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Old 08-08-2007, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Cut Marshall; Sign center Raiola

Per kffl.com

Steelers | Raiola signed
Wed, 8 Aug 2007 14:54:33 -0700

Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed unrestricted free-agent C Donovan Raiola (Rams). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Steelers | Marshall released
Wed, 8 Aug 2007 14:54:16 -0700

Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have released WR Rasheed Marshall.
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Default Re: Steelers Cut Marshall; Sign center Raiola

Is Marshall the one that wanted to be like Randle el?
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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Donovan Raiola

Position: C
Height: 6-2
Weight: 293
Born: 12/13/1982
40 Speed: 5.55 E
College: Wisconsin
NFL Experience: 1

SUMMARY

Raiola was a disappointing player to grade. He lacks the size and athleticism to consistently get his man blocked. He is a very smart center whose instincts, competitiveness and all-out blocking effort help him to often find a way to keep his man from disurpting/making plays. His instincts and foot quickness help him to consistently get off the ball and into blocking position quickly, which at times helps him make up for his lack of size. He gets on the defensive tackle so quickly on down/side blocks that he can usually get movement on much bigger defensive tackles. The trouble is that he lacks the bulk/size and playing strength to hold his ground against big defensive tackles. They can drive him backward on bull rushes, and can stand him up and knock him backward on straight-ahead run blocks. He is stiff in the hips and struggles to adjust and block well when he has to move his feet a lot. Overall, Raiola has all the intangibles and mental traits one could ask for in a center, but the trouble is that he is undersized and limited athletically. He might not get drafted because it's doubtful he will be a starting center in the NFL, but he might get signed as a free agent because of his smarts, intangibles, instincts and competitiveness. In the end, Raiola might not last long in the NFL because of his lack of size and athletic ability; at best, he probably will be a No. 9 or No. 10 offensive lineman.

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Raiola is a very smart center who consistently plays to the limit of his ability. He gets out of his stance and sets to block quickly; he usually makes contact with the defensive tackle first. His quickness off the ball helps him to get through to the second level quickly when he is uncovered, and he can get a seal block on the linebacker out of the play decently. He has shown play speed to pull and lead block effectively on outside runs when the defender is on his track. He works very well with the guards to switch off easily against stunts/loops, and consistently sees the delayed blitz coming and can pick it up. His competitiveness helps him do a solid job on down/side blocks.

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While Raiola has quick feet and good playing speed, he is a straight-line athlete who struggles to adjust when blocking on the move, and cannot slide quickly side-to-side to adjust to quick pass-rush moves. He does not keep his feet under himself consistently, and too often ends up leaning and reaching to make and maintain contact, and ends up falling off and losing the block. He is undersized for a center, and actually looks much smaller on film than his measured size. He gets torqued and tossed to the ground too easily, and can be driven backward into the quarterback's lap by aggressive bull rushers.
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Sounds like Okobi isn't cutting it...
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man i liked okobi :(
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Sounds like Okobi isn't cutting it...
I also heard on the radio today that Okobi went down in camp and was on the ground for about five minutes.
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Also, Foote and Harrison were back at practice today. Faneca and Parker were still out. Timmons went to Philly today to see a specialist about his groin.
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I think this is more of a backup for depth pickup. Because this guy sure is not starting material. Ether Mahan are Okobi will get the start over this guy.
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I also heard on the radio today that Okobi went down in camp and was on the ground for about five minutes.
oh no, is he ok ? any news?
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Default Re: Steelers Cut Marshall; Sign center Raiola

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Steelers release former WVU quarterback Marshall
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers today released former West Virginia University quarterback Rasheed Marshall and signed center Donovan Raiola.

Also, center Sean Mahan returned to practice after taking an excused leave of absence since last Friday to attend to family matters.

Marshall was signed early this year as a receiver by the Steelers. Raiola was released last week by the St. Louis Rams. He is the brother of Dominic Raiola, Detroit's starting center.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07220/808009-66.stm
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