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Lyn
07-30-2006, 06:29 PM
Who do you think?

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
07-30-2006, 06:31 PM
i think McFadden is going to have a great year..
and i also think...If given the chance....Humes can have some good carries

83-Steelers-43
07-30-2006, 06:31 PM
McFadden

tony hipchest
07-30-2006, 06:32 PM
willie parker. sure his breakout year was last year but he will prove it was no fluke and the steelers dont need to desperately scramble to draft a rb in the 1st round

Black@Gold Forever32
07-30-2006, 06:49 PM
I'm going with Nate Washington. I this kid will be the Willie Parker of this year. On defense/special teams. I really like Shaun Nua. I think he might replace Keisel on special teams.

TasmanianTroy271
07-30-2006, 06:55 PM
McFadden will definately continue on his steady uphill grade ever since he started getting consistent playing time.

Remember, Keisel will be off ST this year, and will probably have Shaun Nua replace him, and I think he could have a very big year on ST. Along with Andre Frazier, if he keeps concussions to a minimum. Also looking forward to seeing what Nate Washington can do. I want to see what Chris Kemoeatu can do, but you know how the O-Line is, untill someone gets injured, retires, or plays really bad, we won't see him.

*Note* link (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_463978.html)

"Not appearing in need of help from anyone were guard Kendall Simmons, defensive end Brett Keisel, safety Mike Logan, wide receiver Nate Washington and running back Willie Parker. They won heats with apparent ease, relatively speaking."

I'm pretty sure that means that Nate Washington was the fastest out of our whole recieving corps... :)

stlrtruck
07-30-2006, 07:00 PM
I'm going with Nate Washington. I this kid will be the Willie Parker of this year. On defense/special teams. I really like Shaun Nua. I think he might replace Keisel on special teams.

I agree, Washington showed some spark last year and I think he could be a game breaker if given the chance!!

BlackNGold203
07-30-2006, 07:12 PM
I'm gonna have to jump on the McFadden bandwagon...the kid has the skills and the pedigree (FLA State)....He and Ike could hold down the corners for many years to come....

Remember when DB was our weakness???

:cool: :cool: :cool:

LambertIsGod58
07-30-2006, 07:14 PM
I like Veron Haynes....He's shown he can be the short yardage/goaline guy....If they do the right thing and give him a chance. I think Duce has been given more than enough chances. He's proven to be too injury prone.

3 to be 4
07-30-2006, 07:31 PM
Holmes.......breaking out of prison.

BlackNGold203
07-30-2006, 08:30 PM
Holmes.......breaking out of prison.

funny....

.....not

Lyn
07-30-2006, 08:39 PM
For the Steelers, I'll say Keisel on D and Washington at WR.

For the league, I'm going to say Kevin Jones for the Detroit Lions and Chris Canty on D for Dallas.

Shaun Merriman turns goes to absolute elite level.

Ronnie Brown Leads the Dolphins into the playoffs and beyond. A workhorse who will turn heads now that he isnt sharing the ball with Ricky Williams.


My totally useless predictions..lol.. but its fun to speculate and I love doing that this time of year when all things seem possible.:)

BB2W
07-30-2006, 08:50 PM
Quincy Morgan

Polamalu43
07-31-2006, 03:09 AM
Who do you think?

I vote for willie parker and ike taylor..

SteelersMongol
07-31-2006, 03:47 AM
I like Veron Haynes....He's shown he can be the short yardage/goaline guy....If they do the right thing and give him a chance. I think Duce has been given more than enough chances. He's proven to be too injury prone.

I was thinking the same here. :bouncy:

Haiku_Dirtt
07-31-2006, 03:56 AM
McFadden

Very very surprised you went with McFadden. Or maybe not.

He has had flashes of 'perfection'. When he got beat it was almost always underneath for short yardage. And the mo-fo loves to hit hard.

This takes us back to signing Ike. I think he is at least equal if not more.

HometownGal
07-31-2006, 07:27 AM
Quincy Morgan

Ditto. This guy was coming on strong at the end of the regular season last year and I think he's only going to get better.

BlacknGold Bleeder
07-31-2006, 11:39 PM
Ben..not just wins, he will improve on stats this year!!

DiggetyDank
08-01-2006, 12:17 AM
I'm going to agree with the people that said McFadden. Him defending what would probably have been a TD pass to Reggie Wayne in the AFCC showed that he shows the **** up to big games, and he was a solid nickel back all year.

Failing that, I'd say Willie Parker, though I'm sure he'll be solid regardless of whether he blows the hell up and get a ton of yards and TDs. With his speed, toughness and the line - he's poised to have a huge season.

rowedf
08-01-2006, 12:45 AM
I'm goin Ryan Clark. I think this guy has better ball skills than Chris Hope, as long as he can learn the Defense, I think he'll be able to make the big plays that Hope was just a tad short on.

SteelShooter
08-01-2006, 12:51 AM
I like Veron Haynes....He's shown he can be the short yardage/goaline guy....If they do the right thing and give him a chance. I think Duce has been given more than enough chances. He's proven to be too injury prone.


I'm completely down with your opinion here Bro...and I'll jump on the Bryant McFadden bandwagon as well......I just plain like this kids intensity. The more playing time he gets, the better he will showcase, IMHO. Get a little more experience in him and he'll be jumping routes and hammering people.

hardwork
08-01-2006, 03:41 AM
Who do you think?

I don't know, but with the Bus gone, and Bens poor showing in the SB, you're going to need someone.

