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April 10, 2015
by Mike Palm


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Twitter reaction to Troy Polamalu’s retirement

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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu made it official on Friday, confirming that he would retire after 12 years with the team. Many on social media paid tribute to Polamalu:

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April 10, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: There will never be another like Troy Polamalu, God willing

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(Chaz Palla -- Tribune-Review)

(Chaz Palla — Tribune-Review)

I was there when the Steelers drafted Troy Polamalu (I still remember a reporter asking him to pronounce his name for her at the introductory press conference.)

I was there for Polamalu’s rookie year when he was clueless and had no chance in heck of beating Mike Logan for the starting strong safety position.

Actually, I was there for all of Troy Polamalu’s games and was amazed as the next when he came up with that big play.

You know which ones – the Flacco strip sack, the Flacco interception, the dive over the center at Kerry Collins, the dragging down by the hair by Larry Johnson, the finger tip interception against the Chargers (which should be viewed as one of the all-time best interceptions in the history of the league, but has been basically forgotten.)

If I wanted to, I could fill up this page about the amazing things I’ve seen from Polamalu on the field over the past dozen years.

I choose not to.

For many NFL players, football is their life.

Not Polamalu, and I respected that the most about the man.

Actually, his perspective on life was the most impressive thing about the man.

Ask him about football, and you were sure to get an “I’m blessed” or “God willing” to go along with a simple nod of the head or sheepish smile letting you know he’s now down answering your question.

Ask him about something non-football related and that was a different story. You wouldn’t have enough space on your tape recorder for his answer. And the depth of the man was truly spectacular.

Most of the time, I had no clue what he was talking about.

That’s how Troy Polamalu was.

And that’s what I enjoyed the most.

That’s what I will miss the most.

All due respect to the players in the league now, but there will never be a guy like Polamalu again … on the field, but especially off the field and I am not even talking about the charitable work he did when nobody was looking.

Polamalu didn’t like talking to us reporters. It was nothing personal. It just wasn’t him. And the more cameras and people around him, the less he talked.

Get him by himself, and away he went.

Let me take you back to training camp just this past year.

Interviews are typically done during lunch time at St. Vincent College outside the cafeteria. You grab a player and ask him questions. It is as simple as that.

But what if a player didn’t show up to lunch?

Well, that’s a problem.

Polamalu rarely, if ever, showed up to lunch because he knew darn well the mob will engulf him.

So, I waited after practice one day and followed him to get a one-on-one. Mind you, a post-practice storm was rolling in, but it didn’t matter. We talked about bunch of stuff. Stuff I can’t even remember now, but I am sure it was entertaining.

Actually, there was one thing that I do remember from the interview. Polamalu grabbed my recorder and said in a loud, but typically Troy voice: “I love you Jack Kearney” to the team security man, who was walking by.

I swear I played that 5-second clip for five dozen people that day.

There was many others and many others I most certainly have forgotten.

One I will never forget.

A couple years back, I brought up Jimmy ‘SuperFly’ Snuka to Polamalu. To my surprise, Polamalu knew all about SuperFly – a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler.

Turns out, Snuka’s daughter married Polamalu’s cousin and Troy knew SuperFly.

“Just how Jimmy was like on TV is how he was in real life,” Polamalu told me with a big grin.

Imagine that conversation.

Then there was last year when a couple of the young guys posing in the locker room with their shirts off while I was talking to him.

Polamalu looked at me and deadpanned: “Excuse me, I have to go pose for a picture with my shirt off.”

I paused for a second before realizing he was poking fun at his young teammates.

Then there was the time that I brought up Polamalu’s Sesame Street apperance with Elmo. Well, let’s just say I will keep that conversation private, but I will say that it was classic Troy.

But all of that just scrapes the surface with Polamalu the person.

His willingness to take a guy like Shamarko Thomas under his wing last year and invite him to work out with him; his unique relationship with Ryan Clark; his uniqueness; his passion and his commitment to family and faith were impressive as his play on the field … at least to me.

When you add that to the kind of trailblazer he was on the field and now you understand why there will never be another Troy Polamalu.

