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Roye is in the burgh

Postby steelmann58 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:07 pm

looks like Roye has been seen in the burgh

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Postby thesteelhammer » Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:59 pm

Post-Gazette says we've signed him already.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08230/905073-66.stm

Steelers sign defensive lineman Roye
Sunday, August 17, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers signed one of their former defensive ends, Orpheus Roye, and he joined them for their final practice at Saint Vincent College today.

Roye, 35, was drafted by the Steelers in 1996 and played four years before leaving as a free agent to play for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns released him this year.


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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby J & L Steel » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:19 pm

I really like this signing to be truthful.

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Postby trenches » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:16 pm

Roye was given a clean bill of health by Dr. James Andrews on his knee. Knee issues apparently plagued him the last couple of seasons with the Clowns. If he's truly healthy again, he could prove serviceable for spot duty even if he is up there in years.

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Postby thesteelhammer » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:25 pm

Maybe Casey can run him through the 100 yard sprints on Monday. :D

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Postby trenches » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:38 pm

thesteelhammer wrote:Maybe Casey can run him through the 100 yard sprints on Monday. :D


Only if they blast Chariots of Fire for them. :lol:

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Postby Iron Gut » Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:12 pm

If Roye stays, do they cut Eason, Paxson or Kirschke?

Paxson has been solid as a wedge buster. But, I think he is dead as fried chicken.
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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby trenches » Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:15 pm

Iron Gut wrote:If Roye stays, do they cut Eason, Paxson or Kirschke?

Paxson has been solid as a wedge buster. But, I think he is dead as fried chicken.


Agreed. :sushootem: He's the goner.

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Postby The Fan Of STEEL » Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:35 pm

thesteelhammer wrote:Maybe Casey can run him through the 100 yard sprints on Monday. :D


That could take a long, long time.

I'm happy we got Roye back though. We need all the depth we can get and his experience can only help special teams play.

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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby steelerette » Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:11 pm

Meh. I'm not impressed at this point. We'll see how it works out.

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Postby Steeledge » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:17 am

a whole lotta average is still average...

I still worry about this D-line this year, and I don't see any improvement for years to come.

It would be a rotten shame with all our offensive firepower if the D-line is the one losing games for us.

And, if Hampton doesn't have his head extracted right quick, well... :sutimebomb: :(
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Postby BeavisFour » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:25 pm

Those who think its a good signing. Is it nostaglia? Roye hasn't been anything great in...well ever. He's way past his prime and has had injuries to boot.

I hope he doesn't cost one of these young guys a spot.

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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby thesteelhammer » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:11 pm

More articles today on Roye joining the team. Less Rose colored glasses today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08231/905178-66.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml



Steelers Notebook: Old familiar face joins defense
Monday, August 18, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Peter Diana/Post-GazetteDefensive end Orpheus Roye listens to defensive line coach John Mitchell yesterday at the final practice at Saint Vincent College. The Steelers signed Roye, a former player for the team, as a defensive end.Mike Tomlin said before the draft that his team needed to get younger and bigger on both lines.

Instead, the Steelers are getting older.

The Steelers, with five of their top six defensive linemen 30 or older by the start of the season, added 35-year-old end Orpheus Roye to their collection of graybeards yesterday.

Roye, drafted by the Steelers in 1996, left them to sign with the expansion Cleveland Browns in 2000 as a restricted free agent. He spent the past eight seasons with the Browns, who released him in February to save his $3 million salary and $1.5 million in roster bonuses.

When Roye left the Steelers, Aaron Smith replaced him at left end in 2000 and remains there.

Tomlin called Roye "a veteran defensive lineman, a guy who knows how to play the game, a professional."

"We're able to put him in the mix due to the [knee] injury of Kyle Clement. We'll see what he's capable of doing. He had a very solid workout. He appears to be in pretty good shape. We'll continue over the next couple weeks and see if he can find a seat on the bus, if you will."

Roye will work in with two other veteran defensive ends, Travis Kirschke, 34 before the season starts, and Nick Eason, 29, and a former Browns teammate of Roye's. His signing may signal the disappointment in younger ends such as Ryan McBean and undrafted rookies Martavius Prince and Jordan Reffett.

Roye said he's fully recovered from what he termed clean-up surgery on his knee.

"I know I can help," Roye said. "I've been around for a while. I was used to this defense. I think I can contribute."



http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_583498.html?source=rss&feed=9

9 -- Orpheus Roye's sack total with the Steelers from 1996-99.
9.5 -- Sacks registered by Roye with Cleveland (2000-07).


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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby Nel » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:13 pm

I like having Roye primarily for what he knows about the Browns.

It just might help the Steelers grab an extra "W" against the Browns and win the division.

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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby BeavisFour » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:02 am

Nel wrote:I like having Roye primarily for what he knows about the Browns.

It just might help the Steelers grab an extra "W" against the Browns and win the division.



Don't need his help to beat the Brownies.

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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby DirtDawson » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:28 pm

thesteelhammer wrote:
9 -- Orpheus Roye's sack total with the Steelers from 1996-99.
9.5 -- Sacks registered by Roye with Cleveland (2000-07).




man, i was so pissed when we let Roye go. It's been a while since we've had a solid pass rushing DE. Aaron's good though.


I credit alot of these stats to the fact that the Browns blew donkey balls untill this past season.

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Re: Roye is in the burgh

Postby WoodsonOfSteel » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:48 am

man, i was so pissed when we let Roye go. It's been a while since we've had a solid pass rushing DE. Aaron's good though. I credit alot of these stats to the fact that the Browns blew donkey balls untill this past season.


I agree with both of these things.

What I like most about the guy is his size. We really could use some more fat-n-ugly up front. Youth and athleticism is always preferred I know, however having a big veteran added to our suspect DLine should help more than it hurts.

Although Aaron is statistically MUCH better at getting to the QB, they are pretty on-the-level in production (tackles).

It's been obvious we need help stopping the run and I believe this was a great addition to help with that cause.

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