This edition of Heisler's Headlines is loaded with Steelers info.
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Ryan Mundy is making the most of his opportunity this offseason.
He's been getting snaps with the first team at both strong safety and free safety while Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark train elsewhere.
Secondary coach Ray Horton has been impressed by the second year player from West Virginia.
"I was just walking off the field thinking basically every day he's done something good," Horton said last week.
"Nothing fazes the kid," Horton said. "I don't think, 'Oh, he hasn't played a lot of plays' or 'Oh, he doesn't know what he's doing.' It's like he's a veteran, and we're treating him like that.
"We plan to give him a heck of a lot of work during the preseason and see what we have. We're counting on him."
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
During his freshman season at Oklahoma St. he threw 13 touchdown passes and accounted for 1,855 yards.
The Oklahoma St. coaching staff later moved him to safety and now he's trying to make an impact for the Steelers as a linebacker.
"I feel like I still have a lot of learning to do," said Woods, whose next career turn is another position change. After playing outside linebacker last year as an undrafted free agent, Woods is making a switch to inside linebacker.
"This is going into only my third year playing linebacker. Most guys have been playing linebacker for a lot longer than three years," Woods said. "Hopefully, my best years are in front of me.''
"At outside linebacker, we get to pass-rush a lot," he said."That's something I like doing. Who doesn't like rushing the passer? You don't get to do that as much playing inside because you're covering and doing things like that.
"This is a talented group. There's not going to be a lot of guys that can come in and just play right away. I started outside last year, so I was learning out there. There's some things I understand (better), but I'm playing more inside."
But where Woods will really make his mark is special teams.
"That's where a lot of young guys are going to make their reputations," he said. "That's where I'm going to make mine. Go out there on special teams and try to be as exciting as I can. Do what I'm supposed to do and be solid.
"I'm just trying to see as much as I can, learn and be in as many situations as I can, because everything I see helps me that much more. As long as I'm here and continuing to learn this defense and continuing to get better as a professional, I think I have a chance.''
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Bruce Davis is used to being on of the "Big Dawgs" on the team. He is second in career sacks at UCLA with 29. So his rookie season with the Steelers was an adjustment.
"I'd be lying if I said it's not a blow to the ego," said Davis
"You go from being the rock star as they called it back at school, you go from being the guy, the guy who is depended on making big plays when they needed them, to really the bottom of the totem pole."
"It was definitely tough, mentally," said Davis. "Mentally, I tried to stay focused, but it definitely took it's toll on me. I kind of got down on myself, but I had to come to the realization that I'm playing for the Steelers, the NFL, and I have great players in front of me."
Playing behind James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley didn't allow Davis much playing time on defense.
Where he could have played was special teams, but fellow rookies Patrick Bailey and Donovan Woods performed better and dressed on gameday. Unlike third round draft pick, Davis.
Davis has used this offseason as a chance to show what he can do and to show his work ethic.
"Quite simply, he has to play better than some of the guys he's competing with. At the end of the day that's the measuring stick, that's what training camp in Latrobe is about and that's what makes it exciting.
"I don't make it a secret, I'm a proponent of competition. It's going to be fun to watch some of the competition unfold at the outside linebacker position as guys try to find a seat on the bus, if you will."
"We're not evaluating, we're just teaching at this point," Tomlin said. "What he is doing is he's putting himself in position to compete. He's been one of the poster boys for the offseason program, if you will. We say the first rule of getting better is showing up. He's done a nice job of that and he's working."
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
According to the Miami Herald the Dolphins are not currently interested in WR Plaxico Burress, nor will they likely be in the future.
Herald staffer Armando Salguero says that the Dolphins see the 32 year old Burress as a player on the decline.
According to ESPN.com QB Trent Edwards and WR Terrell Owens stayed after practice to get a feel for each other.
"That's something I want to get to with him," Edwards said after Wednesday's voluntary practice. "It's just kind of having an unspoken bond where something doesn't need to be said, but we can see things before it actually happens. ..." Owens agreed. "I think it's very, very important, especially for me being new to the system," he said
The Denver Post has reported that the Broncos have released RB J.J. Arrington after he failed a physical.
Arrington probably wouldn't have played much in a Broncos backfield that includes Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, LaMont Jordan, and Peyton Hillis.
Brandon Marshall underwent surgery on his hip on Mar. 31 and has recently started running.
"He looks good," fellow Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley said. "I'm glad he got it taken care of, because it was bothering him a lot last year, and he's going to be improved this year because of that."
The Denver Post reported that Marshall's hip bothered him last season, causing him to have problems gaining separation from defenders as the season went on.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger Thomas Jones reported to OTAs, while fellow RB Leon Washington didn't.
Both running backs are unhappy with their current contracts, but the Jets are currently not interested in redoing their deals.
The Jets even drafted Jones' possible future replacement in former Iowa RB Shonn Green.
Broncos new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will have LB D.J. Williams playing the same position in his defense as Ray Lewis did and Williams is excited about that.
Nolan said that it'll free Williams up to road around, react, and wreak havoc.
Williams will play inside and away from the tight end in the Broncos 3-4 defense. This position is commonly referred to as the "Will."
“I love my position,” Williams said Wednesday. “I think the position highlights what type of player I am. It allows me to do what I do best.”
Bills starting CB Terrence McGee injured his right arm and/or shoulder on Wednesday.
McGee was covering WR Terrell Owens on the play when he went up to defend a pass and landed awkwardly.
Owens also partially landed on McGee.
Bills coach Dick Jauron did not have an update on the McGee's injury following practice.