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 Post subject: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:41 am 
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All right, rookie camp info: R5 6-foot-3 CB Brian Allen w play of the day, a backward-diving, long-armed, 1-handed pick, a la Kevin King.

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But it was the rookie cornerbacks who made the plays, each causing gasps of surprise from onlookers.
Sutton actually made two. The first was a break-up of a deep ball to Smith-Schuster. The second was a hard break while transitioning forward out of his backpedal. He closed on receiver Marcus Tucker with a blur of speed and dove to bat the pass away. Mike Tomlin, standing a few feet away, exhorted his new "Number 20!"
"Just flying around," Sutton said after the workout. "See ball, get ball. If it's in the air, just have to have the mentality to attack the ball. It's our ball every time it's in the air, or any time it's out there on the field."
Sutton did add, "Next time, catch it, though, instead of just breaking it up."
Sutton played through his final season at Tennessee with a broken bone in his lower right leg. He stayed with the team, went to every meeting, every practice, and returned for the final three games. He wasn't 100 percent but never worried about putting less-than-sparkling "tape" out there before the draft.
"Not at all. Not at all," he said. "Just going out there doing what I love, doing it for who I love and being out there with my teammates at Tennessee. That's all I could ask for."
Sutton finished school in December and was back to 100 percent for Senior Bowl week.
"I've been feeling really good since then," he said. "I'm definitely feeling really good now."
His leadership and intelligence were obvious on the field and off it on this first day. He arrived as advertised by a college coaching staff that raved about Sutton's thorough understanding of teammates' assignments and responsibilities during games.
"It makes the game easier for you," Sutton said. "We're all tied to a string out there on the field, all 11 guys. You're able to put guys in different situations to make plays as well as help yourself out. Your knowing the calls, knowing what to expect out there on the field, studying film and knowing what the offense is going to give you out there on the field, it just makes the game slow down for you and doesn't make you have to worry about so much out there."
Sutton, no doubt, will be a quicker study than Allen, who's still learning a new position. But the 6-foot-3 Allen showed in his first practice what he can do with his long 34-inch arms. Allen used every fraction of that length to pluck an interception of a Dobbs pass out of the air while diving backward and reaching with one hand.
Those who saw the interception by Kevin King, of the University of Washington, in a video made popular on "draft twitter," can fairly compare the two plays.

Allen has seen the video of his friend's interception and was looking forward to watching the practice film of his own.
"I always say the ones you see corners drop most of the time are the easiest ones," Allen said. "The receiver falls down and you break and you've got a wide-open catch, you get so anxious you drop it. It seems the hardest ones are the easiest ones to catch."

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 Post subject: Re: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
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http://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2017/05/13/check-out-day-1-of-steelers-rookie-minicamp/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

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http://www.steelers.com/videos/videos/T ... c1270c519b

Sutton vs. Smith-Schuster

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 Post subject: Re: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 7:51 am 
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Two days into rookie minicamp, two one handed interceptions for Brian Allen. Never hurts to make a good first impression.

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I would expect to see a lot of that this year. Not so much the Sutton pass break up or the Allen pick, but everything thrown to Juju being contested.


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Dale Lolley lists some players he thought stood out in rookie camp this weekend.

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Rookie minicamp has wrapped up without a ton of fanfare. And that’s probably justified.

As Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Saturday, the speed of the game hasn’t showed up for these young guys just yet. That will happen in another week when the Steelers resume their OTAs.

That does not mean, however, that there aren’t some things to be gleaned out of this latest session of football in shorts.

The guy who was the standout of the sessions to me was first-year receiver Marcus Tucker.

The 5-10, 190-pound Tucker spent last season on the Steelers’ practice squad and that time was obviously well spent. He was murder on the various defensive backs who attempted to cover him this weekend.

But, with a stacked depth chart ahead of him, he’ll have a tough time making the 53-man roster.

@ Seventh-round draft pick Keion Adams appears to be a natural pass rusher.

The 6-2, 245-pound Adams has quick, active hands and doesn’t waste a lot of movement.

Now, since these camps aren’t padded, there’s no true contact, so basically, all you get to see is some hand fighting.

