Daily Archives: May 24, 2012
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their final day of their first OTA session of the 2012 season and below is a recap of news and information that surfaced on Twitter and the web today.
Brett Keisel returned to make the final practice after attending a family function. Jonathan Dwyer was excused to attend a family graduation. Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Ike Taylor and Jerricho Cotchery all were reportedly given the day off. Remaining sidelined were Rashard Mendenhall (knee), Casey Hampton (knee) and Jason Worilds (hand/wrist?). Of course David DeCastro (school), Mike Adams Read more [...]
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – CBS Sports Senior NFL Writer Len Pasquarelli joined The Fan Morning Show to talk about the Steelers making bold changes on the offensive line by starting two rookies this year.
Pasquarelli also tells us about the new changes coming to the NFL this year.
Listen to the full interview here:
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Thu, 24 May 2012 17:23:21
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Tom Modrak was hired as the executive director of the BLESTO Scouting Combine, it was announced today. Modrak is a 1965 graduate of IUP and began his career in the NFL in 1973 as a part-time scout ...
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One of the concerns of Steeler Nation that seems to be surfacing coming out the Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session this week is the weight of third year running back Jonathan Dwyer. His weight has been a concern of Steelers General Manger Kevin Colbert as well, who said back in late February on SiriusXM NFL Radio, “He's a big guy and you know sometimes he's a little too big quite honestly. He has to keep his weight in check, but he's 245 to 255 and he can run.”
Dwyer participated in the first two days of the OTA session this week and was excused Thursday so that he could attend his brother's Read more [...]
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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has never been much for the voluntary portion of the offseason calender. Polamalu usually spends the offseason working out in California, but he decided to change things up this year. With James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Chris Hoke all gone from the team, coach Mike Tomlin told Polamaul that it was…
Steelers restricted free agent receiver Mike Wallace doesn’t appear to be close to coming to terms with the team on a contract, but he has been given new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook and should be ready to go whenever he shows up for work. Given that, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who talked to Wallace…
They don’t celebrate NFL backups in southern New Jersey. Trust Isaac Redman on this.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers running back returned to his hometown of Paulsboro, N.J., during the offseason after his rookie year in the NFL in 2009, people just kind of shrugged their shoulders.
Three years later, things have changed. The overweight kid from Division II Bowie State who barely made the practice squad during that miserable first season is now the centerpiece for a running attack geared at taking pressure off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
And the fine folks in Paulsboro know it.
“I get a lot different treatment now when I’m home than I did when I was on the practice squad,” Redman said with a laugh.
Redman is such a celebrity he’s even holding his first football camp at Paulsboro High next month. It’s heady territory for a player who spent his first training camp with the Steelers trying to get coach Mike Tomlin to remember his name.
It wasn’t until Redman beat the first-team defense for a series of touchdowns during a goal line drill that he got Tomlin’s attention, with the coach nicknaming the 6-foot, 230-pound Redman “Red Zone.”
It’s a fond memory of a day that probably saved Redman’s career. Fast-forward to 2012, and Redman’s perseverance has paid off with the opportunity he knew would come eventually.
Redman practiced with the first string during the second day of organized team activities on Wednesday and will get the initial crack at replacing injured starter Rashard Mendenhall, who remains out indefinitely while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Mendenhall is optimistic he can return at some point this fall, but even he’s not willing to put his recovery on any sort of timeline.
“I’m just focused on getting back 100 percent,” Mendenhall said. “At what point I do that, whenever that is, I don’t know.”
That leaves it up to Redman to lead the backfield as it transitions to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s diverse offense.
Haley helped the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl with an offense that featured Kurt Warner at quarterback throwing it to Pro Bowlers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin then took the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs with a run-first attack that leaned heavily on Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs ran for an NFL-high 2,627 yards in 2010, a number the Steelers haven’t reached since going 15-1 in 2001.
While Roethlisberger and his receivers have wrung their hands about how long it will take to master Haley’s playbook, Redman rubbed his hands in glee.
The Steelers evolved into a passing team under former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The pendulum may be swinging back now.
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After the first OTA practice of the 2012 season, Coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media.
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