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Ramon Foster’s Move to Right Tackle Shows Creativity

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Steelers Make Roster Move

The Steelers made a roster move today as they are back on the practice field after an off day on Monday. Steelers release rookie OT Bridger Buche, sign WR Paul Cox — Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) July 31, 2012…

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Players Move In

It’s that time of year again when the Pittsburgh Steelers descend onto Latrobe Pennsylvania for training camp. Today, the players moved into their dorms to get ready for their stay here….

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Gilbert excited about potential move to left

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The Steelers’ plan is to have rookie second-round pick Mike Adams take over…

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Talkin’ More Offensive Line: Willie Colon’s Move to Left Guard Opens Up Tackle Competition


Wednesday’s announcement that OT Willie Colon is now LG Willie Colon creates competition for the Steelers‘ right tackle position. It could even influence the left tackle position.

What it ultimately does, though, is completely transform the Steelers offensive line, which is probably overdue at this point.

The Game of Musical Linemen Continues

The Steelers led the NFL in offensive line combinations last season (I saw there were 22 variations of five linemen, both starting and in-game replacements), and 2012 will add a 23rd different group.

The team informed Marcus Gilbert he’ll play left tackle this season, and told Colon he’ll play left guard. C Maurkice Pouncey will stay where he is, and rookie David DeCastro will play right guard. That leaves Jonathan Scott and rookie Mike Adams vying for right tackle.

Or does it?

It wouldn’t be a Steelers offensive line without some speculation. Granted, the Steelers made the determination on Gilbert before the draft or free agency, suggesting they were pretty much convinced that was the direction they want to go in. But with nearly a full year of experience on the right side, the argument could be made having a veteran next to him it would help transition DeCastro to the NFL.

In that case, why not put Scott there?

If I were a betting man, I’d say Scott will open training camp at right tackle. Bets are off after that. I don’t feel comfortable with making any bolder a prediction, but it seems too rosy to me to suggest the right tackle job is Adams’ to lose right now. It was obvious to anyone watching Pouncey was a better player than Justin Hartwig, but it was still the veteran’s job when the first preseason game rolled around.

I don’t see the sense in just giving a rookie a job, even if the veteran is not exactly a world-beater. Then again, I (like most of everyone else) already penciled DeCastro in at right guard.

What about Max Starks?

What about him? We’ve speculated often about RB Rashard Mendenhall not making it back in time for training camp and probably not for the beginning part of the season. NT Casey Hampton as well. Starks falls between the two of them in terms of weight and age, and has the same injury. Certainly, less likely things have happened, but the difference is Hampton and Mendenhall are currently under contract. The Steelers don’t have a ton of cap room, and cutting Scott doesn’t save them any. Bringing Starks in to back up both tackle positions seems unlikely, at least for the earlier part of the year.

If Scott shows he’s unable to handle a starting job, should he be thrust into one at some point, or has a poor training camp, then it’s a different story. For now, the better option is to let Starks rehab and let Scott and Adams duke it out on their own.

They’ll have Starks’ number handy though, just in case.

Have we forgotten Colon’s injury history?

If Colon has another set-back, it appears the job would be Doug Legursky’s to lose. He won over offensive line coach Sean Kugler last season, and had earned time when Chris Kemoeatu was both injured and a healthy scratch.

Obviously, we’re pulling for Colon, but we pulled for him last year, too. Injuries happen, and you don’t really want to see anyone get hurt (I don’t, at least, and judging from the comments yesterday, many won’t agree with me). But that’s the big X-factor here. All of this is for naught if something else happens to him.

Going into OTAs, though, the spotlight will be on Colon and his long-whispered move to the inside.

