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Steel Life
09-01-2012, 01:08 PM
Per Steelers Depot bith Ryan Lee & Marshall McFadden have been signed to the PS.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/09/g-ryan-lee-makes-steelers-practice-squad-as-does-lb-marshall-mcfadden/

steelfin
09-01-2012, 01:33 PM
I have read good things about Ryan Lee throughout camp.

I am also happy to hear that McFadden was added...He made some nice splash plays during the preseason and at least showed some potential. He was around the ball quite a bit.

Any news on the WRs that we released? Has anyone been picked up by other teams?

winwithd
09-01-2012, 02:15 PM
No Jerrod Johnson on the PS. I'm a bit disappointed. Was Malecki really that good? Not so sure about Victorian either.

RuthlessBurgher
09-01-2012, 02:20 PM
Steelers Agree To Terms With Eight For Practice Squad
Posted 18 minutes ago

The Steelers have agreed to terms with eight players for their practice squad, the team announced today.

The eight players include offensive linemen John Malecki and Ryan Lee, wide receivers David Gilreath and Toney Clemons, tight end Jamie McCoy, linebacker Marshall McFadden, safety Damon Cromartie-Smith and cornerback Josh Victorian.

The Steelers open their 2012 season next Sunday, Sept. 9, at Denver. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is set for 8:20 p.m. and will be nationally televised on NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11).


http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-Agree-To-Terms-With-Eight-For-Practice-Squad/eaea6ba0-02bc-4bfd-bcce-36385c4da0a2

Keyplay1
09-01-2012, 02:35 PM
Wow! That seems really fast the Steelers sure did not waste any time getting these guys signed.

I'm starting to get a real good feeling that the Steelers have come out of this off season with a big load of very good players. Sure hope so, since it was really necessary for the future.

BTW: Steelfin said: "I am also happy to hear that McFadden was added...He made some nice splash plays during the preseason and at least showed some potential. He was around the ball quite a bit."

---Hope your right about that. He could come in handy from there.


Well, on to Denver!

ikestops85
09-01-2012, 02:57 PM
I'm really sorry that JJ isn't on the practice squad. Actually, I'm upset that he isn't on the roster. Like most have mentioned many times we could have released Charlie and he would be around if we needed him. JJ really showed me some potential. I thought we could have groomed him into a good backup for Ben. He's more mobile than Lefty and has a good, strong arm. Oh well (sigh).

RuthlessBurgher
09-01-2012, 03:05 PM
In the NFL, the backup QB gets MINIMAL reps with the starting offense each week, and the #3 QB is pretty much there just to run the scout team offense to give the defense something to practice against (i.e. not run our offense's plays). If they kept Johnson on the practice squad (i.e. the 4th QB at Steeler practices), what reps would he ever get? They needed a couple of WR's on the practice squad because we only have 4 WR's on the actual roster, and our defense needs to be able to practice against multi-receiver sets. They needed an ILB and CB because we are thin at both of those spots as well.

Eddie Spaghetti
09-01-2012, 03:05 PM
agreed.

just don't get the love affair the coaches seem to have with charlie batch.

hawaiiansteel
09-01-2012, 03:07 PM
No Jerrod Johnson on the PS. I'm a bit disappointed. Was Malecki really that good? Not so sure about Victorian either.

none of the other 31 teams in the NFL claimed JJ off waivers so he will still be available for us if one of our 3 QBs were to get injured.

Malecki provides us depth at the center position.

I thought Josh Victorian was definitely our 5th best CB, glad we were able to sign him to the PS.

RuthlessBurgher
09-01-2012, 03:18 PM
With Adams, Ta'Amu, Rainey, Beachum, and Paulson on the 53, DeCastro soon-to-be-placed on whatever we are calling this new temporary I.R. thingie, Spence on the actual I.R., and Clemons on the P.S., the only draftee who is no longer associated with the Steelers is CB Terrence Frederick.

Slapstick
09-01-2012, 03:19 PM
With the Steelers, in his backup role, all Batch has done is play well when called upon...

Djfan
09-01-2012, 03:21 PM
I can't understand the JJ thing at all.

Slapstick
09-01-2012, 03:24 PM
I can't understand the JJ thing at all.

I can...

If you want to keep a UDFA QB who hasn't played football in a year over a proven vet who has performed well, that UDFA QB needs to clearly dominate his competition and outplay the veteran ahead of him...

While Johnson played well, I wouldn't say that he definitively did either of those things...

RuthlessBurgher
09-01-2012, 03:29 PM
I predict that when Weslye Saunders' suspension is up after 4 games, he takes David Paulson's spot on the 53 man roster, and then Paulson is moved to the P.S., taking Jamie McCoy's spot.

Also, when DeCastro is put on "reversable I.R." (or whatever we are calling it) on Tuesday, the team will be bringing back Trai Essex once again, as has been widely reported. When DeCastro is able to come back later in the year, he will likely take Kelvin Beachum's spot on the 53 man roster, and then Beachum will be moved the P.S., taking John Malecki's spot.

hawaiiansteel
09-01-2012, 03:30 PM
I'm slightly disappointed that we didn't re-sign DE Corbin Bryant to the PS, I thought he had really good long-term potential as a 3-4 DE.

