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Slapstick
06-18-2012, 08:57 PM
https://college2pro.oursafeserver.com/articles/311/nfl-mock-draft-toney-clemons-sc-87/



Since the NFL Draft was cut down to seven rounds back in 1994 the Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted five receivers in the final round of selections. The latest of that group taken this past April with the 231st pick overall was wide out Toney Clemons from the University of Colorado, who is a native ofthe city of Pittsburgh.

The reality of making the National Football League is one uphill battle after the next for any rookie especially when you are taken near the end of the draft. "Gives me the incentive to come out and work and come out and compete," says Clemons with beads of sweat rushing off his forehead after the fourth day of OTA’s.

Those four other receivers taken in the seventh round Dallas Baker, Chris Taylor, Michael Adams and Henry Bailey all combined to catch two passes for 45 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With only Baker and Adams making the team and dressing for 14 games that were all played in their rookie season. The future might not be as bleak as those past numbers suggest because the Steelers are currently in the market for another receiver. Assuming that veteran Mike Wallace returns and with Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery already in camp that leaves the team with four receivers locked in for 2012. Last year the Steelers carried six receivers on the team taking into consideration Arnaz Battle who played primarily on special teams for the club so the possibility for two additional players to be kept from the current crop of receivers is a real possibility.

Clemons isn’t looking to put the cart before the horse knowing that to make the squad he is going to have to earn his stripes on special teams. "I put most of my concentration into special teams," reasoned Clemons adding "I know that is how you make the team first and the fastest way on the field, I kind of come in with a special team’s mindset." That mindset is good to have because players like Yancy Thigpen and Hines Ward carved out fine careers taking that same path before becoming integral parts of the offense.

Since OTA’s have begun Clemons has made several catches in traffic that have impressed veterans like Ryan Clark who shouted out after one play "nice catch 11 you know how to catch the ball." Clark might be as surprised as I was to hear Clemons admit that at one point in his college career he struggled catching the ball before getting that problem solved. The proof of solving those drops was in 2011 when he was named as the co-recipient (with QB Tyler Hansen) of Colorado’s John Mack Award given to the team’s most outstanding offensive player. In his final season with the Buffalo’s he led the team in both receiving yards (680) and touchdowns ( 8 ) while finishing second on the team in receptions (43). Peaking at the right time he had his first three 100 yard games in three of his five final collegiate games is one reason he was invited to the Players' All-Star Classic that included some of the top seniors in the nation.

The Steelers current group of receivers can be called many positive things but tall, rangy targets likely isn’t one of them and Clemons at 6’2 and 210-pounds would give the Steelers a bigger receiving target over the middle. The team tried going big in 2008 by drafting Limas Sweed who never panned out after Plaxico Burress left via free-agency back in 2005. General Manager Kevin Colbert said of Clemons "A lot of times you see big guys, you see sometimes they are big, strong guys and they aren't the fastest or most fluid. This kid can make some small-man catches, and some small-man runs after the catches."

Building off that momentum from college, Clemons now finds himself in his hometown on the Southside of the city hearing Steelers receiver coach Scottie Montgomery correct him on the nuances of playing wide out in the National Football League. "I’m finding out fast that for everything I do right I do two things wrong in a play," says Clemons. One particular instance during drills Clemons made ran a decent pattern, caught the ball but wasn’t detailed enough coming out of his split and he would quickly hear the voice of Coach Montgomery yelling he was going to fine him a thousand dollars after every time he didn’t do his splits right. "That’s a thousand dollars I don’t have," smiled Clemons "so I got to get into my splits."

The rookie takes pride in his route running but said once he got to OTA’s he realized "I got up here and found out that I’m not that good a route runner. So I better learn from the vets and the coaches fast and learn how to run routes like the pros do. It’s definitely something I’m turning into strength."

Turning that raw ability into strength has been aided by the help of the veteran receivers of the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Jerricho (Cotchery) has been huge since I came in. He gives me all kinds of tips and ways to learn the plays and concepts.
"All those guys from Emmanuel (Sanders), AB (Antonio Brown) to Jerricho. AB takes me through the routes and how you want everything to look the same every day and every route out," says Clemons.

The Pittsburgh native’s mission will nowbe to impress the Steelers enough to earn that fifth or sixth roster spot will all summer to prove his worth and make good on his seventh round selection.

hawaiiansteel
06-18-2012, 09:11 PM
I predict that Toney Clemons will be the best and most productive WR drafted by the Steelers in the 7th round since 1994. :D

steelz09
06-18-2012, 10:00 PM
I think Maze is another really talented kid. It's a shame but I think another team w/ steal one of these youngsters from us off waivers.

