As the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Bills butt helmets at St. Vincent College this week, we are just two days away from their preseason game on their home turf at Heinz Field. Time to head down the highway for another check on the comings and goings around Latrobe.
The Black and Gold announced the signing of Stephen Houston today. Houston came into the National Football League as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots following this year’s draft.
The 6-foot running back from Indiana finished fourth on the Hoosiers’ all-time list with 25 rushing touchdowns, sixth in total touchdowns with 29 and ninth overall in rushing yards with 2,304. He spent his first two years of college at Independence Community College in Kansas before transferring to Indiana.
This came in the wake of Monday’s decision to waive running back Jawan Jamison.
On Tuesday, the Steelers placed veteran punter Adam Podlesh on the reserved/did not report list. According to general manager Kevin Colbert, Podlesh had decided not to report due to family obligations.
He was drafted by Jacksonville in the fourth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played four years with the Jaguars. Podlesh signed with Pittsburgh in April, after having spent three seasons with the Chicago Bears.
Head coach Mike Tomlin told the press that he is satisfied with Brad Wing at the moment and that there are no plans to bring in another punter.
The first-aid brigade got a new member as Steelers’ second-year linebacker Vince Williams was carted off the practice field on Tuesday afternoon. It was announced that he is being evaluated for a concussion.
Meanwhile, Scott Brown of ESPN.com and Justin Broyles of RantSports.com both like safety Jordan Dangerfield as a dark horse to make the 53-man roster. He is in a battle with Robert Golden and Antwon Blake for that last spot in the defensive backfield. Hopefully, the sessions with the Bills will help solidify the Steelers’ coaches evalutions.
Alex Kozora of SteelersDepot.com likes David Paulson for the No. 2 slot at tight-end behind Heath Miller at the moment. The 6-foot-4 Oregon product had another solid practice on Tuesday.
But, time is swiftly running out for rookies Rob Blanchflower and Eric Waters to stay in the tight-end mix.
As the Bills participate in joint practices with the Steelers, Mike Rodak, who helps cover Buffalo for ESPN.com, is hoping that his team’s offensive line can start coming together as they work against the Black and Gold this week.
After center Eric Wood, there are a lot of question marks due to injury, with rookies trying to step up and fill in. Left tackle is being manned for the moment by seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson while rookie Cyril Richardson is pushing former Steeler Kraig Urbik for the starting job at right guard.
Members of Steelers Nation will get to enjoy a new 35-by-73-foot high-definition scoreboard in the northwest corner of Heinz Field this season, as well as free wi-fi and great burgers. Hopefully, a win to break the 0-5 preseason streak will send everyone home happy.