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Old 03-18-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Steelers sign Essex, Kemoeatu

Steelers | Team re-signs Essex
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 12:36:01 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday, March 18, that the team re-signed free-agent OT Trai Essex to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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Steelers | Team re-signs Kemoeatu
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 12:35:19 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday, March 18, that the team re-signed free-agent OG Chris Kemoeatu to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Old 03-18-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers sign Essex, Kemoeatu

well, so much for the idea of kicking every lineman to the curb and starting from scratch.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:57 PM   #3
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well, so much for the idea of kicking every lineman to the curb and starting from scratch.
man we are in trouble now.... good thing our qb has some padding in the rear, b/c that is where he will be all season
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Default Re: Steelers sign Essex, Kemoeatu

I heard they have a tuitor working with Kemoeatu so he can finally understand the playbook.

Essex is a servicable back up that still has the potential to be a starter. I'm guessing they didn't break the bank for either one.
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we need new line man jeez!
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hopefully this will free up a little cap space now.
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Default Re: Steelers sign Essex, Kemoeatu

No big deal, they signed their one year tenders and will get a chance to compete in camp. Essex has proven he can backup and I dont know if him being a full time starter is in the cards.

I still like Kemo and think he really hasnt had much of a chance playing behind the best G in the league and Simmons who signed an extension last season.

This is still the Kemo I want to see get some playing time.

BIO: Three-year starter and an All-Conference selection as a senior. Consistently grades out as one of Utah's better linemen.

POSITIVES: Nasty blocker with outstanding size. Displays power and jolt at the point of attack, turns defenders from the line or easily removes pass rushers out of their angle of attack. Good blocking vision, effectively uses angles and quick if asked to kick out or pull across the line of scrimmage. Gets movement from run blocks, mashes opponents or engulfs them at the point of attack. Plays with a nasty attitude and works to destroy defenders. Extends his hands to keep opponents away and anchors in pass protection.

NEGATIVES: Gets tall and not a knee bender or leverage blocker. Lacks fluid footwork in space and not effective blocking in motion.

ANALYSIS: A king-sized blocker with surprising athleticism and overall skill, Kemoeatu has the abilities to be an immediate and productive starter at the next level. Could stand to shed a few pounds, which would improve his agility and skills on the move. A prospect who could soar up draft boards with good pre-April interviews.

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Let's face it, Hartwig is not coming here...I want to see Kemo play at LG and see what he can do for a season. Let's give the guy a chance.
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I heard they have a tuitor working with Kemoeatu so he can finally understand the playbook.

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is there an actual link or source to him being a retard or is it just wild speculation from overly critical fans?

im thinking just because he cant beat out faneca for a starting job, doens mean hes ready for the scrapheap.
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Default Re: Steelers sign Essex, Kemoeatu

so we are stuck with mahan at center still.. god help us now..lol
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