Pittsburgh Steelers: Sign ILB Lawrence Timmons

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier’s appearance at the 2018 draft was the most inspiring moment of the three-day event. Seeing Shazier walk to the podium to announce Pittsburgh’s first-round selection of Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds after suffering a severe spinal injury last season was tremendous.where to get cheap nfl jerseys

Whether Shazier will ever be able to play football again is a secondary concern as he continues to recover, but it does leave the Steelers with a position to fill—and given his awareness and athleticism when he was on the field, that will be a tall order. Edmunds can help with linebacker-depth coverage, but at 6’1″cheap nfl jerseys first  and 217 pounds, he doesn’t really fit the inside linebacker template in a hybrid 3-4 defense, even as the position has favored lighter players in recent years.

In the short term, the Steelers might be well-served going back to the future. In his prime, 2007 first-round linebacker Lawrence Timmons was one of the league’s best at blitzing, stopping the run and dropping into coverage. The team passed on re-signing Timmons before the 2017 season, and the Dolphins jumped in with a two-year, nfl jerseys cheap from china $12 million deal. Things started off in a complicated fashion when Timmons went AWOL early in the season, but he made his way back and amassed 58 solo tackles in 14 games.

If he came back to the defense in which he’s most comfortable, Timmons might be able to end his career on a positive note.