Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 4:09 pm
Before we get into the individual roster battles that will begin to take place when the Pittsburgh Steelers report to Latrobe in six weeks, let's have a look at how many roster spots are legitimately up for grabs now that the team has wrapped up their offseason practices.
Quarterbacks (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones
These three spots have been set in stone ever since the Steelers selected Jones in the fourth round of the draft and while the Oklahoma product has reportedly struglled some during the offseason practices, there is no way that he doesn't make the team.
Running Read more [...]
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 1:34 pm
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting Friday that police have arrested Jerrell Whitlock, who is believed to be the third suspect accused in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams earlier this month. Whitlock had fled the Pittsburgh area following the incident and was arrested in Florida.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the preliminary hearing had been postponed for Dquay Means and Michael C. Paranay, the two men who already been arrested and charged with trying to carjack Adams while authorities search for Whitlock.
Means and Paranay both remain jailed on Read more [...]
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Training camp is now six weeks away and with the offseason practices now behind us; we can speculate what the 2013 Active PUP list might look like when the Pittsburgh Steelers report to Latrobe later next month.
Before we have a look at the players who could be destined for that list, however, it is important to know what the physical unable to perform list is for and the rules that are associated with it.
In order for a player to be qualified for the Reserve PUP list at the start of the regular season, he must have been listed on the Active PUP list for the duration of training camp. A team Read more [...]
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am
If you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers you have to be pleased with what transpired over the course of the offseason practices as it relates to the team as a whole. Sure, there are depth questions that need to be answered and several training camp battles forthcoming, but there were no serious injuries reported outside of the unfortunate stabbing of tackle Mike Adams; attendance was a great; the draft picks are all signed and there appears to be no real drama associated with any of the players right now. It was four weeks of nothing but football in shorts with a minor knee scope of quarterback Read more [...]
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 6:25 am
By Jeremy Hritz
It’s that time of year again when I begin my usual campaign for the Pittsburgh Steelers to force a competition for the kicking job, as last year, I beat the drum for Grant Ressel and Danny Hrapmann to overtake Shaun Suisham as the team’s placekicker.
To my disappointment, despite Hrapmann’s solid preseason performance in 2012, hitting all six of his field goal attempts, including three from beyond 40 yards, he was cut, and Suisham retained his starting job for the entire season.
And the decision to stick with Suisham turned out to be the right one. Last season, Suisham Read more [...]
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 5:45 am
It's been four months now since Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that an anonymous Pittsburgh Steelers player told him that outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was awful and out of shape in 2012. On Wednesday, however, linebackers coach Keith Butler told the media following the Steelers final practice of the offseason that he thinks Woodley looks good right now.
"Whatever he did, it appears to be right," Butler said per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The biggest thing is we've got to keep him on the field. LaMarr is a prideful man. He understands he has to play at a certain level Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 6:32 pm
By Jeremy Hritz
Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had what was described as a minor procedure done on his right knee. This sent a wave of anxiety through Steelers Nation and stirred discussion about Roethlisberger’s remaining time in the NFL.
Specifically, on Sirius XM Radio on Ross Tucker’s The Opening Drive, the topic of discussion was how may productive years does Roethlisberger have left?, with Tucker adamantly pointing out that Roethlisberger had played 16 games in only one of his nine seasons. He went on to say that Roethlisberger’s style of play will Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 2:33 pm
Season 3, Episode 111 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I recap the Pittsburgh Steelers final week of offseason practices after the 2013 mini camp came to a conclusion on Thursday. We discuss what Mike Tomlin had to say during his press conference and look at the injury situation heading into training camp.
Linebackers coach Keith Butler talked about the young linebackers on Wednesday, so David and I go over what he had to say as it relates to the depth at the position. We also discuss the status of Stevenson Sylvester moving forward into training camp.
We take Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers now have their entire 2013 draft class under contract as quarterback Landry Jones has signed his rookie contract, according to several reports.
Jones, the 115th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, played his college ball at Oklahoma where he threw for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns in 53 games played.
Jones is expected to be the Steelers third quarterback on the depth chart in 2013 behind starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Bruce Gradkowski, who was signed as a free agent during the offseason.
Terms of the four-year contract have yet to be released but it is Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers will need contributions from several of their young linebackers this upcoming season after losing yet another starter this past offseason in the form of James Harrison, who was released back in early March. Veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote, who just so happened to turn 33 on Wednesday, talked about the roles the young linebackers will have to fill in 2013 during a recent interview, and he highlighted special team contributions as being perhaps the most important area where those contributions will be needed.
"Jason Worilds, (Jarvis) Jones, and Chris Carter, we need Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their final day of the 2013 mini camp on Thursday with meetings as the practice portion was canceled by head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin did, however, meet with the media before leaving for his football camp and gave his thoughts on what took place over the course of the last several weeks.
