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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh wow View Post
    Hmm... the SB MVP was busted for a banned substance.

    I don’t think it’s that big of a deal in football unless it was heroin.
    The "banned substance" wasn't heroin for Randy Gregory or Josh Gordon or Martavis Bryant ... but I'd say it's been kind of a big deal in all their cases. Kind of a big deal for the teams who couldn't count on them contributing for significant periods of time due to their use of the "banned substance."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    The "banned substance" wasn't heroin for Randy Gregory or Josh Gordon or Martavis Bryant ... but I'd say it's been kind of a big deal in all their cases. Kind of a big deal for the teams who couldn't count on them contributing for significant periods of time due to their use of the "banned substance."
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    Hard-hitting Texas safety could become Steelers' camp surprise

    By JIM WEXELL

    He can play safety, cornerback, nickelback, even linebacker.

    He reportedly ran a 4.38 40 and put up 22 reps at his pro day.

    He made 31 starts and played in 38 games at a major power-five university.

    He weighs 202 pounds at 5 feet 10.

    He's a vocal team leader who left high school with a 3.85 GPA and graduated from college in three-and-a-half years.

    He has a vision of helping his community.

    And, he hits like this:

    This player was surely drafted by the end of Day 2, right?

    Wrong. The Steelers didn't draft P.J. Locke, didn't even sign the versatile defensive back from Texas until two days after the draft. And the Steelers are a team that has an opening in their safety corps.

    Locke has been one of the competitors for that opening(s), along with Marcus Allen, Kameron Kelly and Dravon Askew-Henry.

    The guy from Texas has a chance.

    "It's been a smooth transition," Locke said during the final week of spring practice with the Steelers. "Feeling good being back at safety; really just getting down the plays and getting special teams right because I know that's how I make my mark, on special teams."

    Locke was a mainstay on the punt team at Texas, with a minor on the kickoff team. On defense, he was the proverbial Swiss army knife.

    "You're drafting six guys in one," Locke told the Beaumont Enterprise.

    Beaumont is his hometown in Texas, where he was raised by a former defensive back at Oklahoma State, James Locke, who's now a constable, and a former Lamar University point guard, Ramona Locke, who's a teacher.

    They raised the two-time All-State defender who made the honor roll all four years at Central High. Locke changed his mind about attending Oregon just before signing day and stayed home at Texas. He so impressed new coach Tom Herman that Herman called Locke's parents "to personally thank them for sending us a marvelous human being."

    At Texas, Locke made his first start against Baylor and knocked quarterback Chris Johnson out of the game and caused a fumble all in one fell swoop.

    Locke made nine starts his sophomore season, and once again his big game was against Baylor. He intercepted his first pass and recovered a fumble.

    "I made my mark against Baylor. I did," Locke said. "And that year Baylor was pretty good. I think they were top 10. So we beat them and messed up their hopes and dreams. At that point I kind of locked in that nickel spot."

    As a junior, Locke was named a team captain, but only made eight starts because of a sports hernia. He returned with his best season in 2018 with 13 starts, 77 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, which had trailed Texas at halftime 20-7 and recovered an onside kick to open the second half. Four plays later, though, Locke ended more hopes and dreams with an interception of a deep Jake Fromm pass intended for Riley Ridley.

    "It was a turning point," Locke said of a play that loomed large in Texas' 28-21 win as a double-digit underdog. "Our team just prepared like crazy. We prepared like no other. We were definitely the underdog in that game."

    https://247sports.com/nfl/pittsburgh...cke-133605829/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    The "banned substance" wasn't heroin for Randy Gregory or Josh Gordon or Martavis Bryant ... but I'd say it's been kind of a big deal in all their cases. Kind of a big deal for the teams who couldn't count on them contributing for significant periods of time due to their use of the "banned substance."
    I think it’s best to find out what it was before writing him off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh wow View Post
    I think it’s best to find out what it was before writing him off
    Agreed. But for you to say it's not a big deal unless it's heroin ... I was just pointing out that there have been other drugs used that have resulted in some pretty significant problems for players and their teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Hard-hitting Texas safety could become Steelers' camp surprise

    By JIM WEXELL

    He can play safety, cornerback, nickelback, even linebacker.

    He reportedly ran a 4.38 40 and put up 22 reps at his pro day.

    He made 31 starts and played in 38 games at a major power-five university.

    He weighs 202 pounds at 5 feet 10.

    He's a vocal team leader who left high school with a 3.85 GPA and graduated from college in three-and-a-half years.

    He has a vision of helping his community.

    And, he hits like this:

    This player was surely drafted by the end of Day 2, right?

    Wrong. The Steelers didn't draft P.J. Locke, didn't even sign the versatile defensive back from Texas until two days after the draft. And the Steelers are a team that has an opening in their safety corps.

    Locke has been one of the competitors for that opening(s), along with Marcus Allen, Kameron Kelly and Dravon Askew-Henry.

    The guy from Texas has a chance.

    "It's been a smooth transition," Locke said during the final week of spring practice with the Steelers. "Feeling good being back at safety; really just getting down the plays and getting special teams right because I know that's how I make my mark, on special teams."

    Locke was a mainstay on the punt team at Texas, with a minor on the kickoff team. On defense, he was the proverbial Swiss army knife.

    "You're drafting six guys in one," Locke told the Beaumont Enterprise.

    Beaumont is his hometown in Texas, where he was raised by a former defensive back at Oklahoma State, James Locke, who's now a constable, and a former Lamar University point guard, Ramona Locke, who's a teacher.

    They raised the two-time All-State defender who made the honor roll all four years at Central High. Locke changed his mind about attending Oregon just before signing day and stayed home at Texas. He so impressed new coach Tom Herman that Herman called Locke's parents "to personally thank them for sending us a marvelous human being."

    At Texas, Locke made his first start against Baylor and knocked quarterback Chris Johnson out of the game and caused a fumble all in one fell swoop.

    Locke made nine starts his sophomore season, and once again his big game was against Baylor. He intercepted his first pass and recovered a fumble.

    "I made my mark against Baylor. I did," Locke said. "And that year Baylor was pretty good. I think they were top 10. So we beat them and messed up their hopes and dreams. At that point I kind of locked in that nickel spot."

    As a junior, Locke was named a team captain, but only made eight starts because of a sports hernia. He returned with his best season in 2018 with 13 starts, 77 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, which had trailed Texas at halftime 20-7 and recovered an onside kick to open the second half. Four plays later, though, Locke ended more hopes and dreams with an interception of a deep Jake Fromm pass intended for Riley Ridley.

    "It was a turning point," Locke said of a play that loomed large in Texas' 28-21 win as a double-digit underdog. "Our team just prepared like crazy. We prepared like no other. We were definitely the underdog in that game."

    https://247sports.com/nfl/pittsburgh...cke-133605829/
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