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05-05-2012, 12:55 AM
Steelers rail notes: Former Woodland Hills grad adjusts to his new position
Published: Friday, May 4, 2012, 07:58PM Last Modified: May 4, 2012 09:47PM

Tight end Lyons adapts to his new position

When Wes Lyons weighed in at 255 pounds after the Steelers re-signed him in January, that was all Mike Tomlin needed to see.

The Steelers moved the 6-foot-9 Woodland Hills graduate from receiver to tight end — a position he never played in high school or college at West Virginia.

“Whatever they want me to do, I am willing,” Lyons said following the first day of rookie minicamp Friday, where players who have never been on an NFL roster are allowed to participate.

Lyons, who said he is now 260 pounds, spent training camp last year with the Steelers and played sparingly during the preseason before being cut.

Now he could provide a unique weapon for the Steelers if he can improve his blocking.

“The biggest concern is getting down the steps with the linemen and learning what the line does,” Lyons said. “At receiver, I didn’t need to know any of that.”

The Steelers are thin at tight end even though Heath Miller returns and they signed Leonard Pope during the offseason. Weslye Saunders has to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, and David Johnson might not fit in new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system. The Steelers did draft David Paulson in the seventh round.

• Fourth-round pick nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu answered his phone the other day and was stunned to hear that it was Troy Polamalu calling him. “I answered the phone and I didn’t know what number it was,” Ta’amu said. “I answered it and was kind of star struck. I tried to play it cool. You hear his voice and you remember those Head & Shoulders commercials.” Polamalu and Ta’amu are of Polynesian decent. “It is nice have another Poly look out for you,” Ta’amu said.

• Brandon Lindsey was expecting to be drafted anywhere from the third to the sixth round of last week’s draft. Lindsey, an Aliquippa and Pitt graduate, was never selected, instead signing an undrafted rookie free agent contract with the Steelers. “I was disappointed, I was mad, I was crying, but it just gave me something to shoot for,” Lindsey said of not getting drafted.

Center Maurkice Pouncey said he is 100 percent following offseason surgery to remove bone spurs that made his ankle unstable. … First-round pick David DeCastro switched his number from 61 to 66. … Second-round pick Mike Adams said he will play exclusively at left tackle.

— Mark Kaboly

05-07-2012, 06:48 AM
Could be one hell of a red zone weapon!

05-07-2012, 07:39 AM
Could be one hell of a red zone weapon!

Especially now that BA is GONE. Maybe at least Haleys knows how and/or will use the big TEs in the red zone when needed.

05-07-2012, 07:45 AM
david johnson see ya

pauleson will be the h- back i heard.

so , miller, saunders, pope and lyons at te? is that normal to carry 4 tight ends? after the 4th game of the year,

05-07-2012, 11:48 AM
Lyons will have a hard time making the team as they usually would keep 4 at the most and that includes one H-back. Miller, Pope, Saunders?, and H-back (hopefully Paulson or Will Johnson) Pope might not make the team if Saunders and Lyons show something.

Saunders' suspension will make things very interesting because if Pope makes the team his salary is guaranteed even If he is released, so a rookie may win over Pope until Saunders gets back on the roster. Or Saunders is just screwed and never gets back on the roster.

Can't wait to see Lyons though with all that added bulk. Last year he was a thin tall guy. Made some nice catches too including one where he held onto the ball and was knocked out when he hit the ground.