WOODLEY DONE WITH STEELERS? Has LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers highest paid defensive player in team history played his last game as a Steeler at age 29?
Any positives for the Steelers in week 1 came mostly on the defensive side of the ball. LaMarr Woodley was one of those positives. Woodley had 1 sack and 1 hurry in rushing the passer just 12 times vs the Titans who were trying to hide Jake Locker and pound the ball. In limited opportunities, Woodley showed signs like he did in the preseason of being more explosive this season. Woodley finished the game with 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss.
STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Among the many tidbits from Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s press conference this week were his plan to start Jason Worilds at right outside linebacker, but substitute rookie Jarvis Jones for him and some point and rotate Worilds with left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Worilds was happy to be starting, but he didn’t seem to be thrilled with Tomlin’s game plan for the outside linebackers. “Who wants to come out? Nobody wants to come out, you know?” Worilds said. Woodley wouldn’t discuss the rotation situation.
STEELERS – WEDNESDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — While many Pittsburgh Steelers fans already have penciled Jarvis Jones’ name into the starting right outside linebacker spot vacated by James Harrison’s departure, don’t count LaMarr Woodley among them. Woodley, the team’s starting left outside linebacker, believed that neither player should be counted out just yet. “Nobody should forget about Jason Worilds, but the first-round draft pick is always going to get a lot of hype, just because he’s a first-round pick,” Woodley said. “And especially because there’s a spot that’s vacant for him. So, there’s going to be a competition, a good battle, between the two of them. “That’s going to happen during camp. (But) Jason can hold his own. That’s for sure, but it eventually could be Jason and Jarvis Jones out there and LaMarr Woodley is gone. You never know, but that’s how a rookie should be. They shouldRead More »
By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — For all those who believe the Pittsburgh Steelers should rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey on offense, don’t hold your breath. Roethlisberger and Pouncey, who both suffered left high-ankle sprains, were full participants in practice Wednesday. Linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) and wideout Emmanuel Sanders (right foot) also got through a full practice. “It felt great out there with all the guys around, working hard, getting a good sweat in,” Pouncey said. “It was awesome today. I seemed to jump right back in there, but I know I’ve got to get a little more conditioning in before this game. I really didn’t do anything the past couple weeks.
Steelers Morning Buzz on surprise of Burress one year deal; Plans for Polamalu, Woodley negotiations; Dwyer badly out of shape; Kugler a driving force in resigning Colon; Deals for Hoke, Dixon: — Sources say Steelers management was caught by surprise that Plaxico Burress agreed to a one year, $3.017 million deal, fully guaranteed with the New York Jets. The Steelers were in talks with Burress’ agent Drew Rosenhaus on a two year deal. The Steelers were not neccasairly surprised that Plaxico signed elsewhere but that it was a one year deal. Rosenhaus, Burress had decided on taking a one year deal with a team they felt could maximize his compensation for a long-term deal in 2012. They had their sights set on the Eagles and Jets and whichever team offered what they were looking for, they would accept, which happened early Sunday morning. It is a risky move from Burress,Read More »
Steelers Morning Buzz — Camp Buzz: Players report to camp today before 3:00 p.m. and the first practice gets underway at 2:55 p.m. on Friday. The players will have a conditioning test at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Our lead Steelers beat writer Dale Grdnic will be on the scene with daily Practice and Camp reports. — The Steelers interest in Plaxico Burress is serious. While the team has yet to discuss contract numbers with agent Drew Rosenhaus, they are doing their due dilligence. The Steelers who usually don’t publicly comment on free agents, did today as Steelers President Art Rooney II was on with DVE radio in the 8:00 a.m. hour and Rooney said that the team is “doing research” on Burress. Rooney said he didn’t know where it’s going to go but they want to see where his head is and such. Burress for now is scheduled to meetRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers have until Friday to place the franchise tag on any of their impending free agents. Whether the franchise tag means anything remains to be seen, because without a new CBA, they don’t mean much as frachise tags might not be in the new CBA. As mentioned last week, the Steelers top priority is cornerback Ike Taylor but the belief around the league is that the Steelers will place the franchise tag on LaMarr Woodley. Ike Taylor though is also under consideration for the tag. Of the two, Taylor is likely to get a long-term deal from the Steelers, once a new CBA is in place, while the chances of Woodley receiving a long-term contract from the Steelers is not strong. Even when a new CBA is in place, indications are the Steelers don’t intend to be aggressive in trying to lock up Woodley long-term this off-season. TheRead More »
By Mike Bires One reason why the Steelers can be dangerous if they get into the playoffs _ and that’s still a big if _ is the possibility of Troy Polamalu lining up again at strong safety. But another reason is LaMarr Woodley’s continued rise toward stardom. Right outside linebacker James Harrison, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, received nationwide claim the past two seasons for the havoc he’s wreaked on opposing defenses. But last year in the playoffs, Woodley, the Steelers’ left outside ‘backer, had a six-to-one edge over Harrison in sacks. “He’s been that kind of guy since he’s been here,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Woodley. “His rookie year, he came on late in the year. Late last year, he was playing good football. He’s a guy that’s on the rise at the appropriate time and that’s what makes him a good player.”Read More »