But Adams showed he can do that.

@ Speaking of hand fighting, first-round draft pick T.J. Watt got locked up with an offensive lineman at one point, with the lineman - I couldn’t tell who it was - grabbing some big handfuls of jersey.

Watt didn’t appreciate the holding and gave the lineman a big head slap at the end of the play. Feisty.

Watt also had a nice interception dropping into coverage, leaping to tip the ball to himself and drew praise from head coach Mike Tomlin on another play when he peeled back into coverage to perfectly play a short crossing route.

He already looks like a keeper.

@ Young corners Cam Sutton and Brian Allen also had some well-documented moments this weekend.

Sutton seems to read the receiver well and gets good breaks on the football.

While Allen’s athleticism was very apparent on a leaping, one-handed interception he made Friday.

Everyone has Allen tabbed as a practice squad player this year, but if he makes a play or two like that in the preseason, the Steelers aren’t going to be able to hide him easily.

Corners who are 6-3 and that athletic are hard to find.

@ Former IUP guard Ethan Cooper is a wide body at 6-2, 322 pounds. But he has the quick feet needed to play in the NFL.

The Steelers don’t have a big need for offensive linemen, but Cooper is one undrafted rookie to keep an eye on moving forward.

@ Two others are inside linebacker Keith Kelsey of Louisville and tight end Scott Orndoff of Pitt.

Kelsey is smallish at 6-0, 233 pounds, but the three-year starter for the Cardinals shows nice movement to the ball.

Orndoff, meanwhile, showed he can catch the ball in traffic this weekend. If he blocks as well as expected, he’ll be in the mix for no worse than a practice squad spot.

@ When you’re viewing the rookie tryout guys, you look for distinguishing traits or great plays.

One player who certainly had a distinguishing trait was former Fordham tight end Phazahn Odom.

Odom is 6-8 and listed at 251 pounds, though at that height, he looked skinnier than that. His Fordham bio listed him at 238, which looked to be much closer to the truth.

Not surprisingly, Odom was an all-state basketball player in college. And he looked a little plodding when running his routes.

But that size is intriguing.

Another player who caught my eye was receiver Rokeem Williams of Miami (Ohio).

Williams, 6-0, 200, has decent size and plucked the ball out of the air well.

But both players could have a tough time getting signed by this team, which doesn’t have a lot of holes.

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 Post subject: Re: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:29 pm 
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Congrats to LB @Galambos47 on signing with the @steelers today! All that hard work starting to pay off bro! Sky is the limit. #Tier1Family https://twitter.com/Tier1SportsMgmt/sta ... 7028234241


One of the players I thought stood a shot for a spot on the roster. Good for him and congratulations.


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 Post subject: Re: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
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SP wrote:
I would expect to see a lot of that this year. Not so much the Sutton pass break up or the Allen pick, but everything thrown to Juju being contested.

Don't forget he's 20 years old. There's a chance he gets better, both physically and as a football player. You could have leveled the same kinds of concerns about Burns last year, and by the end of the year, he looked like a completely different player than he did in college.

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 Post subject: Re: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
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I would expect to see a lot of that this year. Not so much the Sutton pass break up or the Allen pick, but everything thrown to Juju being contested.

Don't forget he's 20 years old. There's a chance he gets better, both physically and as a football player. You could have leveled the same kinds of concerns about Burns last year, and by the end of the year, he looked like a completely different player than he did in college.


Completely different. Burns was very athletic, but raw. A player primed to get better as he matured. Juju isn't going to get faster, quicker, or more explosive as he ages. He struggled to separate from PAC 10 CBs, he'll struggle worse in the NFL. He will have to find holes in zone coverage to be successful, or make combat catches. He's only 6'1, not 6'4 and isn't a big leaper. Most of his downfield catches were purposefully underthrown because the defender had a step on him. He's slightly bigger late career Hines Ward at 20 years old.

He'll be used like Cobi Hamilton was last year. 3rd or 4th WR with a bigger body than blocks well in the run game and can catch what's thrown to him. Won't be a game changer.


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 Post subject: Re: Tweets On Rookies, Minicamp
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So, as compared to Justin Brown?

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