Forget about there never being another player in the NFL like Polamalu again. There will never be another PERSON in the NFL like Polamalu again.

God willing.

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April 7, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: #AskKaboly on a Twitter Tuesday

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With such a good response last week, we figured to give #AskKaboly on a Twitter Tuesday another go-around.

Before you do that, do me a favor and take a listen to the Kaboly Show Podcast (http://sportstalk.triblive.com/download/406KAB15.mp3+share) where I mock everything — preseason schedule, regular season schedule and draft.

So, without any further delay, here we go …

A: Absolutely, yes. Peters is a top-notch talent who could contribute right away for the Steelers. And let’s be honest, he got kicked off the team for insubordination at Washington. Do you really think he would even consider that in the NFL with a larger-than-life personality in Mike Tomlin with vets like James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons and Cam Heyward backing him up? I doubt it. I would be more concerned with a guy like Randy Gregory over Peters. But will Peters be around at 22? I don’ t think so.

 

 

A: From what I was told in Phoenix during the NFL meetings, I am absolutely convinced the Steelers want a cornerback in the first round. They have identified the need for an upgrade at that position and since they didn’t address the position during free agency (yet), they will in the draft. But, what I also know is that the Steelers in no way will draft a player who they have graded lower than somebody else left on the board regardless of position. So, if an OLB is higher graded, they will take him. As for Matt Jones, he’s a big guy, but I fancy Karlos Williams a little more, but not until the 7th.

 

 

A: If they are, they wouldn’t tell me. I highly doubt the move up or down

 

 

A: As of Tuesday, the Steelers have yet to officially host any college players, so it’s hard to tell who they really have their eyes on. That will change soon, probably tomorrow. They always like to bring in all 30 of their allotted visits.

 

 

A: You know what Chris, I am not a huge fan of Odighizuwa. I watched some of his UCLA tape and I didn’t see anything special with him. Especially rushing the passer. And to be 100 percent honest with you, do we even know for sure Keith Butler likes the big, strong side backer? Maybe that was more of a LeBeau thing. I think that is what is going to make these OTAs interesting. We really don’t know Butler’s philosophies. We think we know, but we don’t really know.

 

 

A: I am not sure what you are asking. If you are talking about who might not finish the year with an injury, I’d have to say Bell. Just the nature of the position.

 

 

A: I am on record in saying that Mike Mitchell will step up the most this year. Mitchell wasn’t 100 percent the entire season last year. Throw in the fact that he was asked to be more of a center fielder than a playmaker and that this his is second year in the system, Mitchell could really be good. To be honest, they need him to be really good if this defense wants to improve on last year.

 

 

A: Conventional wisdom says third day (picks 4-7). But don’t underestimate how in love the Steelers are with their offense. If there is a chance to improve it, they won’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Realistically, the only offensive position I can see being addressed in the first two days is tight end. Say Clive Walford (Miami, Fla.) somehow falls to the third. The Steelers would snap him up in a heartbeat.

 

 

A: What I heard was that Shamarko had a hard time learning the defense. Just like some of the other secondary people, we just don’t know what he can do. We see that he has talent, but we don’t know if he can apply that to the field. The Steelers are hoping he can do that because he is first up in replacing Polamalu. If he can’t do it, then what? It’s not pretty back there. Oh yeah, he needs to stay healthy as well. Those hamstrings have been tricky for him.

 

A: Probably because they at least have some young talent at the position with Shamarko and Golden. The other positions you mentioned are close to bone dry. You can probably make the same claim at tight end. Why isn’t that considered a bigger need? Miller is 32 and behind him are Spaeth and Blanchflower. That’s it.

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April 6, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: Steelers Full Mock Draft 1.0

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The NFL Draft is only three weeks away, and on Monday’s edition of the Kaboly Show on TribLive Radio, I unveiled my mock draft 1.0. (you can listen to the entire podcast here —–> ).

We all know the Steelers coveted a cornerback and in need of a outside rush linebacker, but, as I’ve said a number of times, the way the draft breaks this year more than ever will determine what position and the Steelers use with their 22nd overall pick.

