IX- Undrafted rookie long snapper Mark Estermyer who played at Pitt, and was a Blackhawk High School graduate was recently cut from the Steelers Roster. This move likely signals that the Steelers are confident in the health of Greg Warren who is returning from a knee injury last season. Could it also be setting the table for a A.Q. Shipley vs. Greg Warren snap off?
X- I know most of BTSC faithful hate Mike Florio but he is reporting the Steelers abruptly cut four players this morning right in the middle of a weightlifting session. Not sure if Estermyer is one of the four since he doesn't mention the names of the players. We try to stay away from too much rumor mongering on this site, but since it is the middle of June this news is too juicy to resist.
XIII-Former Steelers running back Veron Hanyes who is currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons is being sued by a car dealership in Monroeville. Hanyes alledgedly wrote three bad check totaling $70,000 for an Aston Martin that he purchased for $67,325 in March of 2006. Let me ask this question,because perhaps I am not understanding the big picture, but after the first bad check why would the dealership continue to accept checks from Mr. Hanyes?
XIV-Mike Tomlin addressed the weight of Casey Hampton and other players yesterday in an interview. He is still concerned about Hampton's weight and says he's "always in a wait-and-see position (with Hampton)," but he is really pleased with the progress of Ziggy Hood and what he has shown so far during OTA's.
"The one thing that stands out about (Hood) is him running to the football," Tomlin said. "He covers a lot of ground for a big man. It's unique for his position.''
XL- Lamar Woodley was recently named bachelor of the month by Essence magazine, even though he has a girlfriend. He also said the 3.61 carat, 3.7 ounce Super Bowl ring is too big to wear on a regular basis.
XLIII-After the Steelers signed their fifth round draft picks and one third rounder last Friday a few questions arose about whether it is better to sign them for three years like the Steelers typically do, or to four years like some other NFL franchises do. Football Outsiders has a very intersting and in depth look at the process of signing later round draft picks and the implications of the number of years signed.