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mesaSteeler
08-22-2009, 11:48 PM
Steelers Notes: Legursky making his case
http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2009/08/22/sports/steelers/doc4a90c1b530f41640421502.txt
By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009 12:14 AM EDT
LANDOVER, Md. — Remember the name Doug Legursky. He just might be one of the 53 men on the Steelers’ opening-day roster.

A former star at Marshall University, Legursky has been seeing plenty of action with the first-team offense this preseason.

He started at center in the first exhibition game, a 20-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals, because of injuries to Justin Hartwig (toe) and Darnell Stapleton (knee).

On Saturday against the Washington, Legursky started at left guard in place of Chris Kemoeatu, who was held out with bruised ribs. Then in the second quarter, Legursky moved to center for one series with the second-team offense.

Last year, Legursky went to training camp as an undrafted free agent. He then spent most of the season on the Steelers’ practice squad.

But so far this summer, Legursky is playing well. Combined with his position flexibility, he’s making a strong bid to make the opening-day roster.

LOGAN’S RETURNS

Stefan Logan, who played last year in the Canadian Football League, was the Steelers’ primary kickoff and punt returner and performed quite well.

He averaged 39.3 yards on four kickoffs. Two of his returns went for 60 and 45 yards. He also averaged 12.0 on four punt returns, including a long of 18 yards.

STEELER INACTIVES

Besides Kemoeatu and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, two other Steelers were held out with injuries.

Mewelde Moore, the Steelers’ third-down back, didn’t play as he continues to rehab from a hamstring pull. Rookie running back Frank “Tank” Summers also sat out with a sore hamstring.

Roethlisberger didn’t play because of an Achilles’ tendon/heel injury.

Stapleton is still out indefinitely with his knee injury.

X’s and O’s

- The Steelers were penalized 13 times for 89 yards. They were flagged seven times for 70 yards last week against Arizona.

“We did not do enough good things to win,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Some of the things that come to mind were that we had 10 first-half penalties.”

- Rookie Mike Wallace was used as the No. 3 wide receiver instead of second-year pro Limas Sweed.

In the second quarter, Wallace was called for a holding penalty, and a few plays later, Sweed dropped a pass on third-and-9 that would have given the Steelers a first down.

- Rookie center A.Q. Shipley, a Moon Area High School graduate, entered the game late in the second quarter.

- Hit of the game: On a running play in the second quarter, Redskins fullback Mike Sellers flattened Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

- Rookie defensive end Ziggy Hood, the Steelers’ first-round draft pick, saw action with the third-team defense. Nick Eason and Travis Kirschke were the D-ends on the second-team defense.

Hood recorded two sacks and has three so far in two preseason games.

- There were two interceptions in the game, both by the Steelers. Cornerback Keiwan Ratliff had one, linebacker Tom Korte had the other.

- Reserve cornerback Anthony Madison missed the game due to the death of his father. Madison’s dad died on Tuesday.

- The game was played under slick conditions due to heavy rains throughout the day in the Washington, D.C. area. The rain did stop just before kickoff.

- After an off day today, the Steelers return to the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side of Pittsburgh on Monday for meetings and a review of the game against the Redskins. They resume practice on Tuesday.

They play again this coming Saturday at Heinz Field against the Buffalo Bills.

The first cut is on Sept. 1 when rosters must be reduced from 80 to 75.

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com.

Galax Steeler
08-23-2009, 06:09 AM
I think Legursky will make the roster. I was watching him and he was playing quite well. He played left guard and center last night. We need someone flexible to move around on the line in case we have injuries. I think we will see him in Black and Gold on opening day.

KeiselPower99
08-23-2009, 08:23 AM
Postion flexibility. The key to Legursky. Im counting the days til I can officially get his jersey.

steeltheone
08-23-2009, 10:52 AM
That is a huge plus for the Stillers, Having a FA come thru on our weakest position

Steel Head
08-23-2009, 11:32 AM
I am rewatching the game right now (live in DC)

Theisman is running his mouth about how it takes 3 people to block HAynesworth and then Batch is in shotgun in a 5 wide set and Legursky man handles Haynesworth 1-on-1 !!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY

Legursky is a beast....they should keep him in uniform on Sundays as backup guard and center. he's better than Stapleton maybe

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-23-2009, 11:34 AM
I am rewatching the game right now (live in DC)

Theisman is running his mouth about how it takes 3 people to block HAynesworth and then Batch is in shotgun in a 5 wide set and Legursky man handles Haynesworth 1-on-1 !!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY

Legursky is a beast....they should keep him in uniform on Sundays as backup guard and center. he's better than Stapleton maybe

MAN...I love to hear that!!!!

Preacher
08-23-2009, 11:38 AM
I am rewatching the game right now (live in DC)

Theisman is running his mouth about how it takes 3 people to block HAynesworth and then Batch is in shotgun in a 5 wide set and Legursky man handles Haynesworth 1-on-1 !!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY

Legursky is a beast....they should keep him in uniform on Sundays as backup guard and center. he's better than Stapleton maybe

Yep. I only saw one time where Legursky was bullrushed by Haynesworth. Even then, Haynesworth ONLY got in on the play because Starks allowed his guy to come around him and force Batch way up into the pocket.

I think the interior of Kemo, Hartwig, Legurskey is going to be SOLID. Colon seems to be doing pretty well too, which means that the only place we are really struggling in LT. Starks just keeps getting worked over there. Hopefully, Essex can slide over and take that position.

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-23-2009, 11:46 AM
Yep. I only saw one time where Legursky was bullrushed by Haynesworth. Even then, Haynesworth ONLY got in on the play because Starks allowed his guy to come around him and force Batch way up into the pocket.

