Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat: 7.31.17
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Ray Fittipaldo
2:23
He had a good first day I thought.
TheFlaccoUnibrow
2:23
No Cinderella stories among the UFAs right now, huh? The two TEs seem to have jimmy legs or they get knocked on their tookuses. No other names even make the articles. Does that make any bubble vets more secure?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:24
Yeah the two rookie TEs did not do well in the backs on backers drill. Tomlin told Orndoff he has a target on his chest for being bull rushed because he couldn't stand up to those yesterday.
Dave
2:24
Since they've been doing backs on backers, who's been the most dominant offensively and defensively over the years you've seen them?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:25
TJ Watt on defense. James Conner and Fitz Toussaint did well for the offense.
Adam
2:25
Haven't heard much about DeMarcus Ayers so far, how has he looked?  Chance to be that 5th or 6th WR?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:26
He's getting an opportunity because of the injuries, but he'll have a hard time if everyone is healthy.
Paris N
2:26
Hey Ray, can you think of any other franchise that's has had a nemesis like the Patriots? If it wasn't for them, the steelers might easily be at 8-9 rings.  That being said, how do the current steepers avoid being obsessed with that matchup?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:26
The Colts had the same thing going against the Pats in the first decade of the 2000s.
2:27
As for being obsessed, you just have to go out and play your schedule When the Pats are on it they have to beat them. Plain and simple.
Dave
2:27
If it comes down to it, and both perform equally in the preseason, who do you think the Steelers would keep on the 53 between Sammie & DHB?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:27
Good question. I honestly don't have a good guess.
Percy
2:28
How has Coty Sensebaugh looked?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:28
He's been lining up at outside CB. Haven't seen him take any reps in the slot.
Tom
2:28
How long will S.Coates be out?  With the injuries & Bryant's situation, will they need to being in another WR?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:29
They have Justin Hunter. I'm writing about him today.
Ed Bouchette
2:29
At most, how many receivers do you think we'll keep?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:29
6
Dave T.
2:29
Is Hines Ward a 1st ballot Hall of Famer in your opinion? I think so, but I also thought Alan Faneca was...
Ray Fittipaldo
2:29
No. Hines might have trouble getting in, period.
@hustleboydjcain
2:30
Ray when do u think Bell will sign his Franchise contract? Also by him holding out will that leave a bad taste in the Steelers organization
Ray Fittipaldo
2:30
My guess is Aug. 21.
Darryl
2:31
Let's see... we have Watt/Deebo, Healthy Heyward, Hargrave, Tuitt, Healthy Dupree... is this the year Steelers D gets back to pressuring QBs? (Sacks, hurries, etc.)
Ray Fittipaldo
2:31
That certainly would help if that happened
Nj Steeler
2:31
Hi Ray, so is Stafford officially gone? Or are we waiting for him to decide and we will take him back? Thanks
Ray Fittipaldo
2:31
I don't expect him to be here
Dave T.
2:32
How did you think Bob Labriola looked in shoulder pads? Think he has a shot at the 53?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:32
I think he has a future...in journalism.
Luis In Orlando
2:33
Hey Ray, a lot of speculation on more "man" this year. I think Burns can play press man but not so sure about Gay and Ross. Do you think those guys can ever be suitable man corners?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:33
Right. That's shy Sutton's development is so important. Also why Sensabaugh might be important too.
Chris Mazur
2:33
Does it make any sense not to have T.J. Watt play more than James Harrison in the first part of the season ?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:34
Yes. You'd be preserving Harrison for a presumable stretch run to the playoffs.
Luis In Orlando
2:34
With all this talk about "more man " this year, Do you think Ross and Gay can ever be suitable man corners?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:34
Certainly not Gay at this point of his career.
Johnny
2:35
Who is running 1st team at TE? James or Grimble?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:35
Jesse James.
SteelerJunky
2:35
Conditionally reinstated? Does that mean that Bryant isn't up to par with his conditions?
Ray Fittipaldo
2:35
As I said earlier no one really knows at this point.
Steeler Guy
2:35
How often do they run 'backs on backers' - thinking about coming to camp late this week, would like to see it.
Ray Fittipaldo
2:35
I think the next time you'll see it is Friday night at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. They always do it for the night practice too.
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