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BlitzburghRockCity
05-23-2012, 02:26 PM
So it appears that Todd Haley is putting at least some type of emphasis on the fullback position after all. According to Ed Bouchette via his blog: (http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/116478-ed-steelers-move-david-johnson-to-fb-fulltime) Excerpt below.

Steelers just finished their second spring practice and halfback Isaac Redman dropped some news – tight end David Johnson has been moved to fullback on a fulltime basis. He no longer attends meetings with the tight ends and will be part of the running backs meetings.

Redman also said there will be more emphasis put on the running game this season.
Johnson’s move raises a question whether the Steelers will keep two tight ends and one fullback, three tight ends, one fullback and fewer running backs on the roster and, of course, who those will be.

JensK
05-23-2012, 02:28 PM
I can't really say I'm surprised by this.. Nor can I say that I'm super excited about it. But I guess we'll see how that pans out.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-23-2012, 02:33 PM
Johnson's roster spot was in trouble this season even with him having experience as a FB, at least I think so. Now that he's the fulltime blocker he'll likely make the team but then that could mean that Saunders, McCoy, and Paulson are only practice squad candidates. It could go down that way but the more likely scenario in my mind is having 3 TE's still because if one goes down and DJ goes back to TE, you've lost your FB.

coldrolled
05-23-2012, 03:40 PM
85 is 85% chance gone... Once Haley sees his blocking ability as a FB he will be the odd man out.

K Train
05-23-2012, 03:54 PM
they tendered him, that doesnt usually equate to a roster spot in jeopardy

i think hes a decent lead blocker

coldrolled
05-23-2012, 03:56 PM
i would rather see new blood at FB

steelcitysfinestXL
05-23-2012, 04:00 PM
I remember his first season he was more of a fullback role. He blew up quite a few people as a lead blocker but he tended to miss as many as he hit.

Number99
05-23-2012, 04:00 PM
So unless Will Johnson beats him out or they sign another proven FB (unlikely) DJ will prob have a new number in the 30's or 40's and be on the 53 week 1.

K Train
05-23-2012, 04:12 PM
I remember his first season he was more of a fullback role. He blew up quite a few people as a lead blocker but he tended to miss as many as he hit.
at least he hit some. unlike frank summers

coldrolled
05-23-2012, 04:20 PM
Summers and Sweed... Ouch...

steelcitysfinestXL
05-23-2012, 04:22 PM
at least he hit some. unlike frank summers

Thats Frank "The Tank" Summers to you sir!!!! DJ is the best option they have at FB on the current roster so this is no big suprise seeing the have Pope and Saunders (after suspension) for TE depth.

strummerfan
05-23-2012, 04:59 PM
Didn't Redman actually say the running backs would be more involved in the passing game this year?

The Lakelander
05-23-2012, 05:28 PM
they tendered him, that doesnt usually equate to a roster spot in jeopardy

i think hes a decent lead blocker

I agree with this sentiment ... he's not as bad a lead blocker as the perception is ... time will tell.

What I like about it is that we are going to have a mammoth offense this season ... linemen ... TE's ... RB's ... Big Ben ... The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to line up as a massive and daunting offense up front and in the running attack! ...

LatrobePA
05-23-2012, 05:29 PM
Frank the Tank was $$$$$! hahaha

BlitzburghRockCity
05-31-2012, 12:09 PM
To be honest, the decision came as a bit of relief for Johnson. He spent last season meeting and practicing with the tight ends all week only to be thrown into the backfield as a lead blocker in goal line situations with little preparation.

''Last year, he was just trying to hit it on the fly,'' tight end Heath Miller (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/heath-miller/299909) said.
Now Johnson - who will keep the No. 85 - sits in meetings trying to absorb as much of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's playbook as he can while getting a feel for what his role will look like when the season starts in September.

''It's actually a little bit easier,'' Johnson said. ''That's all I've got to learn now is fullback. At first I had to know both tight end positions and fullback. Now I just focus on fullback and just create my better habits on that and become the best at it.''

The position, once a mainstay, has been phased out by most teams in favor of three-receiver sets even in Pittsburgh. The spot has been vacant since Dan Kreider left the team following the 2007 season as former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians opted for a more pass-heavy attack.
While Haley still plans to let quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/ben-roethlisberger/200315) do his thing, he also wants to give Pittsburgh's running game a physical presence it has lacked at times since Jerome Bettis' retirement following the 2005 season.

Haley utilized a fullback expertly while head coach Kansas City from 2009-11. Tim Castille (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/tim-castille/479983) helped pave the way for the Chiefs (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/kansas-city-chiefs/67049) to lead the NFL in rushing while winning an unlikely AFC West title in 2010. The team then signed Le'Ron McClain last season, with the former All-Pro keeping Kansas City productive despite a rash of injuries.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/steelers_david_johnson_enjoying_move_to_fullback/10907033

coldrolled
05-31-2012, 12:16 PM
Haley utilized a fullback expertly while head coach Kansas City from 2009-11.

This is why 85 wont be the fullback Aug 9th