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    My favorite signing so far, followed by LM. Don't know much about the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelhere10 View Post
    My favorite signing so far, followed by LM. Don't know much about the others.
    I think Arthur Moats will prove to be valuable this year on ST. Blount, Moore and Moats seems great to me for FA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelhere10 View Post
    My favorite signing so far
    first we had The Bus, now we have The Winnebago...


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    Steelers get value with Blount signing

    March, 28, 2014
    By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

    PITTSBURGH -- The team with the least amount of salary cap continues to find ways to plug holes on its roster.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers added a thumper to their backfield on Friday when they signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount to a two-year contract.

    Blount, just like the signing of wide receiver Lance Moore a week ago, gives the Steelers a proven NFL player and one who adds depth to a position that had been conspicuously lacking it.



    LeGarrette Blount rushed for four TDs, including this 75-yarder in the playoffs against the Colts.

    That the Steelers have remained active in free agency despite hovering so close to the spending ceiling -- they were roughly $1 million under the cap prior to the Blount signing -- is not a surprise.

    Remember, this is the organization that was supposedly in the salary cap equivalent of Leavenworth only a month ago. The Steelers have since put on another clinic in managing the cap, as they have shed salary without compromising the core of the team.

    They created enough room under the cap to sign starting safety Mike Mitchell, add depth along their offensive line, as well as other positions, and compensate for the loss of Jerricho Cotchery by signing Moore.

    Blount, the Steelers’ latest addition, is 27, has rushed for more than 2,000 yards and averaged 4.7 yards per carry in four NFL seasons.

    Blount was one of the better running backs at the end of last season.

    Just ask the Colts.

    Blount steamrolled them in the AFC playoffs in January, rushing for 166 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-22 Patriots win.

    The 6-foot, 250-pounder is cut in the mold of a Steelers running back, and fans who embraced a player nicknamed “The Bus” will be delighted to know that Blount’s moniker is “The Winnebago.”

    That is not to say fans should expect a Jerome Bettis redux in Blount.

    The Steelers are committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back -- as they should be -- and the former second-round draft pick will get the majority of the carries assuming he builds on a stellar rookie campaign.

    Blount does provide the Steelers much-needed insurance behind Bell.

    Just as significant, he gives them options.

    With another ball-carrier who packs a punch, the Steelers can reduce some of the wear and tear on Bell by incorporating Blount into the running game.

    That could prolong Bell’s career, and in the short-term it would allow the Steelers to wear down defenses by hammering them with two big running backs.

    Whatever role Blount assumes, the Steelers improved by signing him.

    And they continue to improve themselves despite limited room under the salary cap.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...blount-signing

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    "That could prolong Bell’s career, and in the short-term it would allow the Steelers to wear down defenses by hammering them with two big running backs.

    Music to my ears.
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    "That could prolong Bell’s career, and in the short-term it would allow the Steelers to wear down defenses by hammering them with two big running backs.

    Music to my ears.
    Yup. I love it. Call me old school but I do love a good 4th quarter power running game.

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    Here is how I feel he fits the bill. Bell is known as a 3 down back. I see Bell staying on the field 3rd downs, which means he will need a blow during the game, which Blount is very capable. So, since LB can spell Bell throughout the game, it allows us to have our 3rd down back fresh, which is actually Bell. Maybe they go, two series Bell, one series LB. And so on. And I don't think he needs bigger holes than other backs; as a matter of fact, he breaks tackles and makes some of his own holes if you watch that video I posted.
    Exactly.
    Frankly I don't know why some still think we need a scat back for 3rd down at all. Bell with his height and receiving skills adds a taller target to add to our diminutive receivers in our passing game. Blount is every bit as good as Bell as a feature back and can split that roll which means Bell can be the 3rd down guy.

    the huge advantage of this is that typically bringing in the receiving specialist scat back on say 3rd & 3 tells the world that a pass is coming. When it is your starter you don't tip the play and teams have no idea the call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    first we had The Bus, now we have The Winnebago...

    now that's sweet!!! Nice name

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    The good news is we signed a thumper and what seems to be a solid player. Bad news is I think he is flashing a gang sign in that pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    Yup. I love it. Call me old school but I do love a good 4th quarter power running game.
    Yeah. Me too.
    I have always been "intrigued" by Blount.. so I do like this signing. I like the quality depth, spells/breathers to Bell, and Q4 pounding.

    I may get hammered for this, but while I do like and have high hopes for Bell.. he is not exactly a proven commodity either... so this is also a good signing in case of another injury or lapse in production.
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