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RuHappy69
01-02-2013, 06:14 PM
Corners that are 5'-9" and run a 4.6, Olineman that are small and played for no name colleges.. It's basically cannon fodder.. Sure even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then like McClendon, Haselrig, Hoke, etc. but come on.. Go after guys that are big fast and athletic that may actually be able to come into camp next year and really compete and push guys on the roster harder.

harrison'samonster
01-02-2013, 06:15 PM
Hoke was a monster with a work ethic better than most people could dream for. We didn't find him. Hoke found the Steelers!

SteelersCanada
01-02-2013, 06:28 PM
Can someone explain to me the excessive use of the blind squirrel and nut thing? We get it. This is like the fifth thread I've seen it in this week. Is there no other expression we can use? I don't know, maybe I'm just upset after reading why we should get rid of Roethlisberger in another thread.

Anyway, they're just used for competition purposes in Latrobe. If one so happens to be worth anything it's a bonus. You're reading too much into it.

Fire Arians
01-02-2013, 06:40 PM
ALL teams do this. talent scouts gotta earn their cash. sure most are duds but that's to be expected with most who sign futures contracts. if you manage to land a real talent like some of those names you mentioned, it's getting a steal

tanda10506
01-02-2013, 07:02 PM
Cause the guys that are floating around that will fit into our salary cap are not that good, which is why they are floating around and cheap in the first place. I agree it's frustrating to open a thread about players that we signed, only to see names like "Joe Whoever", but all the money is wrapped up with guys we drafted. Every now and then you find a James Harrison that is somehow still floating around, but if a player was just cut by a team that is not even as good as we are, then it's not likely.

We've done a decent job at grabbing WR's for cheap lately. I know that some don't think Cotchery serves a purpose on this team and that Plax isn't a solution to anything, but at least they can catch the ball and hang on to it. Running routes, making catch's, securing the ball, etc. are more important then pure speed, and we were able to pick both of them up for cheap. IMO they both came WELL under priced, which is another sign that the FO knows how to negotiate.

VaDave
01-02-2013, 09:17 PM
Can someone explain to me the excessive use of the blind squirrel and nut thing? We get it. This is like the fifth thread I've seen it in this week. Is there no other expression we can use? I don't know, maybe I'm just upset after reading why we should get rid of Roethlisberger in another thread.

Anyway, they're just used for competition purposes in Latrobe. If one so happens to be worth anything it's a bonus. You're reading too much into it.

You mean something like " A blind hog will find an acorn once in a while"????

Hawaii 5-0
01-02-2013, 10:26 PM
You mean something like " A blind hog will find an acorn once in a while"????

good one! :chuckle:

bornaSteelersfan
01-02-2013, 10:57 PM
"A deaf songbird will get laid occasionally"

Hawaii 5-0
01-02-2013, 11:00 PM
"A deaf songbird will get laid occasionally"

true, but by whom?

http://www.thearchnemesis.com/images/emu.jpg

teegre
01-02-2013, 11:31 PM
"A deaf songbird will get laid occasionally"

How about this one:
"Even a Ravens coach gets a Gatorade bath every once in a while... just not in the post-season."

Hawaii 5-0
01-02-2013, 11:50 PM
'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival

by NPR STAFF
September 02, 2012

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2012/09/02/ventrone_sq-3de27e8d8d2cc9b1afd4ea0d45c8ede1d00bce4e-s2.jpg

New England Patriots safety Ross Ventrone catches a pass before an an NFL game against the New York Jets and on Nov. 13, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Ross Ventrone has been hired, promoted, or fired by the New England Patriots no fewer than 29 times in two years. The transition the defensive back from Villanova made into the world of professional football has been different from what most people would assume, he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends of All Things Considered.

"For guys like me, it's a grind," Ventrone says. "I'm fighting every day for my job, and you never know what's going to happen."

Add to that the pressure players face to keep their bodies in perfect condition despite painful blows during practices and games.

"You're always an injury away from never playing again," Ventrone says.

Ventrone was cut after training camp. Three days later, he was re-signed. A couple weeks after that, he was cut again. On and on and on, just like that, for the past two years. A new NFL season begins Sept. 5, but unfortunately Ventrone has been cut again.

It comes down to numbers: NFL teams are allowed a maximum of 53 players, and Ventrone always comes in either #53 or #54. He has been able to make a decent living so far, but work is unpredictable.

"The money is good whenever it's coming in," he says, "its just a matter of how long its going to be coming in for."

Ventrone earns the NFL's minimum rookie salary, but only gets paid for the weeks he is on a the roster.

Ventrone is confident he will be back on the field this season as higher-ranking players are bound to suffer injuries.

"I don't wish it upon anybody, but it's a fact that guys are going to be getting hurt," he says.

It's that attitude that probably elevated him to play professional ball in the first place.

"I think there will be an opportunity," he says. "I just have to seize it."

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/02/160471372/defensive-back-struggles-to-hold-a-job

Hawaii 5-0
01-07-2013, 11:17 AM
Steelers add linebacker

Posted 1/7/13

The Steelers continue to build their 2013 offseason roster with the signing of linebacker Kion Wilson today to a Reserve/Future contact.

Wilson, who wasn’t on an NFL roster in 2012, saw action in five games with the Carolina Panthers during the 2011 season. Wilson originally signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of South Florida on April 26, 2010. He played in three games during his rookie season in 2010, forcing one fumble on special teams.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-add-linebacker/df925bbc-2c72-4caa-8b6d-9173bc77bfd1

wwhickok
01-10-2013, 07:05 AM
Does anyone think Derek Moye can turn into a viable option at WR?