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Exclusive with Steelers Tight End Trevor Wood



Ron Lippock spoke with Trevor Wood, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent. Wood, a tight end/long snapper started 6 of the 12 games he played for Texas A&M in 2018. 

First of all, congratulations – has it all set in yet?

You kind of think you know how you’ll feel when you sign with an NFL team, but you don’t know. To reach this point – it’s surreal. I mean, I know I haven’t made it yet – I haven’t made the team yet or anything. But just to get to this point…

What are you doing now to prepare for camp?

I’m not doing anything different than I had been doing. I’m training back home in Phoenix – 20 minutes from my place. I left for my pro day then came right back into it.

Why did you choose to sign with Pittsburgh?

Well, what do you hear about the Steelers, right? The fanbase, the legacy and history behind the team. It’s such a successful place. I have a buddy on the team too who has said nothing but great things – Trey Griffey. I played with him at Arizona before he graduated and I transferred.

What do you think you bring to the team – what are your strengths?

I think really, my strength is that I’m a good inline blocker. I fit in a hard-nosed offense like what they run. The hardest thing for me was that in college I was behind a consensus All-American. I knew my role. I did the dirty work and he was an elusive, great athlete . I took on my role for the team.

I talked to my agent when I was looking at teams. He said that this was a good opportunity for me – no better place for a guy like me than Pittsburgh. I fit Pittsburgh’s style. But one thing – I can also stretch the field – something I didn’t get a chance to do much in college. But I’m excited to showcase that for Pittsburgh. I have a big body and can run well. I’m excited to show what I can do.

Did you know Pittsburgh had interest in you before they called?

It’s crazy. I had no idea – no contact with them beforehand. I was in shock. But when they called I couldn’t pass up on it.

What do you need to improve on, do you think?

I think I can improve the way I run the top of my routes. And my footwork is something I can always improve on in my run blocking. Just being more precise in my footwork and solidifying my techniques.

You’re a long snapper as well – how does that help you make the team?

That’s just another tool – another opportunity for me to make the 53 and help out. You do anything you can to help the team win. I have a long body – my coaches liked that and that I can run down the field and make tackles too. I’m an athlete who can also snap. I did that a lot in Arizona and showed that off when they asked me to at my pro day as well.

I also read your college coaches had you play defensive line a bit and felt you had a future there – and you had some success there too.  Any interest in that if needed/asked in Pittsburgh?

Well, I’ll help them win any way possible. I know I’m a tight end – that’s what I love to do and play. But if I’m needed on defense and can help them win there, I’m all for it. I’m all about winning. We all want to do what makes us happiest, but I want to win too.

What should fans know about you of the field?

I’m a highly motivated, hard-working tough dude. I’m ready to work. I’m not a guy to overstep my boundaries and make it about me and expect to start. I’ll work at my role and play hard and compete.

Whatever happens, happens. I’m just so excited to play for Mike Tomlin. I’ve heard nothing  but great things,

I’m also involved in the community – I like working with kids. That’s on my track record since college. I like to help kids that don’t have the opportunity – I was in that position too. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. I’m all about positivity – I’m not about breaking guys down.

What does success look like to you?

Oh – a Super Bowl is success! That’s what we’re here for, right?


Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/24/20



While it’s odd to see referees standing out in a clip of highlights, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s plan to incorporate actual refs into practice this week happened on Thursday.

Tomlin explained he is adding refs to practice to ensure his team is more disciplined, which hopefully leads to less penalties in their game this week compared to last week.

Wide receivers James Washington, Diontae Johnson and tight end Eric Ebron run routes and catch passes in this clip.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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Ben Roethlisberger Says Form, Mechanics Can Be Better Despite Hot Start



To hear Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tell it, he can better than what he’s shown on the field in his first two weeks since returning from elbow surgery.

He’s not happy with his footwork, he thinks he’s dropping his arm a bit and needs a more consistent release point.

The statistics, however tell another story. They say Roethlisberger has been operating at a higher level of precision than ever before. So which is it? Maybe both.

“I do feel I got a little lazy with my feet, which then, in turn, translated to a lazy arm,” Roethlisberger said. “There were some throws that I kind of dropped my elbow, if you will. I don’t want to get too technical, but it became more of a three-quarter release instead of an over the top when I didn’t need to. There are obviously times you have to change your release point. There were too many throws, I felt looking back, that I just have to get my feet working better, and that will then translate, hopefully, to the rest of the body. Then, I won’t be guiding some of the throws.”

Here’s an example from the game Roethlisberger’s form getting a little sloppy. He throws this ball flat-footed and almost all with his right side, getting less power behind it than usual and resulting in a pass that ends up behind JuJu Smith-Shuster instead of allowing him to build a head of steam toward the defenders at the line of scrimmage.

Is this a big deal here? Not really. Smith-Schuster probably couldn’t have done much better than he did at bulling over the defender, anyway. But this is also a route into the flat on the near side of the field. Over longer distances, that can make a big difference.

“I’ve gotten away with it in the past being able to not necessarily be perfect from the ground up and just letting my arm kind of make up for a lot of things, a lot of imperfections if you talk to quarterback people,” Roethlisberger said. “I feel great. I just need to get it in my mind that I can still make the throws when I’m not in the perfect position to make them.”

All of that can be true, and yet, it’s hard to argue with the results. Through two games, Roethlisberger has a 68.5 completion percentage. His career season high was 68% in 2015. In a game and a half last year, it was 56.5%.

His passer rating, even with an interception against the Broncos, is 107.1. His career season-long high came in 2o07, when he finished with a 104.1 mark. Last season before his injury, it was 66.

Some of that can be explained by a passing scheme that has take fewer deep shots down the field than it has in years past. His yards per pass attempt sits at 7.4, lower than all but four of his other 16 seasons.

Mechanical inconsistency can certainly have a greater impact on longer throws, so the Steelers’ somewhat more methodical offensive approach could be helping Roethlisberger get into the swing of things.

“Maybe some of that just comes from not playing a lot of football,” he posited. “I played two games this year. I played a game and a half last year, so really, it’s about three and a half games in two years if you think about it. It’ll come. Like I said, if I’m having these issues and we are still winning football games, that’s a plus.”

If a 2-0 record with career highs in passer rating and completion percentage is what he looks like with mechanical issues, the NFL should be very worried about what might happen if he gets into a groove.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/23/20



David DeCastro practices with the Steelers after missing the first two games of the season. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin explained to the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, that he is evaluating DeCastro and he could start their week 3 game against Houston.

Joe Haden can also seen working on one-on-one coverage drills with the rest of the secondary.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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