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BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 07:09 PM
The Steelers have come to an agreement with veteran free agent running back Mewelde Moore.

The 5-11, 209-pounder spent the past three years with the Steelers, predominately as a third-down back.

Moore had 33 carries for 99 yards a season ago and 26 catches for 205 yards.
The Steelers were in need of a third-down back. The role was filled during today's first day of full padded practice by rookie Baron Batch.


From the Trib (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_749339.html)

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 07:10 PM
Just as we pretty much suspected, Memo will be back with the Steelers. I think it's a safe bet though that his roster spot is far from locked up. Still though he's a wily veteran and a tough player, excellent on 3rd down and pass protection. He won't give up his roster spot easily.

LatrobePA
07-31-2011, 07:14 PM
Is this team afraid to stray from with in?

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 07:22 PM
I don't think so, most teams are making similar moves. Right now with the training camp rosters at 90 instead of the usual 80 in the past they are bringing in as many as they can. The more competition the better chance you have of finding the best guys when the season starts.

The people they've signed recently, guys like Moore and Sepulveda, are being brought back to compete. Given the draft picks we have and the young talent ready to step up there will be big changes likely coming at some key positions once preseason is over. Perhaps not so much with the main veterans but positions like Punter, Kicker, NB, 3rd down back could very well have new faces this year.

86WARD
07-31-2011, 07:30 PM
Ugh...one player I did not want to see return...

Rampage
07-31-2011, 07:39 PM
Memo was an excellent addition early on and had a hell of a year in 2008, but last year was pretty poor. Hopefully he can turn it around.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 08:06 PM
Baron Batch is going to give him a run for his money. Batch has youth on his side and a lot of talent. I look for this to be a real good battle to watch in camp. Memo knows what he needs to do to secure his job and he did make some important plays for us last year, however the young kid will be a tough obstacle to overcome.

Rampage
07-31-2011, 08:10 PM
Baron Batch is going to give him a run for his money. Batch has youth on his side and a lot of talent. I look for this to be a real good battle to watch in camp. Memo knows what he needs to do to secure his job and he did make some important plays for us last year, however the young kid will be a tough obstacle to overcome.

Its the Steelers. Memo automatically gets a spot because he is a veteran. :lol:

Big T
07-31-2011, 09:02 PM
I'm probably more upset by this than anything else the steelers have done since FA started...that includes Max Starks, Plax, Willie Gay, Flozell, etc... 2008 he was serviceable, '09 he declined, '10 he was borderline pathetic. He's slow and his blocking is ugly. Mendenhall can be an every down back with Redman spelling him and Batch spelling him on a few 3rd downs. I'd honestly take Baron Batch over him right now to spell Mendy every once in a while on 3rd down. Obviously that's just my opinion.

Zachintosh66
07-31-2011, 09:04 PM
this is just insurance...

LatrobePA
07-31-2011, 09:10 PM
We did make it all the way last season with these guys. I'm just not impressed with their FA thinking...

uclkyle
07-31-2011, 09:23 PM
I don't know why people are so sour on Moore. He's a reliable guy on 3rd down, has decent ability, knows the schemes, and can plan on special teams. I think this is a real positive. Remember, we made the SB last year....don't we want as many parts back as possible? If we are the Arizona Cardinals, I say clean house, but we were the second best, if not THE best team in the NFL 6 months ago.

jpele
07-31-2011, 09:26 PM
Baron Batch is going to give him a run for his money. Batch has youth on his side and a lot of talent.

Batch was very impressive in blocking drills today.


n his first repetition, Batch got fooled by veteran James Farrior, who used a swim move to get around the attempted block. On his last repetition, he ducked his head and was beaten by Jason Worilds. But in between Batch flashed the kind of technique more likely to be seen from a savvy veteran and became a factor as a blocker. Twice in a row, Batch handled Worilds, an outside linebacker from Virginia Tech who was the teamís No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft. And then with the assembled players getting into the spirit of the drill, Tomlin gave Batch his shot at the big time.

Full story (http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Batch-can-block-too/7fe4e02b-dd92-495a-bfdd-f9b750ff61ff)

StlersGuy
07-31-2011, 10:04 PM
I like Moore and think he could very well become our lead back

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BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 10:18 PM
this is just insurance...

I agree, there is no guarantee that Moore makes the team. Although as Rampage said he's a veteran so...LOL)

Think about this too, Jonathan Dwyer couldn't even finish the run test, and besides Mendenhall and Redman, there was noone else on the roster to even take any significant snaps in camp or preseason besides Baron Batch and the UDFA's recently brought in. The Steelers like veterans and Moore knows the offense. Either way this is an insurance move, and by no means indicates that Baron Batch won't make the squad this year.

igor0190
07-31-2011, 10:21 PM
I like Moore and think he could very well become our lead back

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VeRRRy funny... I think Batch should make the team over Mewelde based on what he showed in practice today. He's a smart guy, so picking up the playbook shouldn't be a problem. He has all the tools to be a quality 3rd down back.

