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TasmanianTroy271
04-29-2007, 10:27 PM
The Steelers signed Local Freak Jason Capizzi, an Offensive Tackle from IUP. Why do I call him a local freak? because the guy is 6'9" 317 pounds. This guy has all the physical needs to be the next Jonathan Ogden, but can he pull it together?

Link : http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/rss/s_505230.html

jjpro11
04-29-2007, 11:30 PM
looks like palkos gone.. we do need to bring in a qb or two for camp.

Da Steeler Soprano
04-30-2007, 12:23 AM
Awesome pick up, and the reason I say that is casue I go to IUP so gotta represent.

Jeremy
04-30-2007, 12:26 AM
There are some solid I-AA and D2 players out there. It's a shame the NFL doesn't look harder at those kids.

Oh well.

tony hipchest
04-30-2007, 12:27 AM
looks like palkos gone.. we do need to bring in a qb or two for camp.no we dont :dang:

and this UDFA is NOT the next ogden. ogden was a top pick. this guy wasnt even drafted. theres a reason.

nevertheless, its good to bring a potential project into camp. better than spending a 6th round pick on him, only to be cut.

jjpro11
04-30-2007, 12:37 AM
no we dont :dang:

and this UDFA is NOT the next ogden. ogden was a top pick. this guy wasnt even drafted. theres a reason.

nevertheless, its good to bring a potential project into camp. better than spending a 6th round pick on him, only to be cut.

they need a extra qbs at training camp for drills and such. we will bring in someone. it would have been cool to see a local guy.. but oh well.

tony hipchest
04-30-2007, 12:45 AM
they need a extra qbs at training camp for drills and such. we will bring in someone. it would have been cool to see a local guy.. but oh well.

i think we still have "whats his name" and "so and so" for camp purposes. but yeah, we couldve drafted or picked up a local guy like gradkowski last year too, and ruined any potential chance for him to get any starting time.

if coulston were drafted by the steelers last year he'd be tossing balls in the back yard with our TE from perdue. i'd prefer the steelers not ruin any local guys career.

jjpro11
04-30-2007, 12:53 AM
i think we still have "whats his name" and "so and so" for camp purposes. but yeah, we couldve drafted or picked up a local guy like gradkowski last year too, and ruined any potential chance for him to get any starting time.

if coulston were drafted by the steelers last year he'd be tossing balls in the back yard with our TE from perdue. i'd prefer the steelers not ruin any local guys career.

if you say so.

OneForTheToe
04-30-2007, 01:24 AM
I tend to agree we don't need any more QBs. Even though there is apparently an overhaul of the playbook, Frenchie still has more experience with the offense than would a free agent. Of course, they could bring someone in for reps, but whoever that is would really just be showcasing themselves for another team.

I never understood the QB pick last year. When you get down to your third QB, all you can hope for is that they can run the offense without making too many mistakes. You will have to rely on other parts of your team (running game, defense) to get you to victory. In other words some experience, (limited as it may be) helps. Frenchie will never be a starter, but he has been around long enough to have some experience here, and with the Rat Birds. If he ends up playing no doubt the outlook is bleak, but not as bleak as it would be with a rookie, who wasn't even good enough to be drafted by any team in seven rounds.

Fire Haley
04-30-2007, 01:36 AM
Two more...

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Russell will join Steelers

Former Gophers running back Gary Russell said he was too anxious to sit and watch the NFL draft this weekend, so he went fishing instead.
By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune
April 29, 2007 ? 9:45 PM

Former Gophers running back Gary Russell said he was too anxious to sit and watch the NFL draft this weekend, so he went fishing instead.

The fish weren't biting, but Russell landed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday evening after going undrafted. The Steelers did not announce their free-agent signings, but Russell's agent, Alonzo Shavers, confirmed the deal.

Gophers wide receiver Logan Payne also signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Tight end Matt Spaeth was the only Gophers player drafted, selected by the Steelers in the third round Saturday night.

While Spaeth is essentially guaranteed a roster spot with the Steelers, Russell remains a wild card. Once considered a potential top prospect, Russell flunked out of Minnesota last February, failed to gain re-admittance, did not play football during the 2006 season and had a disastrous showing at the NFL combine in February.

Russell said he has slimmed down to 217 pounds and once again promised to make good on a second chance.

"I told teams that whoever takes me is going to be real impressed," Russell said. "To me, the hard part is over. The waiting was hard. Now, I can do what I do best."

