It is July, which means football is right around the corner. July 27th the Pittsburgh Steelers report to Latrobe, PA for another training camp. Although we still have a few weeks of the “dog days” of the NFL offseason, it doesn’t mean there isn’t news to still be discussed.
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Ryan Shazier plays football like an avalanche, swallowing ball carriers with unseen swiftness. When the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker diagnoses a play he's the fastest man to the ball and one of the few that can knife through offensive linemen with the same deftness he covers running backs.
The issue for Shazier has never been ability. It's been availability. The 24-year-old has missed 14 games in three seasons, never playing more than 13 games in a single year.
"I just want to have a full year in general just for myself," Shazier said, via ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I feel like I have the capability of being one of the best players in the NFL. People can't really see what I can do when I'm not on the field. Your best ability is availability."
When he's been on the field for long stretches of the season, Shazier has been one of the deadliest second-level defenders. His 2015 postseason game versus the Cincinnati Bengals -- 13 tackles, two passes defended, two forced fumbles -- was one of the best performances you will see from a linebacker.
Shazier didn't have injury problems at Ohio State but has dealt with knee, shoulder and ankle problems among his NFL issues. Playing a full season could vault the linebacker into the Defensive Player of the Year reality.
"[Playing a full season] would just show my consistency of being able to be a playmaker for this team, cause turnovers, get the offense back the ball, show people in the league that I can be a dynamic player," Shazier said.
In an interview with Daniel Kaplan on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Trubisky said he spoke with Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger to get some tips and advice during the draft process and beyond.
While Trubisky said he relied on Manning and Luck for guidance to help him make a decision on whether to stay in the draft or return to North Carolina, it was advice from Roethlisberger that made the biggest impression.
“One of the best pieces of advice I got was from Ben Roethlisberger,” Trubisky said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com. “We have the same agent so I was able to throw with him when I was preparing for the draft. He said, ‘You just have to go in there and be yourself. You have to be confident in your abilities and what you bring to the table. And your career is going to go how you want it to go.
“It sounds cliché, but I think that really resonated with me because you have to take charge of your future, your plan, and what you want to bring to an organization. You have to go in there, be confident, shape things the way you want them to go and have a voice and then people will follow. That was huge for me.”
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports free agent Darrelle Revis "has been training" and "hopes" to continue his career.
Amid questions about his commitment following a season where he was both bad and out of shape, Revis' market has yet to materialize, and it is not a given one will. Complicating matters is the $6 million in guaranteed money he is still owed by the Jets, money that will be offset by a new contract. That means he will need to get more than $6 million from his new team this season or essentially play for free. His name will continue to pop up, but it will not be a surprise if Revis sits out all season.
By the time University of Tennessee Volunteers CB Cameron Sutton ended his college career, he became the school's all-time leader in passes defended. What makes this accomplishment even more impressive, is the fact that he missed half the year with a fractured ankle; this after starting every game since he arrived on campus in 2013.
When evaluating Cameron Sutton, it was very clear why the Steelers chose this young man in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. For starters, he possesses good instincts, quick feet, good coverage fundamentals, and was rarely penalized from what I was able to view. Of all his attributes, the one which stood out the most was his fluidity; Sutton is one of best Cornerbacks I have viewed transitioning from backpedal, then turning the hips in order to run with receivers when they were making cuts in their routes. The term for this type of movement is called 'flipping the hips', and Sutton possesses the type of hips that makes this movement seem natural.
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