Tag:Maurkice Pouncey
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:30 pm
 

VIDEO: Steelers on set of next Batman movie

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Taking a break from sweating in the hot sun in western Pennsylvania while at training camp, about 12 Steelers spent last Saturday morning at Heinz Field spending time under the hot lights of Hollywood and pretending to play football.

As the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes, Ben Roethlisberger, S Troy Polamalu, WR Hines Ward, LB James Farrior, C Maurkice Pouncey, TE Heath Miller, DE Brett Keisel* and S Ryan Clark all participated in the shooting for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the new Batman movie scheduled to drop next summer.

*Yes, but what about Keisel’s beard?

“You put the uniform on, you sit around a long time, guys with the cameras come and get you and you go on the field and do our little part," said defensive end Aaron Smith, who, with his teammates, played for a club called the Gotham Rogues. "Batman was not on site when I was there. Saw a bunch of football guys."

It’s unfortunate that Batman was not at Heinz Field that day (perhaps, Christian Bale was indulging in some Primanti Bros.?), but to ease that pain, there is video of part of the day’s events (though if you can tell what’s going on in the shot, you’re a better person than me).

So, why did producers set up Pittsburgh for the shot and, specifically, use the Steelers as the Rogues? According to the AP, the executive producer, Thomas Tull, is a member of the team’s ownership group. See? It's always about who you know.


H/T to Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (Monday, 11:00 AM): So, this is weird: the Redskins are saying now that Dan Snyder never appeared on Sirius. Which makes Wexell's tweet really odd. Read the anatomy of a rumor post right here.

The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone, but here's an interesting little nugget about something that could have happened, involving a Redskins-Steelers trade for the No. 16 overall pick.

Per Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Dan Snyder, appearing on Sirius Radio this past week, said that Washington and Pittsburgh had a deal in place for the No. 16 overall pick, but "the player was gone."

As you probably recall, the Redskins traded down from 10th to 16th via a deal with Jacksonville where the Jaguars picked up Blaine Gabbert.

The logical guess is that the Steelers wanted Mike Pouncey, brother of their center, Maurkice Pouncey. Can we be sure though?

Well, not positive, but pretty close. Hopping in the not-so-way-back machine and taking a look at our Draft Tracker, we can pretty much reach that conclusion.

We have to make the assumption that the player in question was taken in between the 11th and 15th picks, as Washington had access to both the 10th and 16th picks and Pittsburgh didn't make a move.

Scratching the one quarterback taken in that range, Gabbert and Christian Ponder, off the list isn't a reach, considering that the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger.

J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn were both strong picks, but it seems unlikely that Pittsburgh would trade valuable assets for a defensive end in a year when there was depth at the position. Additionally, Cameron Heyward -- the guy they got -- fits their scheme nicely.

Nick Fairley could have been under consideration, as he would have represented outstanding value, but, I'm not so sure that what he does best would necessarily equate to making him the long-term answer at DT for Pittsburgh, assuming they don't make a scheme shift once (if??) Dick LeBeau retires.

And then there's this: many people thought the Dolphins would take Alabama running back Mark Ingram, but went with Pouncey right before the 'Skins 16th pick instead. So it seemed like Pouncey might be there at 16; clearly the Steelers are fans of that family, and wouldn't need to play him at center, as many teams felt they might.

And with their second-round pick, the Steelers nabbed Pouncey's linemate at Florida, Marcus Gilbert. That's not to say they loved the other Pouncey just because he's related to one of their players, or because he's from the same school.

And it's tough to guarantee that's what they were hoping for, but it sure does seem like a strong possibility.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.6.11: Count Javier Arenas as lucky



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • As a devastating tornado raged around him in Tuscaloosa, Chiefs DB Javier Arenas took shelter in a bathtub. Arenas was fine, but a block away, the weather caused complete devastation. Said Arenas: “I want to thank the makers of my tub.
  • Although Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz turned down a contract extension from the club, he still says he badly wants to stay in Chicago. He’s just letting his negotiator do his thing.
  • TV broadcaster Gus Johnson isn’t necessarily gone from CBS quite yet. Here’s hoping he and CBS can come to sort of agreement on a new contract.
  • Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula speaks to the Miami Herald about a variety of topics, including how he was disappointed when Bill Parcells abruptly bailed on the organization.
  • If the Buccaneers end up on Hard Knocks this season, Tony Dungy has some advice for the players: Don’t try to be like Sidney Poitier.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Dolphins to use Pouncey as center

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just like his brother Maurkice, it looks like Dolphins draftee Mike Pouncey will spend his time on the field snapping the ball to the quarterback.

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That’s what Miami GM Jeff Ireland told reporters, including the Palm Beach Post, late Thursday night. And even though Pouncey really struggled with the quarterback exchange (13 flubbed snaps against Miami (Ohio) in the season opener!) when Florida’s coaches moved him from guard to center before his senior year, Ireland saw big improvement from Pouncey as the season continued.