StlersGuy
07-31-2011, 11:01 PM
VeRRRy funny... I think Batch should make the team over Mewelde based on what he showed in practice today. He's a smart guy, so picking up the playbook shouldn't be a problem. He has all the tools to be a quality 3rd down back.

I had a blond moment I was thinking about Mendenhall

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LatrobePA
07-31-2011, 11:03 PM
Batch stoned 92 today and opened some eyes. Moore may have a tough time holding his spot.

igor0190
07-31-2011, 11:10 PM
Batch stoned 92 today and opened some eyes. Moore may have a tough time holding his spot.

Backs on Backers drill is up on Steelers.com, Batch is #35

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-audio/videos/Backs-On-Backers-Drill/855eb03a-b085-4287-9ef6-5117eca0fb99

connecticutsteel
08-01-2011, 12:31 AM
Batch is setting Latrobe on fire at least this week memo might not make it .

greennick
08-01-2011, 05:23 AM
We did make it all the way last season with these guys. I'm just not impressed with their FA thinking...

Not quite all the way. :nono:

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I like Moore and think he could very well become our lead back

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LOL...

coldrolled
08-01-2011, 08:11 AM
Batch stoned 92 today and opened some eyes. Moore may have a tough time holding his spot.

maybe we are finally going to change our way here, like sign memo and then actually get trade value for him.

we have a hard time with trades.. its usually a fire sale or a release....

we are a SB team, our vets should have some trade value.

andyg1984
08-01-2011, 09:46 AM
Memo sucks ... it is that simple .. not considered a threat by anyone .. on his best day he is a passenger

Farrior Fan
08-01-2011, 10:28 AM
2 years ago Memo was decent but last year he went down if a cornerback breathed on him. If Dwyer or Batch doesn't step it up we will be in trouble.

That video of Batch blocking Silverback is encouraging even if 92 isn't 100%. Kid wants to make the team and play.

K Train
08-01-2011, 10:35 AM
**** this noise

LatrobePA
08-01-2011, 10:43 AM
Did anyone see Redman get owned by Harrison?

Blazedby92
08-01-2011, 10:49 AM
MEMO REALLY???????????????

Rampage
08-01-2011, 02:16 PM
Didn't Redman have an exceptional camp the year before last, only to be skipped on the final roster? Even if Batch looks great, I find it difficult to believe that the team will take him over a guy like Moore.

Experience is more important than upside.

cmerrifield
08-01-2011, 02:58 PM
This is just a one year deal, I think he is an insurance policy, just like Gay is. I dont worry too much about bringing Memo and Gay and guys like this back just in case it doesnt work out with the rookies. He wont make the final roster if Batch keeps it up.

Zachintosh66
08-01-2011, 03:52 PM
id rather have jason snelling

K Train
08-01-2011, 04:02 PM
Experience is more important than upside.

Since when? if thats the case they should definitely bring in tiki barber

redman was a TC hero two years ago, but he wasnt anything special then, or last year, or now...completely replaceable talent. And that was when all we had was mendenhall who was unexperienced, now he has experience and moore is 100% expendable along with redman is batch or dwyer (angry face) prove to be better

Danger DANJ
08-01-2011, 04:51 PM
id rather have jason snelling

That's what I say. If you bring in Snelling, you can get rid of a couple guys out of Moore, Dwyer, Redman and Batch.

Rampage
08-01-2011, 06:58 PM
Since when? if thats the case they should definitely bring in tiki barber

redman was a TC hero two years ago, but he wasnt anything special then, or last year, or now...completely replaceable talent. And that was when all we had was mendenhall who was unexperienced, now he has experience and moore is 100% expendable along with redman is batch or dwyer (angry face) prove to be better

I was being sarcastic. :lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-01-2011, 07:32 PM
Since when? if thats the case they should definitely bring in tiki barber

redman was a TC hero two years ago, but he wasnt anything special then, or last year, or now...completely replaceable talent. And that was when all we had was mendenhall who was unexperienced, now he has experience and moore is 100% expendable along with redman is batch or dwyer (angry face) prove to be better

Redman is the short yardage specialist, there's no way he gets replaced by Batch. I love seeing Baron do so well in camp but we all know playing in the regular season is a different thing. I have all the confidence in the world that Baron can make the roster and take over Mewelde's roster spot, but Redman did very well in his role. I am really hoping they give more carries to him this year and see how he responds.

tburg68
08-01-2011, 10:42 PM
Don't want Moore, Don't need Moore.

I'll carry the ball in training camp if they need a body.

