Steelers Secondary, Aussie Punters, Gregory Visit


The 2015 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away and offseason workout programs are starting across the league. While the Steelers get ready to build their big board and head out on the practice fields we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, April 18th.

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State of the Steelers Secondary

While the national angle of the news this week with the retirement of Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor is that now, all of a sudden, the Steelers’ secondary is paper thin and is in need of replacements. But, their retirements came as no shock to anyone on the South Side and Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta discussed the state of the Steelers secondary.

In addition to sharing their favorite stories about Polamalu and Taylor they talked about the Steelers’ secondary situation, what they have and what they need. Prisuta explained that both Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin talked extensively at the NFL Owners Meetings about wanting to create competition at the cornerback position.

That, to them, means that we should look for the Steelers to pick up as many corners as they can between the draft and undrafted free agents but to expect a player like William Gay to be one of the starters for the beginning of the season.

They come from a land down under

The Steelers signed a punter this week. Ed Bouchette of the PPG points out how the Steelers seemed to have affection for punters from Australia. They signed Jordan Berry this week, who is originally from Australia to join fellow Aussie Brad Wing on the team. They also signed Richie Leone immediately after the 2014 season ended. Three punters. So at least that position is covered.

Randy Gregory Visit

The Steelers hosted Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory this week, according to the Trib’s Mark Kaboly, although they don’t expect him to be available to them at the No. 22 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft later this month. In spite of being “that guy” to test positive for marijuana use at the NFL Scouting Combine, Gregory is one of the top-rated draft prospects and has visited with a handful of other teams.

While he might not fall to them, it’s still a good idea to meet with the kid to cover all of their bases. At least just to get his excuse for why he was “that guy” who didn’t think they’d catch the THC levels in his system. For the NFL Scouting Combine there are always two constants: 1. someone will test positive for marijuana use 2. Someone’s embarrassingly low Wonderlic score will be leaked.

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