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Steelers vs Falcons – Things to Look For

The Atlanta Falcons will face the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  This will be the Steelers third preseason game and you'll see the starters play the 1st half and the roster will begin to finalize for those on the "bubble".

Tonights game will be broadcasted by the NFL Network at 7:30 EDT. Also be sure to check out the Planet Steelers Forum and participate in our popular Game Day Chat during all games.

Here are a few players to pay special attention to during tonight's game:

Tony Hills - The tackle from the University of Texas in now a 4th year player and it's now or never for him.  Hills came into training camp in great shape and has played inspired during practice and the last 2 preseason games.  Hills can play tackle as displayed against the Philadelphia Eagles or guard.  Hills has been so impressive that he appears to be the front runner for the RG position. Tonight, Hills is starting at RG.

Antonio Brown - What else can you say about the youngster?  The guy has seized every opportunity in training camp and preseason.  He is continuing right where he left off last year but now he may be in the process of wrestling the 3rd wide receiver spot from Emmanual Sanders.  Sanders has been sidelined with a foot injury.

Cornerbacks - How will our cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Crezdon Butler, William Gay, Donovan Warren, Bryant McFadden (questionable), and Cortez Allen (questionable) fair against the highly talented and explosive Atlanta Falcons offense.

Ramon Foster and Chris Scott - Will they allow Tony Hills to steal their spot at RG?  At the start of training camp, it was Foster's job to lose.  Apparently, he is starting to lose it.

Marcus Gilbert - The rookie LT from the University of Florida had a rough start to training camp reportedly showing up out of shape.  He has turned things around recently and is getting his first start due to Jonathan Scott's injury (hyperextended knee).  He will have a tough matchup against Atlanta's 4-time Pro Bowler, John Abraham.

Steelers cut Limas Sweed

After 3 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut 2nd round draft pick Limas Sweed.  The highly successful tall-wide receiver from the University of Texas is exactly what Big Ben has always wanted since Plaxico Burress left town.

With the release of Sweed, he can now be considered the biggest draft flop in recent memory.  In fact, Sweed may be considered the 2nd biggest WR draft flop in Steelers history behind 1st round pick Troy Edwards during the Bill Cowher era.

The Steelers decided to release Sweed instead of placing rookie running back Baron Batch on injured reserve. Batch underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ACL he suffered last week.

The Steelers must pay the final year of Sweed's 4-year, $3.3 million rookie contract until his shoulder injury is healed. The Steelers also can retain Sweed and place him on injured reserve if no other team claims him.

Today, Sweed finished his Steelers career with only 7 catches.  Over the past three years, Sweed has been plagued with personal issues especially lack of confidence as well as being injury prone.  This training camp was critical for Sweed to prove his worth especially given his history and recovering from his 2010 season-ending achilles injury.

Apparently, Sweed didn't convince the Steelers coaching staff of his worth.  It's not over for Sweed though.  Another team can still claim Sweed or the Steelers would re-sign him.

Let's not forget that pro bowler James Harrison was once cut by the Steelers.

 

Trib Writer: Plax to Steelers Done Deal?

Mark Kaboly, a Pittsburgh Steelers writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review is following the Plaxico Burress sweepstakes and he thinks that Plax to the Steelers is a done deal.  Take a look at these reports posted from Twitter:

it all comes down to if Steelers can find cap room for him but they do have 5 days to re-work some numbers with existing

My professional opinion is it's done deal. Plax is a steeler. Stranger things have happened. Right Stay tuned

Plaxwatch is over for now but stay tuned. Time to go see what the 88 players that currently make up #steelers are doing on field.Stay tuned

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Other  Pittsburgh Steelers & Plaxico Burress Tweets and News:

Plax had lunch w/ Ben, Lefty, Hines and Farrior.

From Mark Kaboly of the Trib-Review -

"Colbert, Burress currently meeting alone in Colbert's office in 2nd floor of St. Bonaventure.

 

Flozell Adams Cut

Flozell Adams has been official cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Adams, now 36, filled in admirably last season at RT due to the season ending Achilles injury suffered by starter Willie Colon.

Most people anticipated this cut because the Steelers signed RT Willie Colon to a 5 year /29 million dollar deal yesterday.  That dollar amount is a bit surprising given Colon didn't play last  year and he's coming off of a major injury.  To stay with the Steelers, Adams would have had to take a pay cut.  Adams was due 5 million this year.  The Steelers simply can't afford to pay Adams 5 million for this season and he refused to take a pay cut which is why he's no longer with the team.

