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Steelers Finalize Cuts

Steelers Final cuts: T Tony Hills, CB Crezdon Butler, P Jeremy Kapinos, TE John Gilmore, DE J.Crittenton.

Surprising? Maybe a few.

Crezdon Butler - Butler had a decent preseason but he never separated himself from the pack like many thought. He did have a 95-yard pick six but apparently that wasn't enough for Coach Tomlin. Let's hope Butler clears waivers because this kid still has potential.

Tony Hills - This is a bit of a surprise to me.  It's been reported that Hills came into camp in the best shape of his career and he performed well during preseason at both Tackle and Guard.  He even started at RG for two games.  I would rather have Hills starting at RG than Legursky.

Jeremy Kapinos - Many thought that he outperformed Daniel Sepulveda but I disagree.  Sepulveda does have injury concerns.

This completes the Pittsburgh Steelers Cuts for the 2011 season.  Here are the other cuts.  Baraka Atkins, Mario Harvey, Chris McCoy and Mortty Ivy, defensive lineman Corbin Bryant, defensive backs Brett Greenwood, Macho Harris, Donovan Warren and Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, running backs James Johnson and John Clay, offensive linemen Colin Miller, Kyle Jolly, John Malecki, Trevis Turner and Keith Williams, wide receivers Armand Robinson, Wes Lyons and Tyler Grisham, tight end Jamie McCoy and kicker Swayze Waters.

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.

 

Tomlin – Press Conference

Listen to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin's last press conference of the 2011 training camp series.

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.

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

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.

Updated: Ike Taylor Remains a Steeler

According to ESPN.com reports:

The Pittsburgh Steelers and veteran cornerback Ike Taylor have reached an agreement on a four-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Details of the contract have not been disclosed.  This was the Steelers most important signing this offseason.  The Steelers secondary struggled against pass-happy defenses last season and Ike Taylor is the best CB they have until the young rookies get some experience.

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)

Looking back at the Super Bowl

Looking back at the 2011 Super Bowl, the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, there was one thing evident: The Steelers made way too many mistakes.

The matchup from a talent perspective was even but the Packers without a doubt, played the better game. The Steelers got outcoached on offense and defense and the Packers players executed better and made less mistakes.

There was no excuse for Ben Roethlisberger to force that pass which resulted in a pick six. But the absolute back breaker was Rashard Mendenhall fumbling on the 30 yard line when the Steelers had the momentum heading towards the go ahead score. Talk about stupidity, how did David Johnson completely whiff on Clay Matthews who caused the Mendenhall fumble. He's horrible and shouldn't even be using up a roster spot. Arians got rid of John Kuhn (FB for the Packers) because he doesn't believe in a FB in favor of the worthless David Johnson.

And how about Keyaron Fox? The Steelers would have had 2 minutes to score on the 32 yard line but instead he got a personnal foul on the kickoff essentially pushing the Steelers back to the 17. A critical penalty at a critical time.

Dick Leabeau's secondary looked confused and out of position. Take for example the game winning touchdown by Greg Jennings. Jennings was matched up against the aging James Farrior. How does that happen?

Shall we touch on the horrible lack of adjustments by Bruce Arians? The Packers lost their two pro bowl cornerbacks and the Steelers didn't even attempt a no huddle offense to catch them out of position. Nice work Arians, no wonder everyone except Big Ben wants you fired.

All in all, you can't be upset about the Packers winning. The Steelers beat themselves.

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