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mesaSteeler
02-10-2011, 07:05 AM
Steelers' receiver corps needs reinforcements
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http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-02-09/steelers-receiver-corps-needs-reinforcements
Vinnie Iyer SN Icon Sporting News

One reason for the Pittsburgh Steelers' 31-25 loss in Super Bowl XLV is that their wide receivers couldn't quite keep up with the Green Bay Packers' corps, even though Hines Ward and Mike Wallace made it interesting with touchdowns late in each half.

Going forward, however, it's a position of concern for the Steelers beyond Wallace, a speedster headed toward his third season and what should be the best stretch of his career.
Steelers' receiver corps needs reinforcements

Vinnie Iyer says Pittsburgh is going to need additional wide receivers to step up if it wants to make it back to the Super Bowl.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that both Emmanuel Sanders, who broke his foot in the Super Bowl, and Ward (knee, thumb) are both set to have offseason surgery. The coaches loved what Sanders showed as a rookie but now must worry about his recovery. As for Ward, he turns 35 in March and has taken so much physical abuse over the years as game's toughest receiver, someone always willing to deliver a crack-back block on a linebacker. It's uncertain how much longer he can play.

Then there's also Limas Sweed, a '08 second-rounder who has been on injured reserve since he tore his Achilles' tendon last May. Fifth receiver Antwaan Randle El, 31, was just a familiar stopgap option.

If the Steelers had to move forward with Wallace and Antonio Brown as starters in '11, they would be comfortable with that. The problem is offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger like to work with three-and four-receiver formations, but that requires reliable depth. Brown (5-10) and Sanders (5-11) are two smaller receivers, and Wallace stands only 6-0.

Sweed's return would be big, literally, because he is a 6-4, 220-pound target. The Steelers can't count on that and instead should look for a nice-sized possession receiver in free agency or the draft.

Read more: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-02-09/steelers-receiver-corps-needs-reinforcements#ixzz1DYaLSXAy

BKAnthem
02-10-2011, 07:10 AM
I don't agree with this at all. the Steelers have more immediate needs than WR ....Miller is like a 6th WR anyway...if anything they are stacked over there Ward has 1-2 good years left, Sanders wil be back by Training camp...Randle -El is still serviceable....The problems lie eslewhere

SH-Rock
02-10-2011, 07:14 AM
We lost Sanders in the game. If we won the game then this thread wouldn't be here. More immediate concerns need to be addressed.

Atlanta Dan
02-10-2011, 08:31 AM
Iyer writes as if Sanders suffered a catastrophic knee injury and Ward is retiring. Ward is coming back for one more year and the Steelers drafted two receivers last year who stepped up to be the #3 and #4 receivers

tt would be nice if a team had 20 draft picks every year and no salary cap to deal with, but the team has issues such as CB, OL, and a still aging DL to address before it looks for a #5 receiver to replace Randel-El next season

ebsteelers
02-10-2011, 10:24 AM
we got 6 options at least.

ward, sanders, brown, wallace, randel el, miller, sweed basically going to be his 3rd year since he missed all of last year, and thats when they show most improvement... hed be a big addition

dont forget mendy and redman also as pass catchers..



maybe we need to reinforce the run??

SoCalFan
02-10-2011, 11:21 AM
Randle El has got to go!We need a taller reciever for those corner routes.Was hoping we would have signed CFL reciever Andy Fantuz but he signed with the Bears.Plaxico is an option,he is still friends with Ward and Ward said he would welcome him back!(Probably will not happen).If we did something in league,it would free up a first round corner back!

zulater
02-10-2011, 11:49 AM
I'm fine with the receivers we have on the roster.

We need help in the defensive backfield first, second, and third.

MDSteel15
02-10-2011, 12:39 PM
Here's a FA solution to this if he stay's healthy and Sweed sucks it up!

Steve Breaston (ARI) – The Cardinals know the health of Breaston’s knee better than any other teams. If it checks out clean, they also know his abilities better than anyone else. He’s a breakout star in the making and would form a formidable duo with Larry Fitzgerald if the team could get their quarterback situation untangled.

Fire Arians
02-10-2011, 01:04 PM
Here's a FA solution to this if he stay's healthy and Sweed sucks it up!

Steve Breaston (ARI) – The Cardinals know the health of Breaston’s knee better than any other teams. If it checks out clean, they also know his abilities better than anyone else. He’s a breakout star in the making and would form a formidable duo with Larry Fitzgerald if the team could get their quarterback situation untangled.

while i don't think wr is an immediate need, i wouldn't be against signing breaston if the price is right

TRH
02-10-2011, 03:04 PM
more immediate needs are to be addressed but don't be surprised if we end up with at least one in our 1st 5 picks.
I'd like to see them give Sweed one more all-round shot to make the team permanently (if he's healed properly and can get his head on 100% and catch the ball). It's not unheard of after a player misses one shot, to get his head on straight for one more shot. This obviously would be his last.

