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    anyone watching AAF

    anyone watch this?

    any players?

    when does season end?
    ďIím so tired of LeíVeon," DeCastro told reporters (h/t ESPN's Jeremy Fowler ([url]https://twitter.com/JFowlerESPN/status/1038909446146203649[/url])) after Sunday's game. "Iím so tired of it. Letís just worry about the guys in here. I know you guys have stories to write and what not. I love LeíVeon, but we gotta worry about the guys in here. Theyíre the only people that matter to me."



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    I’ve been keeping an eye on Memphis Express QB Zach Mettenberger. He might actually get another chance at the NFL.

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    I caught a game last weekend.

    Less flags and more physical IMO.

    Definitely a step down in talent but the app is fascinating.

    Every player has wearable tech so you see all 22 moving and you can predict the play call for points.

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    I like the AAF.
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    (20) EDGE Monteaz Sweat, Mississippi St.
    (52): S/CB Juan Thornhill, Virginia
    (66): WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
    (83): ILB Germaine Pratt, North Carolina St.
    (122):RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma St.
    (141): TE Foster Moreau, LSU
    (175): DT Daylon Mack, Texas A&M
    (192): CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn
    (207): G Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky
    (219): ILB Khalil Hodge, Buffalo

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    Yes. I'm enjoying it, but giving them a mulligan for the first year. I hope it succeeds.
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    Four former AAF players the Steelers should consider signing

    With the Alliance of American Football players now allowed to sign with NFL teams, we take a look at four players who might interest the Steelers

    By Simon Chester
    Apr 5, 2019, 12:00pm EDT

    The premature demise of the Alliance of American Football marks a disappointing end to a league that offered a lot of potential But for some of the of the players let down by majority AAF owner Tom Dundon on Tuesday, there may yet be something positive to take away from the experience.

    With the league office officially confirming that all AAF players were now eligible to sign contract with teams in the NFL on Thursday, it should be expected that some of the players who distinguished themselves over the league’s eight weeks of play will be getting offers from a variety of NFL teams over the coming days.



    Effective immediately, all AAF players are authorized to sign with NFL Clubs.
    — The Alliance (@TheAAF) April 4, 2019


    If the rumors are to be believed, the Pittsburgh Steelers might already have two AAF players in mind that they would like to add to their roster n 2019, with Birmingham Iron offensive lineman J.C Hassenauer reportedly signing with the team on Thursday and Atlanta Legends safety Tyson Graham expected to meet with the Steelers on Friday.



    Looks like Kitt O'Brien and Brandon Greene both signed with the Panthers and JC Hassenauer signed with the Steelers
    — Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) April 4, 2019


    Breaking: Former AAF tackle machine Tyson Graham is flying to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers https://t.co/SGMpjWr2Dt #NFL #NFLDraftNews pic.twitter.com/BBEcarlaIT
    — NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) April 4, 2019
    They would join names like Orlando Apollos cornerback Keith Reaser, who signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, and Arizona Hotshots wide receiver Rashad Ross who has apparently already found a new home with the Carolina Panthers.



    Deal includes $100k up front — $50K signing bonus, $25k workout bonus and $25k roster bonus, per source. https://t.co/3EEUn6cUiK
    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2019


    Another jump from the AAF to the NFL: WR Rashad Ross from the Arizona Hotshots to the Carolina Panthers, per source.
    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2019


    Options like Reaser and Ross represent two of the more productive players in the AAF over the past eight weeks, but there is still plenty of talent available. And while names like running back Trent Richardson and quarterback John Woolford are sure to attract the attention of some teams, their chances of making the roster in Pittsburgh are slim.

    Focusing our attention on players who could reasonably be expected to compete for a spot on the final-53 or a place on the practice squad, these are four of our favorite options for the Steelers to consider signing in the coming days. A list of names that starts with a couple of familiar faces.

    CB Jamar Summers

    Signed as an undrafted free agent coming out of the University of Connecticut in 2018, Jamar Summers did not quite do enough to distinguished himself with Pittsburgh last year, but he certainly did not disgrace himself either. Signing with the Birmingham Iron gave him the chance to improve his stock and he was arguably the league’s most productive cornerback over the first few weeks of the season.

    He would record 13 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended over the course of the year before a knee injury sidelined him in what turned out to be the final week of the season.

    Graded by Pro Football Focus as the fourth best cornerback in the AAF with a score of 77.6, Summers saw 42.4% of the passes thrown his way caught by a receiver and allowed a passer rating of just 48.9. Set to turn 24-years-old in June, Summers has a lot of development ahead of him and could be a candidate for a practice squad role or better with Pittsburgh in 2019.



    Jamar Summers coming up with the clutch @aafiron INT!

