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hawaiiansteel
07-05-2010, 04:12 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

July 05, 2010


The heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense rests with the linebacking corps.
Steelers’ linebackers have made the Pro Bowl 23 of the past 31 seasons and will look to continue this successful run this season where they will once again have one of the most talented groups in the NFL.

Headlined by outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers should have a dangerous pass rush.

While talented on the outside, there may be concerns on the inside where James Farrior is a year older and Lawrence Timmons struggles against the run.

Pittsburgh was proactive in planning for any potential issues in the middle with the offseason signing of Larry Foote.

With a healthy defensive line that has younger, more talented depth than years past, the linebackers should be able to roam free and make the plays necessary for a successful Pittsburgh defense.

Inside Linebackers – Starters

At the age of 35, Farrior will be entering his 14th season in the NFL.

Perennially the Steelers leading tackler, last season Farrior accumulated over 100 tackles for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Despite his success, he finally showed the signs of losing a step.

Farrior struggled in coverage, which had previously been one of his stronger points. A moment that stands out from last season was when he was beaten by Ray Rice of Baltimore, a play which ultimately led to a loss.

Timmons is still trying to develop into a complete player and could take that next step this season.

In his first year as a starter, Timmons had 78 tackles and seven sacks in only 13 games started. Pittsburgh will depend upon his playmaking ability if they wish to succeed.

Concerns heading into camp will be Farrior’s game speed. Is he able to play at a high level anymore?

As for Timmons, he needs to continue to improve his positioning, particularly when defending the run. Also, will Timmons be able to stay healthy for the entire season?

Inside Linebackers – Backups

If Pittsburgh has any injury or performance issues, they will have two dependable veterans to look to.

The return of Foote was a big addition for the Steelers.

Foote, while not the strongest or most athletic linebacker, is very experienced and successful in the Steelers defense. He will never ‘wow’ you with his play, but he is always in position which allows his teammates to freelance a little.

Pittsburgh will have the ability to use Foote off the bench in situational downs, whether it is as a run stopping specialist or to relieve Farrior to help keep his legs fresh throughout the season.

If Farrior or Timmons struggle in camp, Foote will be there to push them for a starting role.

Keyaron Fox, the Steelers special teams’ ace, is also capable of stepping into the starting lineup. In fact, some fans were calling for him to start at various points last season.

Fox did start three games for the Steelers, one of which he made his first interception of his career, which he returned 82 yards for a touchdown.

The presence of Foote and Fox make the inside linebacker position the deepest on the team. Watch out to see how the coaches use both players in substitution packages as well as their place on the depth chart.

Inside Linebackers – The Rest

Stevenson Sylvester, a fifth round selection, is a little undersized at only 231 pounds, but will have time to add bulk being fifth on the depth chart.

Though Sylvester is an intriguing prospect with starting potential several years from now, he will also have an uphill battle to make the team.

While Sylvester is capable of playing special teams as a rookie, the Steelers already have Fox to play that role. The team may not have enough room on the roster to keep a fifth inside linebacker.

But keep an eye on Sylvester as he could be a sleeper. If he can shine on the field, the coaching staff will find a roster spot for him.

Outside Linebackers – Starters

While there may be some questions at the inside linebacker position, the Steelers have to feel confident with their starters at outside linebacker.

After winning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008 after a 16 sack season, Harrison followed it up with 10 sacks last season.

Despite the drop off in numbers, Harrison was still a force to be reckoned with.

Harrison is 32, but is only entering his fourth season as starter, so he should be fresher than the average 32 year old Pro Bowl linebacker.

Harrison may actually be overshadowed this season by Woodley.

After a slow start to the 2009 season, Woodley exploded and was quite possibly the best player on the field throughout the second half of the season for the Steelers.

Woodley finished with 13.5 sacks and made his first, of what should be many, Pro Bowl appearance.

Expect Dick LeBeau to find new ways for these two to rush the quarterback as opposing teams will without a doubt key in on Pittsburgh’s premiere pass rushers.

Outside Linebackers – Backups

As great the starters are, that is how bad the depth as been at this position.
Pittsburgh looked to change that this season with their draft.

The Steelers came out with two outside linebacker prospects who are expected to be the top backups at the position this year.