El Nino
02-10-2011, 06:27 PM
i still wanna see sweed get another chance. he's a great route runner that knows how to get open. can he catch? well. give him another chance, i still think he can, and the coaches obviously have faith in him by IRing him instead of cutting him after the injury.

austinfrench76
02-10-2011, 11:26 PM
WTF is thi sguy talking about?! Please no more BPA 1st and 2nd round picks. UNLESS it is so obvious that you couldn't pass but go CB and OL and call ot a day! Thats it!

tube517
02-11-2011, 12:39 AM
This writer's next article will be how we need reinforcements at LB and center. :rolleyes:

Mr. Goosemahn
02-11-2011, 04:41 AM
I would say that I agree, to a certain extent. There's only so much you can do to improve the O-line, at the end of the day they'll always look bad with Ben behind them.

Our best option would be to draft Mike Pouncey and sign Baltimore's Marshal Yanda (an underappreciated, underrated pro-bowl caliber guard with position versatility) and have a line with these guys:

Starks - Mi. Pouncey - Ma. Pouncey - Yanda - Colon

As for CB, we don't need a rookie CB, we need a talented veteran CB. Champ Bailey would be my #1 target, as Asomugha is completely out of the question. Bailey is 33, but don't let his age fool you, he is still a great athlete and a superb CB. He's going to be good for two or three more years and that's it. He could transition to FS and be good for two or three more years too. Plus, he's got money already, he only wants to win a ring.

With those acquisitions, we'd be able to draft BPA, which is what we ultimately do, anyways. And we do need another WR. Ward is entering his last year, for sure. He's just a shell of what he used to be. Randle El and Battle could be cap casualties next season. Mike Wallace is the only good receiver we really have. Sanders and Brown are promising, but let's face it, neither played a starting CB on a consistent basis. Sanders played against nickel DB's (basically the equivalent of William Gay for other teams) and Brown played against #4 CB's (Anthony Madison). We've yet to see those guys perform against quality starters.

Sweed is still a big question mark. His career has been extremely disappointing so far, and there's a good chance it'll keep being one. About 1/3 of all NFL players who suffer an achilles tear wind up not playing football ever again, and those who do return very rarely return to pre-injury form. Sweed is entering his third year, but there is a legitimate chance he'll never become a good receiver.

If I had to choose anyone, it's be Pittsburgh (Panthers') WR Jonathan Baldwin. He's exactly what we need. Tall, physical, very athletic, and has a huge vertical jump. He'd be the perfect complement to Wallace. Look him up on youtube just to see what kind of monster he could be. Probably an early-mid second round pick right now though.

bubbletownwr88
02-11-2011, 05:32 PM
We have way too many needs to take a WR in the first round if somehow Baldwin drops to us in round 2 i will die if they don't pick him

PhantomJB93
02-11-2011, 07:25 PM
While I do love our receiving corps, when Hines is gone it will be very one dimensional...we have three sub-6' speedsters, albeit three very good ones, but three of the same type of receiver nonetheless...while I do not believe there is any need to fret about talent between the Young Money crew, and the last thing I want to do is break them up or get rid of any of them, I do believe there may need to be a concern about getting a reliable tall receiver or physical possession receiver, just to mix things up a bit...

However, spending an early pick this year on one is not the way to go about this...Sweed would definitely be a big help if he learned to catch this offseason, but the fact that he basically faded into oblivion after his injury and was never heard from isn't a good sign...

Fire Arians
02-11-2011, 07:39 PM
While I do love our receiving corps, when Hines is gone it will be very one dimensional...we have three sub-6' speedsters, albeit three very good ones, but three of the same type of receiver nonetheless...while I do not believe there is any need to fret about talent between the Young Money crew, and the last thing I want to do is break them up or get rid of any of them, I do believe there may need to be a concern about getting a reliable tall receiver or physical possession receiver, just to mix things up a bit...

However, spending an early pick this year on one is not the way to go about this...Sweed would definitely be a big help if he learned to catch this offseason, but the fact that he basically faded into oblivion after his injury and was never heard from isn't a good sign...

really sucks about sweed getting injured. i hear he was having a good training camp until that happened.

xli...
02-13-2011, 10:00 AM
Wow.. WR is the only position that the Steelers don't need to work on

Dino 6 Rings
02-14-2011, 05:14 PM
for the Record, Ward's TD Catch was freaking Awesome. Lost in the loss was how great he played and how great that catch really was.

tony hipchest
02-14-2011, 05:22 PM
for the Record, Ward's TD Catch was freaking Awesome. Lost in the loss was how great he played and how great that catch really was.indeed it was.

and at a time that the loss of e. sanders turned out to be a much bigger blow than many of us realized, randle el came up big with a couple of huge plays.

if we woulda won the price of his entire contract woulda been well worth it.

Buddha Bus
02-14-2011, 05:27 PM
I agree that our receiving corps is a very low priority in the upcoming draft. I also feel that Sweed can give it one more try. I really believe he can turn that corner and be productive for us. It's just a gut feeling I have about the guy and it would be tremendous to see him overcome all of the adversity he's gone through already with this team. I'm pulling for him.