Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Tuesday when they signed veteran punter Brian Moorman to compete in training camp with second-year punter Drew Butler. To make room for Moorman on the 90 man roster, wide receiver Bert Reed was waived.
Moorman, who was with the Dallas Cowboys just last season, spent his first 12 years in the league with the Buffalo Bills. He has twice been named an All-Pro punter and has made two Pro-Bowl teams. The Bills also named him to the their 50th anniversary team.
In 2012, Moorman had an average of 44.6 yards on 56 punts with 22 of them going inside the Read more [...]
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
On Monday, we passed along the updated odds from Bovada of every team possibly winning Super Bowl XLVIII and today the sports betting website has released some individual player prop over/unders in addition, with one Pittsburgh Steelers rookie really having an eye popping number.
According to the website, Steelers first-round draft pick, linebacker Jarvis Jones, has an over/under number of 8.5 total sacks for his rookie season.
Considering that a Steelers defensive rookie hasn't opened the season as starter since linebacker Kendrell Bell did it in 2001, that is a pretty high over/under number Read more [...]
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:51 am
The second phase of the offseason workouts for the Pittsburgh Steelers got underway on Monday as coaches are now permitted to work with the players for individual instruction and position drills. In addition, this the first time that coaches can also hold short position meetings with players. In phase one of the offseason program, players were limited to just strength and conditioning workouts only outside of quarterbacks being allowed to throw to uncovered receivers.
Below is the official description from the CBA as to what can now take place in the second phase of the offseason:
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:24 am
During his talk with the media following the selection of Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne in the fifth round on the 2013 NFL draft, defensive backs coach Carnell Lake was asked about cornerback William Gay and his ability to play safety should the need ever arise.
"In the past William has played some safety," said Lake. "He’s rotated back there based on some concepts that we were working. My first year with him and even in years past when he was here, he could play safety. I’m not counting on him being a down in and down out safety. He’s not built for a safety position, but he can Read more [...]
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am
It is hard to read very much into the latest offensive depth chart on the official website of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but we will dissect it nonetheless.
For starters, Mike Adams is listed as the top right tackle as well as the backup at left tackle behind an empty spot. Head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the tackle spot during his pre draft press conference and would not commit to who between Adams and Marcus Gilbert will play on what side. All Tomlin would give us is the fact that both players are left tackle capable and that they have the spring and the summer to figure out who will start Read more [...]
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 9:44 am
In a recent article by Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch weighed in on his former team signing backup Bruce Gradkowski this offeseason and drafting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL draft this past weekend. Batch indicated that he thinks that the Steelers drafting of Jones goes "much deeper than what's on the surface ...
"Maybe they weren't happy with what they had behind Ben and Bruce," said Batch. "That could be. But ultimately, I think this isn't about replacing me. Big picture, maybe they're thinking, Read more [...]
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 7:01 am
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was a guest Monday morning on 93.7 The Fan and he talked about the top three draft picks that the team made this past weekend in the 2013 NFL draft. Of the top three first draft picks, the one that he gave the most elaborate responses to questions about was Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell, who the Steelers drafted in the second round.
Colbert was first asked what set Bell apart from other running backs that remained on the board come time for them to pick in the second round.
"First of all, the size is great," said Colbert. "He's Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:31 pm
I am just getting started with my full breakdown of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones, who was drafred in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft, but before doing so, I always like to see if I can find good videos of players talking football versus playing it in order to get a grasp of their IQ and football IQ. Below are three videos of Landry that you may or may not have seen already. One of them includes Landry talking with Jon Gruden during their QB camp episiode. Another one is of him on ESPN First Take and the last one is an interview of him after his pro day.
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Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 10:40 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown in the sixth-round of the 2013 NFL draft and below is my breakdown and grade of the pick.
Measurables: Combine Invite: No, Height: 6031, Weight: 207, 40 Yrd Dash: 4.60, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.65, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.55, 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 08, Vertical Jump: 30 1/2, Broad Jump: 09'09", 20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.31, 3-Cone Drill: 6.96
Breakdown: Brown is a very long wide receiver and very raw. In the two games that I watched he lined up out wide exclusively on right side and usually on the numbers or just outside of them.
While Brown has a Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 7:53 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected nine players in the 2013 NFL draft and signed 15 more as undrafted free agents immediately after it concluded, and of those 24 total players, not a one of them plays tight end.
Judging by the Steelers decision to not add to the position group over the course of the weekend, one can easily speculate that this bodes well for veteran tight end Heath Miller, who pulled off the torn ligament trifecta late last season in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Many had speculated that the Steelers would add a tight end at some point during the draft and some of Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 4:26 pm
Now that big moves in free agency have been made and the 2013 NFL draft is behind us, the sports betting website Bovada has updated their odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
The San Francisco 49ers are currently the favorites with 6/1 odds and behind them are the Denver Broncos at 15/2.
