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83-Steelers-43
02-09-2007, 03:23 PM
Steelers sign quarterback
Friday, February 09, 2007

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed second-year quarterback Bryan Randall to its active roster, the team announced today.

Randall (6-0, 228), who attended Virginia Tech, was in the Atlanta Falcons training camp the past two seasons before being released both years. He then spent time on the Falcons practice squad in 2005 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in 2006.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07040/760819-66.stm

slashsteel
02-09-2007, 03:36 PM
I hope we can find better ex Bucs than this. Tomlin tell me this wasn't your move. ;)

The scrub-midget QB won't make the final roster............

83-Steelers-43
02-09-2007, 04:04 PM
A warm arm to give St. Pierre a run. No biggy.

Stlrs4Life
02-09-2007, 04:20 PM
Fails TB and Atlanta, and think he can make it as a Steeler?

aburdell
02-09-2007, 10:43 PM
I live in virginia and I remember watchin this kid at tech and he wasnt anything special. I expect him to be cut they just want to give st pierre some initiative to get better so we dont have to put hines or somebody back there if batch breaks his hand again while scoring a td haha.

ThatGuy246
02-10-2007, 04:29 AM
Y'know, this may sound like fluff, but I've had the opportunity to meet Brian St. Pierre on a few occasions. The guy may not be a clear league stand-out, but he really does embody the Pittsburgh ethic...he's always presented himself as a very down-to-earth, hard working individual that just wants to make a contribution.

I was a bit disappointed when I saw his on-again, off-again status the last few years...and I CERTAINLY don't want to see him back with the Ravens or another divisional rival. I'd really like to see what he can do one day in a legitimate game situation...

The guy really does seem like a team player in the traditional Stillers mold. He's aware that he's not going to be "the guy," but it seems like he really does just want to be part of something great...more power to him for that. Hope to see him around for many years to come...he's earned our loyalty...

Just my, largely worthless, thoughts...

-Deej

Stainless Steel
02-10-2007, 05:16 AM
He is nothing more than a PS player. He might compete for 3rd string QB, but that's about it. We gotta have 4 QB's at the start of practice. This guy is it. End of story.

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-10-2007, 05:19 AM
I am a little confused by this pickup...Bryan Randall only graded out as a practice squader when he came out in 2005...Some people thought he might be able to change positions..but a 4.75 40 time generally will keep you out of a WR corp!!!
Not sure what tangibles our new coaches see in this kid that everyone esle has missed. We can get a practice squader thats not 6'0..cant we?

msafford
02-10-2007, 09:11 AM
Y'know, this may sound like fluff, but I've had the opportunity to meet Brian St. Pierre on a few occasions. The guy may not be a clear league stand-out, but he really does embody the Pittsburgh ethic...he's always presented himself as a very down-to-earth, hard working individual that just wants to make a contribution.

I was a bit disappointed when I saw his on-again, off-again status the last few years...and I CERTAINLY don't want to see him back with the Ravens or another divisional rival. I'd really like to see what he can do one day in a legitimate game situation...

The guy really does seem like a team player in the traditional Stillers mold. He's aware that he's not going to be "the guy," but it seems like he really does just want to be part of something great...more power to him for that. Hope to see him around for many years to come...he's earned our loyalty...

Just my, largely worthless, thoughts...

-Deej


Are you sure it was Brian St. Pierre you met, and not that guy who was busted for impersonating him and big Ben a couple years back? :) Just kidding..I sometimes just can't resist being a smarta$$!

Big D
02-10-2007, 09:28 AM
I could care less about a signing in feb. We can start evaluating tomlins ability to find players when the real free agency begins next month.

Fullback&Punter
02-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Why not give Omar Jacobs another shot to make the team or Shane Boyd (I think that was his name)? You can never have too many good QBs in this league. Remember 2005 we needed all 3 at different points in the season. So having a good 3rd string QB could be important. I just don't think this Randall kid is a good option.

tony hipchest
02-10-2007, 11:14 AM
Why not give Omar Jacobs another shot to make the team or Shane Boyd (I think that was his name)? You can never have too many good QBs in this league. Remember 2005 we needed all 3 at different points in the season. So having a good 3rd string QB could be important. I just don't think this Randall kid is a good option.
i was thinking this too. i thought "o. jacobs must be pretty bad if he isnt given another shot", but i think he is a member of the eagles now. i bet boyd is on a squad out there somewhere too.

Elvis
02-10-2007, 03:56 PM
Omar is now property of someone else. I cant remember who it was but I remember seeing on espnnews bottomline sometime this week that he had signed with someone..

ThatGuy246
02-11-2007, 12:24 AM
lol, I was wondering who would make the imposter joke. =)

Maybe I'm just being nostalgic, and trust me I do want the best for the team regardless, but I just think BSP is a nice guy that has a genuine love for the game. I realize that it sometimes isn't enough, but would nice to see him have some success as a reliable backup in Black & Gold...

