Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans.
While I want to preface this by saying “OTAs are still very much football in pajamas….” I do want to take a moment to tell you about an interesting development so far through a couple of weeks of Phase Three. We’ve learned that Undrafted Free Agent Rookie QB Devlin Hodges has impressed in a number of ways so far. The young man from Samford University who threw for over 14,500 yards during his career, has shown that he can grasp the offense and is demonstrating a pretty lively arm too. He has a lot to show in order to unseat Josh Dobbs who we assume will be the number three behind Mason Rudolph but we haven’t been overly impressed with Dobbs anyway. He’s a bright, outgoing young man but the issues we had with him coming out of Tennessee remain. No, I’m not going to declare Devlin Hodges the new number three just yet but it is definitely a battle worth watching in Training Camp.
ESPN recently released their “mid-season grades” for all 32 NFL teams. These grades are about as dumb as ‘power rankings’ are. The only purpose they serve is to create unnecessary talking points and increase the number of clicks. When all 32 teams take to the field that is the time we should start grading, not during OTAs.
The Steelers will resume OTAs today and will continue right on through Thursday. They’ll get the weekend off then return for the mandatory mini-camp June 11-June 13.
Tweet of the Day… Shout out today to my man Craig. He wears his heart on his sleeve and does so much for so many people regardless of what goes on in his own life. He is also a man of many hats and one of them is as an entertainer. The Boss has nothing on Craig!
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I have a special message for officials of youth sports. If you are making it more about you than your are the kids then you’re the problem. Moving on…
I noticed a discussion this past week that emerged with Steelers’ rookie Sutton Smith, an EDGE rusher in college, being worked out at fullback. A comparison was made that it’s really no different than a guard working at center or tackle. Umm, wrong. We are talking about completely different skill sets here. We are talking about a guy going from tackling to blocking, taking angles and avoiding angles and sacking the QB and taking a hand-off from one. Yes, there are certain specifics that change from tackle, to guard to center but suggesting that is just as difficult as linebacker to fullback? Sorry, it isn’t even close.
Really good article here from Chris on Steelers’ rookie CB Justin Layne.
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