“They’re doing a lot of things with their center that most centers don’t do,” Ireland said of the Gators. “They pull him a lot. When he’s trying to pull out in space, he’s getting out so quick that he’s doing something with the ball. I don’t know that we would do as much of that with him as maybe Florida did, but he improved over the season.

“We put him through the ringer a little bit in our Combine meeting. He’s very bright, obviously he’s a great leader, but the mental toughness, to handle what he went through at the combine, the rapid-fire questions he was getting really impressed me about the kid.”

We also should note that one of Mike Pouncey’s predraft goals was to get selected before his brother did in 2010. Maurkice went No. 18 to the Steelers last year. Mike went No. 15 Thursday.

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:11 am
 

Mike Pouncey thinks the Cowboys are drafting him?

Posted by Will Brinson

Typically speaking, NFL draft prospects are pretty good about not revealing where they think they'll end up. That's primarily because they don't actually know, but some probably have a god idea and just keep their mouths shut.

Not Mike Pouncey, though! Pouncey thinks he's getting drafted by Dallas. At least, according to his Twitter account:



The former Florida Gator and brother of Maurkice Pouncey (the Steelers star rookie center), hasn't deleted the tweet yet and has answered a pile of questions from his followers since sending that tweet out.

Interestingly, both of our mock draft experts -- Rob Rang and Chad Reuter -- have the Cowboys taking an offensive lineman at the ninth overall pick. In fact, both have the 'Boys taking Tyron Smith out of USC.

Pouncey would be a bit of a reach at ninth -- based on most draft rankings -- but given his brother's success with the Steelers last season, there are plenty of folks who are bullish on the younger Pouncey.

Including, according to him, the Cowboys.

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:50 am
 

Steelers shouldn't hold out hope for Mike Pouncey

M. Pouncey probably will not play with his brother, Maurkice, in Pittsburgh (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some have speculated that the Steelers, who already have C Maurkice Pouncey anchoring the offensive line, could take Florida OL Mike Pouncey in this year’s NFL draft (and I think that would be a pretty cool move, along the same lines of QB Jordan Palmer backing up his brother Carson in Cincinnati).

But Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette isn’t holding his breath. In part, you can blame Maurkice for that.

Since Maurkice Pouncey had such a well-regarded rookie season for the Super Bowl runners-up, making the Pro Bowl, that success helps shine a spotlight on his twin brother.

Since the Steelers don’t have their first pick until No. 31 and since Mike Pouncey - who Rob Rang and Chad Reuter both have going to Seattle with the No. 25 pick in their latest mock draft - has risen from a late first-round or early second-round pick to a mid-first round selection, he probably won’t be around for Pittsburgh to take.

Bouchette asked Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert if the two brothers were clones. “Identical twins,” Colbert said. And their performance on the field? Colbert smiled and said, “Identical twins.”

Unfortunately for fans of twin brothers playing on the same NFL team, it sounds like the Pouncey brothers won’t fulfill that hope.

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Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:55 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.16.11: Still #WINNING



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • What do Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Charlie Sheen have in common? WINNING, obviously. As in, “You should know that the current status of the Collective Bargaining Agreement will not disrupt our preparation for the 2011 season or swerve our focus from the Redskins’ objective -- WINNING.” What would have made this even more awesome? If Allen had added the word, “DUH.”
  • A woman has been convicted of killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Bears DB Shaun Gayle. A Lake County, Ill., jury found that Marni Young meticulously planned out an execution of a woman she considered a romantic rival for Gayle. The woman faces a 45-year maximum term. The victim was seven months pregnant with Gayle’s child.
  • Apparently, the Steelers are huge fans of the Pouncey family. As you know, C Maurkice Pouncey established himself as a huge presence for the Pittsburgh offensive line last year, and if Pittsburgh had the choice, it’d take Mike Pouncey in next month’s NFL draft and put him at right guard.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:00 pm
 

The Super Bowl injury report

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The last one of the entire season.

PITTSBURGH Steelers

Status Report

OUT

C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle)

Thursday

C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle)

Friday

C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Thursday

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Friday

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

GREEN BAY Packers

Status Report


QUESTIONABLE

LB Erik Walden (ankle)

PROBABLE

T Chad Clifton (knees), WR Donald Driver (quadricep), C Jason Spitz (calf), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Practice Report


LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

T Chad Clifton (knees), C Jason Spitz (calf), LB Erik Walden (ankle)

Thursday

T Chad Clifton (knees), WR Donald Driver (quadricep), C Jason Spitz (calf), LB Erik Walden (ankle)

Friday

WR Donald Driver (quadricep), LB Erik Walden (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Thursday

LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Friday

T Chad Clifton (knees), C Jason Spitz (calf), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

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