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Reading Between The Steelers Lines Post Willie Colon Move To Left Guard

The long awaited move, at least by me, of Willie Colon to left guard is now complete. While it is never good to speak in absolutes, I can almost guarantee you that the interior of the offensive line left to right will now be Colon, Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro baring any injuries. I know Mike Tomlin will likely say that DeCastro hasn’t been given anything yet, but let’s be honest, DeCastro is NFL ready right now and is your week one starter at right guard, the position he played at Stanford. (Man it still feels good typing that out.)

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Report: Steelers Had Draft Day Trade In Place With Jets To Move Up For DeCastro

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Some interesting news Monday night via Jason La Canfora on Twitter as he reports the Pittsburgh Steelers had a draft day trade in place with the New York Jets to move up to the 16th spot in the first round to select guard David DeCastro. According to a tweet by La Canfora, the Jets were willing to move back to the Steelers spot at 24 thinking they would be able to select either Bruce Irvin or Quinton Coples. Once the Seattle Seahawks selected Irvin with the 15th overall selection, the Jets reportedly backed out of the deal and went ahead and drafted Coples reports La Canfora.

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Look for the Steelers to move around in the draft over the weekend

I look for the Steelers to move around a good bit in this draft.  Kevin Colbert made known in the Steelers pre draft press conference that this is not a strong draft.  There were only 7-10 surefire picks in his mind.  There also were not many guys who could make an impact on this team.  Most of the later guys were practice squad guys.
So if none of these guys really are going to make the team the Steelers could be looking to move around in the draft and pick up the guys that they want.  Even if it costs them some later picks.  There is no point in wasting picks on practice squad guys if you can move up and get an impact player in the earlier rounds.
The Steelers also have 3 7th round comp picks to fall back on.  If they trade away their 5th, 6th or 7th round picks they still can build depth with those 3 picks.  They are untradeable picks.  The Steelers have to make them.  The Steelers have the ability to move around this year.   They can still make 7 picks even if they trade some ea…

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Is Baltimore Looking to Move to 23 to Take LB Dont’a Hightower?

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ESPN’s AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley summarized a bit of the latest log to the Steelers/Ravens burning inferno, mentioning the teams likely have many of the same players targeted for their respective first round picks in Thursday’s draft.

Some of this could be fueled by a recent interview Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome had on the Ravens web site, and even more could be grounded in the mock draft done by SI’s Peter King earlier this week – who had Baltimore trading up to No. 23 with Detroit, and taking Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower.

King is one of the rare football writers who fully admits to the lack of success (whatever that means) in his mock draft, but that trade does make a lot of sense for the Ravens. King doesn’t mention it, but Baltimore has been very active and aggressive in the draft in recent years. They traded up in 2008 (Joe Flacco) and 2009 (Michael Oher) and traded out of the first round in 2010 (with Denver, for QB Tim Tebow).

Keep in mind, King isn’t claiming that pick is something in the works, just his opinion of how the draft may go.

Incidentally, King has the Steelers taking OG Kevin Zeitler at 24, after Baltimore takes Hightower at 23. Zeitler is also a guy both teams should consider. So is Coutney Upshaw, who, if not for his marked character, wouldn’t likely be available that low in the first round.

Hightower has been the focal point of many mock drafts (for whatever that is worth) for the Steelers, and both teams are looking for future assistance in replacing long-standing defensive captains. ILB James Farrior was released this off-season after 10 seasons with the Steelers. Ravens LB Ray Lewis will be 37 years old at the start of the 2012 season, and Baltimore has a solid enough roster top to bottom they’re in a position to draft a highly talented successor.

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State Of The Steelers Linebackers – Could Worilds Really Be Slated To Move Inside?

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds is about to enter his third season since being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. Several in Steeler Nation are still struggling to understand why inside linebackers Sean Lee or Navarro Bowman weren’t the pick instead of Worilds. Linebackers coach Keith Butler was asked that very question during his press conference following the selection of Worilds and said, “We like those guys. We like Bowman, I especially like Sean Lee. But those guys are inside linebackers right now. And we have a pretty good quartet of guys at inside linebacker. Read more […]

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