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BigBen2112
08-31-2008, 02:19 PM
PITTSBURGH ? The Steelers signed eight players to their practice squad today in addition to a ninth player who will remain with the team throughout the 2008 season as part of the NFLís international player development program.

Each of the eight players added to the Steelersí practice squad were in training camp with the team this summer. All NFL teams were able to sign a maximum of eight players to their practice squad beginning at noon today.

The players signed by the Steelers include: LB Patrick Bailey, CB Roy Lewis, S Grant Mason, OT Jeremy Parquet, DT Scott Paxson, WR Micah Rucker, TE Dezmond Sherrod and RB Justin Vincent.

Wide receiver Marvin Allen was also designated to the teamís practice squad as a part of the NFLís international player development program.
http://news.steelers.com/article/94875/

RuthlessBurgher
08-31-2008, 02:25 PM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

buckeyehoppy
08-31-2008, 02:58 PM
I'm relieved that Lewis and Bailey got tabbed for the PS. Those guys have a chance to be on the roster in a meaningful way if they get the shot.

Happy for Rucker and Sherrod, too, but I think they are projects at this point. Hopefully Rucker can pan out. He is an impressive physical specimen.

I'm not even sure why they felt compelled to keep a RB on the PS. I would have added Williams instead (unless some other team grabbed him).

BigBen2112
08-31-2008, 03:27 PM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

And here some people said McBean was going to grow and become a good player for us...interesting.

steelz09
08-31-2008, 03:35 PM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

And here some people said McBean was going to grow and become a good player for us...interesting.

That was the expectation. It's pretty sad really that he couldn't rise to the occasion and fill a much needed gap on our D-Line.

Steel Life
08-31-2008, 03:48 PM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

And here some people said McBean was going to grow and become a good player for us...interesting.

That was the expectation. It's pretty sad really that he couldn't rise to the occasion and fill a much needed gap on our D-Line.
...Looked like Tarzan - played like Jane. :HeadBanger

ramblinjim
08-31-2008, 04:02 PM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

And here some people said McBean was going to grow and become a good player for us...interesting.

That was the expectation. It's pretty sad really that he couldn't rise to the occasion and fill a much needed gap on our D-Line.
...Looked like Tarzan - played like Jane. :HeadBanger


:Agree that's funny right there.

Steel Life
08-31-2008, 04:33 PM
Here are my thoughts...

LB Patrick Bailey: Good - Thought he made the team anyway based on his ST play.
Others to consider - Andy Studebaker, Stanley McClover

CB Roy Lewis: Good - Thought he had made the team over Carter (who needs to go).

S Grant Mason: Bad - Mason is living on the PS, let him go & bring in someone better.

OT Jeremy Parquet: Bad - Beginning to be a resident here too not seeing the upside.
There are others with more upside (King Dunlap, Andy Alleman).

DT Scott Paxson: Bad - This is more an indictment on McBean than a vote for Paxson.
There are better players available than Paxson (Dre Moore, Junior Siavii).

WR Micah Rucker: Good - He's got some upside & could contribute next season.
Others to watch - David Ball, Mike Hass, Brandon London...All could be better than Baker.

TE Dezmond Sherrod: Bad - I don't get this one, 3rd TEs are easily had & didn't think he showed much.

RB Justin Vincent: Bad - The team is absolutely STACKED at RB, other positions are more important to develop.

AkronSteel
08-31-2008, 04:53 PM
Where are the dang D Lineman? Alright well if there is anything that I agree with Benny on as far as the roster and Colbert go, it is that the D Line has not been addressed and continues to be ignored. This is getting ridiculous! Scott Paxson......Scott Frickin Paxson, what a waste. The guy has been on the PS for three years now and he has not improved from when he first got here. There were decent prospects released yesterday and the Steelers do nothing to address the situation, STUPID!

:2c

buckeyehoppy
09-01-2008, 01:10 AM
Here are my thoughts...

LB Patrick Bailey: Good - Thought he made the team anyway based on his ST play.
Others to consider - Andy Studebaker, Stanley McClover

CB Roy Lewis: Good - Thought he had made the team over Carter (who needs to go).

