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mesaSteeler
12-15-2010, 08:10 PM
Fantuz auditions for Steelers, Vikings
http://www.torontosun.com/sports/football/2010/12/15/16555711.html
By MARK MALONE, QMI Agency

Last Updated: December 15, 2010 2:02am
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Andy Fantuz of Chatham, Ontario hopes some NFL teams are shopping for a receiver this Christmas.

The CFL's most outstanding Canadian had a workout Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has another session planned for Saturday with the Minnesota Vikings.

“That's all I have scheduled so far and they're just workouts,” the Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback said in a video posted on Youtube. “Just kind of feeling it out, see how it goes and, you know, we'll take it one day at a time.”

Fantuz could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, but he posted a message on his Twitter account.

“Pitt workout went well,” he said. “Got to show off the hands lol! Now just a waiting game to see if they think I'll fit in their system.”

A Steelers official told The Canadian Press that it's club policy not to comment publicly on player workouts.

The Steelers already have one Chatham-Kent player on their roster. Kicker Shaun Suisham of Wallaceburg is 9-for-9 on field-goal attempts since signing with Pittsburgh last month.

The six-foot-four, 220-pound Fantuz led the CFL with 1,380 receiving yards this season. He made a career-high 87 catches and scored six touchdowns.

His contract with the Roughriders includes an option for 2011.

He has a window from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 to sign with an NFL team. If he doesn't, he stays with the Roughriders.

The McGregor graduate, who turns 27 on Saturday, was the first Canadian to lead the CFL in receiving yards since Dave Sapunjis of the Calgary Stampeders in 1995. He was also chosen an all-star for the first time in his five-year pro career.

He stayed healthy this season after missing five games in 2009 with a pulled hamstring and 11 games in 2008 with a broken leg.

Fantuz told The Daily News in May that he wanted to play in the NFL.

“That's kind of my goal,” he said. “If I'm healthy and productive this season, I'm going to aggressively pursue that direction.”

The former Western Mustang made four catches for 66 yards in a 21-18 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the Grey Cup last month. He's played in three Grey Cups and won the CFL championship in 2007.

Fantuz answers questions on his website (www.andyfantuz.com) from his fans. He posted the Youtube video there to inform them about his NFL workouts.

“I'll keep you guys posted on how it went,” he said. “Sometimes when you read stuff in the paper or on the TV, it's not necessarily true, but if it's coming from me, you can bet on it.”

sports@chathamdailynews.ca

SoCalFan
12-15-2010, 08:27 PM
SIGN HIM.We need a big target at reciever and at 6-4 220lbs this guy is a hard nosed player!!! Check out his highlights on Youtube!!!

SoCalFan
12-15-2010, 08:35 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?V=BLgUZ9v0K0 Sorry,I suk at adding links.

mesaSteeler
12-15-2010, 08:39 PM
Why do we need another WR? We need O-Line and CB much more than another WR. No need to waste more cap money on this position. (assuming of course there is a salary cap next year)

SH-Rock
12-15-2010, 08:40 PM
Hey why not
Doesn't look too shabby

Atlanta Dan
12-15-2010, 08:41 PM
Sign a receiver? And sit who?

This makes sense only if he also can play offensive tackle

mesaSteeler
12-15-2010, 08:43 PM
Sign a receiver? And sit who?

This makes sense only if he also can play offensive tackle
:applaudit::applaudit::applaudit::hatsoff:

MattsMe
12-15-2010, 08:44 PM
Maybe they're looking for replacement players in case of a strike?

