Tuesday, June 5, 2012

OTA News: 3 Young CB's Look Good; Steelers 2011 Season in Highlight Film, "Heart"; Rumors; NFL To Rehire Replacement Refs

Lewis, Brown and Allen: Steelers Have High Hopes in All Three

Steelers are reporting their three young cornerbacks---Keenan Lewis, Curtis Brown and Corez Allen---are showing promise.

Defensive Coordinator, Dick LeBeau, said this week, "Curtis Brown excelled on special teams (as a rookie)...He stood out every week. He has great speed and quickness."

LeBeau also had good things to say about Allen specifically Allen's tenure on special teams. LeBeau also pointed out that Allen can handle adversity well. "He has the demeanor you are looking for in a defensive corner, " added LeBeau.

Regarding Keenan, LeBeau said he's proven he can do the job. He also said he likes his size and speed. "I think the future is bright for Keenan," said LeBeau.

Relive The 2011 Steeler's Season in "Heart"

If you want to get siked up for the 2012 Steeler season, you might want to consider viewing "Heart," the new film highlighting the Steeler's 2011 season.

The film is 24 minutes in length showcasing coach Tomlin and many strong performances by Steeler players.

The film is available at Steelers Sideline Stores and at Steelers.com

Rumors Are Flying

Take rumors for what they are worth. The latest include two potential holdouts: Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Brown indicated he's watching Wallace's actions closely (Wallace is hoping for a long-term contract above the $2.74 mil for one year he declined to sign).
(Pro Sports Daily)

NFL To Hire Replacement Refs

According to numerous reports today, the NFL announced it will begin the process of hiring and training replacements as the lockout is now officially underway. Talks broke off for a seven-year labor deal extension with the union representing the officials. "In order to ensure there is no disruption to NFL games, we will proceed immediately with the hiring," said an NFL official on Monday.

The league will need at least 112 replacements. Most will come from college and Arena football ranks. Regional training sessions are slated to begin later this month.

According to the NFL, its offer included compensation increases from 5% to 11%. A first year official now earns $78k and would make $160k by the end of 2018.
(USA TODAY and Pro Sports Daily)