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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Tuesday with Tomlin

Mike Tomlin held his first press conference of the year and while there wasn't a ton of information passed, here's what we did learn:

@ The Steelers liked Zoltan Mesko over Drew Butler because of his pedigree and the fact that he's kicked in cold weather throughout his career, in high school, college and in the pros.

Butler's performance tailed off last season as the weather turned colder.

@ Isaac Redman will, in fact, be the starter at running back. He will be spelled at times by LaRod Stephens-Howling and Felix Jones.

Le'Veon Bell must return to practice on a full-time basis before he plays due to his youth. Tomlin doesn't like to play rookies who don't get a full week of practice in because they need more preparation than veterans.

@ The Steelers will use their tight ends by situation until Heath Miller returns.

Miller did positional workouts Monday.

@ Jarvis Jones, listed as a co-starter with Jason Worilds at right outside linebacker, will get playing time. Tomlin said all three starting linebackers, including LaMarr Woodley, will be involved in a rotation, though Woodley will play more than the other two.

@ Tomlin said Cameron Heyward had a very good camp and preseason and will be featured in some sub-packages.

@ Matt Spaeth was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after eight weeks on Tuesday. To replace him on the active roster, rookie linebacker Terrence Garvin was signed off the practice squad.

To replace Garvin on the practice squad, the Steelers signed wide receiver Kashif Moore.

17 comments:

marc said...

i find it interesting that woodley will be part of that rotation. is there cause for concern in the coaches eyes regarding woodley (level of play, conditioning) or would that be reading too much into it?

Anonymous said...

Reading too much into it, I think.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they're probably going with a rotation like that to keep them fresh

Anonymous said...

Matt Spaeth put on IR-Designtated to Return... as most of us expected (aside from Lolley... jk)

Dale Lolley said...

Woodley will only be spelled every once in a while. Believe me, he's going to be on the field, probably 90 percent of the time, compared to 50 percent for Worilds.

They want to keep Worilds involved instead of just pushing him aside. That way, if Woodley goes down again, Worilds will be a little more ready to go immediately.

As for Spaeth, I was just telling you guys the internal talks that were going on with that spot. Some didn't want to use it. Some did.

Anonymous said...

The IR w/DR is a gamble esp if a more important player gets hurt in game 1.

Dale Lolley said...

That's exactly the conversation that was going on with the Steelers. Didn't want to blow it on Spaeth and then have a starter go down with, say, a broken bone for six to eight weeks in the opener. Now, you have to carry that guy on the active roster if you don't want to IR him.

Anonymous said...

Sale, can you give any insight on the release of terry Hawthorne. He is not even worthy of a spot on the practice squad?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant dale...lying in bed with very pregnant wife while typing on my phone.

Steve-O said...

I have the same question, I thought the kid had a huge upside. Was his injury serious, bad attitude, lack of talent? Too many CBs? What's the deal?

Anonymous said...

Dale, Has it been confirmed that only 1 player can be placed on IR Designated to Return? Or only 1 player can be on it at a time? The only details I've seen are that you can only ACTIVATE 1 player from Short Term IR. What prevents a team from taking a player from Designated to Return, and moving him to Full Season IR and then placing the hypothetically injured starter in Week 1 on IR-Designated to Return?

adamg said...

Isiah Green signed to PS.

Dale Lolley said...

Yes, only one player can have the return designation on IR. And you have to say when you make the move that he's the guy who's designated for return. For example, you can't place guys on IR and then, midway through the season, say that this guy or that guy is ready to play, so we're going to designate him for return.
That's why there was discussion in the organization whether they wanted to blow that one designation on Spaeth.

As for Hawthorne, he missed the entire offseason program with a knee injury, then missed the first three weeks of training camp. Too much ground to make up in a short amount of time.

Doesn't mean they can't sign him to a futures contract at the end of this season.

Greg Mercer said...

dale, quick question. when a guy like Embernate gets hurt in training camp prior to making the team, does he get to rehab with the team, or is he on his own?

Anonymous said...

Embernate was IR'd so he's still on the team.

~SBK

Anonymous said...

He's allowed to rehab and use the facilities, but he cannot practice with the team. Designed to keep teams from redshirting/sandbagging prospects like Washington use to. Tho I think an IR'd player can still attend meetings and watch film with his position group.

Brian Sandell said...

I think what Tomlin is saying is fairly spot on, but I wouldn't read too much into it. The AFC North won't be as strong as it has been, but it will still be good. We need a few draft picks: Heyward, Adams, DeCastro, etc. to step up.

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