RuthlessBurgher
06-19-2012, 10:24 AM
A blurb?! You're a blurb! Check out the cover!!! :p

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/En9rx7M3TNs/0.jpg

grotonsteel
06-19-2012, 10:33 AM
I think Maze is another really talented kid. It's a shame but I think another team w/ steal one of these youngsters from us off waivers.

Maze had solid OTAs. Lets see if kid can play with pads on in July-August.

I think Maze might make it as a ST ace/KR. 5th WR spot is open.

phillyesq
06-19-2012, 11:03 AM
You certainly have to like Clemons' attitude. Hopefully one of Clemons or Maze steps up and really grabs the #5 WR slot. I'm rooting for Clemons because his size/speed is intriguing, but I hope that both guys force the Steelers to make a tough decision.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
06-19-2012, 11:53 AM
WR will be interesting to watch since we know 4 but have no idea on who is next. After Cotch there is no receiver with more than 3 years experience, and beyond the top 4 there is no receiver with any real experience to go on.

Slapstick
06-19-2012, 01:29 PM
I like the idea of Maze, but I think his skill set is closer to Chris Rainey than Baron Batch is...

Jackson
06-21-2012, 04:15 PM
If Toney-or Maze for that matter-make this team, it will be an ill portent of things to come. These guys are scrubs. Guys with that kind of marginal ability haven't made a name for themself in the NFL since Danny Abramowicz. Good god, just sign Wallace already and quit talking about some no-future-in-the-NFL-but-maybe-in-the Arena-D-league 7th round afterthought like Toney. I am serious.

Snatch98
06-21-2012, 08:47 PM
If Toney-or Maze for that matter-make this team, it will be an ill portent of things to come. These guys are scrubs. Guys with that kind of marginal ability haven't made a name for themself in the NFL since Danny Abramowicz. Good god, just sign Wallace already and quit talking about some no-future-in-the-NFL-but-maybe-in-the Arena-D-league 7th round afterthought like Toney. I am serious.

This is hysterically short sighted.

Chadman
06-22-2012, 02:30 AM
If Toney-or Maze for that matter-make this team, it will be an ill portent of things to come. These guys are scrubs. Guys with that kind of marginal ability haven't made a name for themself in the NFL since Danny Abramowicz. Good god, just sign Wallace already and quit talking about some no-future-in-the-NFL-but-maybe-in-the Arena-D-league 7th round afterthought like Toney. I am serious.

All cats are brown, as this exception to the rule proves:

581

All 7th round WR's will never make it....and Chadman is serious about this too...

Slapstick
06-22-2012, 08:45 AM
If Toney-or Maze for that matter-make this team, it will be an ill portent of things to come. These guys are scrubs. Guys with that kind of marginal ability haven't made a name for themself in the NFL since Danny Abramowicz. Good god, just sign Wallace already and quit talking about some no-future-in-the-NFL-but-maybe-in-the Arena-D-league 7th round afterthought like Toney. I am serious.

It's totally ridiculous that a 6th or 7th round pick could ever start and be successful for a team like the Steelers...especially at WR....

Also, there will never be an undrafted Defensive Player of the Year...

calmkiller
06-25-2012, 09:54 AM
If Toney-or Maze for that matter-make this team, it will be an ill portent of things to come. These guys are scrubs. Guys with that kind of marginal ability haven't made a name for themself in the NFL since Danny Abramowicz. Good god, just sign Wallace already and quit talking about some no-future-in-the-NFL-but-maybe-in-the Arena-D-league 7th round afterthought like Toney. I am serious.

It took less than six post for you to show how smart you are. Why are you even here? Have you ever paid attention to what players on our current and past rosters have been 7th rounders or UDFA that were stars? Brett Keisel was a 7th rounder. But I would figure you said the same thing about him.

hawaiiansteel
06-28-2012, 02:31 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Competition: WR Toney Clemons vs. Field

by Neal Coolong on Jun 27, 2012

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At some point in Toney Clemons' wayward collegiate career, he got it.

Nevermind that he was good enough to earn a roster spot at Michigan his freshman year. Equally dismissive is the fact, a year and a half later, he took his 12 career catches to Colorado. Then a redshirt year. Then some more lack of production.