S Grant Mason: Bad - Mason is living on the PS, let him go & bring in someone better.

OT Jeremy Parquet: Bad - Beginning to be a resident here too not seeing the upside.
There are others with more upside (King Dunlap, Andy Alleman).

DT Scott Paxson: Bad - This is more an indictment on McBean than a vote for Paxson.
There are better players available than Paxson (Dre Moore, Junior Siavii).

WR Micah Rucker: Good - He's got some upside & could contribute next season.
Others to watch - David Ball, Mike Hass, Brandon London...All could be better than Baker.

TE Dezmond Sherrod: Bad - I don't get this one, 3rd TEs are easily had & didn't think he showed much.

RB Justin Vincent: Bad - The team is absolutely STACKED at RB, other positions are more important to develop.

On balance, I'll have to agree with 7 out of your 8 observations.

I would say that while 3rd TEs are easily found, they aren't so easily developed. I think it's still important to develop within the system instead of trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Sherrod didn't look fabulous, but that doesn't mean that he can't become something with a little more development. I think he bears watching.

Keeping Mason and Parquet is an exercise in futility unless they'll be called upon to contribute this year. I don't see that happening and I don't know how Parquet will move in and even make you forget about Max Sucks, so his membership on the PS is just ridiculous.

Bailey, Lewis and Rucker were all no-brainers and I expect that either Bailey or Lewis will be called up this year and contribute to the regular Steelers roster.

I'm sure that the Steelers could have done better than Paxson on the PS. I'm not so sure that person would have been named Dre Moore, but I know the Steelers could have found a better player with more upside than Paxson.

And I am also sure they could have developed another position other than RB. Perhaps another OL or DL would have been in order.

BigBen2112
09-01-2008, 07:28 AM
We kept certain guys on our PS for the same reason we gave useless Starks 7 million dollars to be nothing more than a poor backup.

Mostly b/c I dont think our FO knows how to find/acquire good OL/DL...and notice the KEY word is GOOD.

And just a question, but wasn't Starks supposed to be starting this year and prove himself worthy?

I mean if he can't break into the starting lineup of THIS line? He isnt worth 700K let alone 7 million.

Les 74
09-01-2008, 08:15 AM
Just out of curiousity,does anyone know if Dre Moore was picked up??

steelz09
09-01-2008, 08:36 AM
Just out of curiousity,does anyone know if Dre Moore was picked up??


I was thinking the same thing. I think this would be a good pick-up. I mean, whats the worst that can happen? We don't have any young D-Line depth anyway... we were interested in him during the draft....If it doesn't workout, we'll just cut him

BigBen2112
09-01-2008, 08:39 AM
Just out of curiousity,does anyone know if Dre Moore was picked up??


I was thinking the same thing. I think this would be a good pick-up. I mean, whats the worst that can happen? We don't have any young D-Line depth anyway... we were interested in him during the draft....If it doesn't workout, we'll just cut him


Paxson...duh! :lol: :lol: :lol:

McBean is going to be a smashing success too jh!

Oviedo
09-01-2008, 08:50 AM
Here are my thoughts...

LB Patrick Bailey: Good - Thought he made the team anyway based on his ST play.
Others to consider - Andy Studebaker, Stanley McClover

CB Roy Lewis: Good - Thought he had made the team over Carter (who needs to go).

S Grant Mason: Bad - Mason is living on the PS, let him go & bring in someone better.

OT Jeremy Parquet: Bad - Beginning to be a resident here too not seeing the upside.
There are others with more upside (King Dunlap, Andy Alleman).

DT Scott Paxson: Bad - This is more an indictment on McBean than a vote for Paxson.
There are better players available than Paxson (Dre Moore, Junior Siavii).

WR Micah Rucker: Good - He's got some upside & could contribute next season.
Others to watch - David Ball, Mike Hass, Brandon London...All could be better than Baker.

TE Dezmond Sherrod: Bad - I don't get this one, 3rd TEs are easily had & didn't think he showed much.

RB Justin Vincent: Bad - The team is absolutely STACKED at RB, other positions are more important to develop.

