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 Post subject: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:43 am 
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Matt Elam

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“I’m gonna take advantage of it,” he said. “I’m gonna embrace it and love ’em like family. If I get a second chance I’m definitely going to take advantage of it.”

New Gators coach Dan Mullen said Elam was still a part of the Gators family, but there are no guarantees he’ll find an NFL family. He’s 26. There are plenty of younger safeties, including in the same building where he stood.
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Any interest? More importantly is he someone the Steelers could ever have any interest in 'giving a second chance' and bringing him in as a fringe player looking for a job....


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:03 am 
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Could be interesting Robert Golden replacement.

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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:34 am 
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I know he'd come cheap. Has some NFL experience. Having screwed the pooch and washing out of the NFL at a young age he'll be much more motivated than a 1st RND pick immature self-entitled dumbass he was known to be. I think he'd be worth the time and efforts. I think he's salvageable still. Injury is real concern since he was injured a lot early in his career. I think that had something to do with his [lack of] development and focus which led him to this scenario. He should get a shot IMHO. Maybe not with the Steelers but some team.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:41 am 
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First I am a Gator. I like Elam and he was a difference maker in Gainesville. The kind of difference maker we need in our defensive backfield.

The issue I am having is how is he coming back from a personal growth standpoint? Seeing him at the Pro Day 2 in shape is great! But how has he fixed the stuff that got him in trouble? Can we count on the guy to not return to his old ways once he gets a bit of money in his pocket?

Usually, if the Steelers are going in on a guy with a past, he has to have made some sort of public stand against his former life (Vick cough cough). Is he going to schools and talking to kids, is he working to improve his hometown community? I get talent and I get troubled talent on the cheap, but this is how Cincinnati does business. An article posed the right questions if Matt can answer those questions then sign him up and put him with the other Gators on the team. Quick note for the post accountants the author said he was asking two questions and slid four in there:

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There are two questions here: 1) Is Elam “right mentally”? 2) Was he good enough to begin with? He did have a rash of injuries, but it’s impossible to tell if he would have done better if healthy. Was it a bad fit in Baltimore? Or was it something no team could fix?

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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:27 pm 
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Well said Veritas.

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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
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VeritasSteel wrote:
First I am a Gator. I like Elam and he was a difference maker in Gainesville. The kind of difference maker we need in our defensive backfield.

The issue I am having is how is he coming back from a personal growth standpoint? Seeing him at the Pro Day 2 in shape is great! But how has he fixed the stuff that got him in trouble? Can we count on the guy to not return to his old ways once he gets a bit of money in his pocket?

Usually, if the Steelers are going in on a guy with a past, he has to have made some sort of public stand against his former life (Vick cough cough). Is he going to schools and talking to kids, is he working to improve his hometown community? I get talent and I get troubled talent on the cheap, but this is how Cincinnati does business. An article posed the right questions if Matt can answer those questions then sign him up and put him with the other Gators on the team. Quick note for the post accountants the author said he was asking two questions and slid four in there:

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There are two questions here: 1) Is Elam “right mentally”? 2) Was he good enough to begin with? He did have a rash of injuries, but it’s impossible to tell if he would have done better if healthy. Was it a bad fit in Baltimore? Or was it something no team could fix?



Spot on. Great analogy. We are not the Bengals but if he could show he's on the right path, take a swing.


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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:17 pm 
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I'd take a flier on him, really liked his college tape. Worst case scenario he doesn't make the 53 come cut down time after training camp.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:02 pm 
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Poor mans Shamarko Thomas


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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
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SP wrote:
Poor mans Shamarko Thomas

Now there’s a vote of confidence...

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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:03 pm 
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Ouch Perch! That's like one of the lowest jabs one could take at Elam. I think even within the very limited play time he played I'd take Elam over Thomas; too funny though Perch.

Side Note: I'd take a flier on this guy. Better competition than what's currently signed up...

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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:21 pm 
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They seem to have some gators on this team maybe they recruit him. But never seen a special team ace like Thomas get so many punt interference


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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:24 pm 
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Patience in linebacker/safety markets: The Steelers showed interest in many free-agent inside linebackers early in the process, including Denver's Todd Davis and Cincinnati's Preston Brown. But as several linebackers earned deals worth $5 million to $9 million per year, some of whom are considered two-down players, the Steelers decided they couldn't spend that much. http://www.espn.com/blog/pittsburgh-ste ... -4-million

After reading this with FA still in full affect I can see the Steelers still being 'interested' in a FA or 2 and eventually getting them into the burgh. Funny no one here or anywhere else reported the Steelers having interest in anyone in FA. Of course everyone speculated and guessed but no one knew for sure who was even being targeted by them. Everyone crowns the belicheat/cheatboro philosophy as creative, savvy and shrewd. I think the Steelers for all their well known flaws are right up there in the creative [signing tier 1 FA's with only $6.5Mil in cap space]; savvy, by simply waiting it out through all the hyperbole [competing for high profile players against franchises with 10's of millions to spend] and shrewd, [allowing no information/knowledge of whom they targeted to be leaked out]. I know some here will not agree. That's their choice. For all the flack I give the Steelers all season long into the off season they just stay their course and continue to get better in the business of winning. In all phases. I'll still talk shit though. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:17 pm 
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i sure they are still looking around hoping to find another cheap part.


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 Post subject: Re: Could this ex-player be a possibility?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:36 am 
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The Rams needed to make a move to get under the cap, and that was Webster. In their mind, it wasn't necessarily wise to pay $4m for a No. 3 or No. 4 corner coming off an injury. But they still like him, and he could come back before the season. https://twitter.com/Rich_Hammond/status ... 0291053568
Certainly take a look at this player. While it's a possibility he could return to the Rams I see this guy getting on to another team looking for more play time. I think Pittsburgh should take a look. Easily replaces Sensabaugh.


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