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Chuks Okafor

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by cajunyankee, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. cajunyankee

    cajunyankee Well-Known Member

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  3. troybellringer55

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    I think this guy might be the dark horse steal of the draft.
     
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  4. Iowasteeljim

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    It will be interesting to see where he ends up.
     
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  5. HeinzMustard

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    We'll need him if Gilbert misses his usual 4 games.
     
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  6. cajunyankee

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    He obviously is very intelligent and has all the physical tools.

    But he is raw, and a football newborn. He he transitions from thinking to reacting, from learning to instinctive..... He'll be a probowler...... But for now, keeping grinding Chuks, you got this..

    Cajun
     
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  8. turtle

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    Hawkins going down really hurt the options for depth so I hope he is a quick learner. They need him, but I also think they bring someone else in during cut downs. That would make sense to me anyway.
     
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  9. AskQuestionsLater

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    In Training Camp, both Chickillo and Dupree have assisted developing his "nasty streak" when it comes to being aggressive when engaged with opposing players. Considering he is already beginning to iron out one of his major shortcomings, I would also concur his development is going well so far.



    However, keywords are "so" and "far". He has not had a lot of American Gridiron Football experience since coming to the United States. He is still in development and likely will be for some time this season. He has the lightning fast feet you would want from a Left Tackle with the strength of a Right Tackle. He just has not put it all together yet.



    That all being said, any form of improvement from the first Preseason game to the last, especially if it is positively gradual in nature, is a testament of not just Chuks abilities to quickly apply the lessons learned from Training Camp to an NFL Game but also Munchak's coaching abilities the same.



    Glad to see Chuks is developing well overall. Let us see if he can have consecutive positive days in Training Camp; applying all that he has learned thus far towards a positive first preseason game no less. :)
     
  10. cajunyankee

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    Getting some reps @ LT with the ones with Big Al out.....

    I like it!!! When he wins he builds confidence ..... When he looses it's a teaching moment and he gets better.... A win win situation!!

    Cajun
     
  11. thesteeldeal

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    Reports are Dupree has been taking his lunch money lately....not entirely sure what to make of that...
     
  12. AskQuestionsLater

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    Dupree should be winning reps against a player who is still simply learning the basics of the position.


    As for Chuks, it tells me he has some ways to go yet.
     
  13. thesteeldeal

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    Exactly ....that's why I don't know how to evaluate it....
     
  14. steelersrule6

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    I hope he develops, they sure need him to be that valuable backup.
     
  15. cajunyankee

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    Dupree is looking like an allpro vs Chuks...... I expect Dupree too be the best he's ever been and I expect Chuks in his 1st training camp struggle....

    I Don't care if he struggles !!! What I care about is how he responds the next day/week. Is Dupree giving him a " Welcome to the NFL rookie" moment? Absolutely !!!!

    You don't know what you don't know and you can't get better practicing with lesser talent.

    Cajun
     
  16. HeinzMustard

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    Wait until Dupree faces off against some established, veteran LTs.
     
  17. thorn058

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    Who are those ones? Seriously who are the elite vet LT's left in the league. Heck with Joe Thomas retiring the teams in the division got pushed around by Watt last season so I don't expect a Hutchinson like performance from them this year.
     
  18. thesteeldeal

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    That's what I'm afraid of...
     
  19. jeh1856

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    Dupree does have speed. Rookies at this stage are typically in slow motion.
     
  20. mac daddyo

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    This will have to be monitored. Chuks will be given every chance but with Gilbert always iffy about making the whole season and an older QB we will need 1 if not 2 of the backup tackles to make some noise. Rodgers and feiler become critical now as options. This will be something to watch in the preseason. We can't put our QB at risk. Maybe a move will be made before the season starts for a more veteran tackle at some point. Harris blew a good opportunity for himself. :cool:
     
  21. turtle

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    So how did this guy do last night, he started didn't he?
     
  22. AskQuestionsLater

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    He did not but played as the swing tackle.


    In short? Could have not gone better for him. He is progressing faster than I had thought he would. Handled Josh Sweat very well and was quite good in run blocking.
     
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  23. mcam

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    I was impressed on how he moved. Big dude. Think he played great against the 2nd string and beyond guys. We kind of need him to be able to pick it up quick. Didn't disappoint.
     
  24. turtle

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    after I posted that I was at least able to see all of the 3rd and most of the 4th quarters. Saw him move the pile pretty good at the end of running plays so it seems the TC fights worked to his benefit. Hope he continues the progression

    Side note... and I'm sure the number has a lot to do with it, but Samuels reminds me of Sidney Thornton minus the neck roll. damn near the same height/weight
     

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