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fordfixer
08-12-2010, 12:31 AM
Steelers Notes: Essex looking over his shoulder

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ulder.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/august/11/steelers-notes-essex-looking-over-his-shoulder.html)
Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:35 PM

Trai Essex is a starter for now. But he knows that his status as the first-string right guard is anything but a lock.

Not with Maurkice Pouncey gaining more confidence by the moment.

Pouncey, the Steelers’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, is considered the Steelers’ center of the future. But during off-season workouts in Pittsburgh and now here at training camp, he has worked at both center and guard.

There’s no doubt Pouncey is going to play this year in some capacity. He may be the back-up center to Justin Hartwig. He may back up Essex. He may even steal away Essex’s starting job.

“There’s always competition, but right now, I am a starter. That’s how I’m approaching,” said Essex, a sixth-year pro who spent most of his first four years with the Steelers as a reserve tackle. “There’s no lack of fire in my preparation. I practice with the same intensity like I always have. I feel like I’m competing for a job. That’s always the case. You’re never guaranteed anything in this business.

“I know they drafted Pouncey to come in and play center or right guard, and he’s having a great camp. He’s very gifted athlete. But I am still the starter. I want to start. I’m not here every day at practice trying to become a backup. I was a backup for the majority of my career. I don’t want to go back. I had a taste of starting last year. My mindset is that I want to remain a starter.”
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TRIBUTE TO WOUNDED VETS

Four wounded U.S. soldiers who are patients at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. visited camp and watched the afternoon practice. Afterwards, they met with a handful of Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin. “I’m honored and at the same time humbled for the sacrifices they make to us as a country and for the citizens of this country,” Tomlin said. “What (our military) does is quite remarkable so I’m glad we can entertain these men today.”

Discipline of Steel
08-12-2010, 07:25 AM
Frankly, it should be old woman Hartwig looking over his shoulder.

phillyesq
08-12-2010, 09:35 AM
Frankly, it should be old woman Hartwig looking over his shoulder.

Both Essex and Hartwig should be looking over their shoulders. If only Pouncey had a twin brother so they could push both guys at the same time. :lol:

Lebsteel
08-12-2010, 10:18 AM
I'd much rather see Pouncey at C and Essex at RG, than I would Hartwig at C and Pouncey at RG. IMO Hartwig is the weak link and I REALLY hope they are considering Legursky at C and Pouncey at RG. However, I'd really like to see Pouncey at C and Urbik at RG, BUT Urbik must really have issues. He doesn't seem to be impressing anyone again this year. :x

phillyesq
08-12-2010, 11:44 AM
I'd much rather see Pouncey at C and Essex at RG, than I would Hartwig at C and Pouncey at RG. IMO Hartwig is the weak link and I REALLY hope they are considering Legursky at C and Pouncey at RG. However, I'd really like to see Pouncey at C and Urbik at RG, BUT Urbik must really have issues. He doesn't seem to be impressing anyone again this year. :x

I haven't heard a single mention of Urbik this year. I'd like to see Pouncey/Legursky, which I think could be the best combination this year (although I also like Legursky as the goal line fullback).

SteelHoss
08-12-2010, 11:49 AM
Frankly, it should be old woman Hartwig looking over his shoulder.

Gerry Dulac of the Pgh Post Gazette, reported yesterday in a video that Doug Legursky is having a whale of a camp and has really impressed the coaches with his quickness and strength. IMO Legursky demonstrated a big improvement last year. If he's just as improved this year...he just may replace Hartwig. I'm sure the preseason will tell the tale. :D :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

Steelskin
08-12-2010, 01:19 PM
Frankly, it should be old woman Hartwig looking over his shoulder.

Both Essex and Hartwig should be looking over their shoulders. If only Pouncey had a twin brother so they could push both guys at the same time. :lol:

He does! :D

Maybe we can draft him next year....

http://gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2010&player_id=122

Captain Lemming
08-13-2010, 10:15 AM
Frankly, it should be old woman Hartwig looking over his shoulder.

Both Essex and Hartwig should be looking over their shoulders. If only Pouncey had a twin brother so they could push both guys at the same time. :lol:

He does! :D

Maybe we can draft him next year....

http://gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2010&player_id=122

You do know that the "If only Pouncey had a twin brother" line was a deliberately sly reference to that known fact?

Captain Lemming
08-13-2010, 10:17 AM
Frankly, it should be old woman Hartwig looking over his shoulder.

Gerry Dulac of the Pgh Post Gazette, reported yesterday in a video that Doug Legursky is having a whale of a camp and has really impressed the coaches with his quickness and strength. IMO Legursky demonstrated a big improvement last year. If he's just as improved this year...he just may replace Hartwig. I'm sure the preseason will tell the tale. :D :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

This is exciting.

aggiebones
08-13-2010, 11:41 AM
Gotta say, I would be surprised if Legarsky makes the team, let alone starts.
He does seem to have sticking power, but I just feel players with more talent will overtake him at some point.
But I'm feeling a little shaky on this position more than I have in the past. That of course is the kiss of death for him.

aggiebones
08-13-2010, 11:42 AM
Gotta say, I would be surprised if Legarsky makes the team, let alone starts.
He does seem to have sticking power, but I just feel players with more talent will overtake him at some point.
But I'm feeling a little shaky on this position more than I have in the past. That of course is the kiss of death for him.

pfelix73
08-13-2010, 11:43 PM
Legursky not making the team? Yea, right.

:tt1

Stewie
08-14-2010, 10:21 PM
Gotta say, I would be surprised if Legarsky makes the team, let alone starts.
He does seem to have sticking power, but I just feel players with more talent will overtake him at some point.
But I'm feeling a little shaky on this position more than I have in the past. That of course is the kiss of death for him.

You've got a surprise coming!!!!