Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ Fans!
Yesterday began the second phase of the Steelers’ OTAs. In this phase the team can get much more involved with teaching and on-field activity than in Phase One. There is no ‘offense vs defense’ and zero contact is allowed but this is also when the rookie mini-camp will be held (May 10-12 per steelers.com). This is essentially the first look the Steelers’ Coaching Staff will get at these guys ‘as Steelers.’
A couple of transactions of note… The Steelers assigned Ryan Shazier to the PUP/Physically Unable to Perform List yesterday. This means he will still be paid by the Steelers, receive his health insurance and add another year of service towards his pension. Keep in mind the team did not/does not have to do this. It’s why, for all of the faults in recent years, the Steelers remain a class organization… Pittsburgh signed undrafted free agent safety P.J. Locke from Texas yesterday. He’s a big hitter who comes down hill quickly. Coverage issues were why he went undrafted.
The Tweet of the Day… Kudos to DK for finding this proof of Locke’s hitting prowess.
The Steelers recently signed UDFA P.J. Locke.
— DK Pittsburgh Sports (@DKPghSports) April 30, 2019
I am beyond thrilled to tell you that Frank Walker has agreed to continue sponsoring the very ‘Quick Hitters’ you are reading for the next year. My goal with sponsors is very simple. As much as I possibly can I want them to be from the Burgh Area and two, we want to support them as they support us! As you know, we don’t do pop-up ads or charge for specific content. Our operational money comes from sponsors and we’ve been incredibly honored to have some good ones. Frank is one of those good ones!
The one Draft pick I struggled with the most was tight end Zach Gentry so I wrote this last night. With each passing day I remain more and more convinced that the Steelers will either trade for or will sign a veteran tight end at some point. The void behind Vance McDonald is just too damn wide.
The Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh will record tonight. We will break down all of the Steelers’ draft pick and discuss what the future holds for them.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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