:noidea:

SoCalFan
12-15-2010, 08:53 PM
Corner routes are HUGE in the red zone,one thing I miss about Plaxico.

theplatypus
12-15-2010, 09:21 PM
due diligence

SaskSteeler
12-16-2010, 01:22 AM
I actually live in Saskatoon and get to see fantuz play every week during the CFL season and i have to say that he would definitely would make a great addition to our team, he is a hard-nosed football player and was huge on 2nd downs. But as much as i would love to see him on the steelers i really don't see a place for him on our roster, he doesn't play special teams and isn't a returner either. That means it would be hard for him to supplant either brown or sanders and i don't know many teams who have 5th receiver that only plays on offense

SoCalFan
12-16-2010, 03:08 AM
They tried him out for a reason!

ricardisimo
12-16-2010, 03:10 AM
Why don't the Steelers sign everybody who's available anywhere in the world? We're obviously really hurting at wide receiver, so I can see why this guy (whose agent no doubt is the OP of this thread) would pique everyone's interest.

What the hell is a "slotback" (MoP, we need a picture) and what kind of idiot agent agrees to a contractual signing window of January 1st to February 15th? Think about that for a moment, folks. Doesn't make much sense to me.

Big
12-16-2010, 03:52 AM
42xupRXXh2s

Atlanta Dan
12-16-2010, 08:35 AM
They tried him out for a reason!

Ed. B. of the P-G explains in PG+ this is the equivalent of checking to make sure you know where batteries are stored in case of an unexpected power outage

I rarely see as much pub on a player working out for a team than when someone from the CFL does. The Steelers work out players all the time, usually on Tuesday. They do this to keep their “ready” lists up to date and also to gauge possible future signings. Andy Fantuz worked out for the Steelers Tuesday. He’s a wide receiver from the Saskatchewan Roughriders There’s no way they will sign a wide receiver other than as a “future” signing, for 2011.

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/sports-town/steelers

theplatypus
12-16-2010, 09:06 AM
Ed. B. of the P-G explains in PG+ this is the equivalent of checking to make sure you know where batteries are stored in case of an unexpected power outage

I rarely see as much pub on a player working out for a team than when someone from the CFL does. The Steelers work out players all the time, usually on Tuesday. They do this to keep their “ready” lists up to date and also to gauge possible future signings. Andy Fantuz worked out for the Steelers Tuesday. He’s a wide receiver from the Saskatchewan Roughriders There’s no way they will sign a wide receiver other than as a “future” signing, for 2011.

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/sports-town/steelers

One would think that there has to be at least one OG/OT that has improved enough by playing up there that they would be an upgrade over what he have now.

Atlanta Dan
12-16-2010, 10:06 AM
One would think that there has to be at least one OG/OT that has improved enough by playing up there that they would be an upgrade over what he have now.

Losing Colon preseason after the draft and Starks mid-season is tough to overcome -there is a reason players play in the CFL rather than the NFL and it has nothing to do with enjoying cold weather - if a CFL OL was any good that player would already be on some NFL team as a backup or at least a practice squad player

All things considered, Steelers are lucky Adams has worked out as well as he has (Adams was playing hurt last week just as Kemo has been for some time - there simply are no suitable replacements)

As for left tackle the Steelers are stuck playing a journeyman back-up as a starter - not having Miller last week further complicated matters

Beating the Jets and having the Saints beat the Ravens would provide a great chance to rest players for the playoffs and play the back-ups in Cleveland

theplatypus
12-16-2010, 10:24 AM
Losing Colon preseason after the draft and Starks mid-season is tough to overcome -there is a reason players play in the CFL rather than the NFL and it has nothing to do with enjoying cold weather - if a CFL OL was any good that player would already be on some NFL team as a backup or at least a practice squad player

All things considered, Steelers are lucky Adams has worked out as well as he has (Adams was playing hurt last week just as Kemo has been for some time - there simply are no suitable replacements)

As for left tackle the Steelers are stuck playing a journeyman back-up as a starter - not having Miller last week further complicated matters

Beating the Jets and having the Saints beat the Ravens would provide a great chance to rest players for the playoffs and play the back-ups in Cleveland


