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Byron Leftwich | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/14/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Marshall
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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

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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

The Colts are reportedly interested in signing free agent QB Byron Leftwich as a tutor for Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.

New coordinator Bruce Arians wants Leftwich, well-versed in the offensive scheme, to show the No. 1 overall pick the ropes. Leftwich would like to return to Pittsburgh, but the Steelers' salary cap issues have held up a signing. Drew Stanton would drop to No. 3 on the depth chart if Leftwich signs in Indy.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 01:21:00 PM

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QB1Josh Freeman
2B.J. Coleman
3Kellen Moore
4Chandler Harnish
5Tim Tebow
6Caleb Hanie
7Curtis Painter
8John Skelton
9Mike Kafka
10Josh Portis
11David Carr
12Rex Grossman
13Vince Young
14Brady Quinn
15Kevin Kolb
16Trent Edwards
17Jerrod Johnson
18Adam Weber
19Jordan Rodgers
20Chase Rettig
21Tommy Rees
22Brock Jensen
23Ryan Katz
24Colby Cameron
25Kyle Padron
26James Vandenberg
27Mike Hermann
28Nathan Stanley
29Dalton Williams
30Matt Brown
31Caleb TerBush
32Tim Jenkins
33Dayne Crist
34Tajh Boyd
35Brett Smith
36James Franklin
37Pat White
38Nate Enderle
39John Parker Wilson
40Nick Stephens
41Tyler Wilson
42Brendon Kay
43Logan Kilgore
44Kory Faulkner
45Collin Klein
46Rusty Smith
47Keith Price
48Alex Carder
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Reggie Bush
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
10Jamie Harper
11Jalen Parmele
12Peyton Hillis
13BenJarvus Green-Ellis
14Chris Rainey
15Terrance Ganaway
16Alvester Alexander
17Mikel Leshoure
18Brandon Saine
19Jewel Hampton
20Zach Brown
21Lance Ball
22Ray Rice
23Evan Royster
24Isaac Redman
25Michael Bush
26D.J. Harper
27Tim Cornett
28Stephen Houston
29Alex Green
30Derrick Strozier
31David Fluellen
32Roy Finch
33Tim Flanders
34Jordan Lynch
35Jordan Roberts
36Orwin Smith
37Kapri Bibbs
38Javarris James
39Josh Vaughan
40Darren Evans
41Anthony Allen
42Damien Berry
43Richard Murphy
44William Powell
45Cierre Wood
46Stefphon Jefferson
47Deonte Williams
48Bradley Randle
49Quentin Hines
50De'Leon Eskridge
51Armond Smith
52Delone Carter
53Tauren Poole
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Reggie Bush
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
3RB1Chris Johnson
2Steven Jackson
3Reggie Bush
4D.J. Ware
5Beanie Wells
6Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Ray Agnew
11Maurice Hagens
12Collin Mooney
13Evan Rodriguez
14Braden Wilson
15Zach Boren
16Lonnie Pryor
17Ben Bartholomew
18Ina Liaina
19Stephen Campbell
20J.C. Copeland
21Chad Young
22Kadeem Jones
23Quinn Johnson
24Harvey Unga
25Owen Marecic
26Shaun Chapas
27Dorson Boyce
28Eric Kettani
29Owen Schmitt
30Brian Leonard
31James Baker
32Ryan D'Imperio
33Jon Hoese
34Ben Guidugli
35Eddie Williams
36Chad Abram
37Alex Debniak
38Ryan Roberson
39Jonathan Amosa
40Rupert Bryan
41Cameron White
42Devonte Campbell
43Michael Zordich
44Nate Eachus
45Jourdan Brooks
46Karl Williams
47Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Jacoby Jones
5Laurent Robinson
6Brandon Gibson
7Titus Young
8Joe Morgan
9Darius Johnson
10Keenan Davis
11Kevin Hardy
12Tim Benford
13LaRon Byrd
14Greg Childs
15Lamont Bryant
16Ryan Whalen
17Jamar Newsome
18Terrence Toliver
19Richard Goodman
20Ben Obomanu
21Ted Ginn
22Devery Henderson
23Erik Lora
24Taulib Ikharo
25Robby Toma
26Carlin Isles
27Matt Willis
28Lavelle Hawkins
29Brett Swain
30Chaz Schilens
31Brian Robiskie