K Train
08-02-2011, 09:02 AM
Redman is the short yardage specialist, there's no way he gets replaced by Batch. I love seeing Baron do so well in camp but we all know playing in the regular season is a different thing. I have all the confidence in the world that Baron can make the roster and take over Mewelde's roster spot, but Redman did very well in his role. I am really hoping they give more carries to him this year and see how he responds.

mendenhall is just as good of a short yardage guy as redman and hes a better receiver and blocker than any back on the roster, including moore. imo redman is replaceable and that could be by batch, dwyer, or clay....any of these guys have a shot, redman isnt anything they need to keep around if theres a better player.

clay might very well establish himself as a better short yardage runner espeically

Blazedby92
08-02-2011, 09:34 AM
mendenhall is just as good of a short yardage guy as redman and hes a better receiver and blocker than any back on the roster, including moore. imo redman is replaceable and that could be by batch, dwyer, or clay....any of these guys have a shot, redman isnt anything they need to keep around if theres a better player.

clay might very well establish himself as a better short yardage runner espeically


Mendy is no where near a short yardage back cause he likes to spin it to the outside ALL the time, rarely do you see him run up the middle unless it's wide open then he still runs towards the sideline regardless, do I believe he can lay the wood, yes but rarely have I seen it.
On the other hand Redman isn't a superstar by no means but he can get the job done blocking and short yardage.

I agree moore is a waste of a roster spot since we have capable RB's but who?

Dywer apparently he is another Lendale White has potential but lazy couldn't even be a preseason phenom as you call it, Batch is starting to do the same thing Redman did a few years ago in training camp and I remember you calling him a preseason phenom so wouldn't that put Batch in the same catagory until he proves it in the real season if he makes it and in another thread this is what you quoted about Clay "clay is so slow and not explosive at all...they must really not have faith in dwyer."

Just sayin' Redman is the man until I'm proven otherwise.

K Train
08-02-2011, 10:38 AM
mendenhall is a good goal line back, we just dont get to see it very much cause they love ****ing up the play call...he spins a lot but he can and does lower his shoulder and hes a hard runner.

batch is absolutely a TC hero right now....but when you have 2-3 of them on your roster you take the one with the most upside. i dont hate redman as much as i used too, hes an ok short yardage guy and he has terrific balance, but what you see from him is what you get....hes not gonna surprise anyone, hes never gonna be a full time RB and i would not be comfortable AT ALL with him starting a game if mendenhall got hurt. we need a guy that can play a role on the team but also start in spot duty, and right now we dont have one of them...not redman, not dwyer, not moore, not batch

roosterray
08-02-2011, 11:25 AM
I'm sick of Melwelde Moore. He smart, but he's nothing special. We need more speed and physical toughness. Our Backup RB depth is almost as much fun as our CB depth. Serviceable but nothing to get excited about.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-02-2011, 02:02 PM
Redman is a what you see is what you get, but that works well in this system. I don't doubt that if Mendenhall were to go down for an extended period of time that he could step up and be effective. He may not have all the moves that Rashard does but he's good vision and power and that counts for a lot.

Clay could be a gem, he's not going to run away from anyone but he's got good moves. How he does in blocking and pass protection will help determine if he can get on the team. I think Baron right now makes the team without a problem. Potentially it could both him and Clay as the main backs behind the 2 starters.

TampaSteelGirl
08-02-2011, 02:07 PM
Always been a Redman fan...always will be :tt02:

Blazedby92
08-02-2011, 02:49 PM
mendenhall is a good goal line back, we just dont get to see it very much cause they love ****ing up the play call...he spins a lot but he can and does lower his shoulder and hes a hard runner.

batch is absolutely a TC hero right now....but when you have 2-3 of them on your roster you take the one with the most upside. i dont hate redman as much as i used too, hes an ok short yardage guy and he has terrific balance, but what you see from him is what you get....hes not gonna surprise anyone, hes never gonna be a full time RB and i would not be comfortable AT ALL with him starting a game if mendenhall got hurt. we need a guy that can play a role on the team but also start in spot duty, and right now we dont have one of them...not redman, not dwyer, not moore, not batch

Batch seems to be the one with the higher ceiling and I hope out all of them we can find a gem.
I don't think there will ever be an 3 down back anymore in the NFL and I think Mendy is close but like you said the play calling is so screwed up now(Pass crazy league) Plus he needs to get that fear I think Ray Ray put in him his rookie year(my opinion) and lower his shoulders and Blast people, I want to see him spin and as soon as he comes out of his spin, lower his shoulder and hammer someone then turn the speed on right up the gut, he has it just wish he'd use it:yesnod:

Thisoneguy555
08-02-2011, 10:06 PM
I always felt Moore has a lot to offer, but Redman showed he can be as good of a 3rd down back as Moore, plus all I hear about this Batch kid is good, Moore's signing will probably push either Redman or Batch down to the practice squad.