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steelchamp204
12-24-2013, 12:46 PM
http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Rookies-have-shown-plenty-of-progress/be761d5a-d7c3-4e08-8ea8-99f2b2a1b656

steelchamp204
12-24-2013, 12:47 PM
Won't let me paste the article? Goes to some error navigation page.

steelchamp204
12-24-2013, 12:48 PM
RB Le’Veon Bell: “I have grown mentally, just pre-snap, things I didn’t know when I first came they come a lot easier to me now. The game has really slowed down. I really understand a lot more football being in this league, this organization.”

LB Terence Garvin: “I have grown a lot. When I first got here I was a safety and I was adjusting to a new position. For me it’s been learning the new position, all of the ins and outs, what to do and how to go about my business. I feel like I have grown a lot, going about my business, being accountable.”

LB Jarvis Jones: “I think mentally it’s been a challenge for us all, but I think the mental part is what people don’t see outside of the system. They don’t see the mental stage rookies have to go through. We have played almost a whole year of football without taking a break, straight from your last year of college playing, to training, to the combine, draft, OTAs, camp and then you play a 20 game season and possibly more. It’s tough, but you have to keep grinding. The mental stage is the big part.”

QB Landry Jones: “Understanding the offense a lot more now and gaining an understanding of NFL defenses.”

S Shamarko Thomas: “From a comfort zone, learning from Troy (Polamalu) and Ryan (Clark) at the beginning was tough. Getting adjusted to the practice schedule was tough, the meetings, the way everything went. But I am used to it now. Learning the defense and everything is coming together.”

WR Markus Wheaton: “It’s been growing mentally more than anything, getting the opportunity to learn from the older guys, how they prepare and the little things they do in their game, learning from them. That has been most of my growth.”

LB Vince Williams: “I play a lot faster now than when I first got here. You can tell there is a stark difference between the first time we played against Cincinnati and the second time we played against Cincinnati. I played a lot sharper, a lot better.”

The rookies also weighed in on what they have learned about life in the NFL so far in their first season.

Bell: “Adversity is always going to strike. It struck for me with the injuries, with the team losing the first four games. It’s going to strike and you just have to know how to handle it.”

Garvin: “Every day out here you are trying to learn something. I have learned something new every day so it’s not just one thing.”

J. Jones: “You have to work for everything that happens here. Nothing is given to you. You know that. You are going to go against the best of the best every week. You have to prepare for that and work. It’s not just the physical part of it; it’s the mental part of the game, taking care of your body so you can stay ahead of the curve. It’s a long season and your body starts to deteriorate. That is the main part of it, being mentally focused both on and off the field.”

L. Jones: “The biggest lesson is being patient and working as hard as you can and being prepared for when you get your chance. It’s tough.”

Thomas: “You have to be a student of the game. Troy and Ryan always tell me even if you think you know it, study it more. Always be a student of the game and stay healthy.”

Wheaton: “There is so much, there are financial things, tips from the coaches and players, learning from watching game film. I have learned that you learn something new here every day.”

Williams: “It’s a long year, but it happens so fast."

Rollers
12-25-2013, 09:18 AM
My only issue with Jones is the absolute lack of any impact this year at all for the most part. I'm not smart enough to know if it's due to scheme, coaching, or talent. There are a few rookie linebackers, and even undrafted free agent rookies out there making an impact and playing good football. Why can't Jones do the same? I'm not asking for all pro level of play but he was a high number one. Seems like he can't find the ball carrier and the ball carrier has a tendency to just run right by him. How many sacks has he had this year? How many tackles? I'm concerned about his level of play this year. Next year he'll have the system down better I guess but is it that hard to play this system? If it is maybe we need to look at a different system? I'm hoping he really picks up his game next year and comes on strong. Has to be something there. I like Bell's contributions of course. Is it easier for a running back to make a contribution? Let's hope Jones is the guy we need next year.

ChucktownSteeler
12-26-2013, 09:09 AM
We have had a good crop of rookies this year, no doubt. Jones has disappointed, I am hoping for a big improvement in his play next season. The snafu with cutting Harrison was bad, perhaps Harrison got bad advice from his agent. He is on a play-off team, but wound up making a lot less than the Steelers offered him to stay here. From what I know he had zero impact at Cincinnati.

I would have liked to seen more of Wheaton and Moye, I think we definitely lose Sanders and perhaps Cothery at season's end.

Rollers
12-26-2013, 12:13 PM
I'd like to see us at least offer Cotchery. He can't be that expensive and he's got pretty decent hands. Sanders? I have mixed feelings on. Doesn't seem like he had great hands by any means and I don't think he's worth keeping. Bring on Wheaton to take his place. According to everything I've read we will be fighting dead cap money for the next couple of years. So I don't look for us to make any decent free agent signings. While I'm not happy with this coaching staff the pickup of Vlasco was HUGE. With that injury we may be able to keep him a couple years? Jones has been, in my opinion only, a huge dissapointment. I hope there's more there than we've seen. I wish him luck.

ChucktownSteeler
12-26-2013, 05:28 PM
I would agree, if we can milk out another year to 2 from Cotchery I would be for it, but I think Wheaton will be a huge improvement over Sanders. I don't think Sanders comes back.

The following were great additions to the line:

Velasco, Wallace, and Beachum.

I hope they all return because I feel they can contribute. I still would liek us to draft a LT in the first round. I am not sure Beachum is the long term answer.

Real Deal Steel
12-26-2013, 06:10 PM
I expect to see a big jump from this year to the next for Wheaton.