I have to agree to your assessment. I can't understand why we did not go after a couple of defensive linemen Mason, Parquet and Vincent are useless signings. I think Sherrod did show enough to be kept as a project, but wouldn't resigning Cody Boyd have been better.

Rucker was a good keep. Baker will do nothing. Reid should have been kept. Baker likely doesn't make the team next year and gets replaced by Rucker or another player.

Les 74
09-01-2008, 09:00 AM
I think Sherrod did show enough to be kept as a project, but wouldn't resigning Cody Boyd have been better.




O,I was thinking the same exact thing.Whatever happened to Boyd anyway??I know that he was hurt.Did we cut him also??

BigBen2112
09-01-2008, 09:02 AM
Here are my thoughts...

LB Patrick Bailey: Good - Thought he made the team anyway based on his ST play.
Others to consider - Andy Studebaker, Stanley McClover

CB Roy Lewis: Good - Thought he had made the team over Carter (who needs to go).

S Grant Mason: Bad - Mason is living on the PS, let him go & bring in someone better.

OT Jeremy Parquet: Bad - Beginning to be a resident here too not seeing the upside.
There are others with more upside (King Dunlap, Andy Alleman).

DT Scott Paxson: Bad - This is more an indictment on McBean than a vote for Paxson.
There are better players available than Paxson (Dre Moore, Junior Siavii).

WR Micah Rucker: Good - He's got some upside & could contribute next season.
Others to watch - David Ball, Mike Hass, Brandon London...All could be better than Baker.

TE Dezmond Sherrod: Bad - I don't get this one, 3rd TEs are easily had & didn't think he showed much.

RB Justin Vincent: Bad - The team is absolutely STACKED at RB, other positions are more important to develop.

I have to agree to your assessment. I can't understand why we did not go after a couple of defensive linemen Mason, Parquet and Vincent are useless signings. I think Sherrod did show enough to be kept as a project, but wouldn't resigning Cody Boyd have been better.

Rucker was a good keep. Baker will do nothing. Reid should have been kept. Baker likely doesn't make the team next year and gets replaced by Rucker or another player.

I'd sign Chad Jackson over Dallas Baker, but that's just me.

I think we should have gone after some NEW faces for the PS.

This further emphasizes the point that I dont think the FO really knows what its doing in order to find good OL/DL guys.

Oviedo
09-01-2008, 09:14 AM
Here are my thoughts...

LB Patrick Bailey: Good - Thought he made the team anyway based on his ST play.
Others to consider - Andy Studebaker, Stanley McClover

CB Roy Lewis: Good - Thought he had made the team over Carter (who needs to go).

S Grant Mason: Bad - Mason is living on the PS, let him go & bring in someone better.

OT Jeremy Parquet: Bad - Beginning to be a resident here too not seeing the upside.
There are others with more upside (King Dunlap, Andy Alleman).

DT Scott Paxson: Bad - This is more an indictment on McBean than a vote for Paxson.
There are better players available than Paxson (Dre Moore, Junior Siavii).

WR Micah Rucker: Good - He's got some upside & could contribute next season.
Others to watch - David Ball, Mike Hass, Brandon London...All could be better than Baker.

TE Dezmond Sherrod: Bad - I don't get this one, 3rd TEs are easily had & didn't think he showed much.

RB Justin Vincent: Bad - The team is absolutely STACKED at RB, other positions are more important to develop.

I have to agree to your assessment. I can't understand why we did not go after a couple of defensive linemen Mason, Parquet and Vincent are useless signings. I think Sherrod did show enough to be kept as a project, but wouldn't resigning Cody Boyd have been better.

Rucker was a good keep. Baker will do nothing. Reid should have been kept. Baker likely doesn't make the team next year and gets replaced by Rucker or another player.

I'd sign Chad Jackson over Dallas Baker, but that's just me.

I think we should have gone after some NEW faces for the PS.

This further emphasizes the point that I dont think the FO really knows what its doing in order to find good OL/DL guys.

