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A year after his brother engaged in a confrontational postgame handshake in Detroit, Ravens coach John Harbaugh says there was nothing confrontational at all about his postgame handshake with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Sunday. Many viewers thought the Harbaugh-Tomlin handshake appeared to include some tense words being exchanged, and was perhaps…
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Saturday, and as expected, offensive lineman John Malecki was signed off of the practice squad and defensive end Corbin Bryant was released to make room for him.
Malecki can play both center and guard and he originally signed with the Steelers in August of 2011. The University of Pittsburgh product has…
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The Steelers promoted offensive lineman John Malecki to their active roster, the team announced today. Malecki will wear No. 62. Malecki has been on the Steelers’ practice squad for the first six w……
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Now it’s time for the larger horses to bump noses.
Jonathan Dwyer, listed at 229 (some say that’s a bit light) and John Clay, listed at 248, both got carries last year. Dwyer’s highlight being a 79-yarder he broke off against Tennessee, and Clay’s being a solid 10-carry effort against St. Louis. They stand apart due to that experience, even for as slight as it may be in comparison to the two prize guys, Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.
The issue is weight.
Dwyer’s been ripped for his apparent weight issues, even admitting he “messed up” when speaking to Time-Online reporter Mike Bires in August, 2011.
But the expectations for Dwyer have been high, which is perhaps why he’s dedicating himself more to getting into shape.
Clay didn’t look as big as he is when he was running last season, which is a good sign. He’s as green as Batch and Rainey, though, and wouldn’t have played last season if not for an injury to Mewelde Moore. Then Mendenhall. Eventually Dwyer went down as well.
The paradox with the group is their size, without question. However, the main issue with back-up running backs is how they define themselves as blockers. Sub package backs not only need to be willing to block, but must be able. It’s not all about size, and it’s not all about a guy’s desire to get in there and lower the boom on a blitzer.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s past suggests the running backs should all prepared to be as versatile as possible if they want to make the roster; carrying, running, cutting, catching and blocking. For Clay and Dwyer, they’ve shown at least some ability to carry the ball successfully at this level. To round out the unit as a whole, they have to set themselves apart as pass catchers and blockers.
It looks like there are six running backs competing for four positions. Mendenhall and Redman are locks, so the remaining four will fight for the remaining two spots. Each of them have something making them unique. Dwyer has experience, Clay has size, Rainey has special teams ability and Batch has skill and desire to block. Not that any of them don’t possess any other traits, but heading into training camp, those are the attributes defining them.
Dwyer must come into camp in tip-top shape. Clay will have to improve his all around game. This is mostly because of the versatility Batch and Rainey have.
Dwyer is also the one without any practice squad eligibility. That is something that could end up playing in his favor.
We could mix the four of these guys backward and forward, and come up with a different decision.
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The Steelers traded up in the fourth round to draft DT Alameda Ta’amu from Washington. Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line coach John Mitchell addresses the media about Ta’amu.
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So what did Tim Tebow do differently that allowed him to have his best passing game yet when it mattered most against the Steelers? According to Broncos coach John Fox, the Denver offense didn’t do anything differently except make the throws they needed to make. “There wasn’t really much different other than we executed better,”…