Here is the opening statement that he gave:
Just wanted to put the finishing touches on what has been a very positive offseason for us. We'll finish our work today just in the classroom, in meeting like settings. I just got finished with a team meeting, and I told the guys Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am
If you were looking forward to Pittsburgh Steelers players wearing funny hats on Thursday, you will surely be disappointed as head coach Mike Tomlin called off the final mini camp practice of the 2013 season.
The Steelers will next get together on the fields of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for training camp on July 26th.
Tomlin must have been pleased with the four weeks of offseason practices, or he just wanted to get out to his annual Giant Eagle Coach Tomlin Football ProCamp that got underway this morning at Brashear High School.
The Steelers had a very successful offseason of football Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 9:39 am
By Jeremy Hritz
There’s a different feel to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, despite the popular perception that the team is undergoing a transition and consequently, will not improve on their 8-8 performance from a season ago.
While fingers are quick to point at a aged defense, an average receiving corps, and an inexperienced offensive line and running back stable, there isn’t much acknowledgement of the new additions and fresh starters as reasons for optimism outside of the Steelers locker room. And now with Ben Roethlisberger recovering from a knee clean-up, the demise of the Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 6:11 am
By Matthew Marczi
That fourth-year reserve linebacker Stevenson Sylvester is entering a critical season was no secret long before linebackers coach Keith Butler said so explicitly. Indeed, it was obvious before the Pittsburgh Steelers chose not to give Sylvester a restricted free agent tender.
With Pittsburgh Tribune-Review author Mark Kaboly reporting on Wednesday that the Steelers have moved Sylvester from inside linebacker—where he has played nearly exclusively—to outside linebacker during this week’s minicamp suggests that his roster spot might very well hinge on his versatility.
As Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 5:25 am
Our good buddy and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp is already at it again as he called out the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on the Wednesday airing of NFL Total Access.
When Sapp was asked if he still considers the 2013 version of the Steelers defense old and slow like it seems he has for several years now, the soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer couldn't wait to give his answer.
"Old and slow? Yes, I would," Sapp said. "Because seven of the 11 starters are 28 years or older, and that's around the time, in this league, they go to questioning, you know, 'Where's his legs? Should we look for Read more [...]
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 1:56 am
Day two of the Pittsburgh Steelers mandatory mini camp was a pretty uneventful one, but there were still a few things worthy of some attention just the same as the defensive coaches were allowed to talk to the media on Wednesday. Here is a recap for you.
Adams Football Family Reunion - Nothing has changed as far as injuries go as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee), tight end Heath Miller (knee), tight end David Paulson (ankle/foot), linebacker Sean Spence (knee), cornerback Terry Hawthorne (knee) and tackle Mike Adams (stab wounds) all remain sidelined as expected. Adams, however, was back Read more [...]
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 9:14 pm
Shortly after the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, I speculated that the Georgia product might be doing well to see 100 snaps of playing time during his rookie season because of the complexities involved in learning the defense. On Wednesday, linebackers coach Keith Butler pretty much backed up my thoughts when he talked to the media after practice.
''He doesn't exactly know what we require from him,'' Butler said per Will Graves of the Associated Press. ''It's not like in college, even though he played outside linebacker in a 3-4 Read more [...]
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Last Thursday I wrote about how I thought fourth-year linebacker Stevenson Sylvester might have to show some position flexibility in order to make the Pittsburgh Steelers 53 man roster in 2013. Now, nearly one week later, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting Wednesday that Sylvester has been moved outside after predominantly working inside since he was drafted in 2010.
"I am just doing whatever they tell me," Sylvester said per Kaboly's report. "If they want me to go outside, I’ll go outside. If they want me to go inside, I’ll go inside."
While Sylvester apparently Read more [...]
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was asked Wednesday following practice if there is one area that he thought his defense needed to improve in heading into 2013, and his response was one that you would expect to hear come out of his mouth based on what has happened, or in this case, what hasn't happened enough the last two seasons.
"The first thing, the obvious thing, is we have to get more turnovers," said LeBeau. "We’ve had years that we’ve been real productive there, but the last couple we haven’t been. I wish I knew the answer to the why, but we’re searching for Read more [...]
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 3:43 pm
I was asked by a reader if I had a break down of third downs from last season as it relates to which Pittsburgh Steelers running back was on the field the most. After combing through our charting files from last season, I was able to pull the game by game numbers of the third down snaps by running back and the results are listed in the table below.
Despite missing two games to injury and being banged up to start the season, Isaac Redman saw the most snaps at running back over the course of the season on third downs with 89.
A distant second was Jonathan Dwyer with 58 despite missing three Read more [...]