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Ladarius Green/Louisiana-Lafayette football Videos
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Green was skipped over by many major college programs because he was deemed a tall, skinny receiver without great speed. But as he continues to add weight without losing significant speed or agility, pro scouts are not likely to make the same mistake. Tall, athletic tight ends like Green are coveted in today's pass-happy NFL offenses.
The Pensacola product took advantage of not being buried on a SEC team's depth chart, playing in 12 games as a true freshman (22 receptions, 268 yards, five touchdowns). Sun Belt coaches gave him second-team all-conference honors in 2009 despite his missing three games due to a neck injury (32-533-2). They bumped him to the top squad in 2010 after leading his team in receiving (44-794-7) while again missing two contests because of a sprained ankle.
Not many tight end average 18 yards a catch, as Green did in 2010. He does play in a non-BCS conference, but major programs like Georgia (4-87-1) last year, as well as LSU (6-64) and Nebraska (5-68) in 2009, found out he can make plays against defense. Scouts will likely give him similar grades to last year's top Sun Belt athletic-but-slender tight end, Florida Atlantic's Rob Housler (selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by Arizona).
Positives: Tremendous body control and concentration to pull the ball down in traffic. Closely covered on many receptions but had few drops. Good body control, focus and large 10-inch mitts. Has quick feet and lateral agility to uncover over the middle. Reliable jump-ball target with 82-inch wingspan. Effort blocker with good work and practice habits.
Negatives: Overwhelmed by stronger defenders at the point. Long arms don't get up and extended quickly enough as a blocker. Average second-level blocker who should erase defensive backs. Big fish in a small pond.
Green, a native of Pensacola, Fla., was a first-team All-Sun Belt honoree for the second straight year this season. He reeled in 51 catches for 606 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, including a single-game school record 13 receptions against North Texas. Green led the team in touchdowns and was third in receptions and yards. Green finished the season on a high-note, totaling 121 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Cajuns bowl victory over San Diego State. In 43 career games, he caught 149 passes for 2,201 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Was named an All-American by CBSSports.com and Phil Steele…Was one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award and a six-time John Mackey TE of the Week Runner-Up…Led all tight ends nationally in receiving yardage (794), receiving yards-per-game (79.4), receiving yards-per-catch (18.0), games with 80 yards or more receiving (7) and receiving touchdowns (7)…Made a catch of 20 yards or longer in all but one game he played, despite being double-teamed on over 90% of his routes…The Cajuns endured three different starting quarterbacks during the season, but Green caught at least one touchdown pass from each…Led all players in the Sun Belt Conference with four 100-yard receiving games and in yards-per-reception (18.0), while ranking second in the SBC among all players - wide receivers included - in receiving yards-per-game and receiving touchdowns…Caught a touchdown pass in seven of 10 games played…Had a season-high seven receptions vs. ASU…Posted 100-yard receiving games in four of the final five contests…Continued late-season dominance with 18 receptions for 334 yards and three touchdowns over the final three games, including a season-high 120 yards in the finale vs. ULM.
2009 Honors: Mackey Award Watch List/Second Team All-Sun Belt 2009 Stats: Receiving 32-533 (16.7ypc) 2TD Was a mid-season addition to the Mackey watch list - one of three underclassmen on the 22-man midseason list…The six-foot-six tight end led the Cajuns in receiving yards, despite missing three games due to injury…Ranked third in the Sun Belt in receiving yards per game and tallied the longest reception in the conference (91 yards) - it was the third longest reception in school history and fourth longest in SBC history…Green made 18 receptions in five conference games, boasting 19.3 yards per catch and 69.4 yards per game, ranking third in yards-per-game and third in yards-per-catch among all receivers in the SBC.
Played in all 12 games as a reserve tight end…Ranked third in receptions and second in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns…Led the team in receiving yards vs. Kent State (72) and at FAU (39)…Led the team in receptions (3) vs. UTEP…Made just nine receptions at Cajun Field, but caught a touchdown pass in four of the Cajuns five home games (all but ASU game)…Also hauled in a TD at FAU.
Booker T. Washington: Caught 30 passes for 520 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior… Was a second team All-Area selection…Three-year starter…Played in the 2007 Pensacola All-Star Classic.
Born May 29, 1990…Son of Shannon Robinson.
Draft Scout Player News
08/31/16 - TE Ladarius Green was placed on the regular-season physically unable to perform list. He is not eligible to practice or play until after the sixth week of the regular season. Green, who signed a four-year, $20 million free agent contract in March, has been dealing with headaches. He has yet to practice with the Steelers.
08/11/16 - TE Ladarius Green remains on the PUP list after offseason ankle surgery and will not play in the first preseason game against the Lions Friday night. Green hasn't participated on the field in any way since the Steelers signed him as a free agent in March.
07/30/16 - TE Ladarius Green opened camp on the PUP list. Green, who had offseason ankle surgery, also sat out OTAs and minicamp.
Green was signed to replace Heath Miller as the starting tight end, but all he has been able to do since joining the team is attend meetings and watch practice.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday he anticipated Green's injury would linger into the summer and gave no timetable for his return.
Practices this summer were viewed as vital for Green because he is new to the offense after playing his first four seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was looking forward to working with his new tight end in the spring, and now he's going to have to wait a little longer.
It's an unfortunate situation for the Steelers' offense. Roethlisberger is already trying to deal with the loss of receiver Martavis Bryant and can use all the time he can get with his new tight end.
"Sometimes that cohesion happens quickly in some relationships," Tomlin said. "Sometimes it takes an extended period of time. I don't know what it's going to be for those two. Ladarius has been very attentive in the mental aspect of the game throughout the spring and summer.
"Hopefully, that aids him in that development. He's done a good job of interacting in an informal manner, but there's no substitute for playing and getting a feel for one another. We're just not able to do that at this point."
06/16/16 - TE Ladarius Green, the Steelers' biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason, did not practice during OTAs or minicamp because of offseason ankle surgery. In March, he said he would be ready to practice at the beginning of training camp, but that could be in jeopardy now. "I don't know," Green said, when asked if he'd be ready for the start of camp. "I'm just taking it day-by-day now. I'm hoping I will be. It's looking good. The rehab is going good. I'm hoping for the best."
05/26/16 - TE Ladarius Green was signed by Pittsburgh to replace Heath Miller as the starting tight end, but Green is a spectator this spring as he rehabilitates from offseason ankle surgery. Green expects to be ready for training camp at the end of July, but he won't get much of a chance to work with his new teammates during OTAs and minicamp.
That's the hard part," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "I just know kind of the things I've heard and seen with him and the Chargers. I'm excited to have him out here, just not sure when that's going to be. We spent some time talking behind the scenes a little bit, behind practice. So, I hope mentally he'll be ready to go, when he's physically ready."
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