...but at the very least, I definitely don't want to see him in the colors of another AFC North team. ;)

-DJ

JDTFever84
02-11-2007, 09:46 AM
We know Ben is #1 and Charlie is #2, but look at what happened in the 2005 season when they both went down....do we really think St. Pierre could carry the team because I don't. No disrespect to him, but the highest the new QB will get is 3rd string, nothing more.

I do think they should have let Omar Jacobs have another shot at this!

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-11-2007, 10:07 AM
Omar is now property of someone else. I cant remember who it was but I remember seeing on espnnews bottomline sometime this week that he had signed with someone..

QB has future in his pocket
BY CHRIS MURRAY
Tribune Staff Writer
Former Bowling Green State University star and now Eagles practice squad quarterback Omar Jacobs left school as a junior thinking that he was going to be one of the top quarterbacks picked in the 2006 NFL draft. Indeed, the 6-foot-4, 224-pound Jacobs entered the draft with some impressive credentials. During his final year of collegiate football, he threw for 26 touchdowns (against seven interceptions) despite missing the last two games of the season with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He put on a monster performance in a loss to Wisconsin, completing 30-of-51 passes for 458 yards and five touchdowns. Jacobs threw a school-record 71 touchdown passes and is ranked third in Bowling Green history in passing yardage (6,938 yards).

During his sophomore year, he set an NCAA Division I-A record for touchdown to interception ratio with 41 TD passes and four interceptions, and at one point during the 2005 season, some college football experts considered him a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Unfortunately, Jacobs was not selected until the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

?I think from my experience and the numbers I put up and some of the things that I did, I thought I should have been drafted higher, but that?s the luck of the draw,? Jacobs said. ?You have to expect that from the draft. Sometimes things go people?s way and sometimes they don?t.?

In his brief stint with the Steelers, he completed 22-of-34 passes during the preseason, but by his own admission he had trouble learning the Steelers offense until late in training camp.

In his last preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, he completed 13-of-19 passes for 179 yards, but it wasn?t enough. Jacobs was ultimately cut, signed by the practice squad and cut again.

?Overall, it was good experience just to get in a camp and see what coaches want from an NFL quarterback. It was a learning experience,? Jacobs said. ?I think I did pretty well, I took the team down and scored in some preseason games. Unfortunately, it didn?t work out and that?s the business side of the NFL that you guys don?t see.?

In the wake of Donovan McNabb?s season-ending injury, Jacobs was signed to the Eagles practice squad and is hoping to hang around long enough to impress the Eagles coaching staff.

?Hopefully, I can be the future for the Eagles and be the next great quarterback here,? Jacobs said. ?I want to be in the NFL as a great quarterback and the best quarterback. Hopefully, the Eagles will see that as a possibility. If they send me to NFL Europe, then that?s what I?m going to do.?

Coming out of college, some pro scouts said he has good presence in the pocket, reads defenses well, has a quick release and knows how to read the blitz. At Bowling Green, Jacobs played in a spread option offense in which he operated out of the shotgun formation.

?It was more of a typical college offense that involved reading the end like Vince Young ( Texas). I did a lot of throwing with sprint out passes,? Jacobs said.

Jacobs said the biggest adjustment that he?s had to make was to quickly learn a team?s offensive terminology. When he was with the Steelers, accounts in the Pittsburgh area media said he had trouble understanding some of the complex formation and motion changes along with developing timing with different receivers.

?It?s the terminology. Going to Pittsburgh first and trying to figure out their offense and once I figured it out, I was gone,? Jacobs said. ?Now it?s back to speaking Chinese again. You come in at the middle of the season and you don?t have training camp to get the basics down, so you have to learn on the fly. That?s the most difficult part.?

Jacobs said he is splitting time with third string quarterback A.J. Feeley. He also spends time working in the backfield on both sides of the ball as either a safety on defense or a running back on offense.

?I?ll do whatever I can to help the team,? he said.

Ultimately, Jacobs wants to make his bones in this league as a quarterback. With McNabb suffering his third major injury in the last five years, some observers are speculating that the Eagles will likely select another quarterback in the next draft to eventually to be his successor.

?Hopefully, I can convince them that I?m that guy,? Jacobs said

Hines86Ward
02-11-2007, 11:02 AM
Omar is on the Eagles, Boyd is on the Cardinals.

People are looking too much into this, Randall is just an extra QB.....

Steel Pit
02-12-2007, 12:48 AM
Why not give Omar Jacobs another shot to make the team or Shane Boyd (I think that was his name)? You can never have too many good QBs in this league. Remember 2005 we needed all 3 at different points in the season. So having a good 3rd string QB could be important. I just don't think this Randall kid is a good option.


When I think of these 2 QB's I can hear the Jeff Spicoli interview from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, "Huh huh, those guys are F A G S."

vasteeler
02-12-2007, 12:36 PM
Omar is now property of someone else. I cant remember who it was but I remember seeing on espnnews bottomline sometime this week that he had signed with someone..

please get rid of that abortion picture NOBODY wants to see that