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Steelers replace Pouncey with Fernando Velasco

Fernando Velasco AP

The Steelers won’t be able to adequately replace center Maurkice Pouncey, who was lost for the season with a knee injury in yesterday’s opener.

But all things considered, they did about as well as they could.

According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the Steelers are signing former Titans starter Fernando Velasco to a one-year deal.

Velasco started all 16 games for the Titans last year, but lost his job to free agent pickup Rob Turner, as the Titans remade the middle of their line.

Velasco’s not a world-beater but he is a solid pickup, and being able to get someone with any degree of recent experience after rosters are settled is a bonus.

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34 Responses to “Steelers replace Pouncey with Fernando Velasco”
  1. heyzeus143 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    Bring on the next bullfighter – óle!

  2. steelerben says: Sep 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    So, the Steelers picked up the center that wasn’t good enough to make the squad of the team which everyone agrees was humiliating to be beaten by because they are so poor. How am I supposed to be comforted?

    Maybe we can bring back Jonathan Scott because he’s had experience recently, too. Anyone have Jeff Saturday’s phone number? Maybe we can bring him out of retirement while we are at it.

    Everyone thought letting Legursky go was a smart move. How smart is that move looking now?

  3. ingraven says: Sep 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    Even as a Ravens fan, it sucks to see the Steelers get so many injuries in one game. We feel your pain.

  4. wringworm says: Sep 9, 2013 3:07 PM

    He’s a solid pickup because this site is a bunch of Yinzer honks… Guy’s sitting home eating Cheetos and BBQ because he’s “been waiting for the right opportunity”

    Enjoy picking yourself up of the ground Ben. Its gonna be a LONG season!

  5. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Sep 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    steelerben says:
    Sep 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    Everyone thought letting Legursky go was a smart move. How smart is that move looking now?
    ————————
    I hated to see him go. FYI he had a knee injury in Buffalo that will probably keep him out several weeks. The Bills didn’t put him on IR so that’s at least promising.

  6. wikipediasaidso says: Sep 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    So, the Steelers picked up the center that wasn’t good enough to make the squad of the team which everyone agrees was humiliating to be beaten by because they are so poor. How am I supposed to be comforted?
    =============

    Velasco was the first guy I thought of when it became obvious the Steelers would need to look for interior OL help.

    The Titans invested a ton of money (and a couple of draft picks) fortifying their interior OL this offseason. They brought in multiple vets to compete for jobs, and tendered Velasco (though it wasn’t guaranteed) at a fairly expensive RFA level.

    Yeah, Velasco lost out on a starting job to Rob Turner. But ultimately he got cut because once he was no longer a projected starter, he wasn’t as cost-effective as their other backup options (including a rookie in Schwenke that they think has a future). It wasn’t cause he was just some camp scrub.

    The Steelers could do worse than taking advantage of what was a tough final cut for the Titans. Not that bad a player, especially for a desperate team.

  7. snakeskinsoul says: Sep 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    a big hole in the middle of the oline should leave a big hole in fat old rolaidsberger

  8. ccjcsr says: Sep 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    With the 6th pick in the 2014 draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select……..

    #seeyanextyear

  9. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Sep 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    Also, LOL at “Yinzer honks”

  10. jobotjones says: Sep 9, 2013 3:19 PM

    Bette than any of the reserves we have already

  11. dickroy says: Sep 9, 2013 3:26 PM

    Pouncey and Foote out for the season this early really hurts. We have talent on the O line now. They just have to figure out what they are doing and how to work together.

  12. swagger52 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    This is so typical..

    The Steelers always pick age over skill.

    The last thing the Steelers needed was to increase the average age of the team.

  13. radrntn says: Sep 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    I feel bad for the steeler fans…they will now know my pain ….i look at the schedule and the only games that I see as w’s are the jags, steelers, chargers, and eagles….at least you can find comfort in a high draft pick.

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Let me get this straight: The Titans out-pounded you in the trenches and the next day, what do you do? You name one of THEIR rejects your starter?!?

    Nice.

  15. Deb says: Sep 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    Good news in the circumstances. Beachum was just a Band-Aid to get through the game. Without Legursky, our best hope was to find an experienced vet who could fill in for the season. We’re lucky Velasco was available. But I still have serious questions about the current blocking scheme … among other things.

  16. z06vision says: Sep 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    These anti steeler comments are hilarious and comical. LOL Is the amber alert still on for joemontanaflacco wannbe steeler fan?

  17. shadowrider2005 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:02 PM

    Was Eduardo Corrochio unavailable?

  18. draculalambert says: Sep 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    WE DID IT! The James Harrison of Centers, a diamond in the rough. WHEW, to think I was worried.

    *ABBA’s “Fernando” heard in the distance*

  19. twpguy1964 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:20 PM

    If this guy was STILL AVAILABLE, why the he11 was Whimper signed instead? STUPIDITY!

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    Fortunately, they won’t have to teach Velasco
    the Steelers’ offense because there isn’t any.

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    @shadowrider, well played (unfortunately this isn’t a Seinfeld crowd, thus all the thumbs down)

    @jmf, if he doesn’t make it on the Steelers O-Line, he could always play in the Ravens secondary. There’s no way he could be any slower or worse in coverage than your existing gaggle.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Sep 9, 2013 5:05 PM

    “Fortunately, they won’t have to teach Velasco
    the Steelers’ offense because there isn’t any.”

    And there is no defense in Baltimore(56 points)

  23. legendaryordinance says: Sep 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    you have to enjoy the love/hate between us and the ravens fans. It is sad we lost some key players from our team in one game. And the ppl being picked up aren’t guys to salivate over. On the other hand for several years they say our defense is old but it’s not like you can replace all 11 players at one time. If we did then ppl would complain we too inexperienced.

  24. scoobies05 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    fair point steel…however i would wager the ravens defense finishes with a higher ranking than the steeler offense by season’s end

  25. steelcurtainn says: Sep 9, 2013 6:20 PM

    scoobs
    Just giving jmf a taste of his own medicine as usual….that would be an interesting wager at this point in the season. Baltimores D looked terrible, Steelers O looked no better and then hit with the injury bug again. The Steelers offense can only get better after last weeks abysmal performance.

  26. steelernation1 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:29 PM

    Scoobie05.you can’t be that dumb.comparing an offenses rank to a defenses rank? Really? Lol.last time I checked you compare defenses with defenses.and most of the seasons steelers D ranks higher than the ravens D

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 9:05 PM

    steelernation, I don’t think scoobie was being literal in his comparing both squads – it was more of a prop bet. For instance:
    I bet the Steelers avg pts scored per game is higher than Flacco’s avg passer rating, or
    I bet the number of passing TDs the ravens give up this year is more than the number of people in the U.S.

    That sound right scoobie?

  28. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 10, 2013 7:44 AM

    “Fortunately, they won’t have to teach Velasco
    the Steelers’ offense because there isn’t any.”

    “And there is no defense in Baltimore(56 points)”

    Hmmm. I watched the game and Denver scored 49 points. Oh, I see. You’re referring to the pick six that turned into a touchback. Yes, the defense was really asleep at the switch on that one. In fact, they were sitting on the sideslines when it happened. How irresponsible of them!

    Typical Steelers’ fan. Distorting the facts. Ignoring the truth. Just plain sad.

  29. scoobies05 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:08 AM

    yes crown….thanks for the clarification

  30. steelers6ringteam says: Sep 10, 2013 10:44 AM

    We will be okay when its all said and done.

  31. steelcurtainn says: Sep 10, 2013 11:39 AM

    “typical Steelers’ fan. Distorting the facts. Ignoring the truth. Just plain sad.”

    “Ignoring the truth” ha, good one. okay your right then, they gave up 49 points. Much to be proud of……Hooray!

  32. terryvacheresse says: Sep 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    Ok so for all you “experts” that keep bumping your gums about the Steelers signing Velasco. He wasn’t just some worthless scrub that the titans didn’t want. They got rid of him for cap room. He’s a vet, who was ranked the 11th best center last year. . . . . Still gonna run your mouths about what a “stupid” pick up this was?

  33. grammys3boys says: Sep 10, 2013 1:50 PM

    What happened to Joey Madsen ? I thought he was going to be a back-up and then he is gone? Started 50 games for WVU and seems they had a pretty good offense without having Geno chased around all the time. Never gets hurt (unlike Pouncy). Just wish the kid could get a chance. Nice kid.

  34. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:30 PM

    Tomlin is discovering that his “next man up” philosophy only works when someone within the organization puts in the required long hours to figure out a suitable depth chart. Uh, that might be Tomlin’s responsibility…
    I’ve never seen a more disorganized and dysfunctional Steelers organization in my life!!!

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