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Willie Colon Moving from Right Tackle to Left Guard

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Mike Prisuta reported Wednesday afternoon Steelers OL Willie Colon will move from right tackle to left guard, a move often discussed throughout Colon’s tenure with the team.

A report indicates the Steelers notified Colon of their intentions to move him to the left guard position after the draft, when they selected Stanford OG David DeCastro in the first round.

This strongly indicates DeCastro will remain at right guard, the position he played in college.

Colon was one of the better right tackles in football before an Achilles injury and subsequent triceps injury ended his 2010 and 2011 seasons, respectively. He’s been around the game long enough to make one feel he’d be at least able to perform on a comparable level at guard as he did with tackle, provided he can get the terminology down (something no pro should struggle with).

The story now will be around who the right tackle will be; rookie Mike Adams or veteran Jonathan Scott.

Some have raised umbrage with the idea of Scott playing for the Steelers in any capacity (even some not named John Stephens), and with second-year OT Marcus Gilbert being told he would move to left tackle in 2012, it would appear Scott and Adams are now set to do battle for what will be the most talked about positional competition in training camp.

It’s very possible Scott takes the position early on account of his experience but is eventually replaced by the highly touted rookie.



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Agree to Disagree – NFL Potpourri

Stuck in a veritable no-man's land of the offseason, Bob and Mike set their sights on some league issues in this episode.

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Rivera elected to College Hall of Fame

Gabe Rivera is among the 14 players and three coaches who form the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class. Following his outstanding college career, Rivera became the No. 1 pick of the Steelers i...

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More Super Bowl XLV ticket holders sue


Wed, 16 May 2012 17:23:13
by Bobby Kerlik




Two Allegheny County residents filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the National...

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Steelers Six From Around The Web – May 16th – Gabe Rivera Elected To College Football HOF Edition


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Ben Roethlisberger was on DVE radio this morning to talk about the Black & Gold Fundraising project featuring Big Ben's BBQ Sauce. Roethilberger also talked about how learning the playbook is going and also about the injury to Terrell Suggs.

On Tuesday Gabe Rivera, the Steelers 1983 first round pick, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012. Rivera was involved in a two-car crash during his rookie season that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

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Talkin’ Wide Receivers: Mike Wallace Setting the Market, Antonio Brown Setting the Bar


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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace has little leverage left in his contract negotiation. Not only is teammate, WR Antonio Brown, rising fast among other NFL wide receivers, but he's taking some of the spotlight from Wallace.

Two dogs, one bone. Or, two great receivers, one big Steelers pay day.

Does Wallace's alleged threats to hold out matter?

No. The Steelers have the ability to reduce his $ 2.7 million tender offer to 110 percent of his 2011 salary (much less than $ 2.7 million) if Wallace does not sign the deal by June 15, one day after mini-camp ends.

Maybe this is Clintonion, but it depends on what a "hold out" is. Will Wallace miss OTAs? That's certainly possible, and it's not something that would draw a fine. In the end, it doesn't matter as much if he's not there for mini camp as if he missed training camp, and Wallace's situation doesn't improve at all by missing any of it.

Keep in mind, too, the reduction piece of the tender offer is an option the Steelers have the right to exercise; it does not mean they will. Such a move would no doubt back Wallace into a corner that could lead to an inevitable training camp holdout, which would be detrimental to both Wallace and the Steelers.

Eagles WR Desean Jackson, a receiver probably a step below Wallace (and signed a deal this off-season worth $ 15 million guaranteed), admitted his contract battle distracted him, and advised Eagles RB LeSean McCoy against doing the same thing he did.

"I think it would be in his best interest to come" to offseason practices and camp, Jackson said. "Looking back now it really hurt me more than I thought it helped me. Hopefully he saw everything I went through, and hopefully [agent] Drew [Rosenhaus] won't have him go through the same thing."

