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Byron Leftwich | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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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2B.J. Coleman
3Chandler Harnish
4Matt Simms
5Brad Sorensen
6Tim Tebow
7Jordan Palmer
8Tyler Thigpen
9Caleb Hanie
10Curtis Painter
11John Skelton
12Mike Kafka
13Thad Lewis
14Ricky Stanzi
15Josh Portis
16Garrett Gilbert
17Keith Wenning
18Seth Lobato
19David Carr
20Rex Grossman
21Vince Young
22Brady Quinn
23Kevin Kolb
24Trent Edwards
25Logan Kilgore
26Bryn Renner
27Brendon Kay
28Brett Smith
29James Franklin
30Chase Rettig
31Tommy Rees
32Brock Jensen
33Jerrod Johnson
34Adam Weber
35Nate Enderle
36Pat White
37Dennis Dixon
38John Parker Wilson
39Jordan Rodgers
40Tyler Wilson
41Nick Stephens
42G.J. Kinne
43Dominique Davis
44Alex Tanney
45Ryan Katz
46Colby Cameron
47Kyle Padron
48James Vandenberg
49Mike Hermann
50Nathan Stanley
51Dalton Williams
52Matt Brown
53Caleb TerBush
54Tim Jenkins
55Dayne Crist
56Tajh Boyd
57Stephen Morris
58Collin Klein
59Alex Carder
60Rusty Smith
61Keith Price
62Kory Faulkner
RB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Chris Ogbonnaya
9BenJarvus Green-Ellis
10Dion Lewis
11Jamie Harper
12Daniel Thomas
13Chris Rainey
14Lache Seastrunk
15Tim Cornett
16D.J. Harper
17Stephen Houston
18Fitzgerald Toussaint
19Terrance Ganaway
20Edwin Baker
21Alvester Alexander
22Jeremy Stewart
23Joe Banyard
24Tauren Poole
25Jewel Hampton
26Zach Brown
27Jeff Demps
28Spencer Ware
29Alex Green
30Brandon Saine
31Evan Royster
32Mikel Leshoure
33Lance Ball
34Isaac Redman
35Jalen Parmele
36Javarris James
37Josh Vaughan
38Darren Evans
39Delone Carter
40Anthony Allen
41Damien Berry
42Richard Murphy
43William Powell
44Phillip Tanner
45Armond Smith
46Cierre Wood
47Stefphon Jefferson
48Michael Hill
49Ronnie Wingo
50Kendall Gaskins
51Deonte Williams
52Bradley Randle
53Quentin Hines
54De'Leon Eskridge
55Demitrius Bronson
56Derrick Strozier
57Jordan Roberts
58Orwin Smith
59David Fluellen
60Marion Grice
61Roy Finch
62Tim Flanders
63Jordan Lynch
64George Atkinson III
65Zach Bauman
66Terrance Cobb
67Dominique Williams
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Chris Pressley
7Brit Miller
8John Conner
9Harvey Unga
10Owen Marecic
11Shaun Chapas
12Dorson Boyce
13Eric Kettani
14Owen Schmitt
15Quinn Johnson
16Greg Jones
17Evan Rodriguez
18Collin Mooney
19Braden Wilson
20Zach Boren
21Lonnie Pryor
22Ben Bartholomew
23Ina Liaina
24Stephen Campbell
25J.C. Copeland
26Chad Young
27Kadeem Jones
28Toben Opurum
29Maurice Hagens
30Roosevelt Nix
31James Baker
32Karl Williams
33Cameron White
34Chad Abram
35Nikita Whitlock
36Alex Debniak
37Ryan Roberson
38Jonathan Amosa
39Rupert Bryan
40Devonte Campbell
41Michael Zordich
42Jourdan Brooks
