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BradshawsHairdresser
08-13-2012, 08:56 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.kffl.com/team/30/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers) have signed free-agent TE Justin Peelle (http://www.kffl.com/player/1662/nfl/justin-peelle) (49ers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived injured FB David Johnson (http://www.kffl.com/player/20969/nfl/david-johnson) (knee).

Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl#ixzz23TelAOPv

Shawn
08-13-2012, 09:17 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.kffl.com/team/30/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers) have signed free-agent TE Justin Peelle (http://www.kffl.com/player/1662/nfl/justin-peelle) (49ers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived injured FB David Johnson (http://www.kffl.com/player/20969/nfl/david-johnson) (knee).

Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl#ixzz23TelAOPv



33 yo, plays TE and FB...career back up. I would rather develop the rookie. I would say this signing is insurance.

phillyesq
08-13-2012, 09:39 PM
Here are a few links:

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2529/justin-peelle

Third link here, from Turner the Burner, describes him as a "normally stalwart blocker."

Another link here:

http://www.ninersnation.com/2011/12/29/2669151/justin-peelle-49ers-offensive-coordinator-greg-roman-transcript

Seems like a decent veteran insurance policy, and the Steelers certainly could do worse, but I hope that either Will Johnson or McCoy are able to keep him off the roster.

hawaiiansteel
08-13-2012, 11:01 PM
David Johnson Waived/Injured, Steelers Sign TE Justin Peelle

by Neal Coolong on Aug 13, 2012

http://cdn1.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/5023478/130977262_extra_large.jpg

As expected, FB/TE David Johnson was placed on the Waived/Injured list Monday, the result of a torn ACL suffered in the Steelers' 24-23 loss at Philadelphia in their opening preseason game.

To replace him, they signed veteran blocking TE Justin Peele, a 10-year NFL veteran who last played sparingly with San Francisco.

Johnson's designation exposes him to waivers, and gives teams a chance to sign him. If no one does, his rights return to Pittsburgh, who then place him on Injured Reserve.

During the preseason, players must clear waivers before being placed on the IR. It's extremely unlikely anyone would claim him.

Peelle has played with the 49ers last season, and the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-10. Before that, he was in Miami for 2006-07, and with the Chargers, who drafted him and kept him from 2002-06.

Used almost exclusively as a blocker in 2 TEs sets, Peelle has 123 career catches and 12 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons.

He wouldn't be expected to make the roster as it sits now, but bringing in more competition for a pure tight end isn't a bad idea, considering the Steelers are now without Johnson as well as Weslye Saunders, who will sit out the first four games of the 2012 season. Heath Miller and 2012 free agent signee Leonard Pope are likely at the top of the depth chart now, while the possibility of Jamie McCoy or even rookie David Paulsen sneaking out a spot is still alive.

McCoy's inexperience despite some position flexibility (he played some fullback against Philadelphia) could be the main reason why Peelle was brought in.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/8/13/3240899/david-johnson-waived-injured-steelers-sign-te-justin-peelle

steelblood
08-14-2012, 12:38 AM
Very familiar with this guy as my son is a huge Falcons fan, and thus, I end up watching most of their games (that don't conflict with the Steelers). Watched him for 3 seasons. He is not a good athlete or a good receiver. He is an effective inline blocker as a TE. But, he is 6'4! I'm not sure why we keep trying to squish a round peg through a square hole, but this guy is really a TE, not a FB. It is very difficult to get low enough at the POA for a 6'4 move blocker, especially one who is not a great athlete and at the end of his career. Hopefully, he is just a camp body for now. But, I really would have liked to see them add a real FB. I know there are not a lot of options, but there has to be one who can be moderately effective and who is a more natural FB than Peelle.

skyhawk
08-14-2012, 02:32 AM
Cool. There is a Charger's fan who comes into the Steelers bar to watch chargers games! He is Justin's uncle!! He's gonna love this!!

