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pete74
08-07-2011, 05:45 AM
I started this in the overview thinking it would just be between the 3,4 and 5 guys battling for spot. It looks as though it goes all the way to the Number 2 receiver. There is going to be a battle between these guys for every spot on the receiving corp. There are 7 guys for what normally is 5 spots. There have been times when the Steelers have kept receivers and this possibly could be one of those years.



Mike Wallace seems to have locked down the number 1 receiver role even as much as people still like to pretend that Hines is the guy. He may be the most known but he is no longer the number one guy. He is going to have to battle to be the number 2 guy with Emmanuel Sanders. That role is also still up in the air. Neither one has practiced though so it is Antonio Brown who is getting the second team reps.

Option 1

Hines Ward- Ward has been the best Steelers receiver of all time. He has played with some great players and put up some big numbers. He owns every record the Steelers have at the Wide Receiver position. He is coming on his latter years of his career and he has some competition not for the number one spot which has already been taken over by Mike Wallace but for the number 2 receiver. That will come down to him and Sanders.

Ward has lost a step but still plays his ass off and knows how to find a hole in the defense when Roethlisberger scrambles. Ward does not have the same ability to get open like he used to. Hines had the 3rd lowest total of his career in catches in 2010. The other 2 were his rookie year and his third year, well before he was the guy he became for this team. Ward also had the lowest number of receiving yards he had since 2007 where he only played 13 games.

Ward may stay in the starting line up to start the season but he will not finish there. The Steelers may end up in many 3 wide receiver sets to keep Ward in the game. He has been passed though by the young guys. It has been a great 13 year career but for the Steelers to move forward with the offense Sanders has to come into play.

Option 2

Emmanuel Sanders- Sanders had a great rookie season. You do not normally see Wide Receivers touch the field as rookies especially with veterans like Ward and Antwaan Randle El on the field. The Steelers like familiarity and guys like Sanders normally play Special Teams and that is about it. For him to break into the starting lineup in week 17 for this team is a huge sign of what Sanders has been able to do.

Sanders is on the sidelines right now still rehabbing the foot he injured in the Super Bowl. He has been unable to take advantage of Ward not being on the field with a thumb injury. Sanders had the golden opportunity to take Wardís spot and not ever look back. With the injury that has slowed his ability to do that. If he can get on the field shortly he should still take the position.

Option 3

Antonio Brown- Brown started off last season on Special Teams. He made big plays in his second game. He scored a touchdown on a kick return. He is a splash play guy. Brown played spot duty throughout the season. He made his biggest contributions in the playoffs against the Jets in the AFC Championship game. He caught a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger for a big gain where he made the catch with his head. Then caught a third down pass to finish the Jets off on a Roethlisberger scramble.

Brown should be the number 4 receiver coming into the season. He is playing with the first team right now as Ward and Sanders are down with injuries. He is making plays but still has some learning to do. He misses hot reads and does not break off routes when the QB gets in trouble. This kid will be a big play guy but he is still a year away from being that number 3 receiver.

Option 4

Arnaz Battle- Battle has no place on this team as a receiver. He was passed up by Brown and Sanders quickly last season as the team wanted to have both guys on the field. Battle was on the roster to make the Special Teams unit better. Which he did beautifully. Battle has a cap number that does not favor his chances of making the team. Battle could very well become a casualty of the youth of this team coming to life. He will be fighting with Sweed and Grisham for the last spot on the roster. His Special Teams ability could push him over the top if the other 2 do not make plays in the preseason.

Option 5

Limas Sweed- Sweed has not shown the promise that this team hoped for him to show when they drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft. Sweed has suffered from injuries, depression, eye surgery and drops. Sweed has not been able to make the impact that was expected of him. Most would consider him a bust.

I can not give up on Sweed yet though. Sweed has had his problems. He has made his mistakes but when he is on the field he has the ability to be a great receiver. He runs amazing routes and is always open. If he can get over the drops and can keep himself healthy I still think he could surprise some and live up to the pick the Steelers drafted him at. Even if it is not with the Steelers.

Option 6

Tyler Grisham- Grisham has been with this team for a few years now and always ends up on the practice squad. This kid has put in the time with this team and is deserving of a shot. All you hear is how he catches everything and knows what is going on. He has had the misfortune of the Steelers drafting Sanders and Brown. He is a long shot but if put out there he can show what he is capable of.

The Steelers have also been taking a look at Free Agents. The team brought in Plaxico Burress for a visit and now are reportedly bringing in Jericho Cotchery for a visit. This is a deep team at receiver but they are injured and that could cost some of these guys a job. If Ward and Sanders canít get back quickly a guy like Cotchery could make this team because we need him and then someone like Sweed or Battle could get the axe once those two return from injury.

Here is how I see the depth chart for the Steelers at Wide Receiver.

