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ESPN's Todd McShay tweeted the more he watches Pitt QB Nathan Peterman, the more he likes.

"Full field read. Fast eyes. Ball is out on time and perfect placement," McShay wrote with a video of a play from a clean pocket on an inside breaking route with good timing with a throw over top of a linebacker in coverage. Peterman is loved by a number of media evaluators, namely Lance Zierlein, and some have suggested a second round pick could be in his future.
Feb 20 - 12:11 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler was surprised that Pitt TE Scott Orndoff received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Orndoff put forth the best statistical season of his career in 2016, registering a receiving line of 35-579-5 over the course of 12 games played. While those are more than respectable numbers, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder could have some issues in testing when he arrives in Indianapolis for Combine festivities. During the East-West Shrine Game practice week, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along that Orndoff appeared to be "marginally athletic" and that "speed is a major question." Street free agency is a very real possibility come draft time, but he will at least have a chance to make an impression alongside other draft-hopeful athletes later this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 12:51 PM

Pitt hired former FAU HC Charlie Partridge to serve as DL coach.

Partridge managed a trio of 3-9 campaigns with FAU. This past 3-9 stinker was enough to cost him his job at the end of November. Prior to taking on the Owls' head-coaching gig, he served as Arkansas' defensive coordinator in 2013. He also previously served on Pitt's coaching staff from 2003-2007. "Charlie’s familiarity with Pitt is a major asset and the fact that he has experience as a head coach will benefit our entire staff," said HC Pat Narduzzi in a statement. "His reputation as a strong recruiter is highly deserved and will serve us well all across the ACC footprint, including Pittsburgh."
Feb 14 - 4:22 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter tagged the Chicago Bears as a potentially nice fit for Pitt QB Nathan Peterman.

"Peterman could be attractive because of his experience in a pro-style offense at Pitt," Reuter writes. "While the former Tennessee Volunteer doesn't have a plus arm, it's strong enough to move an NFL offense." He likes the fit with the Bears because Peterman presumably won't have to go through extensive system growing pains (something that was noticeably an issue for Jared Goff's development with the Rams in 2016). The only real stumbling block here is that the Bears may well draft a quarterback on Day 1 or Day 2 as they try to turn their franchise around with a higher-upside name. Peterman will likely be drafted on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 5:41 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell notes that Pitt freshman RB Todd Sibley has the potential to outperform his three-star rating.

Sibley was committed to Ohio State up until the middle of June, when he flipped his pledge over to Pittsburgh. Farrell sees the 5-foot-10, 211-pounder as a potential diamond in the rough. "He’s not super fast but he sets up his blocks, is patient and can break tackles," writes the analyst. "Plus, Pitt’s running back tradition is elite." Rivals ranked him as the No. 24 running back prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 11 - 5:57 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Brian Batko reports that Pittsburgh will not retain DL coach Tom Sims.

Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi hired Sims --previously of Youngstown State -- to his staff in 2015. Sims played his college ball with Pitt and the defensive lineman was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 1990 draft. He played six seasons in the NFL. It is not yet known where the Panthers will turn for his replacement.
Feb 5 - 3:04 PM

Pitt hired Indiana QB coach Shawn Watson to serve as offensive coordinator.

Watson has extensive experience as an offensive coordinator, having previously served in that capacity with Texas (2014-2015), Louisville (2012), Nebraska (2007-2010) and Colorado (2000-2005). Pitt brings him in to fill the vacancy left by Matt Canada's departure to LSU. "As a football coach," said HC Pat Narduzzi, "he is extremely knowledgeable, an excellent recruiter and will be a tremendous strength in the quarterback room and offensive staff room."
Feb 2 - 6:10 PM

Pitt signed four-star 2017 RB A.J. Davis.

Davis opted for Pitt over fellow finalists North Carolina and Louisville. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder ranks as ESPN 300's No. 140 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle. The outlet refers to him as a "scrappy runner," one who is a "[s]mooth, fluid athlete that can be tough to corral in space." Adding weight in Pitt's strength and conditioning program would be beneficial.
Feb 1 - 1:29 PM

Pittsburgh signed four-star DT Jaylen Twyman.

This is a key signing for the Panthers, who needed a top-shelf defensive tackle in the worst way. "Big, stout interior lineman with deceptive quickness and athleticism," ESPN noted of Twyman. "Needs to continue adding functional strength to his massive frame but has a boat load of upside."
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 1:09 PM

Uncommitted four-star RB A.J. Davis is deciding between North Carolina, Pitt and Louisville.

If you want an outside-looking-in dark horse for Davis' commitment, Oregon would fit the bill well enough. While the Ducks don't land in Davis' top-three proper, he took an official visit to Eugene this past weekend. In a 2017 class largely devoid of uncommitted running backs (at least in the top 300), the 5-foot-11, 193-pound Davis has become something of a rare commodity. Davis won't necessarily bowl over the opposition -- Scout.com believes he needs to pack on additional playing weight -- but has skills in space when he is able to bounce it outside.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 31 - 1:42 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell tagged Pitt four-star 2017 verbal S commit Paris Ford as a perfect fit for the Panthers.

"Teaming Ford with athletes like Jordan Whitehead and Damar Hamlin will only make the 2017 Rivals100 standout better," Farrell writes. "Pitt wants to play more physical, and this is the guy to help that in the secondary." The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder initially committed to Pitt in mid-October. There had been some talk of Miami as a dark horse to steal his signature, but for the time being, it looks like Rivals' No. 51 overall prospect in the 2017 class will be linking up with the Panthers come Wednesday.
Source: Rivals
Jan 30 - 6:53 PM

Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi compares QB Nathan Peterman to Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins as a prospect, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

Narduzzi's opinion on the matter holds weight, as he was on the staff that coached Cousins at Michigan State. A Tennessee transfer, Peterman migrated to Pennsylvania and was a two-year starter for Narduzzi. Peterman threw for 2,855 yards and a 27/7 TD/INT ratio for the Panthers in 2016. Like Cousins, he'll be available on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 11:41 AM

Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 JUCO DT Kam Carter.

Carter initially joined the collegiate ranks as part of Penn State's 2015 recruiting class. He took a redshirt that season, but was then dismissed in the spring of 2016 due to a violation of team rules. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder subsequently dropped down to the JUCO ranks, plying his trade with East Mississippi Community College (of 'Last Chance U' fame) this past season. He currently stands as Pitt's only defensive tackle pledge of the 2017 cycle.
Jan 23 - 4:47 PM

An NFC personnel man told Rotoworld's Josh Norris that a former coach of Pitt QB Nathan Peterman's "displayed very little enthusiasm for Peterman’s game."

The personnel man told Norris that he was puzzled by the lack of buzz surrounding Peterman. Norris and the evaluator agreed that Peterman was the top passer at the Senior Bowl. The former Tennessee Vol threw for 2,855 yards and a 27/7 TD/INT ratio for the Panthers in 2016. Some believe Peterman is one of the class' biggest QB sleepers.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 23 - 3:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has not come away impressed with the work of Pitt TE Scott Orndoff at East-West Shrine Game practices.

Pauline relays that Orndoff looked "marginally athletic" during Monday's practice and added after Wednesday's practice that "speed is a major question." The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder also struggled to consistently catch and block this week. Testing results are going to be crucial for Orndoff if he wants to garner any sort of NFL interest as a late pick or priority street free agent.
Jan 20 - 7:56 PM


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