Jason Worilds, second round selection from Virginia Tech, and Thaddeus Gibson, fourth round selection from Ohio State, will both be making transitions from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker.

The transition to the Steelers defensive scheme will be a difficult one and neither is expected to make an impact on the base defense this year and will instead likely be used exclusively on special teams.

However, if either flashes potential as a pass rusher, they may see some time on the field in situational passing downs to give Harrison or Woodley a rest (though, it is unlikely the Steelers will want to take either Pro Bowler off the field).

Worilds is more of a speed rusher with a great first step while Gibson is more of a power guy with the potential to be a good run stopper.

It will be important to watch to see if these players are able to quickly make the transition to the 3-4 defense. If either or both struggle, the Steelers may be forced to keep another veteran outside linebacker for depth and/or use Timmons in case of injury.

Outside Linebackers – The Rest

Andre Frazier and Patrick Bailey are the biggest names of the rest of the linebackers.
Frazier has spent six seasons in the NFL between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and has played mostly on special teams for the Steelers.

While Frazier has seen some spot duty in the defensive lineup, he has never taken the step necessary to be anything more than a player deep on the depth chart.

As a fifth linebacker, though, Frazier may be worth keeping due to his ability to step in if necessary on defense and his capable special teams play. He had a career high 18 special teams tackles last season.

The other option for the Steelers will be Bailey, who was the 2008 Steelers Rookie of the Year after playing in 12 games and finishing third on the team with 12 special teams tackles.

Bailey did not make as much of an impact on special teams in his second year, making only 11 tackles in 16 games.

As virtually a player who plays exclusively on special teams, Bailey may have a tough time making the roster over a player such as Frazier. But either player may be battling it out for the final roster spot.

Linebackers Lindsey Witten, Johnny Williams, and Renauld Williams are camp bodies who may have an opportunity to make the practice squad.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4...backers#page/1

hawaiiansteel
07-06-2010, 12:55 AM
Positional rankings: 3-4 outside linebackers


Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, this time taking a look at the top five outside linebackers (who play in a 3-4 scheme) in the NFL.

Andy Benoit's top five

5. Elvis Dumervil, Broncos

4. LaMarr Woodley, Steelers

3. Terrell Suggs, Ravens

2. James Harrison, Steelers

1. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys

Sacks have put a bright spotlight on the 3-4 outside linebacker position. Everyone on this list can rush the passer. What differentiates stars and superstars is versatility.

Dumervil, the NFL sack leader in ’09, is too small to be a force against the run, but his frenetic energy often makes up the difference. By the end of this season, Woodley might claim the No. 1 ranking. The fourth-year pro is beastly in traffic – he has some of the thickest thighs and biceps you’ll EVER see – and fluid enough to defend the flats in coverage.

Suggs is on the list not because he’s a handful as a pass-rusher, but because he’s the best playside run-defender in the NFL. James Harrison scares people – even those who are watching at home. He’s very smart, too. Ware had a somewhat quiet season in ’09, but that was due to a fluky slow start as much as anything. He’s still the best all-around 3-4 front seven playmaker in the game.

Josh Katzowitz's top five

5. Manny Lawson, 49ers

4. Elvis Dumervil, Broncos

3. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys

2. LaMarr Woodley, Steelers

1. James Harrison, Steelers

Oh, to be a quarterback facing the Steelers when James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are healthy and gunning for your throat. Oh, to be a running back who must rush into the teeth of the Steelers defense. Oh, to have to fear for your career. Consider the two have combined 51 sacks during the past two seasons, and it’s easy to see why Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1 in the AFC vs. the run last year while finishing with an AFC-high 47 sacks. How do you rank them? I say Harrison is No. 1 because he’s been doing it longer, and because so much of an opponent’s attention is focused on stopping him, Woodley can get away with blitzing. But I agree – Woodley might eventually be the best of the entire bunch.

Ware had an amazing 2008, recording 20 sacks, 84 tackles and six forced fumbles. Fighting through an injury, he wasn’t nearly as good last season, but he rebounded a bit in the second half. Although he had a huge year last season, you wonder if Dumervil can replicate his success. Lawson doesn’t record many sacks, but he’s good in coverage and he tackles consistently.

