Dude_From_Cali: after 4 games suspension, will Saunders be on the team? TE.
Ed Bouchette: That depends on if you want to get rid of Pope or Johnson.
Nap: Are the Steelers still looking to bring in a veteran RB?
Ed Bouchette: I don't think so at this point.
Dude_From_Cali: 6 foot 8 Wes Lyon, he's no better than a project to earn a spot, right?
Ed Bouchette: Right, and they're trying him at tight end this time.
Okiesteelerfan: How come we hear how great draft picks look in rookie camp? They're in shorts and not even hitting!!!!is it just PR or rationalization?
Ed Bouchette: I don't believe you heard any of that from me.
Okiesteelerfan: Hi Ed, when do you think the new '33 retro jerseys will go on sale? I want to get one
Ed Bouchette: Go to Steelers.com. I believe you can buy them there.
JamesinNYC: When will DeCastro and Spence sign.?..seems pretty cut and dried this year. Was DeCastro falling to 24 an issue?
Ed Bouchette: A few problems have cropped up with signing first rounders 20-25 and in the third round. Don't fret. They have until training camp
Okiesteelerfan: How do you feel the QB situation is? I mean we have a guy who breaks easily and an upper 30's guy. Do you think one of them gets cut to make room for a developmental guy?
Ed Bouchette: I don't think it's etched in stone that both Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich make the roster.
Dude_From_Cali: Buffalo Bills took all the Steelers' rejects on OL yet they still drafted bunch of OL... is their line that pathetic/depleted?
Ed Bouchette: I haven't paid much attention to the Bills line. I do know the Steelers cut Kraig Urbik and he is a starter for them.
Brasil_Fan: Ed, In an article Ben mentioned his ankle was still a little sore. Anything to be concerned about?
Ed Bouchette: I don't believe so.
dave: Sounds like some of the players are surprised by the offensive playbook. Is this going to be another Joe Walton situation?
Ed Bouchette: It depends on how the players react. Bubby Brister didn't react well to Walton's offense and some teammates took their cue from him. I don't expect Ben R to resist Haley's.
Me: Did Dennis Dixon sign with anyone?
Ed Bouchette: No, not that's been reported anyway.
Jason: Any word on what the Haley playbook is like? Major differences with Arian's offense? Major focus?
Ed Bouchette: Ben told me it was 90 percent different.
JamesinNYC: Beachum is my longshot call, I like the fact that he is a pretty bright kid, and while not sized for a LT position that is where the best lineman should play and he wasn't the first lineman drafted from SMU. Did you get to talk to him at rookie camp? Impressions?
Ed Bouchette: We have you on record. No, I didn't talk to him at rookie camp and really have no impressions other than as the last draft pick of the Steelers, he won't be favored to make the team but as a guard, he has a shot.
JimW: Any news on Hampton's health? I wouldn't be surprised if he was over 400 pounds if he can't excercise...
Ed Bouchette: Someone told me he's in pretty good shape, but I haven't seen him.
Okiesteelerfan: Is Dennis Dixon done in the NFL?
Ed Bouchette: I thought someone would sign him by now. No, I wouldn't say he's done.
Me: Is Hampton a candidate to start the season on the PUP list?
Ed Bouchette: Yes, I would think he's a candidate but I wouldn't rule him out of it yet.
s1refrosty: Ed, how many offensive linemen make this Steelers team?
Ed Bouchette: Nine, usually
Okiesteelerfan: How many slots on the Developmental squad?
Ed Bouchette: They are permitted eight on what they now call the practice squad.
s1refrosty: Ed, you make the call. Is this Lebeau's last season?
Ed Bouchette: I've been asked this question annually for many years. I have no indication that Dick LeBeau is ready to hang them up and he's still in great shape and doing a good job.
Nap: Why no love out there for Plaxico Burress?
Ed Bouchette: They showed it last August, he turned them down. They've moved on and really have no spot for him.
Jason: How is Kirby Wilson doing and looking?
Ed Bouchette: Better and better. I've seen him several times and we chatted briefly.
Brasil_Fan: What is your favorite NFL stadium to watch a game?
Ed Bouchette: I'll take Heinz Field from where I sit in the press box. I also like Cleveland, Baltimore and Cincinnati. But Heinz by far -- for my viewing pleasure and other conveniences like access to the locker rooms, etc. I have never seen a pro football game from the stands.
Bart: Will Redman be an every-down back (assuming he is the starter)? Or are those days gone?
Ed Bouchette: That's the question. They think he has it in him and we may find out.
Okiesteelerfan: Do you think Mendenhall will ever put on a Steeler uniform again?
Ed Bouchette: I'm not sure, but I can see a scenario where he will not.
JimW: Why is Slyvester not getting a chance to start, his athleticism has to be 10 times better than Foote's?
Ed Bouchette: I don't think you can say he isn't getting a chance to start. I believe they will be open-minded about that position.
JamesinNYC: Favorite interview or quote form rookie camp?
Ed Bouchette: Myron Rolle. I'd have to go back and look at the story I wrote on him to pick out a quote, but his entire story fascinates me.
JimW: If Keenan Lewis gets beat out at the cb spot, wouldn't he have the size to be the possible replacement for Clark at FS?
Ed Bouchette: He has the size, but I've never heard anyone talk about that as a possible move for him.
Okiesteelerfan: If Hampton is on the PUP does McClendon start at NT?
Ed Bouchette: Can we have OTAs and a training camp first? They drafted a kid on the fourth round who I would not rule out until then.
Dude_From_Cali: Chris Johnson's now down to 4.0 yard per carry average. so may be his brilliance was a flash in the pan or may be Johnson never was the Steeler type of RB and never was on Steeler's draft board. Agree?
Ed Bouchette: Oh, I think he was on their board. They took Mendenhall. Johnson was a disappointment after he signed his new contract.
JimW: Can both Rainey and Batch make the roster or do they only want one "small" back?
Ed Bouchette: They could, yes. Batch is not small. He's 5-10, 210.
Cameron: Besides butler and the rb coach, what assistant coaches do you think would be next in line for promotion?
Ed Bouchette: I don't know that there is an obvious next in line after those two (Mike Tomlin, remember, went outside to hire his OC after Wilson was injured in the fire). I think down the road, Carnell lake might make a good DC.
Jimmy D: Any closer on Wallace signing a long term deal or is a holdout a real threat?
Ed Bouchette: I think there's a better chance for some middle ground -- that he signs his $2.7M tender and plays the season at that.
JimW: Do you think Colon can stay healthy for the whole season?
Ed Bouchette: Once upon a time he did, so I believe he can again, but questions like these are impossible to answer. Even Willie doesn't know.
Cameron: Do you think Clay has a shot to make the roster with the addition of Rainey or was he just a warm body last season?
Ed Bouchette: Yes, he has a shot. You never know how things will play out. Many had Mewelde Moore gone last year -- until Batch tore his ACL.
s1refrosty: With Hampton being injured, do you think his weight will be issue once his knee is ready to play again?
Ed Bouchette: Throughout his career, Casey Hampton's weight has been an issue -- to others, but not to him. Somehow, he's managed to make five Pro Bowls. I just wrote someone told me he's in decent shape.
Ed Bouchette: Thank you for another great chat. See you next week, although because of OTAs, we may have to change the time. Check here for any updates.
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