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mesaSteeler
09-08-2009, 07:00 AM
Former Steelers WR Washington briefing Titans on his old team
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09251/996347-66.stm

Former Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington returns to Heinz Field with the Titans Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Receiver Nate Washington wants to play so much with his new Tennessee teammates against the franchise that gave him his NFL start in Pittsburgh he can't sleep through the night.

The Titans signed Washington away from Pittsburgh to add some much-needed speed to their passing game. But the receiver strained his left hamstring Aug. 24, an injury that kept him out of practice until Tuesday and may keep him out of the NFL's season opener Thursday night.

"I've been waking up these past couple nights in the middle of the night thinking of rehabbing some in the middle of my sleep," Washington said.

"It's definitely something I've been trying to pry into myself that it's a 16-week season. But in all honesty, this game does mean a lot to me. It means a whole lot, whole lot to me to go out and play against these guys. I know the coaching staff is going to take precautions. ... Hopefully, they give me the go ahead."

All Titans coach Jeff Fisher would say Tuesday is no one has been ruled out against Pittsburgh. Washington was limited in his first practice since he dropped to the ground on a long pass route, but did run a few routes during team drills, work that Fisher called encouraging.

Both Washington and the Titans have worked aggressively to help the receiver heal his hamstring. Washington credited the trainers with giving him leeway to perform what he called "nice, hard rehab."

The Titans would love to have the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver on the field in Pittsburgh. He was their top free agency signing with a six-year, $27 million deal that included $9 million in guaranteed money, and Washington was the first of many moves designed to improve a passing offense ranked 27th in the NFL in 2008.

Washington caught 104 passes for 1,705 yards and 12 touchdowns during four seasons in Pittsburgh after the Steelers brought him in as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin. He had his best season in 2008 with 40 receptions and 631 yards receiving with three TDs behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called Washington a spark plug for a locker room through both his play and personality.

"They got a great player in Nate. He's starter capable. He's been given opportunities in the past few years to play in that role here, and he's always delivered for us. I'd imagine he's going to do the same thing for those guys," Tomlin said.

If Washington can't start, then rookie Kenny Britt, the No. 30 draft pick overall out of Rutgers, would start the first NFL regular-season game of his career opposite veteran Justin Gage. Washington has been busy sharing any tidbits and scouting information with his new teammates.

"He's taking over the coaching job telling each personality and what they like to do in certain zone coverages," Britt said.

"We certainly have picked his brain about the kind of coverages and things they like to do and personnel things," QB Kerry Collins said. "He's been a good resource this week."

But Washington would rather help the Titans by being on the field. He would only admit he feels he's better than 80 percent and didn't even think about his hamstring during practice. The receiver who used to sit in the Steelers' locker room last season and envision his first game coming out of the visitors' side just wants to play.

"I don't care how many plays they give me, just to be out there with those guys that night is going to mean a lot to me," he said. "It's a 16-week season. Unfortunately this type of injury I guess you really don't want to come out and be timid about anything. ... I feel good, but it's still at their discretion. I'm not worried about anything else right now."

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First published on September 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

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HometownGal
09-08-2009, 07:08 AM
"We certainly have picked his brain about the kind of coverages and things they like to do and personnel things," QB Kerry Collins said. "He's been a good resource this week."


Bully for you. Ya don't think maybe - just maybe - BA and Coach T are well aware of that and have designed new plays that Nate has never seen? :doh:

mmalone
09-08-2009, 07:37 AM
Bully for you. Ya don't think maybe - just maybe - BA and Coach T are well aware of that and have designed new plays that Nate has never seen? :doh:

If Nate catches a 3rd down pass against us, i will be upset....

revefsreleets
09-08-2009, 10:04 AM
Just because he's on a new team doesn't mean anything will change. If he's on the field, he'll probably catch 4 passes and drop two. Same ole Nate...I don't sweat him, and I'm sure the Steelers don't either...

LVSteelersfan
09-08-2009, 10:16 AM
Nate was never one of my favorites. Too many drops at critical times for my taste. He scares no one on the Steelers I am sure. You can't teach speed and Wallace is going to blaze past the Titan's secondary and either hit a big play or pull people off Heath, Hines or Santonio. I look so forward to this year. I just hope Ben doesn't fall in love with the long ball to Wallace too much because that leads to a lot of those sacks.

steelreserve
09-08-2009, 10:26 AM
Ahh well. Players and coaches move around enough that half the teams you play will have someone with "inside" knowledge. Doesn't seem to change a thing.

LambertLunatic
09-08-2009, 10:39 AM
Are we sure that Nate really hurt his hamstring? Do you think he really wants to take hits from Troy, Clark, and Harrison, knowing how hard they hit as teammates?
Maybe he's afraid to play against our defense as an opponent.

SteelerEmpire
09-08-2009, 11:01 AM
Good thing Lebeau has made some changes during the off season to confuse opponents that has studied our tapes and have an inside track... like what Nate is "trying" to give them.....

CPanther95
09-08-2009, 11:12 AM
All they need to know from Nate is where the nearest Emergency Room to Heinz Field is.

tyler289
09-08-2009, 11:14 AM
We'll all forget Nate the moment Sweed makes a great play. Sweed has the potential to be twice as good as Nate ever was.

steeltheone
09-08-2009, 11:14 AM
Execution is the key....Everybody shares secrets year in and out. Just part of the game.

