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Old 07-21-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?
Pro football Weekly Whispers AFC North
July 19, 2008

Steelers observers will be keeping an eye on the number of reps that second-year ILB Lawrence Timmons will be getting with the first-team defense in training camp. It has been widely assumed that Timmons will likely push Larry Foote out of the starting lineup, but as a source close to the club notes, Foote got most of the snaps with the first-team base defense in the summer. Timmons, the Steelers' first-round pick in 2007, is all but assured of having an expanded role in passing situations this season, but it's no sure thing that he'll take the bulk of the snaps in the base "D." Timmons has better speed than Foote, but the latter has a reputation as a strong run stuffer and has a significant edge in experience. In short, don't be surprised if there's room for both players to have key roles in the defense.

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Old 07-21-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

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Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?
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Timmons is all but assured of having an expanded role in passing situations this season,
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don't be surprised if there's room for both players to have key roles in the defense.
That's the way I see it.

Foote will start in the base 3-4 and Timmons will play in sets where his speed and athleticism are needed. Foote is a solid player, who will most likely hold off Timmons for another year. I look for these two to compliment each other and keep each other fresh, win/win situation.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

I think it will take Timmons time to get used to playing ILB, especially in the 3-4 zone blitz scheme that the Steelers use. I say by week 10, Timmons could be taking more snaps in games than Foote. But I don't see Timmons pushing Foote out during TC or anywhere before week 8.
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

That could be true...

I do like the seemingly deep LB corp we have now, just a year or two after it looked quite shallow.

Now if we can just do that with our lines.
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

LB depth will become an issue soon enough - with the other upcoming FA issues, notably along the line, I do not think the Trib-Review infomercial this past weekend for Farrior being renewed will be successful.

I look for Timmins to be force fed into the line-up to see if there will be too much downside if Farrior is cut loose after ths season.
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

No way does the established starter lose his job in shorts. When the hitting starts, things will be very, very different.
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

I believe Timmons will have a much deeper role this season, but just like every other guy, he's going to have to earn that starting badge. Personally, I say he beats out Foote in TC.
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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

I can see Timmons being tame as a backup in the first three or four games, then get some fire under him and play to his potential. It'll be nice, last year it didn't seem we had tons of help from our picks save for an at-times Woodley. It'd be a dream if Timmons and Woodley step up, and then Mendenhall and Sweed also have a first year explosion...

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I think Foote will get 1st and 2nd down. Which keeps him as a starter.

Timmons will get 3rd down duties.

Anddddddd he will be groomed to take over for Farrior possibly as quick as next year.

Thats the way I see it being played out.............

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Default Re: Is Timmons' ascension to the starting lineup a sure thing?

I have a neighbor from Iowa who swears that Humpal is a stud and will end up starting for us....if that is true...a future of Woodley...Davis...Timmons...and Humpal... sounds pretty bright!!
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