It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast…
On the latest episode, we talk about the never-ending stream of injuries that apparently doesn’t discriminate based on position, age or ability level. The latest (at least as of this writing): Deebo had arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday and Tomlin hopes to have him available in Week 1. We’ll see.
Then there’s Ike Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay (already on IR), not to mention Mike Adams and Max Starks (just off PUP) and on defense, Jason Worilds (still on PUP) and Keenan Lewis (bad shoulder). So while the Steelers deserve to be in conversation as one of the league’s best teams, that’s contingent on being able to field a team (see last January’s Broncos game).
We also touched on individual performances in the Eagles game, the future of the offensive line, and what we hope to see in Saturday’s Colts’ matchup.
Talking starts promptly…
If it seemed like the Steelers were again cursed by the injury gods, just look around the league (or if that’s too taxing, just the AFC North) it’s going around. In that sense, Pittsburgh’s been lucky. Still, it’d be nice to have an offensive line work together for a few days in advance of playing a real game. That doesn’t look like its going to happen. Luckily, Big Ben knows the routine.
So for now, we can just concern ourselves with the things we can control: finding a way to stop Andrew Luck this weekend. Off you go…
The players that will be cut by the Eagles in three weeks are better than the players that will be cut by the Steelers in three weeks.
That’s what we learned on Thursday night as the Eagles backups overcame an early 13-point deficit to beat the Steelers, 24-23, thanks to a 51-yard field goal from Alex Henery with 12 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
But you don’t care about any of that. You care about the individual players, who stood out, who didn’t, and which players broke rule No. 1 of preseason football and had to leave the game with an injury. So let’s get right into it.
Yes, I know Mike Wallace isn’t in camp. Holdouts happen in the NFL, especially during training camp, so I won’t get worried about that until we reach Week Three of the preseason.
But there is something else that does worry me about Wallace’s production this season–the news that Ben Roethlisberger has had a minor tear in his rotator cuff that occurred in Week 9 of last season. Continue reading
Alrighty, folks, the preseason is upon us. The Steelers face the Eagles Thursday. In the meantime, feel free to discuss Big Ben’s latest malady or the less ridiculous development: Mike Adams has been taking first-team snaps at left tackle. Off you go…
After our own lockout, we’re back for another Steelers Lounge Podcast. On this episode we yak it up about — who else — Mike Wallace. We also talk about Anotnio Brown’s shiny, new extension, Big Ben’s lil’ rotator cuff injury, as well as the running back situation with Rashard Mendenhall on the shelf.
JJ discusses the offensive line — from the Return of Max (seriously, that dude will outlive us all), to DeCastro and Adams, to Colon kicking inside. (You know things are looking up when you don’t have to immediately point to Pouncey as a bright spot).
We voice our concerns about the defense — specifically the lack of depth at outside linebacker — before wondering the all-important question: who would win in a backs-on-punter drill between Chris Rainey and ROBO-PUNTER. take a look at one of the best drafts in recent memory, specifically, what we should expect from David DeCastro and Mike Adams in Year 1. We also have the inevitable “Should they kick Willie Colon inside?” conversation and all agree that signing Max S
Alright, let’s make ths happen.
Training camp is officially underway which means our summer vacations are over. Feel free to discuss Antonio Brown’s new deal, Mike Wallace’s lack of one, or anything else…
I just spent a week in the Adirondacks with the extended family. It’s the fourth year in a row we’ve done it, always during the first week of training camp. In general, nothing much happens those first few days. Casey Hampton fails the conditioning test, Big Ben’s arm is sore from too much throwing, and Mike Tomlin wears all black and dusts off the Tomlinisms from the previous season.
This year was different in one distinct way: the Steelers paid one of their best wide receivers and it wasn’t Mike Wallace. When I saw Gretz’s email (there was no phone service in the Adirondacks so, just like it was 2002, I had to actually log on to my laptop to get internet access — rustic indeed), I was surprised but not altogether shocked.
Even before free agency, I was wondering if the organization should take any first-round tenders that came their way if another team tried to sign Wallace. I believe JJ talked me out of it on one of the podcasts, but listen, Wallace has absolutely no leverage. He didn’t have any in March, he didn’t have any in May, and he doesn’t have any now, days into training camp.
The Steelers signed a young wide receiver to a long-term contract extension on Friday, but it’s probably not the one you expected.
Not much has transpired since our first roster projection for the 2012 Steelers more than two months ago. However, some minor transactions and news from minicamps has impacted the bottom of the roster, practice squad, and ordering of those closest to making the 53-man active roster or getting cut.
It would still be somewhat surprising if the Steelers do not add an inexpensive veteran running back and/or receiver before preseason games begin, since the team is precariously thin at receiver and will likely have only one healthy, proven NFL running back for opening day in Isaac Redman.