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Byron Leftwich | Quarterback | #4

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/14/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Marshall
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (7) / JAC
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The Cardinals have brought in ex-NFL QB Byron Leftwich as a coaching intern.
The former No. 7 pick of the Jaguars spent a few seasons in Pittsburgh with then-OC Bruce Arians, and the two have remained close. "Hopefully I can keep him all year," Arians said. "I think he’s got a great, bright future in coaching." May 9 - 9:33 AM

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Free agent Byron Leftwich isn't expected back with the Steelers.

Fellow free agent Charlie Batch, 38, is expected to return on a one-year deal and hold down the fort until a younger, developmental quarterback is in place. One name that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions as a possibility in the middle rounds of the draft is Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 10:15:00 AM

GM Kevin Colbert said he will explore drafting a quarterback "above the late rounds" to serve as Ben Roethlisberger's backup.

When Roethlisberger went down this year, the Steelers were left with fossils Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch. Both of them are free agents and not expected back. We wouldn't be surprised if Colbert uses a Day 2 pick on a developmental quarterback that can grow behind Big Ben, who is just 30 years old but has missed eight games over the last three seasons.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Although Byron Leftwich (ribs) is now healthy, Charlie Batch will remain the No. 2 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers are rewarding Batch for his strong play in an upset win over Baltimore two weeks ago. Leftwich, 32, is a free agent in 2013. The Steelers need to find a backup with more durability behind Roethlisberger.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 03:43:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Byron Leftwich (ribs) is not an option to start Week 14 versus the Chargers.

"There won't be many opportunities for Byron (Leftwich) to prove that he is getting healthy even though he is," said Tomlin. The Steelers are preparing Charlie Batch to start while giving backup Brian Hoyer's reps to Ben Roethlisberger, who will be given a chance to show that he's ready to return.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 01:37:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Byron Leftwich sustained multiple rib fractures in Sunday night's loss to the Ravens.

Leftwich won't play in Sunday's game at Cleveland and Ben Roethlisberger (ribs, shoulder) is "doubtful" at best. That leaves Charlie Batch as the Steelers' Week 12 starter. Leftwich's season isn't over, but we've likely seen him take his last snap as a Steeler. By the time he's healthy, Big Ben should be back under center.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:23:00 PM

ESPN reports Byron Leftwich fractured two ribs in Sunday's loss, and is unlikely to start in Week 12.

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports he's also dealing with a shoulder injury. Leftwich was in obvious pain throughout Sunday's loss, but third-stringer Charlie Batch never even took off his coat. NBC's Cris Collinsworth cracked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't seem to care about Leftwich's blatant discomfort. Leftwich's noted arm strength was majorly diminished by the fourth quarter, however, and it would be shocking if he played in Week 12. Now the Steelers need to find someone to back-up Batch. Batch started one game in 2011, leading the Steelers past the Rams. Seemingly hurt every time an opportunity arises to play, Leftwich is unlikely to be back with the Steelers in 2013.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 03:27:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are concerned Byron Leftwich (ribs) will be "out for a while," and will work out quarterbacks this week.

With Ben Roethlisberger (ribs, shoulder) not expected to be ready for Week 12, Leftwich's injury leaves heirloom Charlie Batch as the Steelers' only healthy quarterback. Perhaps Pittsburgh will give old standby Dennis Dixon a call. Even if Leftwich is healthy for Week 12, he can't be trusted as a QB2.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Byron Leftwich downplayed his rib and shoulder injury after Sunday's game, insisting that he's "OK."

Leftwich suffered the injury when he stumbled and fell in the end zone on his opening-drive 31-yard touchdown. "Leftwich was hurt pretty much the whole game," safety Ryan Clark said. "We couldn't make a play for him." The injury clearly inhibited Leftwich from throwing beyond 30-40 yards late in the game. Coach Mike Tomlin gave no indication after the game that he's considering Charlie Batch as his Week 12 starter.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 02:19:00 AM

Byron Leftwich completed 18-of-39 passes for 201 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception in Pittsburgh's Week 11 loss to the Ravens.

With his throwing motion remaining longer than a Lord of the Rings movie, Leftwich was slowed even further by an apparent rib or shoulder injury. He winced throughout an effort that saw him struggle to challenge downfield, and could barely heave the ball longer than 30 yards by the Steelers' final drive. The league's biggest statue this side of Michelangelo's David, Leftwich's biggest play ironically came with his feet, where he capped off Pittsburgh's opening series with a 31-yard touchdown run. There was little excitement after that, however. Leftwich's health and effectiveness will both be reasons for the Steelers to consider turning to third-stringer Charlie Batch in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 11:53:00 PM

Steelers OC Todd Haley will cater the offense to suit Byron Leftwich's strengths this week versus the Ravens.