I think the interior of Kemo, Hartwig, Legurskey is going to be SOLID. Colon seems to be doing pretty well too, which means that the only place we are really struggling in LT. Starks just keeps getting worked over there. Hopefully, Essex can slide over and take that position.

Legursky is so solid in the lower body, that his percieved lack of height is actually an advantage. He is a solid knee bender and gets such good leverage that DT's have an impossible time in getting under his pads.

El-Gonzo Jackson
08-23-2009, 02:19 PM
Legursky is a beast....they should keep him in uniform on Sundays as backup guard and center. he's better than Stapleton maybe

I disagree. Legursky is better than Stapleton......DEFINATELY!

Good to see the kid progress, because he looked awful at this time last year, but is a naturally solid kid that carrys his 325lbs well.

Steel Head
08-23-2009, 02:25 PM
I disagree. Legursky is better than Stapleton......DEFINATELY!

Good to see the kid progress, because he looked awful at this time last year, but is a naturally solid kid that carrys his 325lbs well.

ok you convinced me, I agree :)

Havik
08-23-2009, 03:40 PM
Doug Legursky has played really well. He could the answer to a position the Steelers have had trouble with the past couple years. If he keeps it up they might be set at center, with Legursky as the starter and AQ Shipley as the back up. I just hope they don't resign Justin Hartwig, who is easily the worst center in the NFL.

Steel Head
08-23-2009, 03:43 PM
Doug Legursky has played really well. He could the answer to a position the Steelers have had trouble with the past couple years. If he keeps it up they might be set at center, with Legursky as the starter and AQ Shipley as the back up. I just hope they don't resign Justin Hartwig, who is easily the worst center in the NFL.

they won't re-sign Hartwig and he isn't that bad

but yeah I too am excited about Legursky. Obviously he has been working hard to improve and it is showing. I hope he keeps it up and is our starting Center next year

The Duke
08-23-2009, 04:44 PM
Doug Legursky has played really well. He could the answer to a position the Steelers have had trouble with the past couple years. If he keeps it up they might be set at center, with Legursky as the starter and AQ Shipley as the back up. I just hope they don't resign Justin Hartwig, who is easily the worst center in the NFL.

:rolleyes:

lemme guess....you're basing this off looking at his sacks allowed right?

Indo
08-23-2009, 05:18 PM
I just re-watched the game and I gotta agree---he was absolutely holding his own against Haynesworth.

I'm his #1 fan right now...and I also agree that he's better than Stapleton (and probably better than Starks, too)

Fire Haley
08-23-2009, 05:28 PM
Hit of the game: On a running play in the second quarter, Redskins fullback Mike Sellers flattened Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

That's not entirely true - the hit of the game was when Woods splattered the return guy on a kick-off.

The stadium shook.

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-23-2009, 05:32 PM
Doug Legursky has played really well. He could the answer to a position the Steelers have had trouble with the past couple years. If he keeps it up they might be set at center, with Legursky as the starter and AQ Shipley as the back up. I just hope they don't resign Justin Hartwig, who is easily the worst center in the NFL.

Its not popular to say...but I dont like Hartwig either...I would like to see Legursky in the middle with Kemo on one side and Essex on the other until Urbik is ready to start.

Steeldude
08-23-2009, 07:17 PM
I just hope they don't resign Justin Hartwig, who is easily the worst center in the NFL

if he is the worst center in the NFL then the steelers also have the worst LT, LG, RG and RT in the NFL. hartwig was pretty much the best O-lineman for the steelers last year.

Steel Head
08-23-2009, 07:45 PM
if he is the worst center in the NFL then the steelers also have the worst LT, LG, RG and RT in the NFL. hartwig was pretty much the best O-lineman for the steelers last year.

I agree

GBMelBlount
08-23-2009, 07:49 PM
Let's face it, Haynesworth is a beast and Legursky managed him pretty well.

Legursky is strong as hell, works his ass off and has a great attitude.

I couldn't happier about the prospects for this kid.

desertsteel
08-23-2009, 09:00 PM
I watched Legursky play for 4 years at Marshall and he has a real nasty streak. He is a steal. He's a monster in the weight room and has also been timed at 4.8 in the 40. I hope he gets a real shot at starting.

mmalone
08-23-2009, 09:04 PM
if he is the worst center in the NFL then the steelers also have the worst LT, LG, RG and RT in the NFL. hartwig was pretty much the best O-lineman for the steelers last year.

there are 32 teams.....

32 x 8 is 256

out of 256 players that hit the PSquads... Maybe the Steelers have our eyes on one good lineman that may not make a team out there?????

im sure teams are looking at our running backs....

Steel Head
08-23-2009, 09:04 PM
I hope he gets a real shot at starting.

he will. maybe not this year (or maybe so) but i would be willing to wager he will be our starting Center next season

Preacher
08-23-2009, 09:28 PM
Hartwig isn't the worst center in the league. Not by a long shot. However, I have always thought of him as a Mahan part II.

El-Gonz and I have gone rounds over that type of thing a number of times.

But as I have said before, I am DEFINITELY willing to see Hartwig tried at the RG position and allow Leg. to be tried at the center. That way, Hartwig can come straight off the ball.

Then again, if Leg. was able to stonewall Haynesworth.... maybe I do want him at Guard.

Kemo seem to have taken leaps and bounds over last year. So that middle three just looks quite solid.

You should have seen me breaking down that first tape.... I was completely blown away by the kid. Matter of fact, I think I am going to do another breakdown tonight.