43Emil Igwenagu
44Nate Eachus
45Eddie Williams
46Jon Hoese
47Ben Guidugli
48Ryan D'Imperio
49Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Robert Meachem
4Laurent Robinson
5Michael Preston
6Titus Young
7Tavarres King
8Darius Johnson
9Keenan Davis
10Kevin Dorsey
11Taulib Ikharo
12Kain Colter
13Erik Lora
14Ryan Whalen
15Jamar Newsome
16Juron Criner
17Greg Childs
18Terrence Toliver
19Damian Williams
20Richard Goodman
21Kevin Hardy
22Tim Benford
23Lamont Bryant
24Ben Obomanu
25Devery Henderson
26Kassim Osgood
27Matt Willis
28Lavelle Hawkins
29Brett Swain
30Chaz Schilens
31Brian Robiskie
32Tiquan Underwood
33Charly Martin
34Jeremy Kelley
35Ifeanyi Momah
36Sederrick Cunningham
37Jordan White
38Chris Summers
39Marcus Jackson
40Nathan Palmer
41Derek Moye
42Kamar Jorden
43Nicholas Johnson
44Johnathan Haggerty
45Naaman Roosevelt
46Emmanuel Arceneaux
47Chandler Jones
48Marcus Lucas
49Quincy Enunwa
50Solomon Patton
51Robby Toma
52Chris Williams
53Carlin Isles
54Will Murphy
55Skye Dawson
56Chad Bumphis
57Zach Rogers
58Josh Lenz
59Roy Roundtree
60Dan Buckner
61Travis Labhart
62Seth Roberts
63Javontee Herndon
64Donte Foster
65Jonathan Krause
66Colin Lockett
67Kevin Smith
68Seantavius Jones
69Andrew Peacock
70Quintin Payton
71Wilson Van Hooser
72C.J. Goodwin
73Tyrone Goard
74Sam McGuffie
75Erik Highsmith
76Chip Reeves
77Mark Harrison
78Cole McKenzie
79Jamal Miles
80Rashad Evans
81T.J. Moe
82Jasper Collins
83Terrell Sinkfield
84Jheranie Boyd
85Eric Rogers
86Rashaad Carter
87Demetrius Fields
88Scott Pillar
89Mike Davis
90Cody Hoffman
91Kadron Boone
92Torrence Allen
93Jon Baldwin
94Chastin West
95Mardy Gilyard
96LaQuan Williams
97Diondre Borel
98Jeremy Ebert
99Bert Reed
100Brandon Carswell
101Joseph Anderson
102Josh Bellamy
103Julius Pruitt
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Anthony Armstrong
4Kerry Meier
5Greg Little
6Stephen Hill
7Eric Page
8Raymond Radway
9Clyde Gates
10Kealoha Pilares
11Donald Jones
12Brandon Banks
13Brittan Golden
14Chris Givens
15Darius Hanks
16Aaron Mellette
17Robert Gill
18Marc Mariani
19Jordan Shipley
20Jacoby Ford
21Mohamed Massaquoi
22Earl Bennett
23Steve Breaston
24Donte' Stallworth
25Uzoma Nwachukwu
26Myles White
27Willie Snead
28Ryan Lankford
29Lacoltan Bester
30L'Damian Washington
31Charles Hawkins
32Alex Gillett
33Fred Williams
34Jeremy Gallon
35Tevin Reese
36Greg Hardin
37Eric Thomas
38Lanear Sampson
39Alec Lemon
40Lamaar Thomas
41Chris Matthews
42Chris Harper
43Martel Moore
44Nicholas Edwards
45Dominique Croom
46Emory Blake
47Nick Williams
48Michael Jenkins
49Devin Aromashodu
50David Ball
51David Reed
52Jarett Dillard
53Dezmon Briscoe
54Tim Toone
55Cobi Hamilton
56Brandon Collins
57Tray Session
58Julian Talley
59David Douglas
60Dale Moss
61Isaiah Williams
62Duke Calhoun
63Armon Binns
64Marcus Thigpen
