Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat: 5.22.17
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Ray Fittipaldo
12:56
I think they're in fairly good shape with their depth. A major injury would change that, but they're OK entering camp.
Jack of Splat
12:56
I like the 4 WR concept. I think that sets up Ben well to complete passes.
Ray Fittipaldo
12:57
I like it, too. Could be like 1995 again.
Guest
12:57
Over under for TJ Watt sack total next season. 4.5. Over or Under?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:58
I'll say under because the leading edge rusher had five last season and that was Harrison, who will play in front of Watt, at least to begin the season.
12:59
Tuitt should get done. They'll try with Bell and Al and have the ability to retain them next season no matter what. ..No need to do Shazier until next spring.
Gman
12:59
Who returns kicks this year
Ray Fittipaldo
12:59
Knile Davis, Sammie Coates
P6brit
1:00
With rookie contracts 'slotted', why is there any delay or difference in when they're signed? Are there other specific terms involved for different players?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:00
There is not much to negotiate. But the agents try to get every crumb for their clients.
mounty
1:00
talking DL subs, Maxey, Walton, McCullers. all still on the 53 squad at end of training camp ?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:00
Doubt it.
Nick Boninooooo
1:01
Ray: What are percentage chances that they sign Tuitt and Le'Veon to long term s deals by end of training camp? I say Tuitt 90%, Bell 50%
Ray Fittipaldo
1:01
I'd say that's a good call.
mounty
1:01
How good is Tackle brian Mahalick ? Can he be a future starter ?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:01
He spent the second half of the season on the 53-man roster. Bug guy, about 6-9, still developing...
Guest
1:02
Can AV show up at OTAs without a signed contract? He has not signed right?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:02
He can show up and participate if he signs paperwork
Guest
1:02
Do you think X Grimble could be our field stretching TE?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:02
He has the potential to do it if he can stay healthy.
JamesinNYC
1:03
I am much higher on James than Grimble .... age and time in league makes me think Grimble is barely just a guy. Do you like Orndoff or Odom better to perhaps upset Grimble?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:03
Not really. They're all kind of in the same category I guess.
Brandon S
1:03
Do you think Eli Rogers is on the outside looking in? With the Juju pick, why would you keep two slot receivers?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:04
I think both players will be major parts of the offense. Maybe not early in the season but at some point in the season they'll both have roles.
Billy bob
1:04
Are you surprised that Shamarko Thomas hasn't been signed by anyone. He's got to help someone on special teams
Ray Fittipaldo
1:04
Yeah just like he helped the Steelers special teams so much.
Quinn
1:04
Who is more important, Tuitt or Villanueva to get a big contract?
Ray Fittipaldo
1:05
Tuitt. The Steelers have Jerald Hawkins waiting in the wings behind AV.
Thanks for another great chat. See you next week.
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