32Johnathan Haggerty
33Tiquan Underwood
34Charly Martin
35Naaman Roosevelt
36Emmanuel Arceneaux
37Ifeanyi Momah
38Sederrick Cunningham
39Jordan White
40Chris Summers
41Marcus Jackson
42Derek Moye
43Kamar Jorden
44Nicholas Johnson
45Roy Roundtree
46Chad Bumphis
47Dan Buckner
48Zach Rogers
49Mark Harrison
50Cole McKenzie
51Jamal Miles
52Rashad Evans
53Tyrone Goard
54Sam McGuffie
55Terrell Sinkfield
56Jheranie Boyd
57Eric Rogers
58Rashaad Carter
59Erik Highsmith
60Chip Reeves
61Bert Reed
62Brandon Carswell
63Joseph Anderson
64Jeremy Ebert
65T.J. Moe
66Jasper Collins
67LaQuan Williams
68Diondre Borel
69Julius Pruitt
70Mardy Gilyard
71Jon Baldwin
72Chastin West
73Demetrius Fields
74Scott Pillar
75Mike Davis
76Cody Hoffman
77Quintin Payton
78Wilson Van Hooser
79C.J. Goodwin
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Jerome Simpson
4Harry Douglas
5Brian Hartline
6Anthony Armstrong
7Kerry Meier
8David Nelson
9Greg Little
10A.J. Jenkins
11Aaron Mellette
12Robert Gill
13Darius Hanks
14Kealoha Pilares
15Brandon Banks
16Donald Jones
17Raymond Radway
18Eric Page
19Chris Givens
20Earl Bennett
21Jordan Shipley
22Mohamed Massaquoi
23Micheal Spurlock
24Steve Breaston
25Donte' Stallworth
26Michael Jenkins
27David Ball
28Devin Aromashodu
29David Reed
30Jarett Dillard
31Dezmon Briscoe
32Tim Toone
33Jeff Fuller
34Duke Calhoun
35Isaiah Williams
36David Douglas
37Dale Moss
38Brandon Collins
39Tray Session
40Lanear Sampson
41Alec Lemon
42Lamaar Thomas
43Dominique Croom
44Martel Moore
45Nicholas Edwards
46Charles Hawkins
47Alex Gillett
48Greg Hardin
49Lacoltan Bester
50Eric Thomas
51Jaz Reynolds
52Austin Franklin
53Alex Neutz
54Geraldo Boldewijn
55Kelsey Pope
56Anthony McClung
57Jordan Harris
58Micah Hatfield
59Weston Dressler
60Perez Ashford
61Rodrick Rumble
62Jason Thompson
63Omarius Hines
64Gerrard Sheppard
65Andy Cruse
66Anthony Amos
67R.J. Webb
68Andrew Helmick
69Jerry Johnson
70Brandon Kaufman
71Marvin McNutt
72Andrew DePaola
73James Shaw
74Devin Goda
75Ronald Johnson
76Roberto Wallace
77Bobby Sewall
78Joe Adams
79Tori Gurley
80Kevin Elliott
81Jared Green
82Mike Willie
83Michael Calvin
84Taveon Rogers
85Terrence Austin
86Deon Butler
87Darius Reynaud
88Early Doucet
89Patrick Crayton
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Davone Bess
6Harry Douglas
7Brian Hartline
8Brandon Gibson
9A.J. Jenkins
TE1Randy McMichael
2Anthony Fasano
3Leonard Pope
4Tony Scheffler
5David Thomas
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Jamie Childers
11Steve Watson
12Tommy Gallarda
13D.J. Williams
14Sean McGrath
15Andrew Szczerba
16James Casey
17Daniel Graham
18Billy Bajema
19Evan Wilson
20Jacob Pedersen
21D.J. Tialavea
22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24Joel Dreessen
25Ben Hartsock
26Visanthe Shiancoe
27Cameron Morrah
28Tom Crabtree
29Brody Eldridge
30Nate Byham
31Dedrick Epps
32Martin Rucker
33Dan Gronkowski
34Nelson Rosario
35Jake Byrne
36Weslye Saunders
37Hayden Smith
38Zach Potter
39Colin Cloherty
40Jeron Mastrud
41Steve Maneri
42Dominique Curry
43Matt Furstenburg
44Ben Cotton
45David Rolf
46Joe Sawyer
47Emmanuel Ogbuehi
48Jason Schepler
49Chase Clement
50A.C. Leonard
51Joe Don Duncan
52Evan Landi
53Taylor Cook
54Colin Anderson
55Travis Tannahill
56Cameron Graham
57Michael Higgins
58Alex Silvestro
59Andre Hardy
60Martell Webb
61Tim Biere
62Evan Moore
63Jamie McCoy
64Nathan Overbay
65Travis Beckum
66Richard Quinn
67Jake O'Connell
68Isaiah Stanback
69Brian Wozniak
70David Wright
71Morrell Presley
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Billy Cundiff
4Rob Bironas
5Alex Henery
6Matt Szymanski
7Danny Hrapmann
8Brandon Bogotay
9Havard Rugland
10Austin Signor
11Morgan Lineberry
12Quinn Sharp
13Brett Baer
14Sergio Castillo
15Mitch Ewald
16Kevin Goessling
17Brett Maher
18Jose Maltos
19Adam Yates
20Zach Ramirez