    34.2 passer rating allowed in coverage coming into Week 6 (3rd among CBs)#BIRvsSD

    pic.twitter.com/mWseVepJWU
    — PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) March 18, 2019


    Happy game day folks! With a few hours until kickoff, I figured I’d do a quick thread on one of my favorite players in the #AAF so far.#ForgeOn CB Jamar Summers has been the best at his position. Making an impact in all phases of the game, including special teams. pic.twitter.com/pOJWvslf5w
    — Jonathan Valencia (@JonValenciaBF) March 2, 2019

    DL Casey Sayles


    Much like Summers, Casey Sayles was with the Steelers during training camp in 2018, signed to a futures contract after the 2017 season had ended. Released in the final round of cuts in September, Sayles would re-emerge with the Iron, showing enough to suggest he deserves another shot in an NFL training camp.

    Still only 23-years-old, Sayles was used as a defensive end in the Iron’s 3-4 scheme and was one of the standout performers on the league’s best defense. A stat line of 12 tackles, a sack and five tackles for a loss does do justice the effort Sayles put on display each and every week, but his 24 quarterback pressure do. A number that was good enough for second best in the AAF, as per PFF. He also finished the season ranked third at his position overall with a grade of 87.6



    Casey Sayles sacks Matt Simms pic.twitter.com/naAQ0qBaUA
    — Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) February 24, 2019


    Memphis goes for it on 4th & 1 and get stopped! Great play by #90 Casey Sayles pic.twitter.com/ESBA4tE9Sp
    — 69 (@ftbeard_17) February 10, 2019

    DB Kameron Kelly

    Blessed with a 6-foot-2 frame and an ability to play cornerback or safety, former San Diego Fleet defensive back Kameron Kelly is another name that should have the Steelers interest this week. Converted from cornerback to safety during his freshman year at San Diego State, he would join the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2018, only to be released in the final round of cuts later in the year.

    His four interception for the Fleet were tied for first in the league, and his nine passes defended ranked fifth overall. He also ranked fifth in passer rating allowed among cornerbacks, as per Arif Hasan of The Athletic. Kelly will not be 23-years-old until August.



    Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kameron Kelly had three interceptions on Saturday, one returned for a touchdown. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, it wouldn’t surprise me if he earns a tryout from the #49ers. Like @eric_crocker said, he fits their mold.pic.twitter.com/9IR4errINe
    — Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) March 10, 2019


    Kameron Kelly went ⬆️ for this INT!#SDvsAZ

    pic.twitter.com/5OIC69CVy4
    — PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) March 24, 2019

    LB DeMarquis Gates

    The former Ole Miss linebacker did not get much of a shot with the NFL the first time around, seeing only a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2018, but he was among the league leaders at linebacker for the AAF this season.

    As per Hasan, he led the league in stops, a tackle that constitutes an offensive failure, having 10 more such plays than the next best linebacker. He also recorded the second-highest blitz rate among players at his position.

    The AAF leader in tackles with 52, including 46 solo stops, Gates also recorded eight tackles for a loss, a sack, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.



    Former Ole Miss LB DeMarquis Gates bringing the pressure on the Birmingham QB! #HottyToddy #MemphisExpress pic.twitter.com/igoiaN0b4a
    — Evie Van Pelt (@OleMissEvie) March 25, 2019


    DeMarquis Gates forces the Gilbert fumble!

    Corey Crawford with the scoop and score and Memphis takes the lead, 23-22! #ORLvsMEM

    pic.twitter.com/yT1rzIRXlw
    — PFF_AAF (@PFF_AAF) March 30, 2019

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...mmers-nfl-news
    Trade 1.20, 2.52, & 2020 3rd for 1.8 or 1.9

    1.8 or 1.9 ILB Devin White
    3.66 OLB Chase Winovich
    3.83 S Amani Hooker
    4.122 TE Dawson Knox
    5.141 CB Kris Boyd
    6.175 WR Keelan Doss
    6.192 G Beau Benzschawel
    6.207 RB Kerrith Whyte
    7.219 DE Armon Watts

    or

    1.20 CB Byron Murphy
    2.52 OLB D'Andre Walker
    3.66 S Darnell Savage
    3.83 WR Miles Boykin
    4.122 ILB David Long
    5.141 C/G Ross Pierschbacher
    6.175 TE Kahele Warring
    6.192 NT Daylon Mack
    6.207 RB Devine Ozigbo
    7.219 DE Albert Huggins

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    By Josh Alper
    Apr 5, 2019, 12:56 PM EDT
    Report: Steelers to sign former AAF C J.C. Hassenauer

    The Steelers are the latest team to round out their offseason roster with a player cut loose when the Alliance of American Football ceased operating earlier this week.

    Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the team is set to sign center J.C. Hassenauer. A physical will be required before the deal becomes official.

    Hassenauer played his college ball at Alabama and signed with the Falcons after going undrafted last year. Hassenauer appeared in four preseason games last summer and spent time on Atlanta’s practice squad before moving on to play for the Birmingham Iron this year.

    Maurkice Pouncey is the starting center in Pittsburgh with B.J. Finney on hand as his backup.
    Trade 1.20, 2.52, & 2020 3rd for 1.8 or 1.9

    1.8 or 1.9 ILB Devin White
    3.66 OLB Chase Winovich
    3.83 S Amani Hooker
    4.122 TE Dawson Knox
    5.141 CB Kris Boyd
    6.175 WR Keelan Doss
    6.192 G Beau Benzschawel
    6.207 RB Kerrith Whyte
    7.219 DE Armon Watts

    or

    1.20 CB Byron Murphy
    2.52 OLB D'Andre Walker
    3.66 S Darnell Savage
    3.83 WR Miles Boykin
    4.122 ILB David Long
    5.141 C/G Ross Pierschbacher
    6.175 TE Kahele Warring
    6.192 NT Daylon Mack
    6.207 RB Devine Ozigbo
    7.219 DE Albert Huggins

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    Steelers signing former AAF defensive back Jack Tocho

    Posted by Darin Gantt on April 5, 2019, 2:06 PM EDT

    The dispersal of former AAF players continues, with one headed to Pittsburgh.

    According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, former Birmingham Iron defensive back Jack Tocho is expected to sign with the Steelers.

    Tocho was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2017 out of N.C. State.

    He spent most of 2017 on the Vikings practice squad, and spent some time on Washington’s practice squad last year.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/04/05/steelers-signing-former-aaf-defensive-back-jack-tocho/
    Trade 1.20, 2.52, & 2020 3rd for 1.8 or 1.9

    1.8 or 1.9 ILB Devin White
    3.66 OLB Chase Winovich
    3.83 S Amani Hooker
    4.122 TE Dawson Knox
    5.141 CB Kris Boyd
    6.175 WR Keelan Doss
    6.192 G Beau Benzschawel
    6.207 RB Kerrith Whyte
    7.219 DE Armon Watts

    or

    1.20 CB Byron Murphy
    2.52 OLB D'Andre Walker
    3.66 S Darnell Savage
    3.83 WR Miles Boykin
    4.122 ILB David Long
    5.141 C/G Ross Pierschbacher
    6.175 TE Kahele Warring
    6.192 NT Daylon Mack
    6.207 RB Devine Ozigbo
    7.219 DE Albert Huggins

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    Did Kameron Kelly announce he's signing with the Steelers?

    By: Curt Popejoy | 24 minutes ago

    blessings ����

    beyond thankful for the @steelers organization & this opportunity

    — Kameron Kelly (@kaetwicefrfr) April 8, 2019
    Sometimes players get so excited they just can’t contain themselves. This seems to be the case with former AAF cornerback Kameron Kelly. There’s been no official word from the Pittsburgh Steelers or even leaked information via our typical national NFL reporters but Kelly is awfully excited about something.

    Kelly, prior to joining the San Diego Fleet this season, was an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State. He spent time with the Dallas Cowboys but was cut before the preseason began. Kelly was one of the better cornerbacks in the AAF and his size is definitely impressive. The Steelers are covering all their bases with the cornerback position having already signed Jack Tocho who also played for the AAF.

    https://steelerswire.usatoday.com/20...-the-steelers/
    Trade 1.20, 2.52, & 2020 3rd for 1.8 or 1.9

    1.8 or 1.9 ILB Devin White
    3.66 OLB Chase Winovich
    3.83 S Amani Hooker
    4.122 TE Dawson Knox
    5.141 CB Kris Boyd
    6.175 WR Keelan Doss
    6.192 G Beau Benzschawel
    6.207 RB Kerrith Whyte
    7.219 DE Armon Watts

    or

    1.20 CB Byron Murphy
    2.52 OLB D'Andre Walker
    3.66 S Darnell Savage
    3.83 WR Miles Boykin
    4.122 ILB David Long
    5.141 C/G Ross Pierschbacher
    6.175 TE Kahele Warring
    6.192 NT Daylon Mack
    6.207 RB Devine Ozigbo
    7.219 DE Albert Huggins

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    I wonder if this AAF league was intentionally underfunded by the Carolina Hurricane owner.

    He said he wanted a commitment from the NFL in being a farm system. Never got it so he pulled the plug on it and now AAF players are signing with teams.

    Anyway. Not sure if he spoke out of turn. Even if I wasn’t signed by the Steelers if I had a workout I would definitely post about it in hopes that other teams would take notice.

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