Ziggy Hood DL PIT 8 Days
ESPN's Scott Brown believes it is unlikely the Steelers re-sign free agent DL Ziggy Hood.
Hood has been something of a bust since being selected by the Steelers in the first-round in 2009. He lacks the athleticism to push the pocket as a defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4, but also lacks the size to play nose. Hood's best fit could be a "one-technique" in a 4-3 scheme. Brown thinks Hood, who just turned 27, could command $3 million annually on the open market.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Jan 27 '13
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks the Steelers could consider moving Ziggy Hood to nose tackle in 2013.
Hood has been one of the least-productive 3-4 defensive ends in football from a pass rush standpoint since being a first-round pick in 2009, but he has been a solid run defender in his career. He might be a little light for nose tackle at just 300 pounds, though. Beat writer Gerry Dulac suggests Steve McLendon could then move from the middle to the outside at defensive end.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Jan 09 '13
The Tribune-Review calls Steelers DE Ziggy Hood "one of the NFL's least-productive players at his position."
According to Pro Football Focus, Hood was the league's worst-rated pass-rushing end. He played 833 snaps, but came up with just three sacks and three quarterback hurries. Scouts are questioning his down-to-down effort as he heads into 2013 -- the final year of the former first-round pick's rookie deal.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Nov 19 '12
Steelers DE Ziggy Hood left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a back injury and did not return.
A disappointment in the first two months Hood was coming off his best game of the season in Week 10. Cameron Hayward, the Steelers' 2011 first-round pick, will see increased snaps if Hood misses Week 12 at Cleveland.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Aug 04 '12
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ziggy Hood has been the Steelers' "clear-cut starter" at left end through the early days of camp.
Hood was expected to at least be pushed by 2011 first-rounder Cameron Heyward, but that hasn't been the case thus far. If he's not earning first-team reps in practice, Heyward is going to have to rely on his preseason performances to put pressure on Hood.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Jun 08 '12
Steelers LE Ziggy Hood has lost 18 pounds of fat and gained 20 pounds of muscle after working out with Outer Limit Athletic Performance this offseason.
Hood faded badly down the stretch last season, conceding that he was "feeling sluggish" and not "in tip-top shape." He's already lowered his body fat from 24 to 18 percent while his training videos have made waves on YouTube. The 2009 first-rounder should have the edge on Cameron Heyward for the starting left end job this summer.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Jun 03 '12
Ziggy Hood has an "inside track" on the Steelers' starting left end job.
Hood and 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward are competing for Aaron Smith's old job. Both players have first-round pedigrees, but Heyward played just 197 snaps as a rookie. The job is likely Hood's to lose, though he did grade out as Pro Football Focus' least effective 3-4 end last season.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Jan 20 '12
The Steelers have had internal discussions about moving Ziggy Hood from end to nose tackle.
Hood practiced on the nose during the 2011 season, and took snaps there on some obvious passing downs in games. Though he's undersized for a nose (6'3/300), the Steelers could use Hood in a Jay Ratliff/Earl Mitchell-type role. The starting ends then would be Brett Keisel and 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward. The Steelers may have to cut pricey incumbent NT Casey Hampton.
Ziggy Hood DL PIT Dec 08 '11
Steelers LE Ziggy Hood was forced from Thursday's game in the second quarter with a groin injury.
His replacement, first-round rookie Cameron Heyward, was on the receiving end of a sideline lecture after leaving the left side of the line wide open on a 26-yard draw play by the Browns. Hood is questionable to return.