The Pittsburgh Steelers’ first preseason game against the Giants is two days away. Always a good time to check back in with the comings and goings around Latrobe.
The Black and Gold signed wide receiver James Shaw this morning. Shaw most recently played for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League. He played in eight games for the Power in 2014 and contributed 21 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jacksonville State University product spent parts of the 2013 season on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. Pittsburgh waived injured wide receiver Danny Coale to make room on the roster for Shaw.
Count Andrew Erickson of the Tribune-Review in among the members of the media who has been impressed by the intensity and dedication that second-year inside linebacker Vince Williams is bringing to this year’s camp.
While he has been participating on the second-team defense, the Florida State product has been laying out big hits and engaged in a fight with running back Le’Veon Bell during a backs-on-backers drill this past Friday night. He blasted running backs Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole in separate drills Saturday. Williams is hungry to stay as a member of the Steelers linebacking crew.
Meanwhile, Scott Brown of ESPN.com likes the depth of talent at inside linebacker for the Steelers to the point that Terence Garvin, who played 15 games as a rookie last season, may have trouble making the final 53-man roster this fall. One of the final roster spots could come down to him and rookie sixth-round pick Jordan Zumwalt.
Also from Brown, perhaps fantasy football fans – along with NFL fans in general – may not have a true appreciation for Ben Roethlisberger. He leads all quarterbacks in completion percentage at 51.8 percent, passing yards with 1,837 and passing touchdowns with 18 when throwing under duress or getting hit since 2011, according to the folks at ESPN Stats and Information.
After the Giants game on Saturday night, Pittsburgh will practice four more times at St. Vincent College before breaking camp.