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Steelers Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Makes Blount Statement During Backs On Backers


The Pittsburgh Steelers were to ever charge money to see the first backs on backers drill during training camp live on the internet, they would make a fortune. The annual first titanic clashing of bodies is the official signal of the start of the Steelers season and fans can’t get enough written reports about what takes during the drill.

While media first-hand accounts is all most of us have to go by, judging by several of those reports from the first backs on backers conducted Monday, rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier helped highlight the event.

Shazier reportedly faired more than well Monday in the drill against veteran running back LeGarrette Blount, who while he’s not known as a great blocker, is listed at 250 pounds.

Former Steelers offensive lineman and current radio color man Tunch Ilken probably had the best description of one of Shazier’s wins against Blount.

“Ryan Shazier, the No. 1, pulled a pass rush move I’ve never seen before. He head-butted LeGarrette Blount and then he spun in there and got home for the sack,” said Ilkin in a video post on his Facebook page.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was even asked to comment on how the Ohio State product performed during the drill at the conclusion of the practice.

“He did some nice things,” said Tomlin of Shazier’s efforts during the drill. “Obviously, playing to his assets with his speed and agility.”

As for Blount, he said that Shazier certainly got his attention.

“As a football player it’s in your nature not to lose,” he said after practice. “I just have to make sure I get him before he gets off the line. He’s a quick kid. Obviously, I’m not as quick as he is so I have to get to him before he makes his move. He’s really quick, he’s really fast. He makes plays.”

The Steelers hope that Shazier makes a ton of plays during his rookie season and he’s starting off training camp with a Blount bang.

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  • Superdriller316

    Who still thinks the Steelers should have taken a corner with the first pick?

  • Paddy

    Lets not get ahead of ourselves, he did have a tough time with a TE

  • Kurt Williams

    They needed to address the front seven first, pressure up front takes the pressure off the back-end. Shazier is extremely fast and will be an impact for this defense.

  • Superdriller316

    Exactly, and I think we picked up two good ones in the first two rounds.

  • Kurt Williams

    Yes, sir!

  • Donte Williams

    superdriller316 i agree with you i was upset at first at the position however after researching and reading the Steelers analyst comments Steelers defense all starts up front. now i wanna hear all these Tomlin Colbert not knowing how to draft negative comments. yes its early but from what i am hearing and reading this defense is looking steelar no pun intended. cant wait till august 9th to see these rooks and 2nd stringers in action

  • srdan

    Winning cures everything

  • Jeff

    It’s hard to manage excitement about this guy.

  • Superdriller316

    I think every team has draft busts. Look at the Packers 2011 draft class, I don’t think they have anyone on the team from that class. Everyone is quick to lay blame on Tomlin but not on Colbert. The “Tomlin is playing Cowher’s players” is just not right. The common denominator is Kevin. Drafting is a team effort.
    Sept 7th is not going to come fast enough. I think with the new additions, this team has no limits.

  • Donte Williams

    agree i havent been this excited in a while with Spence coming back, our wonderful draft which i wanted 7 out of the 9 picks Justin B stepping up man the Steelers are hungry if we can waltz out of training camp and preseason healthy/minor injuries the sky is the limit and we will see how much these analyst start riding the Steelers jock after all this defense slow and old blah blah blah we were hurt bad the past two years only reason i think we went 8-8 folks forget that

  • Bob Loblaw

    blount gets beat by guy who can’t beat a TE??? this team is doomed, impeach Tomlin.

  • Jason White

    I made the prediction quite a while back that Ryan Shazier would win DROY and I stick by that. It’s a tall order when you consider players like Clowney was drafted in the same draft.

  • Ryan

    Not gonna lie when I first saw the draft and they said a LB I was pissed mostly cause espns thing showed him as an OLB but when I found out he was playing ILB AND has 4.3 speed I was stoked!

  • Brendon Glad

    Anyone setting odds on whether Goodell and his minions are going to levy a fine on Shazier for the head-butt. Sounds ridiculous, but wouldn’t even surprise me anymore. The comp committee is prob having an emergency meeting to put a rule in place against that move.

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