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Pitt's Lindsey hoping to catch on with Steelers

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012

Lindsey did his best to pitch in during Graham's brief tenure, moving from end to "Panther" linebacker, a hybrid position that gave him the freedom to either stand up or get down in a stance on a given play.

All that shuffling around, however, came with great responsibility. Perhaps too much. Lindsey's sack total dipped a bit to 8 1/2, though his presence freed up things for the guys in front of him. Defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Chas Alexcih combined for 17 1/2 sacks while linemen keyed on Lindsey.

Though Lindsey believes switching positions "hurt my production" it also gave him perspective.

"I tried to make the best out of a bad situation," he said.

The constant moving made it difficult for NFL teams to project Lindsey at the next level. Does he pack on 30 pounds on his 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame to play end or drop a little weight to play outside linebacker?

The Steelers will have Lindsey stand up and try to find a spot behind veterans James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

The ranks behind the two Pro Bowlers are pretty thin — Jason Worilds is the only established backup — and Lindsey believes he's got a legitimate shot to survive the long journey from minicamp to the final 53-man roster in September.

"It doesn't hurt to play behind LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison," Lindsey said. "You can't learn behind two better players. Hopefully I'll be able to pick their brains and see how they go about their business, how they practice, how they play and that will rub off on me."