The one issue I have with Andy’s list is Terrell Suggs. I wonder if he lives off his reputation more than anything else. He came into last season nearly 20 pounds overweight, and it blunted his explosiveness. He lost playing time, and he completed his worst season since his 2003 rookie season. Not good since he signed a contract before the beginning of the season that made him the highest-paid linebacker in history. Unfortunately for Baltimore, he didn’t play like it.


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Oviedo
07-06-2010, 09:42 AM
I would be very surprised if Frazier and Bailey are on the final roster.

I think Timmons will have a Pro Bowl type season.

DukieBoy
07-06-2010, 11:57 AM
I would be very surprised if Frazier and Bailey are on the final roster.

I think Timmons will have a Pro Bowl type season.

Will Timmons habe a better year with Foote, or with Farrior, playing alongside ? Foote has a stronger capacity, compared to Farrior, for taking on the lead blockers and blowing up the run blocking so that players like Timmons can clean up and make tackles. I'd rather see Foote in the lineup with Timmons, bring Farrior in place of Foote on passing downs.

SteelHoss
07-06-2010, 07:55 PM
I would be very surprised if Frazier and Bailey are on the final roster.

I think Timmons will have a Pro Bowl type season.

:Agree :Cheers

ANPSTEEL
07-06-2010, 11:05 PM
I would be very surprised if Frazier and Bailey are on the final roster.

no question- both are going to be hard pressed to make the final 53- and I'm sure Frazier has been around too long to go on the PS- Bailey might still be eligible... not sure.




I think Timmons will have a Pro Bowl type season.

my only question on this, is that I believe Timmons can -and will be a pro-bowl player... but he I think it will happen when he lines up in what is currently Farrior's role as the Mack. Not so sure if the team is ready to move James to the bench, and put Foote in at Timmons' current Buck alignment.

hawaiiansteel
07-10-2010, 08:09 PM
Pre-Season, Pre-Training Camp Roster Pre-View: Linebackers

Jul 8, 2010


If you're going to take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers, any year, let alone 2010, it's pretty easy to figure out where to start. Blitzburgh lives and dies with one position... Linebackers. At first glance we've got 14 on the roster right now. At second glance, I thought about starting with another position, fourteen is a lot, but at third glance I talked myself into it. So we'll start with the guys projected to start.


James Farrior 6'2"/ 243 lbs./ ILB

Farrior, a 14 year pro (8 year Steeler) was the eighth overall selection in 1997. At 35, he remains an unquestioned locker room leader, and the on field general for Dick LeBeau. It is fairly safe to say he is nearing the end of his run in the NFL, but what a run it was. Despite what I would assume was a disappointing start with the Jets, he has only missed four games in Black and Gold, and his time here will always be fondly remembered by fans, undoubtedly. He is expected to be one of three men in our projected trio of inside backers. It will be interesting to see how much time Farrior sees on the field this year. I expect it to still be a fair amount in base 3-4, but given what looked to be a lost step last year, in passing downs, we may see some speedier options.

Strengths: Leadership, sound all around and consistent play

Weaknesses: Speed is in question due to age

Roster Shot: 99.9%


Lawrence Timmons 6'1"/ 234 lbs./ ILB

Timmons was the first ever draft selection of the Tomlin era, 15th overall in 2007. After a redshirt rookie year, Timmons got an increased workload in his second year, and was impressive, despite only "starting" twice. His third year, despite being set back by injury, showed even more promise, improving in every statistical category and displaying elite athleticism and speed for a linebacker. The best part is, after three seasons of experience in the NFL, he is still only 24. The best is yet to come from our LT, which in hindsight, is a nickname I may now never use again for him.

Strengths: Speed, coverage, athleticism, versatility

Weaknesses: Still not a sure tackler, occasional over pursuit of ball carrier

Roster Shot: 99.9%


Larry Foote 6'1"/ 239 lbs./ ILB

Before I even start with Larry, anybody remember this ^ up here ^ happening? I don't, but maybe I should. I Google imaged "Larry Foote camp" and here's what I got, I had other options to go with, but... Who is that Larry has a death grip on? What did that guy say to make him do that? Who's that guy in the back round who couldn't seem less concerned? But I digress, 11 more linebackers to go, focus... focus...

