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StevieRayVol
08-19-2011, 12:34 AM
Man, after struggling at OT...Hills looks like he has found a home at OG. I mean there were times when he just "STONE WALLED" his man. Looks like he is developing a mean streak. Here's hoping Scott and Gilbert are OK..The offensive line looks like it might be in LOTS better shape than last year.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-19-2011, 12:37 AM
Scott and Gilbert both have hyper extended knees, Tomlin said they should be fine. *knock on wood*

Hills didn't look too bad at LT either tonight. He came in when Gilbert when down and held his own. He was indeed getting chippy out there and tossing some guys around who got in his face. This is the best we've seen him since he came to the team. He's still got a lot of work to do, and I'm not sure I'd say he was "great" just yet LOL, but I'm encouraged for sure.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-19-2011, 12:43 AM
Good to hear that Scott and Gilbert are going to be ok.....I would have to think that Hills is going to make the team at this point.......Scott, Kemoeatu, Pouncey, Colon, Gilbert, are 5 locks.......Legursky, Foster, and Hills should make it.....

BlitzburghRockCity
08-19-2011, 12:46 AM
Good to hear that Scott and Gilbert are going to be ok.....I would have to think that Hills is going to make the team at this point.......Scott, Kemoeatu, Pouncey, Colon, Gilbert, are 5 locks.......Legursky, Foster, and Hills should make it.....

All of those players you mentioned shouldn't have any problem making the team. Hills has shown enough in camp and preseason so far to warrant keeping him around. He's in the best shape of his life and finally getting on the field and making a different. Foster is also a given to make the team IMO. He's a solid player at either Guard spot. Keith Williams and Chris Scott need to step up their game though.

FYI, Tony Hills is 330 lbs. with only 13% body fat. That is a beast folks, pure and simple.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-19-2011, 12:58 AM
I didn't expect Keith Williams to have a shot really....thought he was the perfect late round drafted player that will spend a season or two on the practice squad to develop.......

How many OL do the Steelers keep will be the question?

BlitzburghRockCity
08-19-2011, 01:04 AM
9 is probably a safe number at this point. With all the injuries last year I would hope they try to keep that extra guy available and ready to go. If that holds true then the guys you mentioned, and Foster would be your group most likely, IMO. Keith Williams and Chris Scott would likely be PS players.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-19-2011, 01:11 AM
I think Tony Hills is starting to feel comfortable and looks to be NFL quality.....Kudos to ktrain since he always did like Tony Hills.....I thought he played well at LT tonight....the ability to play multi positions along the offensive line is huge......Some times it just takes time for a player to get it and considering all the injuries Hills has had in the past its understandable....

K Train
08-19-2011, 01:25 AM
my god tony hills is making my dreams come true, looks like hes going to be worth the wait. he looks like a grown *** man out there

Black@Gold Forever32
08-19-2011, 01:28 AM
Dare I say Colon looked solid in pass-pro tonight...Maybe all the bums that played RG next to him was a factor......I know I'm hard on Colon but hey thought he looked damn good out there......

I just want the best 5 to play period......I don't care if its rookies like Gilbert or journeyman undrafted types....Just get the best 5 on the field and pray to the football gods that no injuries happen....lol

BlitzburghRockCity
08-19-2011, 08:46 AM
The more versatile he makes himself the better chance he'll have of not only making the team, which I think he'll do anyways, but also seeing more playing time once the season starts. Legursky is the primary backup at this point but Hills will be pushing him for that spot if he keeps this up.

K Train
08-19-2011, 10:10 AM
idk, i think hills is making a hard case to start all of a sudden. he was better than foster, scott and legs have been at RG and he looked kinda beast at LT for a while too.

no complaints on his leaps and bounds worth of progress the last year...holy ****

LatrobePA
08-19-2011, 10:27 AM
The new line coach IMO has helped these guys find their mojo!

jpbucco
08-19-2011, 12:35 PM
Roster isn't set yet. I fully expect a veteran "swing" tackle to be signed..be it Flo,Max or someone like Bryant McKinnie. There is not enough tackle depth right now.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-19-2011, 12:54 PM
I think Hills will be the starting RG come week 1 vs the Ravens.....

Rampage
08-19-2011, 01:24 PM
I was impressed with both Gilbert and Hills out there. Hills was always manhandling guys on his blocks which really impressed me given his history. Maybe there's something with these guys like Pouncey, Gilbert and Hills who are athletic and strong instead of fat. :dunno:

Goodfrom55
08-19-2011, 07:44 PM
Hills looked good last night, athletic, quick, strong. See how he handles Haloti Ngata and the other mammoth DT's in the AFC North. Encouraging.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-19-2011, 08:35 PM
I think Hills will be the starting RG come week 1 vs the Ravens.....

