STEELERS FREE AGENCY BUZZ Out of the Steelers 17 unrestricted free agents, several won’t be back, and few are a priority for the team who don’t plan to resign notable veterans Max Starks and Casey Hampton, and expect Mike Wallace and Ramon Foster to sign bigger deals elsewhere. The Steelers today are meeting with WR Steve Breaston at their team facility and there continues to be a sense that the Steelers get a deal done with Breaston at some point for the sole reason that there’s really not a market out there for the 29 year old receiver. However, the Steelers are only willing to offer the league minimum and they have felt Breaston wants more money than they are willing to offer, so it’s very possible things fall through. Meanwhile, free agency is 13 days away and here’s some buzz in Steelers circles of four players considered to haveRead More »
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-5) The stunning developments over the past 24 hours of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being ruled out to start tonight’s AFC North Showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, has put all eyes on quarterback Dennis Dixon. Dixon a second year pro, will make his first NFL start in a hostile territory against a divisional rival that is fighting for their playoff lives. This is a game that many NFL pundits already saw as being very difficult for Pittsburgh, even when it was believed that Ben Roethlisberger would be starting. Roethlisberger will be active tonight, but will serve as the teams No. 3 quarterback. Tyler Palko, an undrafted free agent, will be the Steelers No. 2 quarterback.
Steelers bring in Ramsey, Bouman The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out veteran QB’s Patrick Ramsey and Todd Bouman on Thursday. Ramsey, a former first round pick was cut by Tennessee last month. Bouman, 37, a former Vikings backup, played briefly for Baltimore last season. The workout with Patrick Ramsey went well I’m told and the Steelers could look to sign Ramsey by early next week. The Steelers are expected to make a final decision on Charlie Batch (wrist surgery) by Monday. Batch had surgery on Wednesday and if doctors come to the conclusion that he can return in two weeks, the Steelers will opt against putting Batch on injured reserve. If Batch is unable to return in that timetable, the Steelers have no plans of going into the stretch run without a veteran backup. Tyler Palko is nothing more than an extra arm in practice.
Kansas City 27 – Pittsburgh 24 Jamaal Charles 97 yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown was a sign that the Steelers were going to be in a ball game. Pittsburgh rebounded after Charles’ kick off return touchdown to jump out to a 17-7 half time lead but Pittsburgh let Kansas City hang around. The Chiefs outscored the Steelers 10-0 in the third quarter and a Jamaal Charles 2 yard touchdown reception with 4:55 remaining in the 4th quarter tied the game at 24-24 as the Chiefs forced over-time.
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE _ Stefan Logan, the tiniest player on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp roster, was in his glory Tuesday morning. During a practice devoted primarily to special teams, Logan was among five players used to return kickoffs. This is the chance he’s been waiting for.
The Steelers backup quarterback position is viewed as being unstable in league circles, which has led to some NFL insiders speculation that Pittsburgh is interested in Michael Vick. When the players hit the practice field for the first time on Saturday, the backup quarterback position will be one of the most highly contested position battles in camp. The player to watch will be 2nd year player Dennix Dixon who has his sights set on unseating Charlie Batch as the Steelers #2 quarterback. From all indications, the Steelers plan on giving Dixon every opportunity to beat out Batch in training camp. When the Steelers drafted Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon with their 5th round pick in 2008, the Steelers had Dixon valued as a 3rd round pick. Dixon suffered a season ending knee injury in his senior season which led to him falling to the 5th round. In mini camp, Dixon showedRead More »
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:
The Steelers went through their first mandatory mini camp this morning. The only no show was linebacker Larry Foote who is still on the Steelers roster. There has been speculation that Willie Parker would be a no show but Parker did participate in team activities today. News and Notes from our source on the scene *The Steelers plan to use 3rd round pick Kraig Urbik primarily at guard but he will get some work at tackle and center throughout the off-season drills. *2008 4th round pick (LT) Tony Hills appears to be a project in year 2. Continues to struggle with his lateral movement against speed rushers . *Quarterback Dennis Dixon threw the ball very well on day 1. Dixon will have a strong opportunity to unseat Charlie Batch as the Steelers #2 quarterback. *Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has done some light throwing in the off-season and will not pickRead More »