Russell said Cincinnati and Arizona also expressed interest in him. He said he chose to sign with Pittsburgh because the Steelers have thin depth at running back. Russell said he realized he probably had too many red flags for any team to draft him.

"I kind of knew that a team would get me for a cheaper price," he said.

Payne said more than a dozen teams called him after the draft. He said he felt comfortable with Seattle after visiting the team earlier this month. Payne said he believes he will make the team.

"I'm going to camp and I'm not coming home," he said.

Spaeth knew he was going to be drafted but wasn't sure which round. He visited the Steelers a few weeks ago and knew they were interested. On Sunday, he called it the "perfect" situation.

"It's a class organization," he said. "Coach [Mike] Tomlin has brought a lot of excitement, and it's a great city."

It's a tough one too, which matches Spaeth's personality. His pain tolerance became almost legendary during his career. He played the final three games this past season despite having a badly injured right shoulder that needed surgery because he wanted to help the Gophers reach a bowl game.

Pittsburgh seems to be an appropriate place to begin his NFL career.

"People have told me that," he said. "It worked out perfectly."
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Running Back | Junior | Minnesota
Gary Russell
Height: 5-103/8 | Weight: 229 | 40-Time: 4.77

Official Bio

Strengths:
Good size and bulk...A natural runner with great vision, patience and instincts...Is more quick than fast and has a burst...Runs hard and doesn't go down easily...He knows how to get in the endzone...Was very productive...Does not have a lot of mileage on his tires..Can return kicks and help on special teams...Still has upside.

Weaknesses:
Timed speed is well below average...His intelligence and work ethic are question marks...Is not very strong...Limited as a receiver...Has not played in a year...He never carried the load in college...Overweight and out of shape at the Combine.

Notes:
Backed up Laurence Maroney in 2005 and was set for a breakout season as the Gophers feature back in 2006 until he was forced to leave school due to his poor academics...Opted to go pro instead of getting his grades in order and applying for reinstatement...Was on pace to be a Day One pick and follow in the footsteps of Marion Barber and Maroney until he was sidetracked...Good player who could be a steal if he gets his head on straight...Terrific fit for a zone blocking scheme.
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Stapleton to Pittsburgh

Stapleton was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's top center. One of the anchors of a Rutgers offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the nation, Stapleton started all 25 games of his two-year career at Rutgers. He was awarded the David Bender Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman at Rutgers.

"It is a good fit for me," commented Stapleton. "I have played there before (at Heinz Field) and it's a chance for me to further my career. It's pretty exciting to go to Pittsburgh with Cam."

http://www.scarletknights.com/football/news/release.asp?prID=5344

Center | Senior | Rutgers
Darnell Stapleton
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 285 | 40-Time: 5.20

Official Bio

Strengths:
Adequate height...Smart and aware...Hard worker with a good motor...Tough and plays with a nasty demeanor...Is technically sound...Has decent range and he will make plays in space as well as at the second level...Seems to still be improving.

Weaknesses:
Needs to get stronger...He does not have the type of bulk you look for...Has only two years of Division I experience...Is not overly powerful or explosive...He is not very athletic...Not real stout at the point of attack...Doesn't have a huge upside.

Livinginthe past
04-30-2007, 06:26 AM
Tomlin likes his Gophers players doens't he?

Elvis
04-30-2007, 06:39 AM
Russell sounds interesting and we needed to add some players to that position and after the Steelers got Willie a few years ago, well, how can you argue with that?
:helmet:

Jeremy
04-30-2007, 09:34 AM
Rutgers.....ugh.

Crushzilla
04-30-2007, 10:03 AM
Well...

I mean Willie was signed after the draft and this Russell comes from good stock, backing up Maroney. He would have been a starter if he stayed in school (sounds like a Public Service Announcement). He also showed up as a Lendale at the Combine, and we all see how that is working out for him.

I find it hard to get too excited for these guys, but we'll have to see. It would be nice if he can emerge like Willie has, since we could use his "good size and bulk."

Crushzilla
04-30-2007, 10:04 AM
Ugh...

Lost connection midpost

MOD cleanup aisle 2...

Thanks

TasmanianTroy271
04-30-2007, 12:20 PM
and this UDFA is NOT the next ogden. ogden was a top pick. this guy wasnt even drafted. theres a reason.

