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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesJonathan Dwyer has struggled with weight problems since entering the NFL. His stock fell to the sixth round after he came up out of shape in 2010 Scouting Combine. Dwyer then showed up overweight to training camp last year and has failed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ conditioning tests.
The 22-year-old hasn’t seen much playing time due to that reason. Last year, he ran for 123 yards off of 16 carries. However, with Rashard Mendenhall most likely to start the season on the PUP list due to his torn ACL, Dwyer will be seeing a lot more playing time, but he looks to drop the weight.
However, Dwyer claims he has lost 20 pounds this off-season and is in much better shape after pushing up to 240 last season.
“I am just realizing how much it takes to get where you are in this league and how hard you have to work and push yourself,” Dwyer told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “This is my year to prove something to myself, the league, to the organization, that…
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers
The installation of a new offense in Pittsburgh has been a constant storyline this offseason. Ben Roethlisberger has expressed confusion about the general philosophies that new coordinator Todd Haley was crafting the offense around while the addition of two rookie starters on the offensive line and the absence of wide receiver Mike Wallace have raised…
Most people are aware Steelers WR Mike Wallace is not attending OTAs. Most are even more keenly aware he’s doing it because he wants a contract extension, and not the $ 2.7 million restricted free agent tender offer the Steelers have given him.
There seems to be a split in SteelerNation on whether Wallace is doing the right thing – or even the ethical one. Turns out, there’s a long list of Steelers who will not graduate OTAs with 100 percent attendance.
The Tribune-Review reported neither DE Brett Keisel nor CB Ike Taylor were in attendance for Day One of Phase One of OTAs. It’s likely not for contractual-conflict reasons, but rather, something personal and probably understandable.
Wallace, though, is apparently committing some kind of crime, in the eyes of many.
At this point in the offseason schedule, coaches cannot work directly with players anyway. Any “work” they’re doing in regards to the playbook is running un-defended routes without a pass rush. Any nuances of an offense gleaned from practice against air in shells had sure not be anything the players wouldn’t have gathered on their own.
OTAs are nothing more than a way for the guys to get back together, discuss a few things regarding the game, stretch out and run a bit, pose for a few pictures and go over to someone’s place to grill and enjoy the summer. These are not highly competitive, it’s silly to suggest positions will be won and lost during this time.
Personally, I think the whole concept of OTAs has been lost on the media, who starve for NFL-related news this time of the year, and the whole thing has become overblown, but I digress.
It’s not that Wallace – or any other veteran – doesn’t need to attend, but…they don’t need to attend. Besides, if Wallace is serious about wanting “Fitzgerald money,” (a report that has yet to be substantiated by Wallace or his agent, Bus Cook, which doesn’t mean it’s either true or untrue) the team should get used to him missing OTAs in Pittsburgh next year, and minicamp, training camp and Weeks 1-17.
All that matters is if he shows up for Training Camp. He’s only hurting himself by choosing not to attend that, and it would seem unlikely his agent would suggest he take that route.
If there’s an intriguing part to this, it’s the Steelers’ full team minicamp is scheduled for June 12-14, or, the three days before Wallace must sign his tender offer or risk having it substantially reduced. The deadline for the team to exercise that collectively-bargained right is June 15, so Wallace could choose to skip minicamp as well, before signing his offer.
All he needs to do is look at recent history to see his best option; LaMarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons all inked extensions quickly into training camp in 2011. Signing it June 15 and insisting upon continued negotiations through training camp is his best – and most likely – course of action. That’s how the business side works. Neither the team nor Wallace are in the wrong at this point.
And certainly, he can run uncovered routes on his own somewhere else.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
It is being reported on Profootballtalk.com that the USFL, the pro football league from the 1980’s that unsuccessfully tried to compete with the NFL, is coming back and will act more as a minor league for the NFL this time around. The new USFL is going to have teams in cities that do not have pro football or baseball, and according to their website, they will be competing in the spring, starting in 2013.
As stated in the article linked above, each player will receive $ 3000-$ 3500 a game, and the players will not be obligated to stay with their team if the NFL comes calling.
This kind of reminds me of a domestic version of NFL Europe, only the league isn’t affiliated with the NFL in any way. I think a sort of minor league system that pays its players fairly well is a good deal. $ 3000 a week isn’t a bad chunk of change for playing football, especially if a kid is just out of college and looking for a job. And if a player is allowed to leave for the NFL anytime he wants, I think it’s a no-lose situation.
There are literally hundreds of football players walking around who can’t find an NFL job for one reason or another, and this would be a way for them to stay in shape and continue to develop their skills while playing professional football.
As a football junkie, I’m always willing to give any football league a chance. However, the catch 22 of this whole thing is trying to get people to pay attention to a league that is designating itself as a minor league and isn’t directly competing with the NFL. The old USFL was clearly trying to compete with the NFL, and they were able to convince players like Mike Rozier, Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Doug Flutie to sign with their teams instead of heading to the NFL right out of college.
Also, the old USFL placed franchises in established NFL cities like Pittsburgh and the New York market, and some teams had high-profile owners like Donald Trump.
How will the new USFL be received in cities like, say, Omaha or Portland?
Obviously, the jury is still out as to whether or not this new upstart league will even get off the ground, but what do you think about minor league pro football in the spring? Would you be willing to give it a chance?
Any memories of the old USFL that you’d like to share? Remember the Pittsburgh Maulers?
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
Instead, the Steelers will place a high tender on speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace that will pay him $ 2.742 million in 2012.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out as the Steelers’ starting quarterback on Friday, but he’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s game with the Rams. Roethlisberger was not one of the seven players placed on the team’s inactive list before kickoff. That doesn’t make him much likelier to play. Charlie Batch will start and Dennis Dixon is…
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