During the Steelers 2011 training camp, Pittsburgh Post Gazette columnist Gerry DuLac predicted a number of times that then rookie linebacker Chris Carter would eventually prove to be the steal of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Steelers had selected Carter in the draft’s 6th round, and he not only made the team, but saw playing time during the season. Big things were expected of Carter coming into 2011, as he saw spot duty in place of James Harrison.
Carter did OK in that capacity, but showed he still had a lot of room for growth. Now Carter, unfortunately will have to wait his chance for 2013 to grow, as the Steelers put him in injured reserve, ending his season.
To take his place, the Steelers signed linebacker Marshall McFadden from their practice squad. McFadden did not play during his rookie year, but the Steelers signed him in early 2012, and he lasted through training camp, and eventually landed a spot o the practice squad.
To take his place on the practice squad, the Steelers resigned one of their 2012 7th round picks, tight end Jamie McCoy.
Alameda Ta’amu Returns, but….
Earlier this week the Steelers waived troubled 4th round pick Alameda Ta’amu to make roster room for wide receiver David Gilreath who played vs. the Chiefs in place of injured Antonio Brown.
As expected, Alameda Ta’amu cleared waivers and as expected the Steelers resigned him, but to the practice squad. Ta’amu is of course facing a host of felony charges for a drunken rampage which he is alleged to have made on the South Side.
When Antonio Brown returns to health, it David Gilreath is almost certain headed back to the practice squad. It will be interesting to see if Ta’amu returns to the active roster.