A far as the AFC North goes, the Baltimore Ravens are 20/1 and behind them in the division sits the Pittsburgh Steelers at 25/1.
Below is a look at all of the teams and their odds to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season.
So, are theses odds about right for the Steelers? Too high? Too low? What about the Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Early on Monday, an article in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated broke the news of NBA player Jason Collins announcing that he's gay, and as you can imagine, the story has created quite a buzz on the social media sites.
Taking part in the buzz is Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, who left the Pittsburgh Steelers via free agency earlier in the offseason after his rookie contract expired.
26-year-old receiver took to Twitter to say, "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH…"
Not soon after hitting the send button, Wallace deleted his Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Twitter, free agent tackle Winston Justice is visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday and is also scheduled to visit with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
The Steelers did not draft an offensive lineman during the 2013 NFL draft, and even though they signed a handful of undrafted free agents afterwards, they still have question marks as far as depth goes on the offensive line.
Justice, who started 12 games with the Indianapolis Colts last season, after spending his first six seasons in the league with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a right tackle Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers came to terms with free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling over the weekend and the contract details are as follows.
The former seventh-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals signed a one-year qualifying contract with the Steelers that includes a base salary of 715,000 and a $65,000 signing bonus. Being as it was a qualifying contract, the discounted cap hit for Stephens-Howling will be $620,000 in 2013.
The former Pittsburgh product figures to compete for a roster spot this season and will more than likely be a candidate to return kickoffs and play on special Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Before I get into my thoughts on the 2013 draft, I want to review the players that were signed this offseason. Looking at the completed picture, I can see how the moves in free agency directly led to what positions were addressed in the draft. I am actually very impressed with the job that the Pittsburgh Steelers did in free agency for a normally dormant free agent team.
The biggest resigning was Ramon Foster. Not only did it impact the draft, but we can see what the starting offensive line should look like this year. There are a few backups, but outside of Kelvin Beachum Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 11:13 am
Season 3, Episode 98 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I recap the 2013 draft of the Pittsburgh Steelers in this episode as we go pick by pick and discuss every player selected. In addition to talking about the new rookies, we also talk about the fallout from the draft and that includes talk about Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Plaxico Burress in addition. One of those two running backs might not make the 53 man roster now and the same goes for Burress. We also look at a few players at the cornerback position that will be battling for a roster spot.
Thanks to the Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 9:15 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the sixth-round of the 2013 NFL draft and below is my breakdown and grade of the pick.
Measurables: Combine Invite: No, Height: 6006, Weight: 233, 40 Yrd Dash: 4.76, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.76, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.71, 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22, Vertical Jump: 32 1/2, Broad Jump: 09'03", 20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.67, 3-Cone Drill: 7.53
Breakdown: Williams has a thick build to him with think legs to match. The thing that sticks out the most when you watch him on film is the great closing speed that he possesses. He is great on a line, but does Read more [...]
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 12:32 am
According to the Youngstown State website, former Penguins tight end Will Shaw has agreed to an undrafted free agent tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers agreed to full contracts with 15 other undrafted free agents Saturday night as we previously reported.
Shaw, who measured in at his pro day at 6020 and 242-pounds, was voted second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012 after catching 35 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns in his first full season as a tight end. In 2011, Shaw caught eight passes for 200 yards and had four touchdowns. He orginally played safety Read more [...]
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 7:44 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Samford defensive tackle Nick Williams in the seventh-round of the 2013 NFL draft and below is my breakdown and grade of the pick.
Measurables: Combine Invite: Yes, Height: 6044, Weight: 309, 40 Yrd Dash: 4.84, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.80, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.70, 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 28, Vertical Jump: 33, Broad Jump: 09'03", 20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.65, 3-Cone Drill: 7.55
Breakdown: For starters, Williams played a lot of 3-technique in a 4-3 defense at Stamford, and according to Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, he will be 3-4, 5-technique defensive end project of his.
Physically, Read more [...]
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 4:47 pm
One of the two main arguments that I made for the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, should have fallen, was the fact that there is no solid depth on the teams offensive line. Cooper of course didn't fall, nor did Chance Warmack for that matter, so the same depth issue exists now that the draft is completed.
The Steelers starting five is set, but the players that will make up the bottom end of the offensive line depth chart is anything but that. Currently, the sixth offensive lineman appears to Kelvin Beachum, the Steelers Read more [...]