1.Mike Wallace
2.Emmanuel Sanders
3.Hines Ward
4.Antonio Brown
5.Limas Sweed

theplatypus
08-07-2011, 06:02 AM
1.Mike Wallace
2.Emmanuel Sanders
3.Hines Ward
4.Antonio Brown
5.Limas Sweed

I could live with that.

3rdandlong
08-07-2011, 06:47 AM
I wish I could say I think Limas is going to come through, but I don't. He has proven time and ti e again that he cant catch. But I'm willing to give him a final shot because I like his size so much

pete74
08-07-2011, 06:55 AM
I wish I could say I think Limas is going to come through, but I don't. He has proven time and ti e again that he cant catch. But I'm willing to give him a final shot because I like his size so much

agreed. i personally dont see him ever playing well no matter how well he does before the season but i would love to be wrong. he tore it up at texas and has great size but this preseason is his final chance to make it the nfl

theplatypus
08-07-2011, 07:30 AM
agreed. i personally dont see him ever playing well no matter how well he does before the season but i would love to be wrong. he tore it up at texas and has great size but this preseason is his final chance to make it the nfl

It's probably not his final chance by any means. His final chance with the Steelers absolutely, but his ceiling is so high that someone in need will give him another shot. Some of you talk as if he's got hands of stone which couldn't be further from the truth. He didn't suddenly forget how to catch after being known for possessing great hands at Texas.

steeltheone
08-07-2011, 07:49 AM
1.Mike Wallace
2.Emmanuel Sanders
3.Hines Ward
4.Antonio Brown
5.Limas Sweed

I could live with that.

It's nothing special esp with Sanders down..

theplatypus
08-07-2011, 08:16 AM
It's nothing special esp with Sanders down..

I beg to differ, we're deeper at WR now than we've been in years.

55BaileyFan
08-07-2011, 09:16 AM
HInes is #1 and will be unless three receivers are on the field then he goes into the slot. Wallace will be the #2 except in three receiver sets then he becomes #1. Sanders is the three back, Brown will be on there as the #4.

I don't think Sweed will make the team, rather I will be surprised. I think Grisham has a good chance to make the roster. I also agree we are deeper at WR then we have been in years...without looking at a roster sheet on the net...who was the 4 or 5 guy when our starting three was Ward, Burress, and EL?

We are deep at the WR spot and STACKED at the RB spot...we are going to have a good offense this year.

steeltheone
08-07-2011, 10:03 AM
HInes is #1 and will be unless three receivers are on the field then he goes into the slot. Wallace will be the #2 except in three receiver sets then he becomes #1. Sanders is the three back, Brown will be on there as the #4.

I don't think Sweed will make the team, rather I will be surprised. I think Grisham has a good chance to make the roster. I also agree we are deeper at WR then we have been in years...without looking at a roster sheet on the net...who was the 4 or 5 guy when our starting three was Ward, Burress, and EL?

We are deep at the WR spot and STACKED at the RB spot...we are going to have a good offense this year.
The younger set of Burress, Ward an El is much better at this point to Wallace , Ward old, unproven Sanders and Brown.

Rbs are ok...Under Mendy you have old Moore and a unproven Redman, Batch and Dwyer again it's ok ..nothing great ...I'm more worried about the wideouts with Sanders injured.

pete74
08-07-2011, 10:23 AM
It's probably not his final chance by any means. His final chance with the Steelers absolutely, but his ceiling is so high that someone in need will give him another shot. Some of you talk as if he's got hands of stone which couldn't be further from the truth. He didn't suddenly forget how to catch after being known for possessing great hands at Texas.

It does happen all the time. Jamarcus russell was a great qb in college but couldn't cut it in the nfl and the list goes on and on. Just because someone does well in college dosnt mean there going to play the same in the nfl. As for hands of stone, so far that's how he played. Hopefully he changes but its a ling shot

pete74
08-07-2011, 10:36 AM
HInes is #1 and will be unless three receivers are on the field then he goes into the slot. Wallace will be the #2 except in three receiver sets then he becomes #1. Sanders is the three back, Brown will be on there as the #4.

I don't think Sweed will make the team, rather I will be surprised. I think Grisham has a good chance to make the roster. I also agree we are deeper at WR then we have been in years...without looking at a roster sheet on the net...who was the 4 or 5 guy when our starting three was Ward, Burress, and EL?

We are deep at the WR spot and STACKED at the RB spot...we are going to have a good offense this year.
Ward is# 1? Did you see his stats last season compared to Wallace's?
Wallace is hands down our top wr

finesward
08-07-2011, 10:45 AM
The younger set of Burress, Ward an El is much better at this point to Wallace , Ward old, unproven Sanders and Brown.

