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05-10-2008, 01:04 PM
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fansince'76
05-10-2008, 01:12 PM
Steelers unveil Land of Giants

Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com May 2, 2008

The Pittsburgh Steelers' receiving corps has a new look this year. The group was unveiled yesterday at the first day of this weekend's minicamp. Find out who's looking good out of the gate.

With Hines Ward sidelined by recent knee surgery, the Steelers showcased a receiving corps that’s either from the future or Redwood National Park.

Yes, the Steelers’ receivers are that big.

“Coach (Mike) Tomlin was saying we’ve got a lot of power forwards around here,” said Ward. “But you still need some point guards out on the field, on the court, to run things, so we’ll see. Hopefully they go out and help contribute to the team.”

Fans may have expected Ward to become vocal over the new breed of receiver being brought in to connect with the 6-foot-5 quarterback, but Ward was vocal in another way: He was a second coach on the sideline, particularly with rookie Limas Sweed.

“If the organization feels this is a player who can help us win the championship, then of course I’m going to welcome them because I want to win another championship,” Ward said.

Sweed, the Steelers’ second-round draft pick, was just one of the giants running patterns for Ben Roethlisberger at the start of minicamp Friday. Counting tight ends, the Steelers have seven receivers taller than 6-4. That’s the size Sweed brings to the team and he only ranks as the team’s seventh-tallest receiver.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Sweed said. “These guys are pretty big.”

Heath Miller, who at 6-5 is tied for No. 5 on the list, wonders if Roethlisberger will be able to find him anymore.

“I used to be the tallest guy in the room,” Miller said. “Even weight-wise, I’m small. I put on a couple of pounds and stepped on a scale feeling good about myself, and then the other guys got on behind me and made me look small. I guess I’m the runt of the room.”

Miller weighed in at 254 pounds, only four pounds more than 6-5, 250-pound Jon Dekker. You may remember Dekker as that skinny kid from Princeton.

While Dekker’s looking like a real tight end these days, the other tight ends are looking like NBA power forwards. Matt Spaeth checked into his second season at 6-7, 270 pounds and the re-signed Cody Boyd is 6-8, 264 pounds. And the wideouts appear to be interchangeable with the gigantic tight ends.

Sweed, ticketed to become Roethlisberger’s “big receiver,” must first find his way past a couple of other giants: Former Michigan State basketball player Matt Trannon and undrafted free agent Micah Rucker are both 6-6. Last year’s big guy, 6-3 Dallas Baker, isn’t even in the top seven anymore.

“You can’t really pay attention to that,” Baker said. “It’s football, not basketball. It reminds of Jacksonville’s receivers right now.”

Baker, of course, isn’t lost behind the other big men. He has a year under his belt and is feeling confident.

“I’m starting to understand it a little bit better” he said. “I wouldn’t say I completely understand, but I think I understand a little bit better.”

On the field, the young giants drew mixed reviews. Sweed dropped a few balls the first practice but showed plenty of deep speed and tracking skills. Rucker doesn’t excite the personnel people as much as his size and 4.4 40 time should. Trannon looks great in shorts, but contact has been his undoing on the football field the last few years.

Of course with Ward out, Santonio Holmes -- all 5-11 (listed) of him -- was the best receiver on the field. Did he notice all the new Redwoods out there?

“Yeah,” he said, “but they’ve got to be athletes, too. Just because they’re big and tall, and just because people are starting to pay attention that we’ve got three or four guys that are tall, they’ve still got to prove themselves. Being tall isn’t going to mean you’ll be on the field here.”

Probably not, but the intention of the Steelers’ personnel department – that of finding Roethlisberger some big receivers -- is unmistakable.

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GBMelBlount
05-10-2008, 01:43 PM
Well folks, looks like we found our offensive line.

Rhee Rhee
05-10-2008, 03:11 PM
i sincerely hope matt trannon makes the team...

i remember one statline that he had in like the beggining of the college football season (2 years ago i think...) 14 receptions 151 yards 2tds and one passing TD...

Atlanta Dan
05-10-2008, 03:47 PM
Well folks, looks like we found our offensive line.