His final five games, though, playing for a brutal Buffaloes squad, 25 catches, 476 yards (19 yards per catch) and five touchdowns.

A total of 31 NFL teams passed on Clemons' four and a half years of collegiate sub-mediocrity. The Steelers drafted the last five games in the 7th round. And now, Clemons looks poised to take the final receiver roster spot behind one of the league's best four-deep group.

It's odd a team would simply give a roster spot to a 7th round pick in that year's draft. But when you have a depth chart reading Wallace, Mike; Brown, Antonio; Sanders, Emmanuel; Cotchery, Jerricho; you're able to do pretty much whatever you want with that last spot.

And this isn't exactly a team lacking drafting success at the receiver position. None of the aforementioned Four Deep From Hell were taken earlier than the 82nd overall pick (Sanders). No team has the depth at receiver the Steelers do without having invested a pick in the position.

The main competition Clemons will see from the field comes from Tyler Beiler and David Gilreath. Beiler was undrafted out of Division III Bridgewater College in Virginia, and he has probably the best combination of size and speed outside of Clemons.

Gilreath, a slight and fast receiver from Wisconsin, has return skills and could make things interesting from a special teams standpoint. The same could be said for Marquis Maze, who, playing for Alabama, was a pulled hamstring from returning a punt for a score against LSU in the national championship game. Maze is listed at 5-foot-8, meaning he's 5-foot-7 or less, and would need a stellar camp both as a receiver and a return man to fight off players better suited to play a position along with handling return duties.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Steelers bring a veteran longshot in, if for no other reason, to push the young group of receivers and see how they respond to it. Regardless of Clemons' ability (he was said to flash a lot of talent during minicamp, but looked less-than-average at other times), a team isn't going to give a jersey to a rookie for no reason other than he's the best one left on the roster. At the same time, a veteran, even at the minimum, would be slated to make more than twice what Clemons will in the 2012 season, and could shy away from signing with the Steelers.

Knowing that, the Steelers may simply let the younger guys do battle. In that scenario, the Steelers are looking for the last five games version of Clemons, not the previous 4.5 years.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/27/3120309/pittsburgh-steelers-training-camp-competition-wr-toney-clemons-vs

hawaiiansteel
08-08-2012, 03:04 PM
Clemons ready to get rolling

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 8, 2012

Among the players getting their first audition for a roster spot on Thursday night will be wide receiver Toney Clemons, the seventh-round draft pick out of Colorado.

“I am extremely excited,” said Clemons. “It’s a chance to go out there and compete against some different players. Every chance you get to compete, especially on a high level in the NFL, it’s an exciting time. I am looking forward to it.”

Clemons said he is comfortable in the offense, knowing it’s just a matter of now executing it when his number is called.

“I am comfortable and confident in it,” said Clemons. “There are things you want to go over to make sure you know your assignments. I will do that to make sure I can execute as much of the offense as I can. It’s just being confident in yourself and doing the little things first, knowing your assignment. If you know your assignment, big plays will come.

“That is the way to impress the coaches, knowing what to do, how to do it and doing it at full speed. They are going to give us all of the opportunity in the world to prove we belong and can play on this level. It’s what you do with that opportunity that matters. There is a lot more I have to go out there and do. This is an opportunity for me to go out and do it.”

Clemons said one of the toughest aspects so far has been making sure he stays consistent, having a solid practice every day.

“It’s about not being up and down on the roller coaster,” said Clemons. “Being the same guy every day, making plays and get better every day. That is the hardest thing, consistency in route running, learning stuff and picking up technique. When I get that down everything should go smooth.”

He added that it’s something that he is getting better at.

“It is moving in the right direction,” said Clemons. “Every day I set something for myself, a practice task and I work for it and that is how you put together consistency and grow off it.”

Clemons is learning from the team’s veteran receivers, Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders, picking up all of the tips he can.

“I ask them every time I get a chance about coverage, technique, route running skills to pick up parts of their game and put them into mine,” said Clemons.

http://blog.steelers.com/2012/08/08/clemons-making-the-adjustment/

Shawn
08-08-2012, 04:45 PM
This is hysterically short sighted.

Agreed. I think we need not look any further than guys like Harrison and Parker to know this is utter nonsense.

steelz09
08-08-2012, 07:42 PM
Based on what I've been reading, Maze has the upper hand on making this team over Clemons especially given his ST contributions.

Slapstick
08-08-2012, 11:14 PM
Based on what I've been reading, Maze has the upper hand on making this team over Clemons especially given his ST contributions.