He's ba - ack! A year ago, we were wishing Larry luck in Detroit, as he returned home after a release brought on by the up and coming Lawrence Timmons. Now, he returns, like a welcomed winter after a hot, hot summer. He returns to the defense he helped to two Superbowl victories, and possibly returns to step into the shoes of long time running mate James Farrior in the near future. After a year on a new squad, in a new defense for the first time since 2002, and in a new scheme to boot, Foote will have an impact on this team both in his play and through emotion. I'd be hard pressed to find a fan not excited at the promise of that first Foote Stomp back in Black and Gold. He's a solid linebacker, which is clearly why he's here again, but his role as the emotional leader may not have been fully quantified prior to his departure last season.

Strengths: Leader, solid play, knowledge of system

Weaknesses: Not a great athlete, not great speed

Roster Shot: 99.9%


James Harrison 6'0"/ 242 lbs./ Bad, Bad Man

Even practice jerseys and pads don't tell James Harrison what to do. It's hard to imagine what Bill Cowher was thinking not playing this guy for those years. I like Clark Hagans and all, but jeez (Think Peezy and Deebo, then stop, quick, you'll give the people around you nightmares, never mind what might happen to you). Thirty four sacks in his three seasons as a starter, 19 forced fumbles, one long TD return with no time on the clock. That's what you get from Harrison. Nonstop effort, combined with brute force, equaling pain for offensive players. James (can I call you James?) is however 32, and regardless of however much less wear and tear he may have received in the past as compared to most 32 year old linebackers, Mother Nature eventually catches up to everyone. Harrison is for now, still a defensive nightmare for tackles, quarterbacks, and the occasional halfback left out to dry.

Strengths: Constant pressure, knack for making big plays at big times, reliable tough veteran

Weaknesses: A clear lack of an offensive holding penalty

Roster Shot: 99.9%


LaMarr Woodley 6'2"/ 265 lbs/ OLB

LaMarr Woodley. How good is this guy, I mean really? The second selection in Tomlin's first draft is the constant pressure quarterbacks feel from the other side of the field. His bull rush is second to none, and I will never be told otherwise. I like to think I have seen them all going today, but no one puts more pain into the lower backs of tackles like LaMarr. His 29 regular season sacks in three seasons, really only two playing legit downs, are an impressive total. His terrorizing of quarterbacks come playoff time is really uncanny, and his sack(s) of Kurt Warner sealed the Superbowl for us on that last drive by the Cardinals. He is 25, and will turn 26 during the regular season in the week leading up to a Monday showdown versus the Bengals. Entering his physical prime, a pretty good guy off the field (with the exception of a passion for MMA... save it MMA fan. I don't care how cool you think it is) and increasing his sack total each year in the NFL, what can you say to dampen the spirit of Steeler Nation when talking about Wood? One word... contract. Get it done Front Office, get it done.

Strengths: Well... strength, bull rush, motor, intensity

Weaknesses: Coverage still suspect, uncertain future

Roster Shot: 99.9%



So there are the starters. Yes, there are five on my list, and we only start four. You know why out there, you know why.

But, with either age or contract future seemingly a concern across the board, what will Steelers fans turn to, for comfort sake, with eyes on the future? Johnny, pop on those shades, it's looking bright.


Jason Worilds 6'2"/ 262 lbs./ OLB

With both outside linebacker spots all but locked up, the Steelers did what the Steelers do. They took a projected OLB well before anyone expected them too, in the second round, 52nd overall. The former Hokie defensive end had a solid, and at times spectacular career in Blacksburg. He displays a great motor, fighting through the more than occasional double team, good quickness off the snap, and varies up his pass rush moves well, showing good hand use and placement. He will be a project though, in many ways. He rarely was required to drop into coverage in college, and despite showing real grit and toughness (I've watched him beat multiple double teams while wearing a sling on his shoulder), his shoulder injury may lead to some concern about durability. Here are some Youtube clips for your viewing pleasure (against some top tier talent, his pro day workout, and a quick look at an athletic play in coverage despite not making the pick). His impact early on will be seen on special teams, as Coach Beemer preaches special teams and playmaking to all his players. I expect to see some quality coverage plays out of Jason as he fine tunes his skills defensively.

Strengths: Tough, good motor, good pass rush skills

Weaknesses: Skills need refining, coverage skills need improving, some injury concern, awareness

Roster Shot: 95% This guy will make the squad, but it will be interesting to see how much he plays.


