1. Hi Guest, Registrations are now open. See you on the inside.
    Dismiss Notice

Rookie Numbers

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by Blast Furnace, May 10, 2022.

  1. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

    36,783
    6,408
    Oct 16, 2011


    I wonder if Pickens didn’t want his #1 or if the Steelers said he couldn’t. Is Andersons number unofficially retired?

    Leal got Big Snacks #, big shoes to fill!
     
    • Like Like x 3
  2. thorn058

    thorn058 Well-Known Member

    14,655
    3,335
    Oct 19, 2011
    Little Ironhead wearing Heath's number seems out of place. Another set of big shoes to fill.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  3. biggbunch68

    biggbunch68

    10,116
    1,487
    Apr 26, 2012
    So Heyward is a 6' TE ? :facepalm:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. troybellringer55

    troybellringer55 Well-Known Member

    5,569
    1,256
    Nov 17, 2011

    In my almost 37 years I have never seen anybody but Gary Anderson wear #1.

    Hopefully Pickens doesn't pull t he Limas Sweed with the #14
     
  5. troybellringer55

    troybellringer55 Well-Known Member

    5,569
    1,256
    Nov 17, 2011
    Heyward is a football player, and you can't take the football out of the football player. He will have to find his role as the following.

    #1 Play special teams
    #2 Play a reserve role to serve as a TE (3) of shorts on a gameday behind Muth, and Gentry
    #3 Play Fullback as a FB1
    #4 Show that you can maybe play as a emergency RB if need be on a gameday.

    Basically he has one job unseat Derek Watt, and show the Steelers that Derek Watt isn't worth $3 million a season when you can have Connor Heyward at $600,000.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    12,158
    1,643
    Dec 18, 2016
    Cobi Hamilton wore 83, so I think we can stop worry about anybody wearing that number having to fill Miller's shoes.
     
  7. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    12,158
    1,643
    Dec 18, 2016
    I don't think they give out #1, but it can't be due to Anderson. He was an excellent kicker, but I can't see them even unofficially retiring a number to honor a kicker.
     
  8. Brice

    Brice Well-Known Member

    2,541
    740
    Jul 18, 2018
    I thought the only number officially retired was Joe Greene's #75

    Also no idea why Heyward went with #83?

    I also wish Austin and Pickens had flipped with Pickens with #19 and Austin with #14.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2022
  9. nor

    nor Well-Known Member

    260
    43
    Oct 26, 2016
    Two. Ernie Stautner #70 and Joe Greene #75. Only fitting that the only NFL team to have all their retired numbers be defensive linemen is the Steelers.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. Vox Ferrum

    Vox Ferrum Well-Known Member

    3,290
    968
    Apr 22, 2019
    I thought that at first, but his first job in making the team is likely beating out Rader as 3rd TE and of course contributing to sp. Teams. Not saying he might not overtake and supplant Watt in various packages (as little as they use him), As they labeled him TE I believe that is the original plan.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. D0bre Shunka

    D0bre Shunka Well-Known Member

    2,844
    285
    Jan 24, 2012
    A new #19, gonna have to get used to it.

    Good lawd!
     
  12. Brice

    Brice Well-Known Member

    2,541
    740
    Jul 18, 2018
    Going to be a tall order as Rader is the best blocking TE on the roster.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  13. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    10,800
    1,029
    Oct 26, 2011
    Folks the Steelers are always looking for someone younger and cheaper, if talent is equal bye bye Derek Watt.
     
  14. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    12,158
    1,643
    Dec 18, 2016
    He played in only six games last season, so there really is no reason to believe he is entrenched in a role on this team. I like Rader. He is a very good blocker and special teamer, but he's nothing special.
     
  15. thorn058

    thorn058 Well-Known Member

    14,655
    3,335
    Oct 19, 2011
    True but you want it to be a passing of the torch type of thing. The league and team history make number selections difficult.
     
  16. thorn058

    thorn058 Well-Known Member

    14,655
    3,335
    Oct 19, 2011
    • Agree Agree x 1
  17. thorn058

    thorn058 Well-Known Member

    14,655
    3,335
    Oct 19, 2011
    Watt is on the last year of his 3 year deal, the savings for cutting him is not quite 2 million with his cap hit being over 4 million. His underutilized two years prior is not going to make him a hot commodity so he is either going to get cut if anyone shows a bit of upside or extended to lower the cap hit and kick that can down the road to September
     
  18. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    10,800
    1,029
    Oct 26, 2011
    And is a local player.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

    24,481
    3,582
    Oct 22, 2011
    nor is heyward. :cool:
     
  20. S.T.D

    S.T.D Well-Known Member

    12,604
    3,159
    Dec 23, 2020
    H back IMO
     
  21. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    12,158
    1,643
    Dec 18, 2016
    Heyward is younger and more athletic. Rader has had opportunities to play himself into more snaps as a Steeler and hasn't done it.

    The point stands. This idea that Rader is somehow going to be hard to displace makes no sense. The has barely gotten onto the field during two seasons with the Steelers, who just spend draft capital to get Heyward.
     
  22. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    10,800
    1,029
    Oct 26, 2011
    What does Radar make? What does Watt make?
     
  23. santeesteel

    santeesteel

    9,402
    2,079
    Oct 17, 2011
    Guess I'll have to change the name on my # 19 jersey....
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Hilarious Hilarious x 1
  24. Brice

    Brice Well-Known Member

    2,541
    740
    Jul 18, 2018
    Are you saying Heyward is going to be our blocking TE? Heyward needs to put on about 25 lbs to play on the offensive line.

    Neither Heyward or Watt belong on the offensive line trying to block a Defensive end.

    The one area that both Gentry and Muth need to improve this offseason is how to Chip the DE, before going out on a route.
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2022
  25. FeartheBeard

    FeartheBeard Well-Known Member

    2,865
    347
    Oct 26, 2011
    I was really hoping George was going to keep his #1.....not sure how I feel about #14.
     
    • Like Like x 2

Share This Page

Welcome to the ultimate resource for Steelers fans. Sign Up Here!