They want a cornerback, but only if a higher-slotted cornerback is still on the board. If he isn’t, they will take a rush outside linebackers.

Knowing that, it’s kind of hard to determine who the Steelers will take, but this is my best shot at it.

 

Kaboly’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Round 1 (22) Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

Skinny: Big and powerful defensive end who would be converted to outside linebacker. Dropped some in college making the transition to OLB much easier.

 

Round 2 (56) Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

Skinny: He’s everything the Steelers want in a pick – young, underclassman (junior) and is from a big school (Stanford). Carter has nice size (6-0, 195), is physical and can tackle.

 

Round 3 (87) D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic

Skinny: What better way to address a need than using both picks on Day 2 to do it?

 

Round 4 (121) Derron Smith, S, Fresno State

Skinny: Troy Polamalu won’t be back and who knows if Shamarko Thomas will be the answer?

 

Round 5 (160) Jesse James, TE, Penn State

Skinny: Just picture a clone of Matt Spaeth, who can’t block as well but can provide more in the way of the passing game.

 

Round 6 (199) Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fla.)

Skinny: The Steelers don’t really need a receiver, but they won’t be able to overlook the speed of Dorsett.

 

Round 6 (212) (Comp) Sean Hickey, OL, Syracuse

Skinny: You never have too many offensive linemen. Hickey, a Franklin Regional grad, can play both left and right tackle.

 

Round 7 (239) Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State

Skinny: Brother of inside linebacker Vince Williams, the Steelers can take a flyer on Williams after signing DeAngelo Williams.

 

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March 31, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: #AskKaboly on Twitter Tuesday

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First of all, check out the Kaboly Show podcast (http://sportstalk.triblive.com/download/330KAB15.mp3+share) on TribLive Radio. I have Mike Tomlin’s first interview in more than two months when I was in Phoenix for the NFL’s annual meeting.

 

OK, let’s get started with #AskKaboly on Twitter Tuesday.

 

It sure doesn’t look promising, now does it, Felix? It’s not like they don’t have the talent to be good because I truly believe that they do have the talent. It’s just young. And raw. And inexperienced. And not much of it. What you have to understand is that these unknowns could very well be guys that just need a chance. Antwon Blake might not be the next Champ Bailey, but, in the limited time he got on the field last year, he played well. He made plays. Saying that, I am almost certain that the Steelers will add a veteran to the mix at cornerback at some time. Maybe it’s before the draft but more likely after. There’s no real hurry now. Who knows, Shazier, Jones, Tuitt, Shamarko might all take a giant leap at the same time. Just going to have to wait and see.

 

 

I really don’t think so, Jason. You cannot, and the Steelers aren’t, expecting to draft somebody who will be able to immediately step in and help significantly early in the season. Kevin Colbert even said that they wouldn’t make a selection based on the fact that the pick could provide immediate help. It was very unusual that the Steelers handed Ryan Shazier the starting job the second he walked onto campus. By midway through the season, he could supplant Sean Spence or Vince Williams. We are talking about a top-notch talent in Shazier, too. Just look at the cornerbacks last year that went in the first round of the draft. Nobody was a standout. Unfortunately, the draft isn’t going to help much … at least in September, October and November.

 

 

The entire Shaq Richardson situation is weird. Very weird. He was cut and brought back to the practice squad then put on the PS IR (yeah, I never knew there was one either). After that, I never noticed Richardson until a rogue No. 31 showed up on the practice field a couple weeks later. I was told “Oh yeah, we released him a couple weeks ago?” Why release a guy from the practice squad IR? Isn’t that why you put him on the IR in the first place? Something happened. I am not sure what and we will likely not ever know, but to make a decision on a 5th-round rookie after a couple of practices (he was hurt in camp) reeks of something else.

 

 

I don’t know how much the Steelers are looking for a running back in the draft since they picked up DeAngelo Williams. It would be a nice story with Vince being his brother, but that wouldn’t make any difference to the people who make the decisions. As for Shamarko, no. He didn’t play on defense at all last year and not much as a rookie the year before that. They have high hopes for him and will give him every opportunity to win that starting position, but it’s not game over if he doesn’t grab that spot.

