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With Batch on the Shelf, Steelers to Workout Veteran QB Leftwich


With Charlie Batch on the sidelines with a broken collarbone for four to six weeks, the team is working out former Jaguar and Falcon QB Byron Leftwich today.  The 28-year-old former QB has been out of a job since the Falcons released him back in February.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that the team may actually sign Leftwich if he does well in the workout.  Byron had worked out recently with the Titans, and while coach Jeff Fisher said the QB had a good workout, the team said they would not be signing him.

Last season was a tough one for Leftwich, as the former number one pick of the Jags back in 2003 was released just before opening day.  The Faclons picked him up, and in three games with the team he was not very good, throwing for just 279 yards and one TD and two interceptions with a QB rating of 59.5.  In his five years in the NFL, he has thrown for 52 TD’s, 38 picks, and has a QB rating of 79.7

The Steelers will for sure sign a veteran backup, as without Batch the team is left with rookies Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts at the QB spot.  Dixon played quite a bit after Batch went down in last night’s 16-10 win over the Eagles, and Potts did come in at the end of the game and threw a few times as the team was trying to extend the lead and then run out the clock.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    August 9, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Signing Leftwich is not a bad move. He brings veteran depth and is still young enough to contribute if he ever had to. I hope Big Ben plays all 16 games this year, but that would be a first. Having or asking Byron Leftwich to help keep the ship straight for a game or 2 is NOT asking for much and I would be confident he would not kill the Steelers if asked to do this.He is also a better fit then Culpepper or , God forbid, Kelly Holcomb.

  2. Deaner

    August 10, 2008 at 5:51 am

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