Rbs are ok...Under Mendy you have old Moore and a unproven Redman, Batch and Dwyer again it's ok ..nothing great ...I'm more worried about the wideouts with Sanders injured.

Wow, all Sanders and Brown did last year was move up on the depth chart, make clutch catch after clutch catch and they are still unproven?... maybe to you, but to the people that matter they have.

I think a major player people always overlook when it comes to our receivers is a man by the name of HEATH. This guy is as solid a receiver as we have, quite possibly possess the best hands on the team. We were highly successful when we went 2 TE's and flared heath out last year, but unfortunately with the OL struggles we couldn't do that as often towards the end of the year. With sanders going down, someone else will pick up the slack. Its the steeler way.

If mewelde moore could have 100 yard games when mendy went down his rook season I'm confident anyone could. He wasn't exactly a proven back, but we were fine with him and I'm sure we would be fine with whoever gets the nod. Personally I think if Mendy went down the three backs would share the load, and my inkling is dwyer would become the guy, not redman. I think he is great at what he does, and thats being good enough in all 3 phases, but he wouldn't be able to break one, and dwyer has that deceiving speed for a big guy.

my .02

Wallabeast17
08-07-2011, 10:59 AM
I really don't see all the panic with our depth at WR. We have talent all through the ranks. The veteran Ward, enough said! Wallace is incredible all ready and from what i hear is learning to break off routes etc. from ward and becoming the "complete" reciever. Emmanual and Brown, are only in their second years and have done nothing but prove they can be called upon time after time again, Sanders will come back from injury and they both will have good seasons, maybe not as impressive as wallace because they dont see the playing time he gets. So thats 4/5 spots potentially, then you have all the undfa, sweed, grisham(who i really like) . I really like our depth. Other teams would love to have our wr, and look where they got us last year...:hatsoff:

steelbad@50
08-07-2011, 11:30 AM
So freakin tired of hearing about Limas Sweed and his potential, its time to put up or shut up as far as i am concerned. The man is to often injured, and when healthy he has the worst hands of any reciever the Steelers have ever had.

LVSteelersfan
08-07-2011, 12:57 PM
Supposedly Sweed dislocated his shoulder in practice yesterday. Not looking good for him to make the team.

theplatypus
08-07-2011, 01:23 PM
Supposedly Sweed dislocated his shoulder in practice yesterday. Not looking good for him to make the team.


They changed it from a separated shoulder to a sprained shoulder yesterday.

Steelersfan87
08-07-2011, 02:15 PM
I see them carrying 6 wide receivers this year, with Arnaz Battle being one of them. The last spot comes down to Sweed, Grisham, and Wes Lyons. I honestly don't see Grisham ever doing anything. I do not think that he makes the team. I think it is Sweed's job to take provided that he quickly recovers from his sprained shoulder and shows up in the preseason. If not, Wes Lyons has a chance. The Steelers already have enough Grisham-like receivers. Being white doesn't make him special or Wes Welker.

Atlanta Dan
08-07-2011, 02:35 PM
They changed it from a separated shoulder to a sprained shoulder yesterday.

Whatever it is Sweed is gone - this rip from Ed. B. of the P-G

I have a better chance of making the roster than WR Limas Sweed.:chuckle: He took himself out of one passing drill Saturday because he hurt his wrist. When he came back and dropped a pass over the middle, he held his wrist as though it were to blame. Reminded me of the time he dropped the easy deep pass against the Ravens and laid on the ground, pretending to be injured. Later, he took himself out of practice to have his shoulder wrapped by one of the trainers. Afterward, Mike Tomlin said Sweed has a sprained shoulder. The only question remaining with Sweed is deciding which cutdown date to release him.

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

finesward
08-07-2011, 02:37 PM
what a douche! buh bye limas.... don't let the door hit ya on the way out

StainlessStill
08-07-2011, 02:57 PM
Whatever it is Sweed is gone - this rip from Ed. B. of the P-G

I have a better chance of making the roster than WR Limas Sweed.:chuckle: He took himself out of one passing drill Saturday because he hurt his wrist. When he came back and dropped a pass over the middle, he held his wrist as though it were to blame. Reminded me of the time he dropped the easy deep pass against the Ravens and laid on the ground, pretending to be injured. Later, he took himself out of practice to have his shoulder wrapped by one of the trainers. Afterward, Mike Tomlin said Sweed has a sprained shoulder. The only question remaining with Sweed is deciding which cutdown date to release him.

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

I had high hopes for Sweed this season. Too bad he doesn't have what it takes to be a star in the NFL. Hell, to even step on the FIELD in the NFL. Welcome to the Alonzo Jackson and Ricardo Colclough list. Buh-bye, 14.

Steelersfan87
08-07-2011, 03:17 PM
That was Gerry Dulac. I trust Dulac a lot less than I trust Bouchette. At least wait until a couple of preseason games are over.