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Rara
04-02-2013, 02:39 PM
John McClain ‏@McClain_on_NFL 1h
Texans G Antoine Caldwell is visiting the Steelers.

BigRob
04-02-2013, 02:45 PM
John McClain ‏@McClain_on_NFL 1h
Texans G Antoine Caldwell is visiting the Steelers.

He has played in the zone and started some, he can be a back-up at center and guard. He would be good for depth.

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2013, 02:51 PM
He has played in the zone and started some, he can be a back-up at center and guard. He would be good for depth.

it would be nice to see some competition in camp for John Malecki...

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2013, 02:57 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers Meeting With Houston Texans Free Agent OL Antoine Caldwell

by SteelBlitz

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According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle Houston Texans free agent offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell will be meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are in need of offensive line depth with Max Starks and Doug Legursky both free agents. So far this off-season the Steelers have re-signed Ramon Foster and are expected to start Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Foster on the line. They do, however, need to add depth behind the starting fives; especially with the Steelers offensive line’s recent injury issues.

Caldwell was a third round pick of the Texans in 2009. He played his college football at Alabama where he earned All-American honors. He was considered the third best center in the 2009 NFL Draft behind Eric Wood and Alex Mack. During his four year NFL career he has played in 39 games for the Texans and started 19 games. Caldwell can play both guard and center and could be a replacement for Legursky, who has been a back-up center and guard for the Steelers since 2008.

Legursky and Caldwell are the same age and same weight, but Caldwell is taller at 6’3″ (Legursky is 6’1″). Another important note about Caldwell is that he has played four years under Gary Kubiak’s offense in Houston and the Texans use a zone blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan made famous in Denver when Kubiak was the Broncos offensive coordinator.

Earlier this off-season the Steelers hired a new offensive line coach in Jack Bicknell Jr. who used the zone blocking scheme with the Kansas City Chiefs and has said he is planning on bringing it to Pittsburgh. The Steelers have used some zone blocking in the past, but it will likely become more common under Bicknell and Todd Haley who have both used zone blocking in the past with success.

Caldwell would be a low risk high reward signing and could help the Steelers lineman learn the zone blocking system quicker as he is well versed in it. Caldwell would also compete with Foster for the starting left guard spot and if he doesn’t win that job he would be the perfect option as a back-up to Pouncey at center as well as an option to back-up both guard positions.

Last year Caldwell was supposed to be the Texans starting right guard, but he had an injury plagued campaign and is looking for another shot elsewhere. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be the first team to visit with Caldwell so far in free agency and if he is willing to play on a one year contract for the minimum the Steelers are sure to be interested.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/pittsburgh_steelers_meeting_with_houston_texans_fr ee_agent_ol_antoine_caldwell/13296124

Steelhere10
04-02-2013, 05:00 PM
Just another token visit, he is not 35+ in age and never played on the team before.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-02-2013, 05:22 PM
sounds like an upgrade over legursky.

I'm all for that.

phillyesq
04-02-2013, 05:40 PM
sounds like an upgrade over legursky.

I'm all for that.

Yeah, I agree. I've seen more than enough of Legursky, especially at guard.

Big Ern McCracken
04-02-2013, 05:40 PM
Sounds like he could compete with Foster for a starting job.

SteelerOfDeVille
04-02-2013, 05:51 PM
won't need him if we get Eifert... we can just trade the whole draft to make sure we get Eifert... cuz, Eifert can play QB and WR and Oline and linebacker.. all at once.

Rara
04-02-2013, 06:13 PM
Sounds like he could compete with Foster for a starting job.

Not sure if he's that good...but competition is always nice.

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hawaiiansteel
04-02-2013, 06:53 PM
won't need him if we get Eifert... we can just trade the whole draft to make sure we get Eifert... cuz, Eifert can play QB and WR and Oline and linebacker.. all at once.

I think you're exaggerating slightly...

Eifert can play all of the offensive positions from Day 1, but it's going to take even him at least a couple of years to learn how to play LB in Dick's complicated defensive schemes.

SteelerOfDeVille
04-02-2013, 06:57 PM
I think you're exaggerating slightly...

Eifert can play all of the offensive positions from Day 1, but it's going to take even him at least a couple of years to learn how to play LB in Dick's complicated defensive schemes.
Well done, sir! Bravo!!

DukieBoy
04-02-2013, 07:22 PM
won't need him if we get Eifert... we can just trade the whole draft to make sure we get Eifert... cuz, Eifert can play QB and WR and Oline and linebacker.. all at once.


And he long-snaps, too.