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The Atlanta Falcons will face the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. This will be the Steelers third preseason game and you’ll see the starters play the 1st half and the roster will begin to finalize for those on the “bubble”.
Here are a few players to pay special attention to during tonight’s game:
Tony Hills – The tackle from the University of Texas in now a 4th year player and it’s now or never for him. Hills came into training camp in great shape and has played inspired during practice and the last 2 preseason games. Hills can play tackle as displayed against the Philadelphia Eagles or guard. Hills has been so impressive that he appears to be the front runner for the RG position. Tonight, Hills is starting at RG.
Antonio Brown – What else can you say about the youngster? The guy has seized every opportunity in training camp and preseason. He is continuing right where he left off last year but now he may be in the process of wrestling the 3rd wide receiver spot from Emmanual Sanders. Sanders has been sidelined with a foot injury.
Cornerbacks – How will our cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Crezdon Butler, William Gay, Donovan Warren, Bryant McFadden (questionable), and Cortez Allen (questionable) fair against the highly talented and explosive Atlanta Falcons offense.
Ramon Foster and Chris Scott – Will they allow Tony Hills to steal their spot at RG? At the start of training camp, it was Foster’s job to lose. Apparently, he is starting to lose it.
Marcus Gilbert – The rookie LT from the University of Florida had a rough start to training camp reportedly showing up out of shape. He has turned things around recently and is getting his first start due to Jonathan Scott’s injury (hyperextended knee). He will have a tough matchup against Atlanta’s 4-time Pro Bowler, John Abraham.
Terms of Bryant McFadden’s contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have been released via NFL.com
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reported earlier today (and we have since confirmed) that a new deal has been reached, at a value of $7.5 million over three years.
These terms beg the question on why McFadden would accept terms that would reduce his salary 4.75 years and a return to free agency in 2011 at only 29 years old and being an experienced player at a “high value” position such as cornerback. Instead, McFadden accepted a three-year deal at approximately $2.5 million per year.
As we have heard, the alternative was that McFadden would be cut in favor of younger and cheaper alternatives. Regardless of the reason, this is a great signing for both McFadden and the Steelers. The Steelers suffered with the loss of McFadden and William Gay as the starter. McFadden already has 2 Super Bowl rings with the Steelers and is a welcome addition to a secondary that lacks depth and quality playmakers.
Now that the NFL is in the complete offseason, it’s time to look at how the 9-7 Pittsburgh Steelers can improve their team. In typical Steelers fashion, don’t expect the Rooneys to make a big splash in free agency. Instead, they will operate as usual and build their team through the draft.
Although the NFL looks geared up to enter the 2010-2011 as an uncapped season due to the laboring agreement, the Rooneys, Kevin Colbert and the Steelers front office indicated that they will manage this season as if it were capped.
The following is a look at current Steelers players of interest for this offseason:
Willie Parker – Unrestricted free agent (UFA). Parker is unlikely to get resigned unless he comes back very cheap. Parker is looking for a starting role but isn’t going to see that in Pittsburgh.
Deshea Townsend – The Steelers won’t sign Townsend long-term but would like to bring him back for cheap. Although, he’s towards the end of his career, Townsend replaced William Gay late in the season. Towsend provides depth and experience in the secondary.
Casey Hampton – Hampton must be the Steelers top offseason priority. Although Hampton warned the Steelers not to use the franchise tag, the notion is that the Steelers are likey to tag Hampton regardless unless the two can agree on a fair 3 year deal. The Steelers don’t have a replacement for Hampton. Chris Hoke is older than Hampton and is on the downside of his career. It’s doubtfut that Hoke can holdup for an entire season.
Josh Reed – Reed is very consistent at Heinz Field which is considered one of the most difficult stadiums in the NFL for kickers. The Steelers would like to bring Reed back for a decent price despite his off the field troubles. Reed does struggle with kickoffs which has consistently put special teams coverage in bad situations.
Ryan Clark – Another priority for the Steelers. Clark is aging at 30 years old but is consistent and plays well with Troy Polamalu. The downside is once Polamalu got injured, Ryan Clark was exposed and really struggled. I see the Steelers signing Clark or Hampton but not both. The Steelers could be looking to draft Clark’s replacement in Texas’ Earl Thomas or University of Southern California’s (USC), Taylor Mays.
Willie Colon – Like it or not, the Steelers feel that Willie Colon is one of the better right tackles in the league. He has been consistent and has played in every game the past 3 years. Due to the labor agreement, Colon is setup to be a restricted free agent again and likey won’t get a long-term offer until next offseason.
Tyrone Carter – The Steelers will most likely not offer the UFA, Tyrone Carter a contract. Carter struggled in filling in for the injured Polamalu and his time is likely over in Pittsburgh.
More Steelers Draft and Free Agency (FA) information coming soon…. stay tuned!