I never said he was, Tony. All I said was that he has all the physical attributes needed to be a dominating tackle like Ogden. Lineman can come in from small schools and do well, but how many times do you see a 6'9" offensive tackle come around? I can only think of one other. Hence the comparison physically.

HometownGal
04-30-2007, 12:51 PM
Hey - I have no problem at all with these guys taking their best shots to make the team. I remember a certain black and gold RB who wears #39 who was an UDFA. :wink02:

Black@Gold Forever32
04-30-2007, 01:30 PM
Hey - I have no problem at all with these guys taking their best shots to make the team. I remember a certain black and gold RB who wears #39 who was an UDFA. :wink02:

I'm pretty sure Donnie Shell was undrafted as well. He is only 3rd alltime on the Steelers career INT's list. The guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. So you just never know were the next gem will come from. It could be the draft or player that was undrafted. Look at Rod Smith for the Broncos another player that wasn't drafted. I think he has been know to do some things on the football field.lol

Black@Gold Forever32
04-30-2007, 01:36 PM
Hey Gary Russell was a badass at onetime. Plus Minnesota has a good track record of sending quality RB's to the NFL lately. I think Marion Barber III and Maroney prove that. I'm not saying Russell is going to amount to anything or even make the team. But its worth a shot to bring him in at least.

The Steelers also brought in Baylors Paul Mosely. He is a bigger RB. So at least some more bodies were brought in at RB.

coachspeak33
04-30-2007, 01:40 PM
In spite of various UDFA success stories....the simple fact is that IF we are going to re- establish the running game as Tomlin mentioned at his first press conference.... then it wouldhave been nice to see them address the RB situation....

Black@Gold Forever32
04-30-2007, 01:43 PM
In spite of various UDFA success stories....the simple fact is that IF we are going to re- establish the running game as Tomlin mentioned at his first press conference.... then it wouldhave been nice to see them address the RB situation....

I agree but he didn't. So I guess we have to deal with it. Not much we can do about it as fans. Maybe they will still bring in another vet RB for depth.

steelersfanman92
04-30-2007, 03:49 PM
I agree but he didn't. So I guess we have to deal with it. Not much we can do about it as fans. Maybe they will still bring in another vet RB for depth.

Yea true, complain as much as we do we still cant do anything about it, though it would be nice to have another RB but I dont think that it is an urgent need

Preacher
04-30-2007, 06:46 PM
Here is what jumped out at me...

pace to be a Day One pick and follow in the footsteps of Marion Barber and Maroney until he was sidetracked...Good player who could be a steal if he gets his head on straight...Terrific fit for a zone blocking scheme.

A Steal.. well.. UDFA money... possible day one ability... just needs to get his head on straight....

Where else can you do that but in Pittsburgh? I can see it now. He walks in to the locker room... Parker and Ben sit him down (they are both Bettis's leadership protege's) (and yes, Bettis's <--- is the proper spelling in the possessive case!! :flap:, unless your using the name of Moses or Jesus, which is just Moses' or Jesus'. Stupid changing English grammar!!)

ANYWAYS......... and explain to him. Son, it is now or never... Then Ward comes up.. and simply points... there is the wait room... better hit it before IIIIIIIIII run your a## over in training camp... even if we are on the same side in drills!!

ben2hines=6
04-30-2007, 07:26 PM
where did dan mozes go....the center from wvu

MasterOfPuppets
05-01-2007, 02:41 AM
where did dan mozes go....the center from wvu

from wvu? probably the state pen.....:coffee:

Steel Pit
05-01-2007, 04:59 AM
This year is no different than any other year. Training camp allows the Steelers to sort through the players and "once again", learn that they both through the draft and free agency, picked up quite a few BUMS!

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-01-2007, 05:02 AM
where did dan mozes go....the center from wvu

He went undrafted.

abgroove
05-01-2007, 07:39 AM
In spite of various UDFA success stories....the simple fact is that IF we are going to re- establish the running game as Tomlin mentioned at his first press conference.... then it wouldhave been nice to see them address the RB situation....

The name Michael Bush comes to mind...

And, what happened with Dan Mozes? He was only the Rimmington winner and All-American at the center position. Not third like the guy we picked up...

MasterOfPuppets
05-01-2007, 05:44 PM
The name Michael Bush comes to mind...

And, what happened with Dan Mozes? He was only the Rimmington winner and All-American at the center position. Not third like the guy we picked up...
try reading the post above yours,....:shake01: