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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    Or replacing the Stanford Slasher
    It frankly baffles me why he is not getting more abuse than he is. The Pouncey loss wasn't just the loss of him. I think it says something about what kind of player Decastro really is... I sure hope not, because I really wanted the guy. But geez... I ain't never seen Bruce Matthews or Alan Faneca or Steve Wisniewski do anything near like that.

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    Things happen. He went for a cut block, tunnel visioned the NT and didn't see Pouncey...clipped his knee the crown of his helmet. DD has been solid...that is why he isn't getting more grief.

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    I gotta think I'd be wishing I had eyes behind my head if I played next to him.

    We got our "6-PACK" - time to work on a CASE!


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    Fernando Velasco is center of attention

    By Scott Brown | September 13, 2013

    PITTSBURGH -- Steelers players are tight-lipped about who will start at center Monday night in Cincinnati, but all indications are that Fernando Velasco will get the call a week after signing with the team.

    Velasco has made a quantum leap since immersing himself in the Steelers’ playbook, and his playing center would allow the team to use Kelvin Beachum as a sixth lineman/eligible receiver.

    The Steelers had planned to use Beachum extensively in that role in the season opener, but the second-year man had to take over at center after Maurkice Pouncey went down with a season-ending knee injury.

    The Steelers signed Velasco, who started 13 games at center for the Titans in 2012, and he appears to have a strong enough grasp of the offense to play against the Bengals.

    “I’ve never seen a guy come in and pick up an offense that fast,” Steelers running back Isaac Redman said. “I haven’t seen him mess up one play.”

    Velasco has spent so much time in his playbook away from the Steelers’ practice facility that he hadn’t turned on the TV in his hotel room until Thursday night. He took a brief break from studying to watch the Jets-Patriots game.

    “A lot of the schemes here are the same ones we ran in Tennessee,” Velasco said Friday after practice. “I’m just trying to get the terminology down.”

    When asked if he feels he will be ready to play Monday night, Velasco said, “No doubt, but we’ll see what happens.”

    “He knows how to play," starting left guard Ramon Foster said. "He’ll be fine.”

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Beachum would start at center but he hedged that by adding, “for now.”

    If the coaches are comfortable that Velasco has indeed been a quick study, it makes all the sense in the world to use Beachum as an extra lineman in Cincinnati.

    The Steelers are going to need all the help they can get running the ball against the Bengals, and tight end Heath Miller still appears to be at least a week away from returning as he works his way back from a major knee injury.

    That makes Velasco their best option at center.

    “I’m just going to do my job if it comes to a situation where I have to play,” Velasco said.

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    Got to be a Fernando fan now. He may be our best OL right now. Maybe. Watch your knees!

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    Report: Fernando Velasco will start at center for Steelers in Week 2

    By Neal Coolong on Sep 13 2013

    Velasco will replace Maurkice Pouncey in the team's starting lineup against Cincinnati Monday. Kelvin Beachum, who replaced Pouncey during the Steelers' Week 1 loss to Tennessee, may still see action at tight end.

    The Steelers will enter Paul Brown Stadium with its newest roster member starting for the team.

    Post-Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac posted on the site's subscription side that Fernando Velasco will start Monday when the Steelers and Bengals kick off in their primetime game. Velasco, signed Monday, has apparently gotten comfortable enough to snap, replacing veteran Maurkice Pouncey, who tore his ACL and MCL in the Steelers' Week 1 loss to Tennessee.

    Velasco was released by the Titans this training camp, largely due to his lack of position flexibility. The Steelers needed a center, and may have gotten a very effective one, even if he can't play guard.

    The Steelers have failed to see a running back rush for 100 yards or more since Isaac Redman hit 147 against the Giants in Week 9 last year. Cincinnati, a strong run-defensive team, will look to extend that streak at 8:40 p.m. ET Monday. Both teams are 0-1 heading into their Week 2 games.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    you're kidding yourself...

    lol.........................who's kidding who now

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    Who knows, maybe Pouncey will come back to LG next year. We still need at least one more tackle though.
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    Velasco can't play OG? He started 3 games at that position last year...

    The reason he was released was purely monetary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    Velasco can't play OG? He started 3 games at that position last year...

    The reason he was released was purely monetary...
    It was twofold. They draft Schwenke and Rob Turner played better than they thought he would at center when they signed him. That makes the most expensive guy disposable. Saved the Titans 2 million dollars.

    Wish we could draft so well that good linemen were expendable.
    Here comes the BOOM!


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