If he keeps up the good play they may not be able to keep him off the field. The incredible improvement from the last 2 years till now is enough to convince me. Foster and Legursky will be his main competition. Chris Scott hasn't done anything in either game so far. My money right now though is on Hills, but Foster won't make it easy.

Real Deal Steel
08-20-2011, 12:53 AM
I want Gilbert and Hillis in there to get some reps. Especially Gilbert.


But..wouldn't it be something if we could run the ball on the Ravens in the first game?? Right off tackle!!

Can you imagine our play action pass if we could run the ball on the Ravens?? Okay....I"m dreaming. haahaha

KemoTherapy
08-20-2011, 01:44 PM
I actually liked what I saw out of Keith Williams when he was out there. I see potential there. This was the first game that I saw Chris Scott in and was mightily unimpressed. Not too crazy about Johnathon Scott as well. Seems like a Steeler o-lineman get injured every series if not every play lol.

bigplaysteel
08-20-2011, 02:06 PM
I think Tony Hills is starting to feel comfortable and looks to be NFL quality.....Kudos to ktrain since he always did like Tony Hills.....I thought he played well at LT tonight....the ability to play multi positions along the offensive line is huge......Some times it just takes time for a player to get it and considering all the injuries Hills has had in the past its understandable....

So the K Train was one of the very few having confidence in this player. Truly amazing.

Rest assured, most casual fans have been really puzzled by situation since day 2. Me, I had been wondering if Hill's agent had some pictures on the FO and/or some coaches.

If this it so that he is really got it--what a huge plus.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-21-2011, 02:18 AM
The next Kellen Winslow?

Tony Hills smiles as he thinks about those days when he had limitless potential as a tight end. Days when he was widely considered the top prep prospect in Texas, which is kind of like being the smartest person at Harvard.

"I would have been the first Tony Hills," he said.
Hills' football odyssey has taken him from tight end to guard the two are close in a literal sense but far apart by any other measure and that's not even the half of it.
Hills was once given little chance of playing football again, following complications from a knee injury. Nearly a decade later, the ultimate football survivor may be in the mix to start at right guard for the Steelers.

Hills, largely an afterthought in his first three seasons with the Steelers, has been one of the pleasant surprises of the preseason.

Hills reported to training camp in what he said is the best shape of his life, and here is where it gets a little humorous.

He also showed up weighing close to 330 pounds, around 15 more than what he usually carries on his 6-foot-5 frame.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin promptly assigned the fourth-year veteran to a 7 a.m. workout group, reserved for players who arrived at St Vincent College too big or out of shape.

Tomlin soon realized that Hills didn't need the extra work. Indeed, Hills had lowered his body fat to 13 percent during the offseason it had been in the 20s, he said while adding the extra weight.

"I feel quicker. I feel more powerful. I definitely feel more flexible," Hills said.
Most of all Hills feels more confident after spending a summer with a Texas-based trainer that put him through something akin to boot camp while broadening his training horizons.

Hills said he rarely, if ever, used to stretch after working out. Now, that is one of the staples of his regimen.

The increased flexibility can only help Hills, because getting lower than the opponent is a critical component of successful offensive line play.

"The great thing about Tony is how much better his core has gotten," said Charlie Peters, who trained at Anytime Fitness in McKinney, Texas. "Your muscle strength and flexibility are one in the same, so you can be tight and exhibit some power but you're never going to get a full range of motion if that muscle's tight."
Full range of motion is something doctors thought Hills might never regain in his left foot not after the hit that changed the course of his football life in December 2002.
Damaged goods

Hills had been the No. 1 recruit in Texas, according to several services, when he took a shot to the lower left leg while carrying a would-be tackler on his back. It happened during a playoff game in his senior season at Alief Elsik High School in Houston. The injury, which occurred in early December, left Hills with a torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee.

It ended his season and nearly his career, as nerve damage later caused Hills to lose sensation in his left leg, leading to what is known medically as drop foot. When Hills made his official visit to Texas in late December he had already verbally committed to the school he did so in a wheelchair.

Coach Mack Brown talked to him about still coming to Austin and helping with the program, though not once mentioning how Hills might do so on the field.
Small wonder: Doctors, Hills said, had given him a 2 percent chance of playing football again. His mother responded by adding Hills to every prayer list she could find and pushing him as if she were also his coach.

After surgery in January 2003, Hills had a second operation in August that successfully removed scar tissue and cleared his return to football.