Spaeth certainly has the speed to be a lineman:sofunny:

Preacher
05-10-2008, 04:23 PM
Well folks, looks like we found our offensive line.

I wonder if they think we are playing football or ruby?

My goodness. These guys are monsters.

Preacher
05-10-2008, 05:03 PM
The question however, is how many of these players are going to actually make the roster?

I can see out TE's... which is fine. I can see Sweed.

However, are there any others?

And if so, they are going to be so far down the depth chart they won't make an impact except on the practice squad.

Elvis
05-10-2008, 05:35 PM
I agree with ya preacher, there is only so much room on the field for so many recievers and TE's. I just think that that could be a huge redzone receiving corp with TE's Spaeth and MIller and Sweed at WR
:coffee:

BettisFan
05-10-2008, 05:39 PM
we are going to have an amazing receiving group this year

Elvis
05-10-2008, 05:43 PM
we are going to have an amazing receiving group this year
I agree BettisFan, I think that Sweed if he can learn the offense quickly and get in camp on time or early as far as that goes the better off he will be. It sounds like from what coach Tomlin has said already that he is very much into learning as quickly as possible. And I also think that he will have something to prove to the rest of the NFL that he was a true 1st round pick. I think that the Steelers have that on our sides in this game as well.
:tt02:

Hammer Of The GODS
05-10-2008, 05:53 PM
I am 6' 5" @ 247lbs and before I got old I was clocked at 4.7. Problem wasn't my H W or speed it was my stone hands! :doh: But the coach saw my true calling...... I played ANGRY "all" the time. So I played Safety and Linebacker. Two positions that played out well for my attitude! Eventually my attitude caught up with me when I got my 5th concussion in 1 yr. Docs said I would be slobbin all over myself if I didn't quit, so I sat out my senior yr. Got the Marines to overlook my concussions and the rest is history.

Moral? Tall doesn't equal good hands!

Hope they make it though...... WR corps would be unstopable!

GO BURGH!

PENS 1 - FLYERS 0

GBMelBlount
05-10-2008, 06:33 PM
I am 6' 5" @ 247lbs and before I got old I was clocked at 4.7

You're hired son! And your nickname will be "Stone hands Blanda".......Just sign here and we'll take care of everything else... now run over to that pay phone there. Mr. Roethlisberger will be calling you any minute.....next!

JanBr7
05-10-2008, 07:04 PM
Even if it's just Sweed, his height gives Ben another weapon to utilize, one he hasn't had since Plax left. And if the young man learns the lessons Ward will teach him, he could be special, who knows.

Looking forward to the season.

millwalldavey
05-10-2008, 07:57 PM
Sweed was really the only player I wanted in the draft this year!

Galax Steeler
05-11-2008, 07:01 AM
I just hope with all the height we have going into this year we can improve in the redzone.

millwalldavey
05-11-2008, 06:24 PM
I like what the hammer said up top... all the height in the world wont help if they cant catch! From what I heard in mini, Sweed has some hands on him!

JanBr7
05-11-2008, 06:31 PM
I don't think they would have drafted him if he didn't. Colbert said all along he wouldn't draft a WR just because he's tall, if he didn't have the other necessary attributes!

slashsteel
05-11-2008, 08:03 PM
Sweed has excellent hands and can come down with the ball in a crowd.

He was drafted because of value not because he was a tall WR. Being tall was just a added bonus. The guy broke a school record with I believe it was 7 consecutive TD catches for Texas erasing another popular NFL receiver Roy Williams' record. Then was injured, tried to play through it then eventually had surgery. Great things to come my Steelers brethren.

Sweed will = less FG's from Reed, yes indeed. :)

JanBr7
05-11-2008, 09:47 PM
Yeh, I'm pretty excited about the tall GOOD WR. I'm sure our QB is, too.

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
05-11-2008, 10:26 PM
We dont need to worry about the jump ball in the read zone anymore (at least when we are inside the 5)......Remember........we got mendenhall..........power game is back

Galax Steeler
05-12-2008, 06:53 AM
We dont need to worry about the jump ball in the read zone anymore (at least when we are inside the 5)......Remember........we got mendenhall..........power game is back

I can't wait it is going to be a great season.

