pro football history!

  • AzheDraven

    Ohh! Thanks a lot! Thats some really interesting info. I didnt know about. Nice history lesson. There are a lot of things I dont know about the history of football.

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