I'm fully aware of why they go up there to play. The point is some of these guys could be late bloomers if you will and have developed the skill set required to play here. To me we really should be looking at the CFL as a minor league system. It doesn't cost us anything to take a look at what is there. In fact it's stupid not to do so. Many here thought Logan was nothing more than training camp fodder. He's turned out to be a good special teams player that could probably make plays at WR/RB.

finesward
12-16-2010, 12:23 PM
To me, this guy looks more like a prospect TE rather than a WR. If he can block better than spaeth, I say sign him and cut matty, especially when johnson has shown better hands and blocking ability

Rick5895
12-16-2010, 02:05 PM
Being from Canada and living in the London, Ontario area where Fantuz went to school ( university of Western Ontario) I have watched him play college and in the CFL He is a very talented receiver with decent speed and great hands. Very tough..Can block well and takes hits. For those who don't know a slot back is similiar to a slot receiver in the NFL. He is an intriguing prospect to be sure and he will be picked up by someone and IMO Fantuz will be a very good red zone pass catcher. If we can sign him , put him on the practice squad, have him learn our offense and be ready for next season then it is a win win for us. and no wasted draft pick either. We are likely to not have El or Battle next season, so I think this is a move with very little downside.

MDSteel15
12-16-2010, 03:01 PM
Sign a receiver? And sit who?

This makes sense only if he also can play offensive tackle

Geez, that's easy enough, ARNAZ BATTLE!!!!

MDSteel15
12-16-2010, 03:09 PM
They tried him out for a reason!

Got to be getting some size in the red zone!

El-Gonzo Jackson
12-16-2010, 03:23 PM
Fantuz competed in his senior year in the Shrine Game and got pushed around. The difference between canadian college ball and NCAA was too much for him to overcome. Now that he has played against some professionals, he may be ready for the jump.

Consider him a slower version of Brian Finneran, but with great hands. Big target, runs good routes, but wont outrun many NFL DB's. He might be in training camp next year.

SteelKnight
12-16-2010, 03:41 PM
To me, this guy looks more like a prospect TE rather than a WR. If he can block better than spaeth, I say sign him and cut matty, especially when johnson has shown better hands and blocking ability

I was thinking the same thing. The question for WR is "Is he fast?" It sounds like he would be a nice receiving TE if he can occasionally block on running plays...like a Gates for us. lol

SteelKnight
12-16-2010, 03:50 PM
Oh...it's for next year. He can't be signed until Jan 3rd. I think he said he had a month. I wonder how that will work with us being in the Superbowl and all.

He'll be Spaeth's replacement. It is good to have a catching TE. Heath is already a good blocking TE. Sometimes they can use 2 TE sets and have this guy catch. Gonzalez and Bratkowski are catching TEs for NE. When you call them TEs it confuses people and they start assigning LBs and safeties on them instead of CBs...so it is a good trick.

Anthony Gonzalez would get less catches if they called him a WR and put CBs on him.

Atlanta Dan
12-16-2010, 04:01 PM
Geez, that's easy enough, ARNAZ BATTLE!!!!

I only know what I read but Battle is regarded as one of the best special teams players on a squad that has made definite improvments this season

ZoneBlitzer
12-16-2010, 04:30 PM
The guy can eat too...word is he can put on 120 pounds in a month. I can see him starting at tackle.

MDSteel15
12-16-2010, 04:49 PM
I only know what I read but Battle is regarded as one of the best special teams players on a squad that has made definite improvments this season

And he's made what, 2 tackles all season? Expendable!!!

mesaSteeler
12-16-2010, 10:36 PM
Fantuz on Steelers workout: ‘I definitely impressed’
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2010/12/16/fantuz-on-steelers-workout-i-definitely-impressed/
Mark Masters December 16, 2010 – 12:59 pm

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Andy Fantuz is working out for a pair of NFL teams this week. Fantuz, a Chatham, Ont. native who led the Canadian Football League in receiving yards last season, worked out with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday and will meet with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.

