Found October 08, 2013 on
By Matthew Marczi
When Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey went down in the season opener, the team was lucky that a player such as Fernando Velasco was available to come off the street and play the position just a week later.
By no means, however, does that mean that he is not without his warts.
Take, for example, the following play, in which he is blown up off the line of scrimmage by the defensive tackle, disrupting a carry by Le’Veon Bell.
The tackle gets enough initial leverage that he walks Velasco back into the pulling David Johnson, which disrupts the flow of the blocking pattern. Bell is fortunate enough to end up with a two-yard gain on the play.
One of the appeals of Velasco was his familiarity with zone schemes, and some display of aptitude on the move. As the samples below suggest, however, he still has a long way to go to live up to Dermontti Dawson pulling from center.
On the first play, Velasco is too slow to get out to linebacker Erin Henderson. Had he don...
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The @steelers have added CB Isaiah Green to their practice squad.
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