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BlitzburghRockCity
08-25-2007, 05:55 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07237/812079-66.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML


Saturday, August 25, 2007

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Coach Mike Tomlin cautioned several weeks ago not to give up on Lawrence Timmons, and he wasn't just feigning optimism or sympathy for the Steelers' No. 1 draft pick.

Despite missing the entire offseason conditioning program and more than the first two weeks of training camp, Timmons is doing a good job of playing catch-up at outside linebacker in the Steelers' defense -- so much so his coaches have not ruled out the possibility of him playing every bit as much this season as the team's other rookie outside linebacker, LaMarr Woodley.

"We're seeing him catch up, but that's pretty much what we expected," Tomlin said. "He's a sharp guy, a very talented guy. All he needed to do is get back on the field."

In his first preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Timmons did not have to wait long to get on the field, being inserted in the nickel defense on the first defensive series and rushing the passer.

In the fourth quarter, when the Redskins were trying to rally for a late score, Timmons was dropping into coverage downfield and running with tight ends, running backs and, yes, wide receivers.

"I'm getting there," said Timmons, the 15th overall selection in the NFL draft. "I'm glad they give me an opportunity like that. I'm trying to help them out and live up to the aspirations they have for me in this defense."

He will get more playing time tomorrow night when the Steelers (2-1) face the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) in a preseason game at Heinz Field, but his role will be slightly different. Timmons will continue to get some snaps in the nickel defense, but Tomlin said he will get a more extensive look in the base defense with the second unit.

"Last week, we played him in packages where we wanted him to get out there and play and not worry too much about situational things, assignment things," Tomlin said. "We cut some of those things down so he could turn it loose and play. This week, we're going to take the training wheels off him, and he's going to play in all phases of the defense with the second group."

Timmons' chances of being a contributor this season appeared to diminish when, three days into training camp, he aggravated the same groin injury that caused him to miss nearly the entire offseason program.

After missing the next two weeks of camp, Timmons went to Dr. William Meyers, a noted groin and abdominal specialist based in Philadelphia, and was diagnosed with an inflammatory condition known as osteitis pubis -- the same diagnosis he received from the Steelers. Timmons received an anti-inflammatory injection designed to expedite his return to the practice field.

Less than a week later, he was back on the practice field and back in the Steelers' plans for the regular season. So far, they have not been disappointed by what they've seen.

"He's got the explosiveness we saw in college," said linebackers coach Keith Butler. "Once he figures everything out, he'll be quicker in his play. Right now, he's slowed down because he's thinking a lot. Once he gets the feel of the defense, he'll be all right."

"He's definitely got the tools," said inside linebacker James Farrior. "The coaches wouldn't have picked him that high if he didn't. You definitely see the burst here and there, and he's supposed to be good off the edge. They'll find some way to put him on the field."

While Woodley, a converted defensive end, is used primarily as a pass-rush specialist in the nickel and dime defense, Timmons will be used in more varied roles in the sub packages because he is more accustomed to playing the outside position.

Butler said Timmons can blitz, cover running backs and tight ends, and, on occasion, run with wide receivers.

"I'm trying to be used as many places as possible," Timmons said. "I'm trying to concentrate on third-down packages and, hopefully do more in the base stuff.

"I'm definitely making progress, without a doubt. When I was out [with injury], I was still paying attention and being in meetings like everybody else. I think I'll be fine."

"When I was out [with injury], I was still paying attention and being in meetings like everybody else. I think I'll be fine."

This is why we drafted Timmons and Woodley, both of these guys from what we've seen are just going to be monsters for our defense in the future. The Steeler OLB position is alive and well for sure.

JB 67
08-25-2007, 02:18 PM
Great too hear something positive about the kid ive seen other sites labeling him a bust already

digdug
08-25-2007, 02:40 PM
I may be being optimistic - but this guy could become the next great Blitzburgh LB. With his crazy talent and skills, if he has the heart and grit dare I say it - Lloyd, Ham, Lambert - maybe I'm wanting too much out of the kid, but time will tell.

Mike Tomlin
08-25-2007, 02:50 PM
I may be being optimistic - but this guy could become the next great Blitzburgh LB. With his crazy talent and skills, if he has the heart and grit dare I say it - Lloyd, Ham, Lambert - maybe I'm wanting too much out of the kid, but time will tell.Your on the right track :tt02: lol!

Steel-Da-One
08-25-2007, 10:37 PM
i think woodley and timmons are both going to be beasts for us.

Stlrs4Life
08-25-2007, 11:24 PM
Glad to hear. Will be looking for him tomorrow night.

SteelerSteve
08-26-2007, 01:19 AM
i think woodley and timmons are both going to be beasts for us.
Hell yeah!! and when we add James Farrior and Harrison to the mix we have a pretty stout LB corps, not to mention Haggans is usually pretty solid:tt02::tt02:

DIESELMAN
08-26-2007, 11:41 AM
As long as he doesn't turn into a injury prone player (I highly doubt he will) Timmons will be a force in the NFL. He tried to hard in TC and got hurt now hes making strides to be a factor this season...Good Stuff!! :bigthumb:

Black@Gold Forever32
08-26-2007, 01:35 PM
I'm just happy he is picking this defense up quickly.....With a healthy and talented young player like Timmons learning so quickly that will only help the Steelers this year......I know it takes time for rookies to usually learn this defense....But it sounds both Timmons and Woodley are showing the ability to learn quick and will be ready to contribute this season and maybe even push for serious playing time by mid-season or late in the season...

Stairwayto7
08-26-2007, 04:01 PM
Loooooooooooking GOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooD

Stlrs4Life
08-27-2007, 11:33 AM
Well, after watching him last nigt, Timmons isn't very good, and a long way from being where we want him. He looked lost out there, Tony Hunt schooled him on that 1 play.

Mike Tomlin
08-27-2007, 01:01 PM
We got to remember that this is this guys second game with limited time, of course he's going to look lost cause he was LOL! All those games he missed will hurt him, let's not even mention that practices he missed. Good thing is this game he should get a whole lot of time.