Again, it all depends upon what reports you read...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1288920-pittsburgh-steelers-updating-the-top-training-camp-battles#/articles/1288920-pittsburgh-steelers-updating-the-top-training-camp-battles/page/11


Fifth Wide Receiver
Derrick Williams, Toney Clemons, Tyler Beiler, David Gilreath and Marquis Maze.

That's a lot of players competing for the Steelers' fifth wide receiver spot.


All have been plagued by drops, and all have flashed potential.
I would put Williams in the lead right now, but only because he's a veteran. But that does not mean I believe that he should make the roster.
Even if they're inconsistent, I would take a young receiver with a high upside over Williams.

If that is the case, Clemons would be the best option. He has size and speed and has made some very athletic receptions to go along with his drops.

Beiler has demonstrated some good skills, and Gilreath has flashed speed.

Maze rarely drops passes, but he has trouble getting open.

The coaching staff is waiting for one of these guys to step up. Thursday night will be as good of a time as ever.

hawaiiansteel
08-13-2012, 12:49 AM
Valley grad Clemons hoping to nail down Steelers roster spot

By Ralph N. Paulk
Published: Monday, August 13, 2012

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Steelers reciever Toney Clemons makes a catch during practice at St. Vincent College Aug. 12, 2012

Toney Clemons, a relatively unheralded seventh-round pick from Colorado, understands he must deliver when given a chance before the Steelers trim their roster.

The Valley High School graduate has to be nothing short of spectacular in practice and exhibition games. There’s hardly room to err, considering the depth at receiver — even with Mike Wallace embroiled in a contract dispute.

Although the odds seemingly are against him, Clemons and rookie Marquis Maze are likely to be given ample opportunities against Indianapolis on Sunday to impress offensive coordinator Todd Haley and receivers coach Scottie Montgomery.

Clemons came away without a catch in his first NFL action Thursday at Philadelphia. However, he was solid on special teams.

“It was surreal but at the same time exciting,” Clemons said. “It was competitive and fun, yet a dream come true. It solidified all the hard work I’ve put in over the years.

“It wasn’t like college. It was a much faster pace. It was the highest level of intensity. It was certainly a learning experience.”

Clemons will have to work even harder to earn a roster spot alongside Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. The Steelers have deep threats in Brown and Wallace, possession receivers in Cotchery and tight end Heath Miller.

Clemons is hoping to serve as a complement for a receiving corps still grasping the nuances of a new offense. Yet he’s focusing mostly on getting it right on special teams and hoping he’ll have more chances to prove he has the hands and speed to compete against the league’s best.

“It was on punt coverage where I thought I excelled (at Philadelphia),” Clemons said. “As a special-teams player, fighting that vice is one of the toughest things you’re going to do.”

Against the Eagles, Clemons flashed the athleticism that encouraged coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert to make him their first of four seventh-round picks.

Clemons pivoted on his right foot, then uncoiled his body in an attempt to snare an errant pass in the third quarter. He couldn’t come down with the catch, but his effort was impressive.

“I think he proved he’s got a chance to play in this league,” Sanders said. “As long as he continues to work hard and learn all the little things, he’ll put himself in position to take advantage of his chances.”

Clemons was targeted only once against the Eagles. That, of course, isn’t good enough for a long-shot rookie.

“The coaches tried putting me in position to make some plays,” he said. “At the same time, you can’t control whether the ball is coming to you or not. A lot depended on the coverage (Philadelphia) was playing.

“I’m not sure what it looks like on tape, but I felt as if I ran a pretty good route. The quarterback got some pressure, and he made a smart decision to throw the ball out of bounds to get us another play.”

In breaking down the film, Clemons liked what he saw. Yet he would like for Haley and Montgomery to have more to evaluate his talents.

“It puts a lot or things in perspective,” Clemons said. “There was a lot I was anxious to see on the film because there might be more from live action than practice.

“It gives me a chance to see where I stack up. It also lets me know if I belong on this level and that I can play on this level.”

Clemons has been helped, too, by the Steelers’ veteran receivers. They have mentored him throughout training camp in hopes he has what it takes.

“The veteran receivers have really encouraged me,” Clemons said. “They’ve been breaking down my game as well. It’s clear I’ve got to work on route technique and releases. Actually, just watching them work every day is a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s something I’ll never take for granted.”

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2384335-85/clemons-steelers-catch-receivers-special-teams-chance-hoping-level-lot