 

 

I loved Seattle, but haven’t been there since 2003. New Orleans is always great. It was especially crazy the year the Steelers played in on Halloween. Bourbon Street during a regular weekend night is nuts. You can just imagine what Saturday before Halloween was like. St. Elmo’s in Indy is real nice place.

 

 

If any year it rings true, this would be the year that the Steelers would stick to their board … to a point. They want a cornerback. They want a rush outside linebacker. They will take a safety and don’t think twice about it. Collins is a guy the Tomlin/Colbert regime love — young (not 22 until January), underclassman (junior) and played college at a big-time school (Alabama). I wouldn’t be shocked if Collins would be their pick, that’s for sure.

I think we have to come to realization that Polamalu won’t be with the Steelers this year. The Steelers are just giving Polamalu time to make the decision if he wants to play somewhere else this year. If he does, he will be released. If not, then he can retire a Steelers. It is as really as simple as that.

 

 

 

 

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March 24, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: 5 Thoughts from Mike Tomlin at NFL’s Annual Meeting

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PHOENIX — Here are a couple highlights from Mike Tomlin’s media session at the NFL’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore.

 

1) You are a young coach but you’ve been doing this for a long time. What do you do to keep things fresh? How important is change to be a good coach?

I think that each year stands on its own. Some years I say similar things that I said the year before. I try to give our team what I deem appropriate and what I believe they need for preparation and ultimately play. One of the things I have realized over the years, you probably get tired of saying it before they get tired of hearing it [laughs]. I don’t worry too much about keeping it fresh from that perspective. If it’s good, it works.

 

2) Dri Archer last year and this year

I am excited about what 2015 could be for him. It’s his second lap around the track. You guys know my mentality in regards to that. I have a reasonable expectation that he’s going to grow in all areas and be a productive player for us. Guys like him usually do that. He is a good guy. He is a smart guy. He is hard working. He has all the variables that usually produce a positive outcome. We are going to give him an opportunity to do it.

 

3) Why do you go to pro days?

I think you get what you don’t see on tape. You get to smell it and feel it and be around it. You get to see them in their environment. You get to gather formal and informal information about who and what they are. What you see on tape is very tangible, their pedigree and capabilities. But when you step on campus you get an opportunity to go beyond that and maybe delve into what they are willing to do and how they deal with certain situations, opportunities or challenges. And I just think it better puts you in position to build a complete portfolio on each and every man.

 

4) How do you balance off-field issues/character with on-field talent in evaluating players?

We deal with it on a case-by-case basis and we try to gather as much information as we can and we make a decision accordingly. Obviously there are tipping points and things of that nature, protocols. But more than anything it’s about gathering information and getting a feel for that individual person.

 

5) Steve McLendon’s play last season

I was really pleased with his growth and development over the last 12 months particularly during the season. It was a difficult season for him because he faced some injury adversity, but I think that’s an opportunity for growth. I think he displayed that growth in terms of how he dealt with the discomfort associated with injuries and how he was able to push through and be what it is we needed him to be in the midst of those things.

And, as always, check out the Kaboly Show from the Arizona Biltmore Hotel

http://sportstalk.triblive.com/download/323KAB15.mp3+share

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March 23, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: Steelers can’t lose sight of Jarvis Jones in wake of James Harrison’s return

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Photo by Christopher Horner

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PHOENIX — James Harrison is back.

Good for him. Good for his family. Good for the fans.

But is it good for the Steelers? Well, that all depends.

After hearing Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talk on Sunday about the reasons why the organization felt (in an offseason where they eradicated, or are in the process of eradicating all the 30-plus year-olds from their defense) the need to bring back the second oldest defensive player in the league, they indeed have the right mindset.

Harrison provides a veteran presence in a locker room that is now void of the likes of Ike Taylor, Brett Keisel and likely Troy Polamalu. He provides depth and he provides a pretty rock-solid insurance policy in case of an injury.

