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Mister Pittsburgh
01-03-2013, 01:23 AM
OL Joe Long - Wayne State

Brother, Jake, played left tackle at Michigan and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Also participated in track and field, hockey and basketball as a Michigan prep. Redshirted in 2007. Started all 49 games at left tackle over the next four seasons 2008-11 to set both the school’s career and consecutive starts record. Had a stellar senior year as he was named a first-team All-America selection and was the winner of the Gene Upshaw Award as the top Division II lineman (both offensive and defensive). Team captain.


OL Justin Cheadle - Cal

Adequate-sized, mobile zone blocker with good feet and hips who can combo-block, work to the second level and pull. Lacks ideal length and bulk — needs more sand in his pants and can be overpowered by big bodies.


WR Derek Moye - PSU

Workouts and Measurables: Moye earned himself a trip to the NFL combine, but aside from checking in at a prodigious 6'4, 209 pounds, he failed to separate himself from the pack. With just 10 reps on the bench press, Moye seemed to prove valid concerns about his strength, and with a 33-inch vertical, he showed a lack of explosiveness. However, at Penn State's Pro Day, he did prove that he could couple his tremendous frame with elite speed--he improved on a 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine with a 4.41 time.

WR Bert Reed FSU

Small, average WR. Was on a boatload of different practice squads so far.


CB Isiah Green - Fresno State

Another practice squad floater thus far...fast though...ran a 4.34 low 40 yds

DB Ross Ventrone - Pats last 2 years

Seems like an interesting and hard worker. Maybe he can replace Mundy.

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/02/160471372/defensive-back-struggles-to-hold-a-job

RuthlessBurgher
01-03-2013, 11:12 AM
We signed these guys to Reserve/Future Contracts (there is no practice squad in the offseason). That means that they will be in our offseason program (minicamps, OTA's, etc.) and should compete for roster spots in Latrobe in the summer. All of them except for Ventrone spent time on our practice squad this year.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-Sign-Six-Players-to-ReserveFuture-Contracts/cf60f019-f728-4393-8e30-b0b282a0cd15

steelfin
01-03-2013, 09:13 PM
Does the fact that we signed DBs, OL and WRs provide any insight to the Steelers thoughts on retaining our existing UFAs?

Lewis, Foster and Wallace....

I sure hope not.

supersteeler
01-04-2013, 10:15 PM
WR Derek Moye - PSU

He has that size Ben was looking for, an interesting prospect.