Steelers-Bills Off, Faces of the 40, Colbert on Allen


The NFL offseason is underway and as we prepare for evaluating combines, free agency, and the draft Steelers season never officially ends. We’ll be busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Feb. 21st.

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The Steelers invited the Buffalo Bills to join them at training camp last year for joint practices and scrimmages. According to Gerry Dulac of the PPG, since the Steelers will now play an additional preseason game in 2015 with the Hall of Fame Game being played on Aug. 9th, the Steelers have decided they won’t need the additional practice time against the Bills again this season.

This year the Steelers were supposed to travel to Buffalo to join their training camp but that’s all called off because of the extra preseason game in addition to the Bills’ head coaching change because this was all decided last year under Doug Marrone. Now Rex Ryan is calling this shots and who knows that their training camp routine will be. I’m certainly glad the Steelers won’t be a part of whatever circus he’ll turn that into.

Fat guys running

One of the greatest parts of the NFL Scouting Combine each year is watching the 40-yard dash times. The fact that they still make the big offensive and defensive linemen compete is a never-ending source of amusement. Behold, the faces of the offensive linemen running the 40-yard dash in this year’s Combine. They’ll probably never have to run that fast again in their entire lives.

Colbert calls out Cortez

Kevin Colbert is still in the NFL Scouting Combine taking a look at the possible draft picks for the Steelers in the 2015 NFL Draft. One of the biggest positions of need in the draft is considered to be cornerback again this year, partly because Ike Taylor is unlikely to return again and partly because Cortez Allen sucked major donkey balls after signing his big old extension last offseason.

Bob Labriola caught up with Colbert and he explained how the team has high expectations and quite possibly a short leash for Allen going forward.

"“Cortez enters this season where he left off. We have to find out about Cortez and whether he can accept the challenge of being a starting NFL cornerback. He showed signs of that in the past. He was productive in spurts for us in the past. Again, you invest in players you think can be good players.” – Kevin Colbert"

The Steelers invested a long-term contract in Allen before the start of the 2014 season and his 2014 season was marred with injury and poor performance. They invested this contract in Allen based on what they saw in “spurts” and what they thought he could be but they should be prepared to sit him again and possibly release him if he can’t turn it around.

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