Steelers Sign All Draft Picks Except Heyward and Brown

According to reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed all their draft picks with the exception of:

1st Round Pick: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State University

3rd Round Pick: Curtis Brown, CB, University of Texas

The following other draft picks have already been signed:

Marcus Gilbert, Tackle, University of Florida

Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel

and Chris Carter, Keith Williams and Baron Batch.

Willie Colon Signs with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers said that Willie Colon was a priority this offseason and they weren't kidding.  Even though Colon missed all of last year with an Achilles injury, the Steelers rewarded the right tackle (RT) with a 5 year / 29 million dollar contract.  Sources around the league say that Colon is a top notch RT but many fans have their doubts.  Regardless, Colon was rewarded with a "more than fair" contract especially coming off of a serious injury.  Maybe the fact that he's good friends with Ben Roethlisberger helped his case.

Discuss this signing at the PlanetSteelers.com Forum & Message Board

Steelers FA Updates (Woodley Signs Long Term Deal?)

The past few days have been busy for the Pittsburgh Steelers front office.  See below for a list of recent personnel moves and rumors.

Ike Taylor - The Pittsburgh Steelers biggest need was cornerback due to the youth and uncertainty at the position.  The Steelers signed Taylor to a long term deal.

Max Starks - The Steelers made a surprise move and cut starting left tackle Max Starks.  Starks had neck surgery this offseason which may have just ended his career.  There is also reports that Starks weighed in at nearly 4o0 pounds.

Shaun Suisham - Even though he had a very poor FG attempt in the Super Bowl, Suisham was 14 for 15 for nearly a 94%  success rate last season.

Antwaan Randel El - A long time Steeler (before his short stay in Washington) was cut.  This was likely due to the Steelers being 10+ million over the cap and amount of young talent at the WR position.  Randel El will always be remembered for his diversified play and his performance in Super Bowl XL.

Other Signings:

Rookies:
Chris Dieker, QB, Southern Illinois
Aaron Bates, Punter
Eric Greenwood, Idaho, WR
Ty Boyle,  North Dakota, DE
Joshua Harrison, South Carolina State, T
Derek Chard, LS, Connecticut

Rumors:

LaMarr Woodley - This is breaking news!  The Pittsburgh Steelers have come to a long term agreement with the pro bowl linebacker

Willie Colon - The Steelers have said that resigning Colon is now the #1 priority.

RT Colon May Sign with Bears

According to reports, Willie Colon is being targeted by the Chicago Bears.  ESPN.com reports:

The Bears have made contact with Steelers tackle Willie Colon about the possibility of making a deal, according to an NFL source. But it's believed that Colon is actually more of a contingency plan for if the Bears are unable to land Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod.

Also, there has been rumors that the Buffalo Bills are interested in Willie Colon.  Before Colon suffered a season ending Achilles inury, many "insiders" considered Willie Colon as a top 5 right tackle.  Most Steeler fans would disagree.  Willie Colon has been notorious for offsides penalties and has almost gotten his buddy, Big Ben killed by opposing linebackers on several occasions.  With that being said, Colon is still a priority for the Steelers front office. With the Steelers 10+ million over the cap and Colon's price rising, the Steelers may need Florida Gator rookie, Marcus Gilbert to step into the starting role earlier than expected.

Only time will tell but the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle situation is getting worrisome.  There are rumors that Max Starks is cut due to weight and injury issues, Jonathan Scott is unsigned, Flozell Adams is unsigned, and Willie Colon may be Chicago bound.

Steelers Sign UDFA

The Pittsburgh Steelers have come to terms with the following Undrafted Free Agents (UDFA).

Vaughn Charlton, TE/HB (Temple)
John Clay, HB (Wisconsin)
Terrence McCrae, WR (Ohio)
Armand Robinson, WR (Miami University)
Adam Mims, WR (Furman)
Weslye Saunders, TE (South Carolina)
Colin Miller, C (Central Michigan)
Trevis Turner, OT (Abilene Christian)
Brent Greenwood, S (Iowa)
Niles Brinkley, CB (Wisconsin)
Eric Clanton, OLB (Citadel)
Mario Harvey, MLB (Marshall)
Miguel Chavis, DE (Clemson)
Anthony Gray, DT (Southern Miss)
Eric Greenwood, WR (Idaho)

Team Pouncey Talk 2011 NFL Draft

Maurkice and Mike Pouncey discuss their respective roads to the NFL.  Additionally, the twin brothers talk about playing on separate teams for the first time since they were 6.  Maurkice was obviously a pro bowl rookie for the Pittsburgh Steelers while brother Mike was the center for the Florida Gators.  Watch the video below:

 

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