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Thread: Al Woods Gets Opportunity To Shine Vs. Ravens

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    Al Woods Gets Opportunity To Shine Vs. Ravens

    One of the good stories that emerged from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday was the performance of Al Woods.

    Woods, a backup defensive end in Dick LeBeau‘s 3-4 scheme, surprised many during training camp when he took reps at nose tackle and turned in a surprisingly good camp.

    When Steve McLendon went down with an injury against Cleveland, the LSU product stepped in and recorded four tackles and a surprising two sacks.

    With McLendon already ruled out Thursday’s tilt against the Baltimore Ravens, it gives the fourth-year pro an opportunity to make an impact.

    While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wouldn’t go as far as to say Woods would start Thursday night, you can bet that he will see a good bit of snaps at the minimum.

    With defensive end Brett Keisel possibly making his return to the lineup, one option would be to shift Ziggy Hood over to the nose, but given the way he played on Sunday, I would expect Woods to get more of a look.

    If that’s the case the challenge for him is simply to maintain the high level of play he showed against the Browns.

    In what always promises to be a very physical contest against the Ravens, it will be key that he does. No one expects Woods to step in and record two or more sacks every week, but if he can make some plays along the way it will help.

    Sometimes all a competitor needs is an opportunity.

    Woods could be getting his on Thursday night.

    2017 Mock

    1. T.J Watt, OLB/DE, Wisconsin - will be a huge mistake if available and we pass

    2. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

    3. Josh Jones, S, N.C. State

    3. Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

    4. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic

    5. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

    6. Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State (How can you go wrong with that name, however the sample size is so small that his dad may be better even in his 50's)

    7. Alec Torgersen, QB, Pennsylvania

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    hell yeah.. let's go WOODS!!
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    Woirlds was all over the qb versus the Browns too. It was good to see him and Al Woods finally get some pressure from the line. If they can limit some deep throws by getting pressure on Flacid that would be a nice bonus.

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    I liked Al Woods from the day I saw him play a few snaps. nice wide body. Go WOODS!!
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    Hopefully this indicates a prolonged resurgence in the pass rush.
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