"This is why I make the point every time you all say 'Haley's offense,' it's not my offense," said Haley. "We're going to do things to cater to the strength of our players." Haley is right not to have Leftwich running Big Ben's quick-passing attack, but we're not sure what Lefty's strengths are at this point. Conventional wisdom says he excels at the deep ball, but he's been one of the least efficient vertical passers in the league over the past half-decade.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 01:47:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Byron Leftwich will start versus the Ravens in Week 11 if Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is held out.

There's sentiment in Pittsburgh that Charlie Batch's significantly quicker release is a better fit for Todd Haley's short passing attack, but Tomlin is sticking with his No. 2 quarterback. Leftwich put a hurting on the production of Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Heath Miller Monday night, averaging just 5.2 yards on 14 passes. The Steelers fantasy players are in for a severe downgrade for Week 11.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 02:46:00 PM

Byron Leftwich completed just 7-of-14 passes for 73 yards after replacing Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) early in the third quarter of Monday night's Week 10 overtime win.

Leftwich has one of the longest deliveries among NFL quarterbacks, and it was painfully obvious when Pittsburgh dialed up multiple screen passes. Big Ben left the stadium and was taken to a local hospital with a "non-traditional, unique" shoulder injury, so his Week 11 outlook seems bleak. Leftwich hasn't started a game in nearly three years but may very well be under center next week at home against the Ravens. He has a cannon of a right arm, but with Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles') aiming for a return, Pittsburgh could employ a heavy rushing attack. If Leftwich gets the start, he's obviously not a fantasy option.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 12:30:00 AM

Byron Leftwich is listed as the second-team quarterback on the Steelers' first official depth chart.

As expected. Although Leftwich missed the entire 2011 season due to a fractured arm, he returns ahead of Charlie Batch. Leftwich, now 32, hasn't started a game 2009 while with the Bucs.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:27:00 AM

Steelers agreed to terms with QB Byron Leftwich.

The Steelers re-signed Charlie Batch earlier this month, but Leftwich should be returning as Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Leftwich has attempted just seven passes the past two seasons, and landed on injured last September following ankle surgery. Batch and Troy Smith should duke it out for No. 3 duties in camp.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 07:29:00 PM