TD386Steel
08-14-2012, 05:49 AM
Very familiar with this guy as my son is a huge Falcons fan, and thus, I end up watching most of their games (that don't conflict with the Steelers). Watched him for 3 seasons. He is not a good athlete or a good receiver. He is an effective inline blocker as a TE. But, he is 6'4! I'm not sure why we keep trying to squish a round peg through a square hole, but this guy is really a TE, not a FB. It is very difficult to get low enough at the POA for a 6'4 move blocker, especially one who is not a great athlete and at the end of his career. Hopefully, he is just a camp body for now. But, I really would have liked to see them add a real FB. I know there are not a lot of options, but there has to be one who can be moderately effective awo is a more natural FB than Peelle. He doesn't sound like much, but who's available right now? It wont be long until cuts are made and something better is available.

Oviedo
08-14-2012, 08:08 AM
He doesn't sound like much, but who's available right now? It wont be long until cuts are made and something better is available.


I really think they should consider a trade to get a good experienced FB. I know it won't happen but going the journeyman route isn't always the best.

Sorry he got injured but we won't miss David Johnson.

steelfin
08-14-2012, 09:07 AM
I would be very surprised if the Steelers are willing to waste a roster spot on a FB only. They want a player with position flexibility. He needs to play both TE and FB...He will need to be able to run, block and catch the ball to win the spot on this team. The majority of formations will probably not include a FB...

Sorry, but a true FB is a dinosaur in this league....extinct.

Slapstick
08-14-2012, 01:03 PM
Peelle is a good experienced FB...who also plays TE...

The guy who is going to be FB will also have to pull double duty as #3 TE...that's just how it will have to be...

I'm hoping that Will Johnson can earn the job....

hawaiiansteel
08-14-2012, 10:27 PM
Inside the Ropes: Tight end Peelle grasps fundamentals

By Ralph N. Paulk
Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012


• Tight end Justin Peelle, a 10-year veteran signed to replace the injured David Johnson, got off to a quick start. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound journeyman appeared to grasp the offense’s fundamentals, but he had trouble moving the blocking sled. “I need to knock off the rust and prove I can still play,” he said.

• Rookie running back Chris Rainey and rookie wide receiver Marquis Maze showed off their playmaking abilities by each making two acrobatic, one-hand catches

• Offensive coordinator Todd Haley didn’t seem concerned, but his quarterbacks spent plenty of time tap dancing in the pocket while looking for open receivers. Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich held onto the ball, waiting to find a target. Jerrod Johnson was decisive and delivered a perfectly thrown low, outside ball to Tyler Beiler.

• It was a rough day for guard Kelvin Beachum. The 6-3, 306-pounder absorbed a couple of verbal jabs from coach Mike Tomlin, who screamed, “Get Beachum ... out of there,” after the rookie blew an assignment.

• Rookie tight end David Paulson grabbed attention when he snatched a pass from the hands of linebacker Lawrence Timmons and cornerback Cortez Allen. In a crowded field of tight end candidates, the seventh-round draft pick has impressed coaches with his pass-catching and run-blocking skills.

• Running back Isaac Redman came up limping after he couldn’t pull in an errant pass. He continued to practice but avoided contact.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2407180-85/rookie-tight-pass-ball-beachum-blocking-david-johnson-running-fundamentals

hawaiiansteel
08-15-2012, 02:03 AM
by Teresa Varley

Steelers.com

Tight end Justin Peelle signed with the Steelers on Monday, and on Tuesday was getting his first taste of Steelers football, getting acclimated to his new team.

“It was fun,” said Peelle. “I have been sitting on the couch and playing golf. I was working out too. It’s nice to get out here and be a part of something.”

Peelle was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and has played for the Chargers, Dolphins, Falcons and 49ers.

“I just want to show them I can still play,” said Peelle. “I can still contribute and help this team win. My career has been mainly blocking, but I can do everything. I am not going to catch 100 balls, but I can do some things in the passing and the run game. I need to get out here and get the rust off and get ready to play.”

Peelle, who said he has played fullback sparingly, is excited about his new opportunity with the Steelers.

“At this point in your career you are just looking to play and be a part of something that is going to be successful, which this organization has done for years,” said Peelle. “The opportunity to come here and win was a big draw for me. It’s a fun environment to be around.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Productive-day-as-camp-winds-down/a24f4fbc-8c51-4377-a438-5cb2d69923a5