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Thursday, October 10, 2013

More shakeups for Steelers

It appears that William Gay will start at cornerback ahead of Cortez Allen on Sunday against the Jets, though Allen will stay in the nickel.

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said today that Allen is still feeling the effects of his ankle injury, using that as an excuse for the switch.

But Gay has played well, possibly to the chagrin of the Gay bashers.

@ The additions of Stevenson Sylvester and Will Allen this week has more to do with replacing injured players than it does bringing back a pair of older players.

Sylvester was signed to replace Kion Wilson, who was nursing a hamstring injury. Allen, released by the Cowboys earlier this week despite starting a couple of games for them, was brought in because Damon Cromartie-Smith was dealing with a hip injury.

Both know the defense and what's expected of them.

@ So Mike Tomlin has now banned all table games in the locker room. Finally.

I've never been a fan of the games in the locker room - even though few of the players took part in them.

It seemed strange when the veteran players said those who had less than four years experience couldn't take part - even though it really wasn't enforced. The games basically sat unplayed for the past couple of weeks.

@ I expect Levi Brown to get the start at left tackle on Sunday. That will give the Steelers the option of using Kelvin Beachum as their primary backup at all positions.


Patrick said...

Ha Dale, You said "Gay bashers". Seriously? You couldn't think of a better phrase than that?

Does Beachum play some TE too? Seems like a long time ago, but that first drive against TE looked nice with Beachum as the extra TE. Maybe he helps jolt the run game with Leveon Bell.

jim said...

Lets talk draft...

Anonymous said...

The problem with using Beachum as an extra run blocker is that is really advertises that you are going to run the ball. And if you do throw with Beachum on the feild he isn't much of a threat to catch it.

I suppose he might be a nice extra blocker in goal line situations when its given we'll usually run anyways.

Anonymous said...

Still with the flippin' ping-pong? *sigh*

Seriously....that being the most important thing they have to worry about/be reported upon shows precisely how much is wrong with this team.

Anonymous said...

Beachum can pass block from the TE position too, though he's not likely going to be releasing to catch passes.