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9Ryan Williams
10Bryan Bennett
11G.J. Kinne
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13Sean Renfree
14B.J. Daniels
15Johnny Manziel
16Brandon Doughty
17Jerrod Johnson
18R.J. Archer
19Josh Woodrum
20Marquise Williams
21Max Wittek
22Joe Licata
23Garrett Gilbert
24Dustin Vaughan
25Dylan Thompson
26Cody Fajardo
27Shane Carden
28Griffin Neal
29Jerry Lovelocke
30Matt Blanchard
31Dan LeFevour
32Austin Trainor
33Pat Devlin
34McLeod Bethel-Thompson
35Chase Rettig
36Chandler Harnish
37Jake Waters
38Dalyn Williams
RB1Joseph Randle
2Zurlon Tipton
3Dreamius Smith
4Terron Ward
5Toby Gerhart
6Alonzo Harris
7LaMichael James
8Jhurell Pressley
9Brandon Burks
10Brandon Wilds
11Dominique Williams
12Stephen Houston
13Andre Williams
14Anthony Dixon
15Daryl Richardson
16Brandon Wegher
17Josh Harris
18Zac Stacy
19Kerwynn Williams
20Brandon Ross
21Don Jackson
22Brandon Brown-Dukes
23Storm Johnson
24Jahwan Edwards
25Darrin Reaves
26Jerome Smith
27Ross Scheuerman
28Kenneth Harper
29Jawon Chisholm
30Bronson Hill
31Dan Herron
32Senorise Perry
33Karlos Williams
34Antone Smith
35Joe Banyard
36Michael Dyer
37Jeremy Stewart
38LaVance Taylor
39Keshawn Hill
40Stevan Ridley
GLB1Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1Paul Lasike
2Erik Lorig
3Emil Igwenagu
4Jorvorskie Lane
5Marcel Reece
6James Casey
7Darrel Young
8Julian Howsare
9Henry Hynoski
10Joe Don Duncan
11Tommy Bohanon
12Ryan Mueller
13Derrick Coleman
14Glenn Gronkowski
15Patrick Skov
16Soma Vainuku
17Jordan Campbell
18Brad Smelley
19Sam Bergen
20Chris Swain
21Trey Millard
22Alstevis Squirewell
23John Conner
24Zach Boren
25Kiero Small
26J.C. Copeland
27Joey Iosefa
28Blake Renaud
29Sione Houma
30Juwan Thompson
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2Greg Jennings
3Marques Colston
4Dwayne Bowe
5James Jones
6Preston Parker
7Greg Little
8Kris Durham
9Rueben Randle
10Rasheed Bailey
11Kyle Prater
12Cayleb Jones
13Hakeem Nicks
14Josh Morgan
15Jacoby Ford
16Tyler Davis
17Douglas McNeil
18Miles Austin
19Kain Colter
20DeAndre Reaves
21Geronimo Allison
22Reggie Diggs
23Nick Harwell
24Reggie Dunn
25Armon Binns
26Carlton Mitchell
27Tony Washington
28Tevin Reese
29Issac Blakeney
30Hunter Sharp
31LaRon Byrd
32Terrell Sinkfield
33Corey Washington
34Jake Kumerow
35Rodney Smith
36Bralon Addison
37Joshua Stangby
38Nate Washington
39Jared Dangerfield
40Andrew Turzilli
41Zach D'Orazio
42Kenzel Doe
43Kenny Lawler
44Jaxon Shipley
45Robert Herron
46Ricky Collins
47T.J. Graham
48Damaris Johnson
49Josh Lenz
50Solomon Patton
51Rashad Lawrence
52Damian Williams
53Marlon Moore
54Travis Labhart
55Donatella Luckett
56Josh Stewart
57Jarrett Boykin
58Lance Lewis
59Joseph Anderson
60Josh Harper
61Shaq Evans
62Tyler Murphy
63Marquez Clark
64Devin Lucien
65Chandler Worthy
66Quinshad Davis
67Marcus Tucker
68Rashaun Simonise
69Reece Horn
70L'Damian Washington
71Duke Williams
72Richard Mullaney
73David Porter
74Tyler McDonald
75Ezell Ruffin
76Jeff Beathard
77DaVaris Daniels
78Jamel Johnson
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2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Emory Blake
9Matt Hazel
10A.J. Jenkins
11Jonathan Krause
12Kevin Smith
13R.J. Harris
14Austin Pettis
15Ryan Whalen
16Joe Morgan
17Jacoby Jones
18Ryan Broyles
19DeMarcus Ayers
20Kalif Raymond
21Onterio McCalebb
22Nathan Palmer
23Bryan Walters
24Andy Jones
25Jaydon Mickens
26DeVier Posey
27Shakim Phillips
28Tandon Doss
29Andre Debose
30Mike Brown
31Devante Davis
32Devon Wylie
33Jimmie Hunt
34Mike Williams
35Frankie Hammond
36Shane Wynn
37Marvin Hall
38Jay Lee
39Mekale McKay
40Reggie Bell
41Brandon Shippen
42Valdez Showers
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44Phil Bates
45Amir Carlisle
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48Paul McRoberts
49James Butler
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56Marcus Harris
57Clyde Gates
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59Ryan Lankford
60Kadron Boone
61Juron Criner
62Saalim Hakim
63Kashif Moore
64Kenbrell Thompkins
65Titus Davis
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67Demetrius Wilson
68Josh Reese
69DiAndre Campbell
70Trevor Harman
71Stephen Hill
72Tom Nelson
73Leonard Hankerson
74Michael Bennett
75Paul Browning
76Austin Willis
77Durron Neal
78Jarvis Turner
79T.J. Thorpe
80Kieran Duncan
81David Glidden
82Tevin Jones
83Chris King
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85Cobi Hamilton
86Marken Michel
87Levi Norwood
88Ed Williams
89Danny Anthrop
90Christion Jones
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2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
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5Dante Rosario
6Tony Moeaki
7Greg Scruggs
8Mickey Shuler
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11Matthew Mulligan
12Kyle Miller
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49Michael Egnew
50Adrien Robinson
51John Peters
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54J.P. Holtz
55Bryce Williams
56Braxton Deaver
57M.J. McFarland
58Clayton Echard
59Kevin Greene
60Brandon Barden
61Gerell Robinson
62Jack Tabb
63Arthur Lynch
64Dominique Jones
65Dan Light
66Jordan Thompson
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3Micah Hatchie
4Jason Fox
5Takoby Cofield
6Rob Crisp
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8Pierce Burton
9Eugene Monroe
10Charles Brown
11Cameron Bradfield
12Reid Fragel
13Carter Bykowski
14Andrew McDonald
15Justin Renfrow
16David Foucault
17Cody Booth
18David Hedelin
19Taylor Fallin
20Tyler Johnstone
21Matt Feiler
22John Weidenaar
23Vince Kowalski
24Jake Long
25Garry Williams
26Cameron Jefferson
27Lars Hanson
28Jordan Swindle
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2Jamil Douglas
3Cyril Richardson
4Mackenzy Bernadeau
5Josh James
6David Arkin
7Edawn Coughman
8Martin Wallace
9Ben Heenan
10Jeremiah Poutasi
11Antoine Everett
12Cornelius Edison
13Clay DeBord
14Lene Maiava
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16Austin Shepherd
17Jesse Davis
18Brian Folkerts
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26Isiah Cage
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28Chris Barker
29Arturo Uzdavinis
30Adrian Bellard
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4Jacques McClendon
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6Garth Gerhart
7Jack Allen
8Dillon Day
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10Julian Vandervelde
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35Matt Rotheram
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17Luke Marquardt
18Zeth Ramsay
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