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Old 05-29-2014, 10:59 PM   #11
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and the best thing to take away from this thread?

The Steelers are building a SB roster IMO

Roster depth is so underrated

The standard is the standard, if you will, obviously . . .
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I have a good feeling that Spence isn't going to make things easy for Shazier and that the coaching staff will have a difficult decision to make (who starts?).

Shazier is more talented, but Spence has those football instincts that can't be coached, it will be a very interesting battle between them imo. Can't wait
plus he's had extra time to learn the system ...he may be a bit behind shazier physically , but he should be way ahead mentally , which could be a deciding factor ...
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pre draft article...
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Position: Linebacker

Drafted: Sixth round, 206th overall (taken one pick after Raiders defensive tackle Stacy McGee and one spot before Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano).

Key stats: Williams recorded 53 tackles, eighth-most on the team.


Williams
His first season: No rookie provided more value for the Steelers than Williams, whom they took with the final pick in the sixth round. Thrust into the starting lineup a couple of games after left inside linebacker Larry Foote went down with a season-ending bicep injury in the opener, Williams made 11 starts and showed promise as a two-down linebacker.

Looking ahead: It is too early to tell whether Williams is a long-term starter at inside linebacker even though he played as well as the Steelers could have expected. The Florida State product made significant improvement stopping the run, but he also gave way to undrafted rookie Terence Garvin near the end of season on passing downs. Foote mentored Williams, and the Steelers would love if Williams can develop into a player of Foote's caliber, one whose forte is stopping the run and isn’t a liability in coverage. Williams could spend another season learning from Foote if the Steelers bring the 12th-year veteran back for one more season. At the very least the Steelers appear to have unearthed in Williams a player who can provide quality depth at inside linebacker and also contribute on special teams.

Williamson says: “Their defense is going to get shuffled up so much. They possibly could lose five or six starters with contract issues and age. I wonder if you just say, ‘OK, we like (Lawrence) Timmons a lot. Williams we like enough for you to be a two-down guy even though you weren’t great as a rookie, and we’ll use our picks on corners and defensive ends and another safety.’ I think ideally you’d love him to be your third inside linebacker. But I’m not sure they’ll have that luxury, and I can’t see them using a top two or three-round pick on an inside linebacker.”
your right ...they used a first ....
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Williams isn't going to transition to OLB because he already has below average speed for an inside linebacker. He's in the perfect spot in this defense; a sub-role two down thumper whose deficiencies can be masked by scheming.
fair enough - he may stay inside

But I personally think he would be better than Moats after one year. And he runs a 4.8 I think. So, not fast. Similar to Jones though.

And have you ever noticed who the speed linebackers are these days in the Steelers D?
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fair enough - he may stay inside

But I personally think he would be better than Moats after one year. And he runs a 4.8 I think. So, not fast. Similar to Jones though.

And have you ever noticed who the speed linebackers are these days in the Steelers D?
I haven't seen a lot of speed from our linebackers in the past few years which might explain the departures of, Farrior, Woodley, Harrison, and Foote...the "Old and Slow" crew some talking head exposed.
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Side note, whoever threw Jarvis the ball in the first drill of the video... yikes.
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Side note, whoever threw Jarvis the ball in the first drill of the video... yikes.
I think that was Landry Jones...
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Labriola really talks Spence up in this piece. Says he's showing up around the ball all the time. Now I'm just wondering how we get him on the field. The only thing I can come up with is to let Worilds play out this season, and since it doesn't look like he's gonna sign an extension, let him go, and move Timmons to his spot next year, then stick Spence in the Buck.

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-au...0-c77207c09357
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Labriola really talks Spence up in this piece. Says he's showing up around the ball all the time. Now I'm just wondering how we get him on the field. The only thing I can come up with is to let Worilds play out this season, and since it doesn't look like he's gonna sign an extension, let him go, and move Timmons to his spot next year, then stick Spence in the Buck.

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-au...0-c77207c09357
I see a lot (LOT) of sub-packages. We've already seen quite a bit of the 2-5-4 and the 2-4-5... and, I expect that to continue. Heck, maybe even some 1*-5-5. (*The only D-lineman who I'd never take off of the field would be Heyward.)

Thus, if Spence is healthy, get him AND Shazier AND Timmons on the field.

Likewise, I expect a lot of the three-safety sets. Get Shamarko Thomas AND Troy Polamalu AND Mike Mitchell on the field.
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Labriola really talks Spence up in this piece. Says he's showing up around the ball all the time. Now I'm just wondering how we get him on the field. The only thing I can come up with is to let Worilds play out this season, and since it doesn't look like he's gonna sign an extension, let him go, and move Timmons to his spot next year, then stick Spence in the Buck.

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-au...0-c77207c09357
Last time Timmons played OLB he was average at best. I wouldn't want to move our best LBer to another position.
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