"I've been to hell and back," Hills said of the ordeal. "I've been blessed."
When Hills got back on the field, Texas shifted him to offensive tackle. Hills backed up current Steelers left tackle Jonathan Scott at the same position in 2005, when Texas won the national championship.

He started the next two years before breaking his lower left leg near the end of the 2007 season. Hills slipped to the fourth round of the 2008 draft, where the Steelers took a chance on him.

To say he has played sparingly since then would be charitable.
Hills, who looked overmatched at left tackle during his first training camp, has played in only five games. He is optimistic that the time he spent with Peters during the NFL lockout will change that.

"I feel like it's my time," Hills said.
Peters agrees.

"He's the hardest worker I've ever seen," Peters said. "He doesn't quit."

From the Trib (http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/Steelers%20OL%20Hills%20has%20had%20his%20ups%20an d%20downs%20-%20Pittsburgh%20Tribune-Review%20http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_752633.html#ixzz1VdapIO6B)

Black@Gold Forever32
08-21-2011, 03:56 AM
Very good article and after reading that you just want to root for Tony Hills even more......Injuries have slowed his development process and no wonder why we havn't seen much from him since he has been in the NFL....But now he is getting healthier and really in the best shape since he was injured.........We're finally starting to see the potential he once had....Not as a super TE but as a quality NFL OL even if he ends up at RG........

coach
08-21-2011, 01:56 PM
All the good news we can get, re; the o-line, is welome news. The o-line is still seen a a "work in progress."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_752551.html

igor0190
08-21-2011, 04:26 PM
This is definately really good news... we need a few guys to step up on the offensive line! Having a guy that athletic at guard should really help the run game.

K Train
08-21-2011, 06:45 PM
great article

TEEMONT
08-21-2011, 07:32 PM
I do get nervous when I see someone his size drop body fat and put on that much weight....there's always the chance he's on something.

But he did look pretty solid. I was loving that game.

K Train
08-22-2011, 12:00 PM
ive watched the game 3 times.

he looks like a completely different player than weve seen...first of all holy **** hes a beast, i hope hes not on hgh lol. hes a legit monster of a human at that weight.

this may be a premature prediction, but based on the last two preseason games i think the man i once called a legit canidate for a franchise LT down the road, becomes the best guard weve had since faneca. im COMPLETELY re-evaluating needs now, the way gilbert and hills are looking the biggest weakness on the line might be kemoeatu this season

Black@Gold Forever32
08-22-2011, 12:11 PM
ive watched the game 3 times.

he looks like a completely different player than weve seen...first of all holy **** hes a beast, i hope hes not on hgh lol. hes a legit monster of a human at that weight.

this may be a premature prediction, but based on the last two preseason games i think the man i once called a legit canidate for a franchise LT down the road, becomes the best guard weve had since faneca. im COMPLETELY re-evaluating needs now, the way gilbert and hills are looking the biggest weakness on the line might be kemoeatu this season

Kemoeatu is the weakest link no doubt.....The Steelers really needed upgrades at both OG spots but if Tony Hills is the answer at RG then I really like the offensive line going forward with just the need for one more OG......I wonder why Hills isn't getting a look at LG?......With him being so athletic you would think he would get a shot at LG also since he is the best pulling OG on the roster........

K Train
08-22-2011, 12:15 PM
they ****ing love kemo there...pisses me off.

i seriously cant get enough of hills right now. i love being right (or at least partially in this case) lol....premature excitement maybe, but ive seen enough the last two games that its justified. week one starter at RG and wins it in a blowout. No one even looks close to being as good as him at RG

Black@Gold Forever32
08-22-2011, 12:28 PM
they ****ing love kemo there...pisses me off.

i seriously cant get enough of hills right now. i love being right (or at least partially in this case) lol....premature excitement maybe, but ive seen enough the last two games that its justified. week one starter at RG and wins it in a blowout. No one even looks close to being as good as him at RG

Hills is the starter at RG come week 1 vs the Ravens no doubt.......Foster has looked terrible so far this preseason....He was never a long term solution at RG but was ok last year......Hills is an upgrade over Foster.....My boy Legursky isn't a 16 game starter in the NFL so I don't look for him to start at RG either.....

Hopefully in next years draft the Steelers look hard to find a replacement for Kemoeatu.....Unless Keith Williams turns out be a player........

Rampage
08-22-2011, 01:16 PM
I am keeping my fingers crossed on Hills. He looks good, I just hope it isn't a fluke and that the coaches agree. Pouncey - Hills - Colon looks like running to the right will be ideal.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-22-2011, 01:18 PM
Hills pulling to left probably means the are looking to improve their running to the left side of the line......are running game has been to predictable at times.....