Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will LB Terence Garvin Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t begin training camp for a few more weeks, so I thought we would spend this week talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we cant quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble.

After reading the recap of the player that we highlight, you can cast your vote as to whether or not you think that player will make the final 53 man roster. Each poll will run for three days.

The first player up in this series is second-year linebacker Terence Garvin.

2013 Season Recap:

Garvin beat the odds last season when he made the Steelers 53 man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent. Not only that, he was signed after first being invited to the Steelers rookie mini camp for a tryout. While I don’t have the exact numbers, I’m willing to bet that there hasn’t been many players that have managed to take the route that Garvin did as rookies over the course of the last 10 years.

In order to make the final roster last season, Garvin had to impress on special teams during the preseason and he did just that. That carried over into the regular season as the West Virginia product finished second on the team in special teams tackles with 10 of them. He also led the team in special teams snaps as he was a member of the four core return/coverage units.

Garvin did manage to see playing time on defense as a rookie, but his 33 snaps at the inside linebacker position weren’t very memorable ones. That playing time mostly came in passing situations when he would replace Vince Williams in sub packages.

2014 Outlook:

Should Garvin again make the final 53 man roster this year out of training camp, it will be because special teams coach Danny Smith can’t live without him. Offseason reports suggest that Garvin could have his position flexibility tested during training camp this year at outside linebacker, but I wouldn’t expect to see him get many snaps outside during the preseason. Garvin’s best fit on defensae as a backup is at the mack linebacker position and he figures to do battle in camp against Sean Spence and rookie Jordan Zumwalt.

Vote below and tell us the reason why you voted the way that you did in the comments below.

You can view the results here.

  • JohnB

    im pullin for him…not many spots though.

  • Richard Clinton

    Why not say he Makes team?

  • steeltown

    This is a tough one. He’s one of the core special teamers and has value in that phase of the game. With Spence back (and barring injury) one would think he is fighting for that last spot with Zumwalt. I guess it will come down to who has the better training camp /preseason

  • SteelersDepot

    I am pretty shocked at the results so far. Let me go on record again as saying I believe that he will make the roster because of his special teams play.

  • steeltown

    I concur

  • dgh57

    If all else fails Garvin they can always move him to a sub-package Safety! What can I say, as I can’t help myself after watching the SB and Kam Chancellor and Gronk do a number on us last year I’ve been wanting a big Safety on this team!

  • Ben Anderson

    I think he makes it. I would like to see him moved to safety though. Let Carnell Lake have him and work to his strength, short coverage and short area speed. I agree with you though. We will need STs contributors this season and Garvin definitely qualifies in that area.
    I think people are voting no because of the log jam at ILB. Timmons, Shazier, V Williams are locks, so you have Spence, Garvin, Wilson and Zumwalt all fighting for two spots (ok, probably not Wilson). And, Zumwalt they are training for both inside and outside duty, just like Moats. I’m not buying into the pre-draft Spence hype the Steelers put out, but I don’t think Garvin has any better chance of making the squad than Spence or Zumwalt because of his running downs shortcomings. Hopefully he’s bulked up a bit. I like him very much as a prospect. If he’s still an oversized safety, like last season, make it official with a position switch.

  • Dan

    Personally I enjoy his ability to put opposing punters in neck braces. If we can eliminate opposing punters in the 1st quarter of each game, we have a good tactical advantage as most teams don’t carry backup punters on their roster, and so they’ll be punting with a kicker or backup qb or something. I say keep him.


    Zumwalt’s versaltilty tips the scale in his favor imo…I was thinking Wilson & Garvin would be fighting for the last LB spot…FWIW…I’m with you on Spence…I’m thrilled that he’s made it back this far, but I need to see him on the field.

  • steeltown

    To that, Garvin also seemingly has versatility. He’s played inside and outside as well as Safety dating back to WVU


    Yeah, but I think they know his ceiling…if he’s improved …he might make it again…Zumwalt…they may not know his ceiling yet.

  • treeher

    I agree, but I think some of the votes against him are votes for Zumwalt.

  • AzheDraven

    Is Spence going to get an article too? I wanna see how many people believe in him

  • I don’t know honestly, but I get the feeling that whatever Garvin can do, Spence can do better. Zumwalt has the flexibility to go outside where I don’t see that for Garvin. I think the last two spots go to Spence and Zumwalt. Good luck to all three though.

  • I’ll add that whoever doesn’t make the cut will probably end up on another roster.

  • Ben Anderson

    IMO, the “Spence is doing great” stories were put out there, along with the WR/CB rumors, to misdirect anyone from thinking the Steelers might take an ILB in an early round. I don’t think anyone knows yet what Spence is capable of for certain; even Sean Spence. I am also pretty pleased that they did not have an opportunity to take Justin Gilbert. I do not think him a great fit for what the Steelers do.
    As to Zumwalt, the thing that will even the scales between he and Garvin is experience. Garvin may not have a particularly high ceiling. You may be right. But Zumwalt is going to have the same problem that Jarvis had last season outside: he’s too skinny. Garvin’s experience within the scheme may carry him over the hump.

  • Madi

    When I made my 53, he was the VERY last guy to get a spot. I have him beating out Zumwalt based on a year in the system and strong ST play, with Zumwalt to the PS. Zumwalt makes it in 2015.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s what I’m thinking! I do like the thought of Garvin at Safety, but don’t think the coaches do.

  • Matt Manzo

    I doubt the coaches would move Garvin to safety, but I wish they would. The thought made me wanna ask you guys:
    Would you rather have Golden or Garvin as the last Safety?
    They both have position flexibility, but I think Garvins got more pop.

  • dgh57

    I think it was in a Mike Mitchell interview where he thought Golden had the smoothest back peddle for a Safety. So move Golden to CB and Garvin to Safety as both guys have played some at those positions. The preseason is a good time to experiment with different things so who knows if anything will become of this.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m hoping for a lot more experimenting this pre season!

  • walter mason

    Garvins votes just went up.

  • joed32

    So what was the result of the poll?

  • John21

    What a difference a year makes! Love the logjam at ILB! Last year we were talking about 21 new faces and 19 were cast offs from other teams! This year we are talking about key positions of depth and ST studs. Although we are 1 or 2 more drafts away from a Super Bowl roster, we have improved–on paper!

    As it has been said, someone will stand out in camp and that will make the difference. Spence is the biggest ??? and the biggest long shot. That being said if he stays healthy, everyone will be pulling for him. Garvin is an athlete and Zumwalt is a player–can’t wait for Backs on Backers!

  • dgh57

    Above the Poll Junkie box and to the left is a link called: you can view the results here. There are other links for more info once you get there.

  • joed32

    Thank you.