- Dennis Dixon has play well thus far with limited opportunities. Dixon throw a nice roll-out pass and the followed up with a nice play action TD pass to Santonio Holmes
- Steelers continue to have success with running the ball with both Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker
- Ravens are giving the Steelers a heavy dose of McGahee, Rice, and fullback McClain
- William Gay continues to get abused
- William Gay and Ryan Clark get beat on a 50 yard pass play
- Ike Taylor gives up a touchdown on a fade pattern
- Steelers coaching staff goes overly conservative with 1:45 left in the 2nd quarter with consecutive running plays. The offense gets close to the 50 yard line and runs out the clock. The Steelers had plenty of time to try to gain around 30 yards to try a field goal. A very disappointing decision by the Steelers coaching staff.
- William Gay got torched several times on the Ravens’ first drive
- Willis McGahee scored the opening touchdown for the Ravens
- Bruce Arians is being overly conservative with Dennis Dixon
- Timmons caught out of position on a long Ray Rice run
- Ziggy Hood getting a good pass rush
- Steelers having success running the ball with Rashard Mendenhall
Score: Ravens 7 Steelers 0W
This week kicks off another entry of our fantasy football prediction blog. The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. This may be a more difficult game than what most Steelers fans are anticipating. The Bengals have 3 straight division games starting with the Steelers so expect them to try to set the tone against the Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben will rebound just fine against the Bengals defense. The offense struggled last week to put points up on the board but they were able to move the ball against a solid Bears defense. I see Big Ben and company putting up 27 points against the Bengals this week.
Hines Ward – Historically a Cincinnati killer (just ask Keith Rivers). Ward is closing in on his 10,000 yards receiving mark and it very well could happen this week against the Bengals.
Santonio Holmes – Holmes had one of his worst performances in recent memory last week. 3 dropped balls including a tough but catchable winning TD catch capped off a disappointing day for Holmes. Even though the weather was less than desirable and the field was messy, Holmes dropped several catchable balls that ended up as “drive killers”. I expect Holmes to rebound and post a solid overall performance with over 100 yards and a TD.
Parker / Mendenhall – Parker has been the most disappointing player on the team so far this season. He’s not running the ball with any authority and he’s been “tip toeing” to the line of scrimmage. Mendenhall might steal some of Parker’s opportunities and rightfully so. It’s time for one of these two to step up and provide some sort of rushing attack. The Bengals run defense has struggled so this might be a good game to get this offense going.
Heath Miller – Miller continues to be one of Roethlisberger’s favorite targets. He’s consistent, has great hands, and picks up first downs. With the offensive line struggling, Miller is a nice safety net for Big Ben.
Steelers Defense – Although the Steelers defense hasn’t necessarily struggled, they do have some flaws. For one, the Steelers outside linebackers including Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY), James Harrison and emerging star LaMarr Woodley only have a combined 2 sacks on the year. Lawrence Timmons appears to be healthy which should hopefully add to the pass rush this week. This is a shocking statistic that no one would have guessed going into the 2009-2010 season. With the loss of Polamalu, Tyrone Carter was exposed by Jay Cutler last week being responsible for 2 touchdowns.
Carson Palmer – If last game was any indication, Palmer appears to be healthy. Palmer has one of the best deep balls in the game and is typically very accurate. If the Steelers defense doesn’t get a pass rush against Palmer, it will be a long day for the Steelers and their fans.
Chad Ochocinco – Ochocinco has had just one 100-yard game and three touchdowns against the Steelers since Ike Taylor’s rookie season in 2003 so don’t expect much out of him today. He talks a good game and is being outspoken against Steelers cornerbacks William Gay and Ike Taylor but until he produces on the field against the Steelers, I would steer away from picking Ochocinco.
Cedric Benson – Benson has been one of the bigger surprises this year for Cincinnati. However, like most other running backs, expect Benson to struggle against the Steelers stellar run defense. Don’t start Benson this week on your fantasy team.
Fantasy Football Pick of the Day: Santonio Holmes (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Chad Ochocinco talks more than he plays. ESPN relayed a comment that Ochocinco is going to make William Gay and
Ike Taylor “kiss the baby” this weekend. What is he talking about? When was the last time Chad Johnson (i.e. sorry Ochocinco) has done anything productive against the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Johnson has had just one 100-yard game and three touchdowns against the Steelers since Taylor’s rookie season in 2003. Ike Taylor has owned Chad Johnson but you don’t hear Ike talking trash. With the Steelers playing the Bengals twice a year, these statistics are not worth bragging about and are actually pathetic considering Johnson is supposedly Carson Palmer’s number one target. Someone should relay to Chad that he should worry about production on the field rather than talk off the field.
