Pittsburgh Native Mike Farrell’s NFL Dream Gets a Second Lease on Life; Steelers Resign Offensive Lineman

The Mike Farrell’s dream of playing in the NFL for his home town Pittsburgh Steelers got a second lease on life. Shortly before Pittsburgh’s first preseason game vs. the Giants the Steelers resigned Farrell, just two days after they cut Farrell to sign tight end Nathan Overbay.

To make room for their newly reacquired offensive tackle, the Steelers cut cornerback Buddy Jackson.

Did the Steelers Brain Trust Get a Premonition of the Reserve Offensive Line? 

While these marginal roster moves are normal for at any time of the year, let alone training camp, the timing of the move was peculiar. It is almost as if the Steelers Brain Trust had a premonition that their reserve offensive line would struggle so mightily vs. the Giants.

Back up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski pleased fans with his mobility – which is good because it was needed. Landry Jones had his first hand off transformed into a safety (which was more than partially his fault) and 4th string quarterback John Parker Wilson gave up four sacks in a single quarter.

The group’s run blocking wasn’t better, with Baron Batch, Isaac Redman and Alvester Alexander all putting up mediocre numbers.

No fan of course should think of Mike Farrell as a savior, but the Steelers reserve offensive line has left itself plenty of room for improvement.

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