Steelers Sign OLB Farrington Huguenin To A Reserve/Futures Contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers added another player to their offseason roster on Friday as linebacker Farrington Huguenin was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract.

Huguenin, who entered the league last year with the Miami Dolphins an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky, was eventually waived by injured by them in August during training camp and he ultimately received an injury settlement.

The Steelers worked Huguenin out in late December along with three other free agents.

As a defensive end at Kentucky, Huguenin appeared in 48 games, with 14 starts, recording 95 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, three passes defensed, and two blocked kicks.

At his 2016 pro day, Huguenin measured in at 6036, 271-pounds and he did 25 reps on the bench. He will obviously be looked at as an outside linebacker now that he has been signed by the Steelers.

  • Peter MacDonald

    Jam!

  • Stephen

    Not impressed with only 25 reps on the bench

  • VaDave

    With a first name of Farrington, he got to be a show stopper. Seriously, 1.5 sacks in 14 starts at the college level is not great production sack wise, but 95 tackles sure rings the bell.

  • will

    JJ.2?

  • KansasSteeler

    Played with Dupree?

  • Jason

    The 225 bench press test is the most useless measure of functional strength there is. I am clueless as to why its still around. Besides 25 reps is respectable

  • John Mazza

    these boys are long. you dont see many reps from long armed guys. 25 is decent. More than Suh.

  • John Mazza

    yeah my first thought too

  • steelburg

    This is competition for Chickillo for that last OLB spot IMO. They will ask him to slim down just like Chickillo did. But all his numbers are very similar to Chickillo’s when he came out last year.

  • steelburg

    Chickillo only did 27.

  • steelburg

    More like Chickillo.2.

  • VaDave

    Maybe. They probably got a look at him at the same time they were scouting Dupree.

  • francesco

    You need to look at a player’s biceps. To me that is all the difference.
    As an example…TSuggs.

  • The Chin

    Watched him multiple times in college. Basically UK continues to waste talent. Same thing they did with Bud

  • Stephen

    For an average weightlifter it’s respectable but a 270 DE, its weak

  • Stephen

    Chickillo is a fringe player

  • steelburg

    Your right we don’t need more of the same. But we do need a developmental OLB. Somebody that can be groomed on the practice squad since we lost Travis Feeney. Both Chickillo and Huguenin are still practice squad eligible I could so either 1 or both of these guys going to the practice squad. But I think Chickillo make the 53 again this year as long as he shows some improvement like he did this past offseason.

  • Jason

    Stephen my friend you are crazy. “Average” weight lifters dont bench 225 for 25 reps. And 225 for 25 reps isnt weak at any level. Simply google 2016 combine results and look at the defensive ends numbers. 25 reps is right there. 33 was the best.

  • Kelly A

    Bench press is a good measure of strength, but it’s not the end all of strength. Football is about leverage, you can have all the upper body strength you want, but if you don’t have the property technique, conditioning, and understanding on how to use it, it’s virtually useless.

  • Conserv_58

    That’s not a bad thing either. Chickillo was coming on until he incured a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for several games. The bottom line is, Farrington is just another camp body until further notice. Hence the reason why he went undrafted.

  • Conserv_58

    The only time the bench press is a useful measuring stick is to gadge an offensive lineman’s ability to push or punch a defensive lineman’s chest.

  • Conserv_58

    Average weight lifters are also not tall and lean.

  • Stephen

    Thank you for making my point

  • Stephen

    I’m an average weight lifter and can do it, y mistake basing it on what I can do

  • steelburg

    I agree.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I wanted to see feeney with us in training camp hoping we can get him back

  • Rocksolid20

    Sounds like he fits right in with our other OLB’s . 1.5 sacks

  • jsteeler

    and who are you?

  • Stephen

    I’m no football player, a 46 year old who weighs 245 and can bench a solid 20 reps of 225 lbs, then struggle with one and on a good day struggle with the 22nd. Thank you for your interest in who I am

  • Steve

    How many times can you bench 225 lbs? try it you might like it.

  • Steve

    This guy had 1.5 sacks in 48 games. That’s a number we all know and is not that Great.

  • Jason

    True

  • Jason

    Not sure how to take this comment Steve but my best is 32 times. Im also a competitive drug free, raw powerlifter which has 0 carryover to football. This whole conversation simply started by another commenter saying average lifters can do it 25 times which is ridiculous. Using a 1 rep max calculator, which isnt an exact science, 25 reps comes out to a 412 lb bench. Hardly average.

  • Steve

    We had players that on paper were speed burners, in reality when given the rock, couldn’t do squat. Same with tuff guys. Joe Green almost dropped Swanne due to nerve damage. Call Joe what you like, but he was the start of a dynasty.

  • Steve

    My son is a power lifter and plays no football. I played 3 sports in the day and lifted in my spare time. We had machines at school and free weights at home in the basement.

  • Stephen

    Third round pick Dri Archer the speed burner who was supposed to be the multi purpose yard king

  • Steve

    Exactly – Dri had the ball and couldn’t outrun no one on the field. So what does that prove? Swanee was Lynn Swan and was knocked out cold. Joe went onto the field to pick him up off the ground.

  • Jason

    Yeah I started powerlifting when i could no longer play sports just to compete at something. Dont get me wrong lifting weights is great for football i just dont think a 225 rep record is a great tool to measure functional strength. Lots of lifts I’d choose first.

  • Steve

    Dave – Lets see Farrington in da game, during the season and see what he can do?

  • Steve

    Volleyball was my favorite sport as a senior in High School. Was not great at it, but had a good coach and enjoyed the sport. We had a terrible Football coach. My grade school coach did it for free and could spin this idiots head around. Poor coaching makes the sport not as appealing and less rewarding.

  • VaDave

    While upper strength is needed, without the drive power that comes from the legs and glutes, and preferably with wide hips, you got Jarvis Jones. You can have the biggest guns in the world, but you are not going to move a 300lbs. Offensive lineman, unless you have the hindquarters to go with it.