Urbik’s primary goal at OTA’s: Learn the Steelers offense

 

By Mike Bires On the day the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Kraig Urbik, the big guy out of Wisconsin was immediately penciled in for a battle to determine the starting job at right guard. So proclaimed Bruce Arians, the offensive coordinator. Well, Urbik may eventually get the chance to challenge incumbent Darnell Stapleton once training camp begins. But for the time being, Urbik just wants to learn offensive line play Steelers’ style. Depending on which O-linemen take part in organized team activities which resumed Tuesday, Urbik is second-team or third-team on the depth chart. When reminded of what Arians said five weeks ago, Urbik put a halt to any discussion about landing a starting job. “I’m not looking past tonight,” he said. “I’m not looking past our next meeting and our next practice. Right now, I’m just trying to learn the offense. “The first thing you have to know is whatRead More »

Reflections From Mini Camp

 

By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH – Publicly, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says we shouldn’t get too excited about off-season workouts. “It’s football in shorts,” he likes to say. By that, Tomlin insinuates that the real test begins in late July when the Steelers report to Latrobe for the dog days of training camp. That’s when pads go on and hitting begins. That’s when “real” football begins. Still, Tomlin loves the mandatory three-day minicamp held May 1-3 and the 14 sessions called organized team activities. It’s a chance to see all the new guys, particularly the 2009 draft picks. It’s also a chance to see a cast of returnees who have something to prove this season in more ways than one. With that in mind, here’s a look back at some hot topics from minicamp and a look ahead to the 12 remaining OTAs which resume May 19:

Scouting the Steelers Draft Selections

 

First Round Selection Evander (Ziggy) Hood, DE, Missouri Height: 6-2 7/8 | Weight: 300 | 40-Time: 4.89 College Career 2005: 18 tackles ‚Äì 1 sack 2006: 36 tackles ‚Äì 4 sacks 2007: 49 tackles ‚Äì 5 sacks 2008: 62 tackles ‚Äì 7 sacks Strengths: Hood played defensive tackle at Missouri but was drafted by the Steelers to be a defensive end in the NFL. Athletic, very good size and bulk which fits the Steelers kind of defensive end for a 3-4 scheme. Has an explosive first step and great quickness which has scouts optimistic that Hood will make the adjustment to defensive end in the NFL, quite easily. High motor and is versatile, can play DT and DE. Best attributes — Seen as being very coachable. A Steelers type of player and is regarded as a hard worker on and off the field. Weaknesses: Not a dominant run stopper, needsRead More »