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HughC
06-02-2008, 04:24 PM
Tackle Oliver Ross has signed a deal with the Patriots (http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/). He played here for five years.

The New England Patriots announced that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran offensive tackle Oliver Ross.

Ross is 33 and has played 89 games over 10 years, making 53 starts in that time. Most of them came during his five years as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including 2004 when he started all 16 games and helped the Steelers run for nearly 2500 yards. He joined the Cardinals the next season and injuries began to mount, culminating in a missed 2007 thanks to a torn triceps.

The Patriots didn’t take any tackles in the draft which left Ryan O’Callaghan and Wesley Britt as the only backups. Ross is a more natural right tackle but is expected to provide depth behind both Nick Kaczur and Matt Light for New England.

The Boston Globe reports that (http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2008/06/patriots_agree.html) the most productive stretch of his career came with the Steelers, where he was part of some mauling offensive lines that helped Pittsburgh annually rate as one of the league’s best running clubs.

The 33-year-old Ross has been limited by injuries at times over his career. Most recently, he missed last season after he was placed on injured reserve in August with a torn left triceps.

As for how Ross fits in New England, he has experience at both left and right tackle positions, with the right side his most natural spot. The Patriots have Matt Light returning as their starting left tackle and Nick Kaczur as their starting right tackle (he also swings to the left side).

Third-year man Ryan O’Callaghan was the team’s top backup tackle last year; he’s strictly a right tackle. Swing tackle Wesley Britt is fourth on the depth chart.

So Ross adds another layer of depth at the position for the Patriots, who did not select an offensive lineman in the draft.

Hapa
06-02-2008, 04:27 PM
Traitor... jk... not really

The Duke
06-02-2008, 06:03 PM
Former Steeler Oliver Ross signs with New England

my deepest sympathies :flap:

msafford
06-02-2008, 06:05 PM
As for how Ross fits in New England, he has experience at both left and right tackle positions, with the right side his most natural spot. The Patriots have Matt Light returning as their starting left tackle and Nick Kaczur as their starting right tackle (he also swings to the left side). [/I]

I'm sure he's not the only one that "swings" to the left side on the Cheatriots' offense.
:wink02:

SteelCityMan786
06-02-2008, 06:38 PM
New England seems to be the ones picking up our dead weight.

RoethlisBURGHer
06-02-2008, 06:50 PM
I hope Bellicheat realized he hasn't played here in a few years and can't give them any glimpses into our current playbook.

KeiselPower99
06-03-2008, 12:02 AM
Can someone explain to me how Vrabel couldnt do crap here but goes there and becomes a household name.

fansince'76
06-03-2008, 12:42 AM
Can someone explain to me how Vrabel couldnt do crap here but goes there and becomes a household name.

He became a "household name" in NE for the Golden Franchise by being not much more than a novelty act - it wasn't like he went there and all of a sudden became 10X the LB he was with us. A couple uncovered 1-yard TD catches in the SB lining up as a TE will do that. Send in the clowns, the drop-kicking over-the-hill midget QBs and the bicycle-riding bears. That whole team is overhyped to hell and back. :yawn:

Galax Steeler
06-03-2008, 03:38 AM
New England seems to be the ones picking up our dead weight.

Last year it was the cardinals.

Dino 6 Rings
06-03-2008, 08:09 AM
how good is Ross if he couldn't make the Cardinal's roster after leaving our Roster that was in serious need of O-line help?

Sigh, the Pats are starting to bore me.