If – and it’s a big if – the Steelers follow that plan, Harrison’s return will have nothing but positive ramifications on the team. Now, deviate from that, and the signing will instantly turn counterproductive.

Harrison’s signing can’t cut into Jarvis Jones’ development this year – a very important year for the former first-round pick. Anything short of a total and utter disaster by Jones week-after-week should keep him on the field in lieu of Harrison.

That’s sometimes easier said than done, especially when it comes to the Steelers. The win-now-at-all-costs mentality by Mike Tomlin sometimes isn’t the best way to go about building confidence for young guys.

The Steelers need to find out about Jones now. Not next year or the year after. Right now, they just don’t know what they have with him. They could have a Pro Bowler right in front of them or another Huey Richardson. Again, they don’t know and they won’t know unless they give Jones and entire uninterrupted year to truly evaluate him.

Jones’ rookie year was like, well, like a lot of player’s rookie years – up and down. Then last year, he looked pretty good in the 10 quarters he played before suffering a dislocated wrist that forced him to miss 10 weeks.

Mind you, that’s not only games, but 10 weeks of practice. When he finally came back, Tomlin deferred to Harrison. The final two weeks of the regular season and the wild-card playoff game, Harrison played 87, 95 and 91 percent of the defensive snaps. Jones played 12, 4 and 9 percent during the same span.

It happened with Brett Keisel, too. The Steelers planned on using him about a dozen snaps per game when he returned before the start of last year but ended up routinely playing 40 snaps a game.

Don’t get me wrong, Harrison can be a valuable one-the-field piece as well … if used correctly. Used correctly means limiting his snaps.

It doesn’t matter if Harrison doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body. The fact is that he’s the second oldest defensive player in the league behind Charles Woodson. There is a reason for that, you know.

Harrison can’t take the load of 1,000 snaps anymore. Actually, 500 may be pushing it and the Steelers know that.

At least Colbert alluded to it.

“I think you have to be careful with any type of player at that age, except a quarterback, you have to be careful so as to not – I guess you have to be careful so as to maximize their abilities and have them be contributors over 16 games and hopefully a postseason season,” Colbert said.

If the Steelers stick to that plan, the signing is great.

If the first sign of Jones struggling finds him losing snaps to Harrison, regardless of production, then it’s a terrible signing.

Just to illustrate the age of Harrison, I did some research of the oldest active players in the league. This is what I came up with.

  1. PK Adam Vinateri (42)
  2. PK Phil Dawson (40)
  3. QB Matt Hasselbeck (39)
  4. QB Peyton Manning (39)
  5. DB Charles Woodson (38)
  6. LS Mike Leach (38)
  7. PK Sebastian Janikowski (37)
  8. QB Tom Brady (37)
  9. LB James Harrison (36)
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March 18, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: Haley expecting Bryant to push Wheaton for No. 2 receiver spot

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Martavis Bryant put up plenty of big plays for the Steelers last year.

So much so that the Steelers are planning to give Bryant every opportunity this summer to claim the No. 2 receiver spot currently held by Markus Wheaton.

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who pushed hard for the Steelers to draft Bryant last year, called what Bryant was able to do during the second half of last season a “big thing” during a 30-minute Steelers Nation Unite ‘Weekly Huddle’ fan forum session on Wednesday.

“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,” Haley said.

Bryant, the Steelers fourth-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, was inactive for the first six games before reeling off six touchdowns during his first four professional games starting with a key 35-yard touchdown reception against Houston on Oct. 20.

Bryant played in 10 games, started three and finished with 26 receptions for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns. Bryant added 5 receptions, 61 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to the Ravens.

With Bryant in the lineup, the Steelers were 8-3. Without him, they are 3-3

“When young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing,” Haley said. “He took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two.”

Haley also broached other topics including:

 

RE: The roles of DeAngelo Williams and Josh Harris?

“Obviously, Le’Veon (Bell) is our guy so he’s going to get the majority of the touches on all downs – first, second and third downs. Not having a great background with DeAngelo but knowing his history of playing a long time in the league and being very productive in basically a two-back system. We are excited to have him but we are also excited about the guys who have been here like Josh Harris and Dri Archer. It will make for a very interesting offseason and training camp to see how it plays out. I believe the more competition the better. It usually brings out the best in people.”