BlastFurnace
09-08-2009, 12:29 PM
Nate is a good guy. Helped us win 2 SB's...yes, he did contribute in 2005.

I have no problem if they get everything out of him. They probably know it already. If Jeff Fisher does not know our tendencies after 16 years, then they never will.

steelpride12
09-08-2009, 01:00 PM
We all knew Nate would spill everything about the Steelers which is fine. He is a great guy and contributed these last few seasons for us well.
What are his chances of even playing with his injury?

mmalone
09-08-2009, 01:36 PM
what did he tell them... look out for the receivers, they are going to hold on to more balls this year....

OneForTheToe
09-08-2009, 07:17 PM
Something I found in the AFC South Blog: Tomlin realy did learn a lot from Dungy, who learned from Chuck Noll, how to influence his players long after they have left. Of course it is better if they wait to use it until they retire if they have left the team.:chuckle:

... after he answered a lot of post-practice questions, a beat reporter asked him about a note taped up in his locker. Its a small card bearing Mike Tomlins name printed across the top and dated June 30, 2007.

"Nate,

Wheres your head at?

Whats your expectation for you?

What are you willing to do?

Experience it!

See you soon.

Mike T."


Washington said hes kept the note handy since he got it and refers to it often because he felt like hes come up short on work ethic at practice and of plays he could make in games.

Its not about coach Tomlin, he said. Its written by him, but its about what it says, what it means to me.

And what it hes able to use some of the wisdom he pulls from it to help beat Tomlin and the Steelers Thursday night?

Im going to repeat it back to him, Washington said, smiling.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth

NJarhead
09-08-2009, 07:22 PM
Bah! Nate doesn't know the Steelers game plan for that game, how they'll attack Tennessee, etc.

Did he happen to remind them that the Steelers no longer have that WR who could so easily get behind the safeties, but then even more easily drop the ball?? Yea, that guy's a Titan now.

steelpride12
09-08-2009, 07:33 PM
Bah! Nate doesn't know the Steelers game plan for that game, how they'll attack Tennessee, etc.

Did he happen to remind them that the Steelers no longer have that WR who could so easily get behind the safeties, but then even more easily drop the ball?? Yea, that guy's a Titan now.

And he also still deserves respect for being an ex steelers and contributing greatly to our super bowl run last season. Yes he is a Titan now and any player would give info out to other teams, it's call an advantage. I wish Nate the best of luck.:tt03:

SteelersMongol
09-08-2009, 09:46 PM
And he also still deserves respect for being an ex steelers and contributing greatly to our super bowl run last season. Yes he is a Titan now and any player would give info out to other teams, it's call an advantage. I wish Nate the best of luck.:tt03:

As an ex-Steeler, sure he earned our respect. But as a current Titan, I don't wish him the best or anything of that sort. V just read how he's working his arse off 2 help his team against us.

NJarhead
09-08-2009, 09:48 PM
And he also still deserves respect for being an ex steelers and contributing greatly to our super bowl run last season. Yes he is a Titan now and any player would give info out to other teams, it's call an advantage. I wish Nate the best of luck.:tt03:

I decide who I respect and who I don't. :coffee:

For the record, I don't dislike Nate or harbor any animosity towards him. I'm just not concerned about him or what he thinks he's providing to the Titans. Period.

Steel_Bus_24
09-08-2009, 09:54 PM
thanks for the contributions to our team Nate,especially against the ravens last year...........but your an enemy now so I hope we jack you and your teams' ass up(No Injuries of course) but an ass whopping nonetheless

steelpride12
09-08-2009, 09:55 PM
I decide who I respect and who I don't. :coffee:

For the record, I don't dislike Nate or harbor any animosity towards him. I'm just not concerned about him or what he thinks he's providing to the Titans. Period.

Im just saying Nate was a Steeler and he will always earn our respect. When it comes time for the game let the best man win, but he deserves no disrespect.:drink:

NJarhead
09-08-2009, 09:59 PM
Im just saying Nate was a Steeler and he will always earn our respect. When it comes time for the game let the best man win, but he deserves no disrespect.:drink:

I respected Greg Lloyd a helleva lot more and he STILL got booed in 3 Rivers. I liked Nate, but he's a Titan now and wants to beat us/wants his team to beat us. Screw Nate Washington. The Steelers did a lot more for Nate than he did for the Steelers.

:drink:

Steelboy84
09-08-2009, 10:18 PM
We'll all forget Nate the moment Sweed makes a great play. Sweed has the potential to be twice as good as Nate ever was.

True dat.

:applaudit:

steelpride12
09-08-2009, 10:39 PM
I respected Greg Lloyd a helleva lot more and he STILL got booed in 3 Rivers. I liked Nate, but he's a Titan now and wants to beat us/wants his team to beat us. Screw Nate Washington. The Steelers did a lot more for Nate than he did for the Steelers.

:drink:

Your entitled to your own opinions and thoughts of whoever, but thats harsh, but I feel your Steeler passion and that's something not easily broken! :tt03:

MACH1
09-08-2009, 10:52 PM
The Steelers did a lot more for Nate than he did for the Steelers.

True!

He's the enemy now.

spyboots
09-09-2009, 02:28 AM
He was a free agent that the Steelers gave a chance to. I hope HE does well but that his new team does NOT.