I hope the FO has some master plan on the OL and DL, but it definitely makes me nervous that we are riding the horses we have for so long without getting new ones in the stable. I think with Kemo, Hartwig and moving Colon inside we are potentially better than most inside. My biggest concern is OT where I think Colon is playing out of position. I have to think we get something done with Smith to solidify LT until we get some help at the tackle position. I still think that before this season is over we see Simmons falter and Colon goes inside and Starks is playing at RT.

One thing is that if Smith, Starks and possibly Simmons, Mahan and Hampton leave next year we will have a ton of cap space, But free agency isn't a way to rebuild be everyone now is just plain too expensive.

BigBen2112
09-01-2008, 09:23 AM
Here are my thoughts...

LB Patrick Bailey: Good - Thought he made the team anyway based on his ST play.
Others to consider - Andy Studebaker, Stanley McClover

CB Roy Lewis: Good - Thought he had made the team over Carter (who needs to go).

S Grant Mason: Bad - Mason is living on the PS, let him go & bring in someone better.

OT Jeremy Parquet: Bad - Beginning to be a resident here too not seeing the upside.
There are others with more upside (King Dunlap, Andy Alleman).

DT Scott Paxson: Bad - This is more an indictment on McBean than a vote for Paxson.
There are better players available than Paxson (Dre Moore, Junior Siavii).

WR Micah Rucker: Good - He's got some upside & could contribute next season.
Others to watch - David Ball, Mike Hass, Brandon London...All could be better than Baker.

TE Dezmond Sherrod: Bad - I don't get this one, 3rd TEs are easily had & didn't think he showed much.

RB Justin Vincent: Bad - The team is absolutely STACKED at RB, other positions are more important to develop.

I have to agree to your assessment. I can't understand why we did not go after a couple of defensive linemen Mason, Parquet and Vincent are useless signings. I think Sherrod did show enough to be kept as a project, but wouldn't resigning Cody Boyd have been better.

Rucker was a good keep. Baker will do nothing. Reid should have been kept. Baker likely doesn't make the team next year and gets replaced by Rucker or another player.

I'd sign Chad Jackson over Dallas Baker, but that's just me.

I think we should have gone after some NEW faces for the PS.

This further emphasizes the point that I dont think the FO really knows what its doing in order to find good OL/DL guys.

I hope the FO has some master plan on the OL and DL, but it definitely makes me nervous that we are riding the horses we have for so long without getting new ones in the stable. I think with Kemo, Hartwig and moving Colon inside we are potentially better than most inside. My biggest concern is OT where I think Colon is playing out of position. I have to think we get something done with Smith to solidify LT until we get some help at the tackle position. I still think that before this season is over we see Simmons falter and Colon goes inside and Starks is playing at RT.

One thing is that if Smith, Starks and possibly Simmons, Mahan and Hampton leave next year we will have a ton of cap space, But free agency isn't a way to rebuild be everyone now is just plain too expensive.

But the draft is a way to build the lines and we havent done what we've needed to do for a long time.

RuthlessBurgher
09-01-2008, 11:23 AM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

And here some people said McBean was going to grow and become a good player for us...interesting.

Guilty as charged...I had McBean in all my pre-draft mocks that year and was quite excited when we drafted him. Thought he could be a prototype 3-4 DE. D'Oh!

BigBen2112
09-01-2008, 11:27 AM
I'm surprised that they took all guys who were in camp with us. Usually, they throw us a curveball or two from other teams. Glad they got Roy Lewis (surprised he didn't make the final roster). I also would have like to have seen Travis Williams on the PS too. Rucker may be an interesting prospect in the future with some seasoning. What happened to McBean? Was he so bad that he is not even PS-worthy, or did another team snatch him up?

And here some people said McBean was going to grow and become a good player for us...interesting.

Guilty as charged...I had McBean in all my pre-draft mocks that year and was quite excited when we drafted him. Thought he could be a prototype 3-4 DE. D'Oh!

We're all wrong sometimes and it really doesn't matter. The issue is that we DESPERATELY need DL/OL and I dont think our current FO can get them for us.

Lets just hope though. NO INJURIES!!!

phillyesq
09-01-2008, 12:15 PM
Just out of curiousity,does anyone know if Dre Moore was picked up??

Per the PFT list of practice squads, he is on the Bucs practice squad.