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-12-2008, 09:12 AM
Sweed...Miller...Spaeth are all penciled in. I see in the article that they are "not excited" about Rucker...but I still have hopes that he gets it together and makes the team...(High character, humble guy).

If nothing else this may motivate Nate to hang on to the ball.

TackleMeBen
05-12-2008, 09:19 AM
If nothing else this may motivate Nate to hang on to the ball.

the only thing that will help nate hang on to the ball is some sticky tape in his gloves.:flap:

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-12-2008, 09:22 AM
the only thing that will help nate hang on to the ball is some sticky tape in his gloves.:flap:

I dont know...unemployment makes terrific "stick-em"

TackleMeBen
05-12-2008, 09:23 AM
I dont know...unemployment makes terrific "stick-em"
good point LLT. i am sure the lions would like to have a WR of his calibe:flap:r..lol

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-12-2008, 09:44 AM
good point LLT. i am sure the lions would like to have a WR of his calibe:flap:r..lol

Matt Millen never saw a reciever he didnt like!!!!:sofunny:

TackleMeBen
05-12-2008, 09:46 AM
Matt Millen never saw a reciever he didnt like!!!!:sofunny:
you sir are 100% correct.

Elvis
05-12-2008, 10:02 AM
We dont need to worry about the jump ball in the read zone anymore (at least when we are inside the 5)......Remember........we got mendenhall..........power game is back
I so surely hope that your right ole' buddy.. I think that this will make for a very interesting season myself and years to come for Willie and Rashard being together..
:tt02:

TackleMeBen
05-12-2008, 10:15 AM
someone asked on my cowboys board if mendenhall will be rookie of the year. i think he will have a great shot at it

The_WARDen
05-14-2008, 09:40 AM
can we get a pre-season in first folks?? Man!

Great this great that...we don't even know if any of these 'giants' can catch and/or run routes...

Just pull off the gas a wee bit...

:coffee:

stillers4me
05-14-2008, 10:00 AM
We dont need to worry about the jump ball in the read zone anymore (at least when we are inside the 5)......Remember........we got mendenhall..........power game is back

Having both options makes Ben hit the pillow with a smile. :applaudit:

GBMelBlount
05-14-2008, 10:11 AM
Having both options makes Ben hit the pillow with a smile. :applaudit:


I agree, just as long as he doesn't become a "pillow biter" like Brady....

stillers4me
05-14-2008, 10:12 AM
can we get a pre-season in first folks?? Man!

Great this great that...we don't even know if any of these 'giants' can catch and/or run routes...

Just pull off the gas a wee bit...

:coffee:

I, for one, know I get extremely optimistic every around this time. but this year just "feels" different. We have a tough schedule (and we all know how that can change as the season starts) but, if you really look at this team and the potential that sits there, it really is exciting. We started out strong last season with less weapons than we have now and stepped into the unkown with a new coach.

I see three variables. 1 - how much will last years rookies be able to step up and make real contributions. 2 - how fast can Sweed, Rashard, and Bruce Davis learn and start making contributions. and 3 - for all that's holy, dear football gods, please keep our injuries to a minimum!!!! Tomlin said they are going to work smarter. I hope that's code words for "less injuries".

And then there's our beloved million dollar man............. can the oline keep him on his feet long enough to get rid of the danggum football!

I guess that's 4................. is it September yet?????? :tt03:

oh yeah.........then there's special teams........................................... :noidea:

Elvis
05-14-2008, 05:05 PM
I know how some of you feel with hoping that the season hurries up and gets here. I love football season and what it means the U.S.
I look for WR Dallas Baker to make our squad this upcoming season or next also. I just think that the way they are talking about him that he is making strides in the right direction.

TackleMeBen
05-14-2008, 07:19 PM
I agree, just as long as he doesn't become a "pillow biter" like Brady....
now that was just wrong..:sofunny::sofunny:

fansince'76
05-14-2008, 08:13 PM
I agree, just as long as he doesn't become a "pillow biter" like Brady....

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:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny: