Pittsburgh Steelers - When Opportunity Knocks
Jamie McCoy Earning His Keep
by Bo Marchionte
Last year Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 third round pick Sean Spence tore his knee. The gruesome injury squashed Spence's opportunity to contribute last year, but opened the door for undrafted rookie linebacker from Temple Adrian Robinson. Robinson earned the right be to be the next in line. Robinson was a contributor for the Steelers seeing action on special teams for 12 games. Trent Green gets's hit by Rodney Harrison and the most famous grocery store clerk Kurt Warner steps into the role. When opportunity knocks players must take advantage of it.
Another Temple product tight end Jamie McCoy has been flirting with the final 53-man roster. McCoy went undrafted back in 2010 and signed with the St. Louis Rams. "It honestly feels like yesterday, but that was four years ago," McCoy says. McCoy has flirted with the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad on and off over the last few years. Veteran Heath Miller continues his rehab and yesterday the Steelers top replacement Matt Spaeth was carted off the St. Vincent field in Latrobe, PA according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I think going into I think you got to say, 'What can I do to put myself in the best position. You got to make the most of it," said McCoy on being on the practice squad. McCoy shares "this is the first time actually had the same offense to come back to," since his time during Steelers training camps. During his first camp, Bruce Arians was the Steelers offensive coordinator until Todd Haley took over the duties last year. Year two in the same offense McCoy says "everything is coming easier," adding "the game slows down."
In college McCoy played predominantly at fullback slash h-back type role. "When I first got here I couldn't compete with the defensive end type of guys," McCoy joked and added "I probably added about 20 pounds. Now it's just comfortable to run routes and able to hold my own against the bigger guys." During my day in Latrobe, covering training camp McCoy made one play during the teams scrimmages that caught the attention of Head Coach Mike Tomlin who yelled out "way to go," while the crowd applauded.
The opportunity is knocking, and I think McCoy is prepared mentality and now physically to open the door.
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