When third-round draft pick Javon Hargrave, the defensive tackle from South Carolina State, left Pittsburgh last week after a quick visit following the NFL Draft, he departed with a handful of new Steelers gear, but something even more important. He left with a playbook in his hand, something to look at in the days that led up to this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Steelers assistant head coach/defensive line coach John Mitchell had his sights set on South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and got his man in the third round. Mitchell saw tape of him, then went to South Carolina State to work him out personally after being pleased with what he saw.
“He had a great workout,” said Mitchell. “I liked what I heard from him. I talked to the people there at South Carolina State. He is a high quality young man. They feel like he is one of the best football players to come there is a long time. They have had some great football players who came from there, including Donnie Shell who played here. He is going to help us. I like him. I am eager to work with him.”
Javon Hargrave jersey cheap doesn’t mind admitting it. When he took the field in his first regular season NFL game, against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, there were some jitters.
“That Redskins game I was nervous. I can’t even explain it,” said Hargrave. “It was a good nervous. It’s something everybody goes through their rookie year.”
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But it still took some time to make the adjustment to the NFL game, to get comfortable with the speed, with the defense, with everything.
“To be honest, that moment for me was the Miami loss,” said Hargrave of the Steelers Week 6 game. “We lost the game, but I started to realize the game wasn’t as hard as I was making it. I made a lot of plays that game. It just made me more comfortable in the system. It was the plays I was making. Being able to make plays gives you so much confidence. I grew with it.”
The No. 2 pick from Mississippi has been eased into action during the early going at OTAs, but Senquez Golson hasn’t been inconspicuous.
Senquez Golson’s potential future with the Steelers isn’t tied to anyone or anything except his own health and performance. Golson was drafted in the second round a couple of years ago to be a guy who had good ball skills to go along with the ability to play in the slot. It’s unrealistic to expect Golson to be able to pick up where he left off as a guy coming into the NFL from Mississippi, but I do not envision a scenario where he stays healthy enough to participate throughout camp and the preseason while exhibiting a reasonable level of competence and then does not make the 53-man roster. If Golson isn’t on the 53-man roster for the start of the 2017 season, it will be because of his own health and performance. He is in control of his fate.
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The Steelers placed cornerback Senquez Golson and offensive tackle Ryan Harrison the team’s Reserve/Injured List, it was announced today.
Before he was drafted by the Steelers, before he went to the NFL Combine, and before he even played a down of college football, cornerback Senquez Golson made a decision he said he doesn’t regret for a minute.
Golson was drafted by the Boston Red Sox right out of high school, but turned down a $1 million plus signing bonus because he loved football and wanted to play in the NFL one day.
The Steelers finished the game with two sacks and two interceptions, and none of those plays was more important than the one made by Lawrence Timmons in the second quarter with the Steelers trying to protect a 5-0 lead. On a second-and-4 from the Steelers 9-yard line, Eli Manning had tight end Larry Donnell open in the end zone, but after the ball was thrown, Timmons ranged over from his spot in the middle of the field, jumped high in the air and extended his arms to make the interception, and then he gathered himself to return the ball to the Giants 40-yard line. Three plays later, a Steelers touchdown upped their lead to 11-0.
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the Steelers in tackles last season with 119, but he isn’t one to focus on the ones he made. Instead, he still thinks about the ones he missed. They’ve picked up where Antonio Brown and Ike Taylor left off and Le’Veon Bell is convinced both he and Lawrence Timmons will be better for it in the long run.