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Stlrs4Life
08-01-2009, 10:34 AM
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William Gay Is Packing On the Pounds

Posted Jul 31, 2009 11:06PM By JJ Cooper (http://www.fanhouse.com/bloggers/jj-cooper/) (RSS feed (http://www.fanhouse.com/bloggers/jj-cooper/rss.xml))
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http://www.blogcdn.com/nfl.fanhouse.com/media/2009/07/william-gay-heavy.jpgWhen William Gay (http://www.fanhouse.com/tag/William+Gay/) was drafted, the worries were that he was too light and too short to ever be more than a nickel back.

He may still be short, but no one can accuse Gay of being too light to start any more. The third-year corner who is penciled in to replace Bryant McFadden (http://www.fanhouse.com/tag/Bryant+McFadden/) at cornerback told the Washington Observer-Reporter (http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/07-31-Steelers-William-Gay) that he is 15 pounds heavier than he was last year, up from 183 to 198. At 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, Gay now weighs three pounds more than 6-foot-2 corner Ike Taylor is officially listed at.

"I don't want to put on the wrong kind of weight," Gay said. "And if it slowed me down at all, I'd drop back down. There are too many fast receivers in this league. But it doesn't seem to be slowing me down."
The Steelers have big hopes for Gay, who was called the Steelers' most fundamentally sound cornerback by the coaching staff. He ranked as the top cornerback in the league in adjusted yards allowed by Football Outsiders last year, as he played well enough to take playing time away from McFadden in the base defense in addition to playing as a fill-in starter and in the dime package. This year he'll have to prove that he can provide the same success when getting a lot more attention.

DIESELMAN
08-01-2009, 05:42 PM
If the extra weight doesn't slow him down...great!! The extra muscle will help keep these monster WR's in check.

HUNT4SEVEN
08-02-2009, 12:05 AM
If the extra weight doesn't slow him down...great!! The extra muscle will help keep these monster WR's in check.

Agreed!

BlitzburghRockCity
08-02-2009, 02:46 PM
This is good news, he's taking this opportunity seriously and ready to grab that starting job and never look back.

Callax
08-03-2009, 02:23 PM
I'm glad to see a late round pick excelling and proving that late round does not mean talent less!!!
He looked good as a rookie in preseason games in 2007...
his stop watch speed wasn't stellar, but he proved stop watch speed is not the same as game speed!!! (see Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Jerry Rice, etc...)
This is why scouting into the later rounds still pays off... You never know when you find a diamond in the rough.... ( see Willie Parker)

ItAintEasyBeingPeazy
08-03-2009, 02:46 PM
Well it seems like he's using the extra pounds just fine.....

"What was somewhat telling was the way practice ended. Rookie running back Frank Summers turned the corner with the football in his hands and was rocked by cornerback William Gay.

“When you carry a nickname like ‘Tank,’ guys are going to try you,” said Tomlin. “They want him to prove that nickname is earned. That’s the nature of the National Football League. This is a show-me game, and he’s starting to understand that.” Steelers.com