 

RE: Finding a place for Dri Archer

“Dri is a unique talent because he is probably the fastest guy on the field wherever we go. At the same time he is in a little bit of a difficult spot because we have a guy in Le’Veon who is capable and you really want on the field as much as possible. In a lot of places where you have running backs coming off the field, Le’Veon tends to get stronger as the games goes on. You hate to ever take him off the field. I am a big believer of putting your best 11 guys on the field as many snaps as you can. That put Dri in a little big of a difficult spot being a rookie coming from a little smaller school. When you get guys like that, sometimes the transition time is a little longer than we all would like, himself included. I really feel with a year under his belt even though there wasn’t great production anywhere. A year, plus another offseason and training camp, a full room in an NFL weight room, I think Dri will come back more experienced and still has that outstanding characteristic of speed. The important thing is that we do have a role for him if he is going to have a helmet on Sundays and he gets his five and six touches a game. Any one of those plays he has the chance to take it to the house with that speed. Let’s just have a little patience and let him continue to develop and we will definitely have a plan to get him touches throughout the season.”

 

RE: On Markus Wheaton’s development?

“From a developmental standpoint, I have always been taught and believe that year three is the most important in a guy’s development in what he’s going to be. As this year progresses we will have a real good idea of where Markus is and are all excited where he is going. We were excited with what we did but are probably more excited of what we are capable of doing.”

 

RE: What the offense needs to improve?

“We did a lot of good things but there are a number of things that we can be a lot better at. First and foremost is the red area. We did a great job of getting into the red area a bunch and that’s one of the keys that we focus on. We just need to turn some of those field goals into touchdowns.”

 

RE: On Kelvin Beachum

“He does everything possible to be as good as he can on a daily basis. (Antonio Brown) gets a lot of credit for being the hardest worker on the team, which he probably is, but Kelvin isn’t much behind him. He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to his pursuit of being as good as he possibly can.”

 

RE: On if Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the NFL?

“I think he was the best last year and he is looking to improve with what he did last year and if he does, he can be setting even more records.”

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March 12, 2015
by Mark Kaboly


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Kaboly: 9 former Steelers will take part in the NFL Veteran Combine

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iSteelers general manager Kevin Colbert made it known that he’s not very interested in the newly created NFL Veteran Combine – an event that gives free agents a chance to work out in front of team personnel.

Well, that same sentiment doesn’t go for more than a handful of former Steelers.

The NFL Veteran Combine will be held on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Ariz., with nine of the 103 participants being former Steelers.

The list includes:

* OL Mike Golic (In camp with Steelers in 2013)

* OL Graham Pocic (In camp with Steelers in 2014)

* CB Jordan Sullen (Steelers practice squad in 2014)

* LB Brian Rolle (In camp with Steelers in 2013)

* LB Vic So’oto (In camp with Steelers in 2014)

* QB Jerrod Johnson (In camp with Steelers in 2012)

* QB Brendon Kay (In camp with Steelers in 2014)

* RB Felix Jones (Played in 16 games with the Steelers in 2013)

* TE Eric Waters (In camp with Steelers in 2014)

Other local connections scheduled to participate are former Pitt cornerback Aaron Berry and former California (Pa.) receiver Thomas Mayo.

“Most of these guys that go to the veteran combine have been in at camp,” Colbert said in January about the event. “They’ve been veterans. They’ve been practice squad players or they’ve been active players. So what they do in a workout I’m not really interested in. I just want to see what they did when they did have their chance to be NFL players.”

In the past, most veteran free agents would have to wait for a team to call for a workout or a visit. Some veterans have been included in the NFL’s regional combines held for draft-eligible players, too. The Veteran Combine will streamline that into one time and one location.

Other notables set to participate are: LB Michael Sam, DL Adam Carriker, RB Michael Bush, RB Mikel LeShoure and DL Jamaal Anderson.

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