Fantuz posted a video blog to his website following the Steelers workout and talked about his experience. He spoke about the plethora of testing done by the team (‘the most extensive physical I’ve ever had’) and the quality of the team’s training facility (ping-pong table and a pool table on the premises). As for the actual workout, Fantuz thinks he wowed the coaches with his ability to catch some tough passes.

Here are the highlights from his video blog:

On why he had to do so many tests
“The NFL, they spend a lot of money on the players so one thing they want to do is get to know them as people and what type of personality they are. The other major thing is to make sure they’re healthy and they’re not going to get injured and [then] cause a lot of money that they’re not going to see anything from.

“So basically what we did is we had a three-hour physical, two different doctors, full-body X-rays, blood work, urine tests, all the stuff, it was pretty crazy so the most extensive physical I’ve ever had without a doubt.”

On the Steelers practice facility and meeting coach Mike Tomlin
“Then we got to go over to the practice facility and the Steeler office actually so we got to check out all the coaches offices, the locker room, all the treatment centre, their whole practice facility and it was impressive, let me tell you. You know, just for an example, their locker room: they had a ping-pong table and a pool table right inside the locker room, which I thought was pretty cool.

“A bunch of players were hanging out, it was their day off that day and they didn’t start practice until the next day so there were players in there getting treatment. I got to meet a few of them. I got to meet coach Tomlin, one thing about him is he is a lot bigger in person then he looks on TV. He’s a pretty big dude, but a really nice guy and overall all the people were really nice.”

The on-field workout
“After a little tour we kind of went over to the practice facility and got changed into our workout gear. It was me and another receiver, a guy from California who has been in the arena league and the UFL and has been in training camps before in the NFL, so there were also two linebackers working out, but they kind of kept the two groups separate so it was myself and this other receiver we went over together and got warmed up and basically what they had, they had an ex-quarterback, who is currently one of their strength coaches, throwing to us and he’s got a good arm so that didn’t slow us down at all and they just kind of filmed the whole thing and they had us catching some balls and doing some voice-reaction catches and things like that.”

“And basically they just wanted to see our hands, our athletic ability, so we ran a bunch of routes, probably about 10 in total, maybe 12, just a couple out routes, curls, come backs, bang route, some fades, streaks and then some bubble screens.”

On impressing the coaches
“They wanted to see us do some one-handed catching and I definitely impressed them with the catching. There were a few balls that they thought wouldn’t be caught and I was able to get them so I blew them away with the hands, but, you know, we’ll just see what happens. We didn’t have to do any testing as far as combine tests, 40 [yard dash], shuttle, vertical, we didn’t do any of that stuff. The only test we did basically was a height and weight test and I guess that’s pretty much it.”

On the next steps
“The whole workout was 20 minutes probably, 30 minutes with the warm-up, so way shorter than I expected and then we just grabbed some lunch, they sat us down and going forward it will basically be coach Tomlin and the receiver coach will watch the film of the workout and watch some of the film from the CFL and get back to me and see if they think I will fit into their system.

“I’m hoping to hear from them some time in the next week or two, but you won’t hear, the public won’t hear anything until January. They are not allowed to sign me until, I think it’s January 3, and I’m going into my option year for the CFL so the window is the third of January, I believe it’s that day, until Feb. 15, so I have that month and a half to sign. So if anything happens it will be during that window.”

His message to nervous Roughriders fans
“I know people are sad that there’s a possibility of me leaving, but I do appreciate that you guys generally are happy for me and support me in whatever I’m doing. You know, Rider Nation is important to me and it always will be no matter what happens. It’s going to take a good opportunity for me to leave this place.”

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Read more: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2010/12/16/fantuz-on-steelers-workout-i-definitely-impressed/#ixzz18KN3Pm9l

SH-Rock
12-16-2010, 10:49 PM
We'll see how good he really is.

ZoneBlitzer
12-18-2010, 01:31 PM
I'll say one thing, the kid has got a great name. He could be Hines' heir apparent as a possession-type receiver who knows...