Thaddeus Gibson 6'2"/ 243 lbs./ OLB

A strong (32 reps of 225) athletic collegiate defensive end, Thaddeus Gibson came to the Steelers in the fourth round of this past draft. Even at end, Gibson showed the skills of a linebacker, which really isn't uncommon in The Ohio State University's defensive scheme. His speed from sideline to sideline was on display, as well as his burst off the snap. His athleticism should allow him to be a better cover guy than he was able to show at OSU, but that will come with time. Despite great upper body bulk, he could add some leg strength to his frame, and could use some refining of pass rush technique. But like Worilds, Gibson is believed to be able to contribute on special teams right away. He seems coachable, well spoken, and can make plays.

Strengths: Strength, speed, potential

Weaknesses: Needs to sure up his first few steps (wasted steps), could use hands better, technique refinement

Roster Shot: 75% If he shows special teams ability, he should make the squad in my opinion


Stevenson Sylvester 6'2"/ 231 lbs./ ILB

Our third selection in the fifth round and our third linebacker drafted this past year, Stevenson Sylvester wins the name alliteration battle. By all accounts, Sylvester is a sure tackler, who finds his way to the ball more often than not. He reminds me of a Lawrence Timmons type, who covers well, goes non stop, and shows great range. He also reminds me of Timmons (early on) in the sense he is not the greatest player in a crowd, and can be taken out of plays once a blocker gets on him. Admittedly I saw very little of Stevenson, as Utah is not normally a nationally televised program, and I am very interested to see him play. Coach Tomlin was very excited about this pick, which leads me to believe there has to be something to be excited about. If our scheme requires our outside guys to blitz, our inside guys must be able cover. It's possible that Timmons and Sylvester can hold that down for some time. Here are a few clips of Stevenson doing his thing (Cheesy music, nice pick via tip, Butkus Award Finalist).

Strengths: Sure tackler, good coverage

Weaknesses: Could add some bulk, needs to improve his play in a crowd

Roster Shot: 50% It is possible he could make the roster, but I'm thinking practice squad. Withour depth at ILB, it's going to be tough for Stevenson to beat out the vets and dress on game days.

This looks like a good crop of young talent for our coaches to work with, but that doesn't mean we don't have some more experienced talent already on the roster, hungry for their chance to prove their worth to our coaches, fans and front office.


Keyaron Fox 6'3"/ 235 lbs./ ILB

Keyaron came to us after four years spent as a back up in Kansas City, where he only started four games. As far as back ups go, Keyaron has proven to be worth holding on to. His interception and subsequent return touchdown turned out to be the difference in a win over a very tough Minnesota team last year. Filling in for an injured Lawrence Timmons, he piled up 10 tackles against Tennessee, and came back with five more the following week in a heart breaker versus Chicago. I was admittedly not a fan at first, as I was really pulling for Rey Maualuga at 32nd overall the year before, but he won me over. Much like SteelerGirl, I now find him dreamy, but not that dreamy. He is entering the last year of the two year deal he signed in '09, and depending on what he is looking for pay wise, and if a young gun can step up, he may be looking for work next year. But, for this season, he appears to be the front runner for the fourth inside backer, barring the unforeseen.

Strengths: He's a gamer, and is willing to be the next guy in line, always ready to step in when needed, can be a hard hitter, and a sure tackler.

Weaknesses: Despite showing enough skill to spot start, he has never shown enough to be a starter. Perhaps that's due to players in front of him, and I shouldn't hold it against him. But it is, what it is.

Roster Shot: 85% He seems like a lock, but you just never know what kind of showing a younger player might have.


Andre Frazier 6'5"/ 245 lbs./ OLB

Andre has been in the NFL for, going on 6 years now, bouncing between the Steelers (4 seasons) and his hometown team, the Bengals. He has never really played much for either team, in any role beyond special teams. He has good size for an OLB, but given his lack of true defensive play, it is hard to gauge much else. Unfortunately for me, my strongest memory of Andre is him being carted off the field after the opening kick off of a Monday night battle between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, just moments after Ray Lewis said in a pregame sideline pep talk "We're gonna go out there and kill somebody". Coincidence aside, it was a scary moment for both teams, although Andre was able to bounce back, missing minimal time.