Discipline of Steel
09-01-2012, 04:06 PM
I predict that when Weslye Saunders' suspension is up after 4 games, he takes David Paulson's spot on the 53 man roster, and then Paulson is moved to the P.S., taking Jamie McCoy's spot.

Also, when DeCastro is put on "reversable I.R." (or whatever we are calling it) on Tuesday, the team will be bringing back Trai Essex once again, as has been widely reported. When DeCastro is able to come back later in the year, he will likely take Kelvin Beachum's spot on the 53 man roster, and then Beachum will be moved the P.S., taking John Malecki's spot.


Id like to hear your take on why we gave Beachum a roster spot and not Lee. Same positional capabilities, no?

grotonsteel
09-01-2012, 05:02 PM
Id like to hear your take on why we gave Beachum a roster spot and not Lee. Same positional capabilities, no?

I also want to know why the hell Beachum was selected ahead of Lee. Beachum is not even PS worthy.

Can Sean Kugler recognize and develop talent on O-Line??? Seriously what was Sean Kugler thinking while making that decision?? Maybe Beachum knows something personal about Kugler.

winwithd
09-01-2012, 05:31 PM
Id like to hear your take on why we gave Beachum a roster spot and not Lee. Same positional capabilities, no?

Wasn't Beachum said to have long-snapper skills when we drafted him? My first thought when I heard Beachum made it was position flexibility, and he can long-snap.

phillyesq
09-01-2012, 06:35 PM
I'm slightly disappointed that we didn't re-sign DE Corbin Bryant to the PS, I thought he had really good long-term potential as a 3-4 DE.

I liked Bryant as well. I wonder if he got a better offer elsewhere?

Steel Life
09-01-2012, 06:35 PM
Very happy with Lee & Victorian on the PS...& Gilreath too. Disappointed that no developmental DL's or RB's are on it but could care less about JJ or 3rd QB's in general - our future starting QB hasn't entered college yet & our next back-up is probably playing

hawaiiansteel
09-01-2012, 09:24 PM
I also want to know why the hell Beachum was selected ahead of Lee. Beachum is not even PS worthy.

Can Sean Kugler recognize and develop talent on O-Line??? Seriously what was Sean Kugler thinking while making that decision?? Maybe Beachum knows something personal about Kugler.


General Manager Kevin Colbert and the Steelers coaching staff appear to be high on rookie Kelvin Beachum, who they think can play left guard, left tackle and eventually center.

Colbert was asked Friday about the decision to keep Beachum on the 53 man roster. "His versatility to play tackle, guard, and some day he'll be able to play center as well, once he learns how to snap because of his intelligence," said Colbert. "You love that versatility, especially when you're only carrying really eight active offensive linemen because David (DeCastro) will be an inactive player for as long as he's carried on the active roster."

http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/dont_expect_trai_essex_back_any_time_soon/11604031

aggiebones
09-06-2012, 12:28 PM
As an Aggie fan, I was hoping for at least 1 of my 3 Aggies to hold on. Frederick was borderline, but thought he warranted PS. JJ deserved the roster spot. He had a passer rating of 138 and played well. Batch adds nothing and would be hanging around Pittsburgh anyway. JJ will get picked up somewhere. He's really progressed alot since college and his shoulder injury.So I have Jamie McCoy on PS. Never thought he would have lingered this long. He must have learned to block alot better than in college. I think he was a QB at first in college and they just moved him to TE so he could stay on the team. He became an asset, but never thought he'd make it as a pro. Meanwhile we have a bunch of fecking texas alum. ARGH. Hampton...OK. We finally got rid of JScott, then we get Brown, who I don't think lasts long, hopefully. I think there's one other horn hiding on our roster too. And clearly a scout that likes to party in Austin.

Slapstick
09-06-2012, 12:46 PM
As an Aggie fan, I was hoping for at least 1 of my 3 Aggies to hold on. Frederick was borderline, but thought he warranted PS. JJ deserved the roster spot. He had a passer rating of 138 and played well. Batch adds nothing and would be hanging around Pittsburgh anyway. JJ will get picked up somewhere. He's really progressed alot since college and his shoulder injury.So I have Jamie McCoy on PS. Never thought he would have lingered this long. He must have learned to block alot better than in college. I think he was a QB at first in college and they just moved him to TE so he could stay on the team. He became an asset, but never thought he'd make it as a pro. Meanwhile we have a bunch of fecking texas alum. ARGH. Hampton...OK. We finally got rid of JScott, then we get Brown, who I don't think lasts long, hopefully. I think there's one other horn hiding on our roster too. And clearly a scout that likes to party in Austin.

Nope. Just Brown and Hampton...

Batch went to Texas Tech...is that who you're thinking of?

RuthlessBurgher
09-06-2012, 01:29 PM
Id like to hear your take on why we gave Beachum a roster spot and not Lee. Same positional capabilities, no?

After watching the 4 preseason games, I predicted Ryan Lee would make the final 53 and Beachum would make the P.S. I'm not privy to all that went on at practice, though, so I won't question why the ultimate decision by the powers that be were vice versa.

If DeCastro was healthy, he obviously would have been on the 53 man roster, and I would have put both Lee and Beachum on the P.S. and not Malecki. That still may come to pass once we are able to activate DeCastro in the 2nd half of the season.