Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat: 5.31.17
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Gerry Dulac
10:55
OK, we're going to start our chat in just a few minutes. I'm at OTAs at the Steelers facility.
11:00
OK, let's get our chat started. Go....
TK
11:01
Have you seen any signs of rust on Martavis Bryant so far?
Gerry Dulac
11:02
No. I think he had a Ziebart treatment. That really won't be determined until they start playing games. But I have seen signs of eating. He is 10 pounds heavier.
chris
11:06
Do you think DHB will make the final roster? It's getting crowded at the WR position.
Gerry Dulac
11:07
Yes it is, but I think he will. They like his leadership in what is basically a young group and play on special teams.
JAZ
11:08
Does free agent guard Cooper look like he belongs?
Gerry Dulac
11:08
Way too early to tell that.
AD Bill
11:08
Do you see any problems with any of the contracts the front office is working on, say maybe #78
Gerry Dulac
11:08
No, but there are always hangups.
Steeler in Charlotte
11:09
I know it's early, but do you see any rookies out there who are flashing starter potential so far?
Gerry Dulac
11:09
Yeah, the long snapper, Holba. I'm willing to wager he's the only draft choice who will start the season. Thought that since draft day.
DK
11:09
Gerry-do you think going into camp, Steelersvare a better team than the NE game? My view is "yes" with better DL depth, secondary experience w Davis and Burns and I love the WR options. However, I'm troubled with ILB depth and the 2nd TE. Thoughts?
Gerry Dulac
11:11
I would agree because, right now, they are healthy and have Bryant back. I agree the depth at inside LB isn't very strong, but they muddled through with the same 3 TEs last year.
Guest
11:11
Let's assume Le'Veon Bell stays healthy and out of trouble for the next two seasons, and continues his excellent play. Is he gone after 2018 regardless?
Gerry Dulac
11:12
No. So long as he's healthy and has no more suspensions, he will be a Steeler, unless he prices himself out of doing so.
Steeler Guy
11:12
Any thoughts on how Senquez looks so far?
Gerry Dulac
11:12
They all look good in shorts. Let's wait till camp and preseason games.
J R
11:13
What are the odds of brining in a vet ILB for some depth? It looks awfully scarce behind Vince & Shazier.
Gerry Dulac
11:13
That's always a possibility, especially right before training camp after they evaluate what they see in OTAs
JAZ
11:13
Do you think that the Steelers will offer a trade for one of the wide receivers for a draft pick? If so which one would be most likely to be offered?
Gerry Dulac
11:14
The only one who would command a draft choice in a trade -- that they might be willing to trade -- is Sammie Coates, and right now I don't see that happening.
Mike G
11:14
Will steelers have a lot of cap space to play around with next season or will all of it be used on re-signings?
Gerry Dulac
11:16
That depends on when they sign Tuitt and if they sign Bell to a long-term deal. Let's face it, they do a good job of managing the cap. They know what they're doing.
Guest
11:19
Following up on my Bell question, I guess what I meant is will his price at that point be too high for the Steelers? If they get him for the franchise tag the next two years, will they be prepared to give him more than that on a new deal?
Gerry Dulac
11:19
I understand. And that's what I meant when I said unless he wants to price himself out of their range.
Rose
11:19
Not really buying the Matekavich stock yet.Can you enlighten me on what type of player he is/potential?
Gerry Dulac
11:20
I think he is one of the players they want to measure in terms of development into year two. That's why they depth on the inside might be better than everyone thinks. But that's to be determined
Bruce
11:20
Hey Gerry, with so much talent at wide receiver maybe trade one of them for a good corner or ILB?
Gerry Dulac
11:21
Then you won't have so much talent at WR. The only players who are going to command a good CB or ILB, as you suggest, are AB and Bryant and they aren't trading them
Big John
11:21
Are the Steelers playing JuJu in the slot in OTAs? Do you think he can battle Rogers for,the starting slot position or do you see him playing outside at the Z spot behind Bryant? Thanks.
Gerry Dulac
11:22
No he is an outside guy who will back up AB and Bryant but play a lot in 3 and 4 wides.
Steeler in Charlotte
11:22
We've seen the nose tackle position decline in value as the game changes. Are we going to see the same (to a lesser degree) with one of the ILB positions as the Steelers play more DBs in pass situations? So maybe ILB depth isn't as concerning as I've worried it is?
Gerry Dulac
11:23
The depth is concerning only if there are injuries. But, now that Vince Williams is a starter, there is a sharper decline in the first player off the bench.
Zack
11:23
Do you think they will look for a vet 3rd down pass catching/kick returning rb after cuts?
Gerry Dulac
11:24
No. They have the returner in Knile Davis. And they don't need a third-down back. They got one. His name is Le'Veon Bell
Johnnny
11:24
Haven't heard anything about Alualu yet during OTA's. With Tuitt out, is he running w/ the 1st team D or is Walton?
Gerry Dulac
11:25
I think Alualu was a great pickup for them and we shall see. Again, I don't make any judgements, especially w linemen, in OTAs
Zack
11:25
Think they would bring in competition for McCullers?
Gerry Dulac
11:25
They did that w Alualu
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