No disrespect to Andre, I'm going to skip strengths and weaknesses in his case. I know so little about him, it wouldn't be fair to guess. Perhaps the fact that so little is known is a weakness unto itself.

Roster Shot: 40% With our youth at his position, and the fact that what kept him around was special teams play (and we all know how that was last year, not blaming him, but he never stood out either) he will have a difficult time holding down a roster spot. 40% may be generous.


Renauld Williams 6'0"/ 228 lbs./ LB

Renauld may be a camp body, or maybe not. Another man I know little about, I have found out that he was a Penn State recruit, who was injured late in High School, causing him to enroll at New Hampshire. After two seasons of little play, he tranferred to Hofstra, alma mater of the great Willie Colon. After short stints with Miami and San Fransisco, he has played the past three seasons with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. What would propel Williams to the active roster would be his special teams play. Labeled a special teams ace, Williams is undersized for a linebacker in our system. But with the play of our special teams last season, if a rookie doesn't step up, he may become the linebacker version of Anthony Madison. Here are a few clips from his days on Long Island and north of the border (1; 2).

Strengths: Special teams play

Weaknesses: Size

Roster Shot: 10% Things would really have to fall into place for Renauld to make this team. I'll never rule it out, but it's going to be a long shot.


Patrick Bailey 6'4"/ 235 lbs./ OLB

Pat Bailey just strikes me as an interesting guy. I remember reading about his entrepreneurial apprenticeships back in his rookie year, now he's working on a pilot's license. Our rookie of the year two seasons ago due to his special teams play, Bailey has done fairly well for an undrafted free agent out of football powerhouse Duke. His special teams play may have dropped a bit last year, along with everyone elses, but he has shown the ability to make an impact without playing regular downs defensively. For our special teams to get back to where they should be, Bailey will have to get back to where he was just two short years ago.

Strengths: Smarts, special teams prowess, ideal size for a linebacker in a 3-4

Weaknesses: Doesn't strike me as a true gritty player, but his play on ST may prove me wrong, needs to improve all around skills as linebacker, whether it be inside or outside.

Roster Shot: 65% With the influx of youth around him, he will really have to prove why he was rookie of the year for us. We have some young guys who seem capable to handle special teams duties, which is his area of expertise.


Johnny Williams 6'2"/ 246 lbs./ LB

Possessing perfect size for a linebacker, Johnny Williams joined the Steelers Practice Squad late last year as a free agent after one year with Jacksonville. According to scouting reports, he is a good linebacker when the play is in front of him, but struggles with hip fluidity and coverage. He played some defensive end at Kentucky, so there is a possibility of seeing him at OLB and ILB in our system. For now, it is safe to assume he will find his way back to our practice squad, unless he really impresses our coaches. He's got an impressive highlight film, and video of him taking out former Alabama standout, current Bengal, Andre Smith.

Roster Shot: 10%, but elgible for the practice squad.


Lindsey Witten 6'4"/ 250 lbs./ OLB

The brother of Bills safety Donte Whitner, Lindsey has good size, and good athleticism for a man his size. As a defensive end at UConn, Witten totaled 11.5 sacks as a senior, and 22 for his career, despite limited starts. His pass rush skills are there, but he is a project in all other areas. His coverage needs work, and he isn't as strong against the run as he is against the pass. He will most likely be a practice squad guy, if he sticks with this team at all. Here are a few clips of Lindsey making plays and working out with others at the UConn Pro Day.

Roster Shot: 5%, but practice squad elgible.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com...-training-camp

Oviedo
07-11-2010, 09:38 AM
I tend to agree with your assessments across the board except for Patrick Bailey. No way would I rate his chances at 65%, maybe 25%. I think Sly Stevenson has a better chance of making the roster than Bailey.

I would also not rate Farrior at 99.9%. It is unlikely, but I think Farrior could be a shock camp cut if he doesn't show he has maintained his speed. I know it is unlikely but Timmons is ready to take over Farrior's role on the field and that position maximizes Timmons' strengths.

BURGH86STEEL
07-11-2010, 03:13 PM
I don't think we have to worry much about the LB position. It appears to be the strongest position on the team.

NJ-STEELER
07-11-2010, 08:06 PM
top 5 and top 2 on two different lists.



at least someone's paying attention to thier play and dont think rushing the QB was a problem last year