Regardless of what Wallace's agent, Bus Cook, may be telling Adam Schefter, which naturally makes such high quality reporters like Evan Silva report it as if a precursor to the future, a hold out will not help Wallace in any way. His best bet is to hold off on signing it until Cook has had one last pre-mini camp crack at a long-term deal. Sign it, requesting the Steelers come back to the table in training camp (where OLB LaMarr Woodley, SS Troy Polamalu and ILB Lawrence Timmons all signed extensions last season, Woodley having signed his franchise tag without holding out) and take a look at the matter again.

Can Antonio Brown be even better in 2012?

Yes. Lots of simple questions surrounding this group. For as talented as Brown is, the aspect making him such an outstanding receiver is his work ethic. Former 6th round draft picks don't run routes as well as he did in his second year. They don't command as much attention as he did over the second half of the season. His desire to be great is without question his best attribute, and he's setting the bar very high for any Steelers receiver - including Wallace - in the future.

His success may simply force Wallace to another team, and while that does only intensify his own impending contract negotiation (he's set to be a restricted free agent in 2013), it doesn't seem like Brown would have it any other way. Taken off special teams duties for this upcoming season, Brown figures to be a big part of the offense, and rightfully he should. The rapport he developed with QB Ben Roethlisberger after the first quarter of the season was evident to all, and odds of him leading the team in receptions this season are very high.

Is Emmanuel Sanders the Forgotten One among Steelers receivers?

It wasn't long ago Sanders, and not Brown, was the rising receiver among the Steelers. Injuries have really set him back after he led the team in targets in the AFC Championship Game his rookie year. A foot injury in the Super Bowl, and what appeared to be a re-aggravation of that injury in training camp, forced Sanders to lose some ground.

Injuries happen to everyone, and the ones affecting Sanders are ill-timed. He's still very talented and, with some luck, could really surprise some people this year. He's also a year away from restricted free agency, so this is an important off-season and training camp for him. Injuries are unpredictable and they take their toll on a player mentally. The real question we should be asking is how good can he be if the Injury Bug passes over him for just one year?

What are rookie WR Toney Clemons' chances of making the roster?

Normally I take a quick glance into the seventh-round picks and see what unique skill they may bring to the table, but more, what weaknesses they show that may have caused them to fall so far. In Clemons' case, it really seems to be his rocky collegiate career that affected him, even more than just needing some work on his hands. Playing for two coaches at Michigan, transferring to Colorado and working for numerous coaches there, it's tough to ask any player to grow and improve under such conditions.

Dropping passes, though, isn't nearly as much coaching as it is focus, concentration and coordination. Tough to be an NFL receiver if you can't catch the ball.

In Clemons' case, and no doubt, his agent is saying the same thing, he's on a great team to move past all of that. While wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery has to be moving closer each passing year to a promotion, the coaching staff is otherwise stable for the foreseeable future, and he has some great younger receivers around him.

Will it be enough to make the 53-man roster? I'd say right now, it won't be. With Sanders' injury concerns, I think they'll want to bring in a low-priced veteran for the sake of stability to that group. Clemons could be a riser and need a year of seasoning, and the Steelers won't want a guy like that to take a spot now. He'll get a camp to prove that prediction false. It sure would help the Steelers in the future for him to earn playing time now, though.




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Emmanuel Sanders Day in the Life – Part 4 of 4

How does #88 feel about wearing such a storied jersey number? What's with the Bugatti Boys? How does Emmanuel spend his birthday? Find out in this final edition of Emmanuel Sanders: Day in the Life

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Emmanuel Sanders Day in the Life – Part 3 of 4


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Emmanuel gives back to his hometown of Bellville by spending time with some of his fans taking pictures and signing autographs. After spending time with his fans it was time to GiddyUp! Emmanuel and his Uncle Mike ride some horses down on the ranch.

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Emmanuel Sanders Day in the Life – Part 2 of 4

Hit the links with Emmanuel as he tries his hand at some golf just outside of his hometown. We also get a tour of his old high school and the football field where it all started.

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