Johnson is very easily one of the most overrate player s in the league. Didn’t he wear a jacket that said “Future HOF’er” on the back? That’s laughable. Johnson doesn’t have half the credentials needed to make it into the Hall of Fame. Now, Hines Ward is a different story. He’s Hall of Fame bound. And how ironic is it that Hines Ward will likely pass his 10,000 receiving yard mark against the Bengals.
The Cincinnati Bengals have been consistently one of the worst, joke franchises in NFL history. I actually feel sorry for Carson Palmer having to play for such a disgrace of a franchise and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s antics.
Below is a reminder of what is coming to Chad Ochocinco:
The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their first preseason game 13-17 of the year last night to the Washington Redskins. The game gave us a good opportunity to see the first team for the first couple of series. However more importantly it gave the youngsters an opportunity to showcase their skills in hopes of making the 53 man roster.
On a side note, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play due to an injury to his achillies heel from starting left tackle, Max Starks (6-8, 340 pounds) stepping on it. Initial tests confirmed that the injury does not appear to be serious. I really worry about the health of Big Ben this year. He may get sacked 50+ times this year if Max Starks & Co. continue to perform at this level. This offensive line looks to be just as bad as last year if not worse. They’re pass protection was subpar and they have not gotten any push in the run game.
The preseason record does not really matter. It’s the analysis of the players, and the “sharpness” of the game. It was good to see of the rookies such as Ziggy Hood do well. As a team though, the Steelers looked flat. They didn’t seem to have a sense of urgency outside of a few players, and they certainly weren’t “sharp” (13 penalties). Below are some quick notes from what I’ve observed from the game:
Lawrence Timmons – Excels in “search and destroy” mode but I still don’t think he’s strong in the run game. Once these guards get their hands on him, he really struggles to fight through blocks. Everytime the Redskins ran to his side, they gained positive yardage, somtimes in huge chunks too. I do not think I have ever seen Timmons read a run play, fight through a block inside, and stop a running back at or behind the line of scrimmage. It’s obvious to me that 3-4 ILB is not his ideal position during run plays at this point in his career. To be honest, if this becomes a consistent problem, I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Keyaron Fox on 1st down.
Limas Sweed – Similar to last game, Sweed dropped a very easy first down catch. However, he made a very nice sliding catch for 17 yards.
Mike Wallace – The “speedster” continues to impress. He has good hands and isn’t afraid to go across the middle.
Rashard Mendenhall – Did not play with the first team offense at all. When given the opportunity, he did well averaging 5.2 yards a carry (5 carries for 26 yards). He looks a little hesitant out there though.
Offensive Line – In defense of the OL, they were down 2 starters if you consider Darnell Stapleton a starter. Overall, they played poorly. On the first play of the game, Max Starks almost got Charlie Batch killed. The DE ran right around Starks like he wasn’t even there. I swear, a lawn chair would have done a better job blocking than Starks did on that particular play. They hardly gave Batch any time to throw and Batch being very immobile doesn’t help matters. Wow, we are very lucky to have Big Ben as our quarterback especially behind this OL. The OL also got very little push in the run game.
Daniel Sepulveda – It’s great to have a solid punter again. He is really going to help out our defense (not like they need much help). Sepulveda had 5 punts averagine 47.8 yards.
Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes – Both had 2 very nice catches for 1st downs. Hines’ was spectacular in a leaping grab on a post pattern with LaRon Landry on the coverage.
Dennis Dixon – 8/16 for 68 yards. He also had a few nice runs. He definitely has his hot and cold streaks. At this moment, I would not feel comfortable with him as our #2 QB.
Joe Burnett – Allowed the ball to be stripped on a punt return. He may have a hard time making the 53 man roster if he doesn’t progress with special teams. He needs to protect the ball better.
Ziggy Hood – Another strong performance for the first rounder with 4 tackles and 2 sacks. I see him getting immediately involved in the rotation to keep our starters fresh. On a side note, he is very quick for a big man.
Ra’Shon Harris – Another rookie with a strong performance. Seems to hold his ground well and gets a little push into the backfield. If Harris can make the 53 man roster, this would be a great injection of youth to the Steelers defensive line. Could he possibly progress to our future NT?
Troy Polamalu – In typical Troy fashion, he looks like he’s in mid season form
William Gay – Looks solid both in coverage and run support. I don’t think we’ll miss McFadden much as a starter. I just hope one of the young guys such as Burnett or Wallace step up to provide added depth to our secondary.
Keyaron Fox – Overall, solid ILB. Last night, he was particularly strong in run defense and led the team with 5 tackles. Very good to have a quality backup at ILB.
Other Backup LB’s – Arnold Harrison and Donovan Woods looked solid. Some of our backups could probably start on other teams which is a good problem to have. I’m also seeing Bruce Davis progress as well.
Stefan Logan – Did very well in both kick and punt returns. Averaged 40 yards a kick return (60 yarder in the 3rd quarter).
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