Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Steelers Re-Sign Suisham


After a pretty hectic night last night for both the Pirates and the Steelers (hey, Ike Taylor signed, you know) the Steelers were back at it. Today they come to an agreement with kicker Shaun Suisham. Terms of the deal are unknown but I can't imagine that this is going to rock any worlds.

Like Taylor, and every other free agent, the Steelers can't sign Suisham until Friday, like every other team, but this gives the Steelers their second kicker on the roster, along with Swayze Waters who was signed before the lockout.

The Steelers brought it Suisham last season to replace Jeff Reed who just fell off the face of the Earth and missed kicks that he automatic in making before. With the Steelers Suisham went 14-of-15 in field goal kicking with a long of 48. He was 1-1 in kicks between 1-19 yards, 4-4 between 20-29 yards, 1-1 between 30-39 and 8-9 from 40-40 yards. Not too bad for a free agent kicker int he middle of the season. He also made all 19 extra point attempts.

Suisham also punted a little for the Steelers as he 38.3 yards per punt in three attempts with one of them landing inside the 20.

When the Steelers brought him in last season I wasn't too excited about it because he track record was pretty erratic. I was pleasantly surprised to see what he could do down the stretch run and through the playoffs with some good kicks as well as showing some decent leg, knocking down almost all of his kicks between 40-49 yards. Hopefully this season he can do the same thing and continue to handle the bad turf at Heinz Field, which is not easy for any kicker.

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