65Jeff Fuller
66Joe Adams
67Devon Wylie
68Marvin McNutt
69Tori Gurley
70Roberto Wallace
71Bobby Sewall
72Ronald Johnson
73Devin Goda
74Kevin Elliott
75Jared Green
76Mike Willie
77Michael Calvin
78Taveon Rogers
79Andrew DePaola
80James Shaw
81Brandon Kaufman
82Terrence Austin
83Early Doucet
84Darius Reynaud
85Deon Butler
86Patrick Crayton
87Omarius Hines
88Gerrard Sheppard
89Andy Cruse
90Jason Thompson
91Perez Ashford
92Rodrick Rumble
93Ryan Spadola
94Jerry Johnson
95Tony Washington
96Jaz Reynolds
97Austin Franklin
98Micah Hatfield
99Chris Boyd
100Weston Dressler
101Anthony Amos
102R.J. Webb
103Andrew Helmick
104Anthony McClung
105Jordan Harris
106Kelsey Pope
107Alex Neutz
108Geraldo Boldewijn
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Laurent Robinson
4Davone Bess
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Aaron Hernandez
9D.J. Williams
10Tommy Gallarda
11Daniel Graham
12Billy Bajema
13Jamie Childers
14Andrew Szczerba
15David Paulson
16Sean McGrath
17Chase Ford
18Marcel Jensen
19Steve Watson
20Evan Wilson
21Anthony Denham
22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24D.J. Tialavea
25Nic Jacobs
26Jacob Pedersen
27Rashaun Allen
28Cameron Brate
29Jake Byrne
30Nelson Rosario
31Konrad Reuland
32Allen Reisner
33Mike McNeill
34Michael Egnew
35Hayden Smith
36Joe Sawyer
37Phillip Supernaw
38Emmanuel Ogbuehi
39Matt Furstenburg
40Ben Cotton
41David Rolf
42Chris Pantale
43Joel Dreessen
44Kellen Davis
45Martin Rucker
46Cameron Morrah
47Chase Coffman
48Jeron Mastrud
49Steve Maneri
50Dominique Curry
51Weslye Saunders
52Richard Gordon
53Tom Crabtree
54Brody Eldridge
55Nate Byham
56Dedrick Epps
57Dan Gronkowski
58Zach Potter
59Colin Cloherty
60Kevin Brock
61Ben Hartsock
62Visanthe Shiancoe
63Evan Moore
64Jamie McCoy
65Nathan Overbay
66Martell Webb
67Cameron Graham
68Travis Beckum
69Richard Quinn
70Jake O'Connell
71Isaiah Stanback
72Evan Landi
73Taylor Cook
74Colin Anderson
75Travis Tannahill
76Jason Schepler
77Chase Clement
78Adam Schiltz
79A.C. Leonard
80Rob Blanchflower
81Joe Don Duncan
82Andre Hardy
83Michael Higgins
84Alex Silvestro
85Brett Brackett
86Tim Biere
87Dominique Jones
88Brad Smelley
89Morrell Presley
90Jerome Cunningham
91Erik Swoope
92Blake Annen
93Chase Dixon
94David Wright
95Brian Wozniak
96Justin Perillo
97Jake Murphy
98Ryan Otten
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2Travis Coons
3Jay Feely
4Shayne Graham
5Rob Bironas
6Garrett Hartley
7Alex Henery
8Matt Szymanski
9Giorgio Tavecchio
10Derek Dimke
11Danny Hrapmann
12Brandon Bogotay
13Havard Rugland
14Austin Signor
15Dustin Hopkins
16Morgan Lineberry
17Quinn Sharp
18Brett Baer
19Chris Boswell
20Michael Palardy
21Sergio Castillo
22Mitch Ewald
23Kevin Goessling
24Brett Maher
25Jose Maltos
26Adam Yates
27Zach Ramirez
28Zach Hocker
29Carey Spear