Steelers linebackers confident they can step up without Ryan Shazier

The Steelers know they’ll be without Ryan Shazier this season. The group of linebackers that are expected to replace his production are confident they can handle the job.

According to Jeremy Fowler of, Tyler Matakevich and Vinny Williams are confident that the collection of guys that still have will be good enough to quell any concerns in 2018.

“They don’t give the rest of our inside linebackers credit,” Matakevich said. “I think Vinny is a tremendous player. He’s smart. We just brought (Jon) Bostic in. He’s played four years. He knows what’s going on. L.J. Fort‘s been here for a long time. He knows this system. I think we have the guys who are capable of doing it.”

Namath took the photo, shook hands with the boy’s uncle then walked away Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys after giving another person a memory. Call it the Namath Effect. Many athletes resent fame and what comes with it. Namath embraces it.

I’m thankful, Namath said. How tough is it to not appreciate a smile? This started at home, respect people. That started with my dad and my mother. I just picked it up.

O’Daniel had 28.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks while making 29 starts at Clemson. He also ended his time at Clemson tied for first in career special teams tackles.

The latter skill will come in handy as O’Daniel vies for early playing time in the NFL.

The first place Perez went to figure out how to be an NFL quarterback was YouTube. He put in the most obvious search possible, How to play quarterback, and started to teach himself everything from mechanics to coverages to defensive fronts. Eventually, he got hooked up with Akili Smith — a friend’s uncle, who also happened to be a former quarterback and the third overall pick by the Bengals in the 1999 draft — and started attending Smith’s training sessions.

Smith held two of those every day, one in Chula Vista, Perez’s hometown, near San Diego, and another in Mount Carmel. Perez went to both, trying to make up ground on everyone else. When he walked into head coach Ed Carberry’s office at Southwestern Junior College as a freshman in 2013, Perez told him, Hey, my name’s Luis Perez, I want to be your next quarterback.

And then [Carberry] just kinda chuckles a little bit, Perez said, recalling the story. He says, ‘OK, well, where’d you play? And what are your accolades, where are you from?’ And I told him I didn’t play high school football.

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