Steel Pit
08-01-2006, 05:08 AM
The Steelers will utilize their weapon at the TE position. Heath Miller is my choice. In actuality, I hope that we're all right on this one. Imagine that. WOW! WE REALLY DO SUPPORT ONE HELL OF A TEAM!

steelcity984
08-01-2006, 10:43 AM
Heath Miller

MNsteelers
08-01-2006, 10:58 AM
Heath Miller

Heath's got the best situation, hands-down. First off, he starts, unlike anyone except Kiesel who has been mentioned. Second, he got plenty of looks last year, and his role has to expand, simply by evolution and the lack of a proven third receiving option.

I'm sorry, but I didn't see enough from Willie Parker to consider him a viable option to carry the load of the offense. He had some huge plays, and will definitely be one of the best in the game in that capacity, but most seem to forget plenty of below-average games against tough defenses (New England, Jacksonville). He doesn't have a nose for the 0-5 holes the way he does for 8-9. That in itself suggests the ball will go in the air a bit more than it has, and Miller is going to be the guy Ben looks for after Ward.

McFadden is a strong second candidate, but isn't starting yet. Odds are good he won't this season, either, considering the extension 'Shea just signed this off-season. That shows management has faith in him, and I don't feel he was any sort of liability. Ask this question next year and I'll say B McFad.

Also, I realize this next suggestion isn't within the spirit of the question, but Ben certainly has a positive situation to become one of the top four or five QBs in TDs and yards, instead of just rating and completion percentage. Don't get me wrong, I'd MUCH rather have the last two than the first two characteristics, but I think because of those, he has the ability to have a Tom Brady 2005-type of season.

SteelerFanInCA
08-01-2006, 12:41 PM
I'm going with Nate Washington. I this kid will be the Willie Parker of this year. On defense/special teams. I really like Shaun Nua. I think he might replace Keisel on special teams.
Yeah, I'm kind of leaning towards Nate myself. I kind of get the sense that this guy is just waiting to explode.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-01-2006, 12:57 PM
Yeah, I'm kind of leaning towards Nate myself. I kind of get the sense that this guy is just waiting to explode.

I have just liked Nate Washington from the time I first heard about him in last years camp. The fact he is over 6 feet tall is a good thing to. But one of the main reasons I like this kid. Look in the AFC title game in when he broke up that potential INT. For a young WR to pick up those little things that can prevent a turnover is a big plus in my book. I know of two times last year where Quincy Morgan could have broken up a couple INT's and didn't. The first one was in Jaqs game. The one that Mathis picked in overtime and took it to the house for the game winning TD. Morgan didn't give a very good effort to break up that pick. Then in the Lions game there was another chance for Morgan to break up a INT and again not a very good effort by him. I like Morgan but for a vet WR I think he should be better at little things that can prevent a turnover.

blackngoldbaby
08-01-2006, 03:20 PM
I think heath miller will have a great season and come up big.ben will probally be throwin a lot of passes his way this season.but i do hope that santonio can get his head screwed on right and have a good season.

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-02-2006, 03:41 PM
I don't know, but with the Bus gone, and Bens poor showing in the SB, you're going to need someone.


You do realize that Ben has done things in his first two years that NOONE has done...ever!! Why take one bad game and try to base someones career on it...based on your logic...Ben should have had an awful year last year based on the AFC championship game from the year before. Sorry ...but no logic is bad logic.
As for the Bus... We all love him but we dont kid ourselves into thinking that he was more than a situational player and an inspirational teammate. The latter is much more imporatant than the first...it will not be that much of a stretch for someone to meet the on-field numbers that he produced.

Prosdo
08-02-2006, 04:21 PM
I'm thinking Bryant McFadden or Nate Washington. Both show a lot of potential.

steelcity984
08-02-2006, 04:58 PM
Using Ben's poor performance in the super bowl as the key to THIS season, is essentially saying the Steelers are a lock for the super bowl.

BBC
08-02-2006, 05:00 PM
I'm going with Nate Washington. I this kid will be the Willie Parker of this year. On defense/special teams. I really like Shaun Nua. I think he might replace Keisel on special teams.

I really like Nate, but just like Willie last year, he's going to need a couple injuries this season in order to breakout. He's got Hines, Ced, Quincy, and maybe even Santonio ahead of him right now, he's going to have a tough time getting enough passes thrown his way to breakout. I hope he does, and I'm sure his numbers will improve this season, but I don't know if it'll be enough to be considered a breakout season.

My pick is, like many others, McFadden on defense, and Heath Miller on offense. Heath had a very good stretch last fall, but Ben getting hurt threw him off a bit. I'm expecting him to be even more comfortable now, and get a lot more looks in the red zone this season. One picture can describe my excitement over Bryant:

http://www.post-gazette.com/images3/20060116pd_mcfadden_brkup_fbnPJ_450.jpg

That pass (which would have won the game) fell incomplete thanks to McFadden.

Elvis
08-02-2006, 05:38 PM
Good evening... I like McFadden and Heath as well... but I think the break out year will be by Big Ben.... yep... I think this is the year that his numbers will soar up there to rank him in the top 5 QB's in league this year... We have too much talent at WR and TE not to use his arm more this year. I love the running game but if he is healthy I would like to see Duce Staley runnin the ball this season.
God Bless All
Elvis

Black@Gold Forever32
08-02-2006, 05:47 PM
BBC, you make a very good point about Nate about being behind the other WR's. But I like Cedric Wilson. But its not like he is a superstar. So Nate could end being the number 2 WR. Plus with Santonio as rookie and rookie WR's don't usually have big impacts their rookie years. Nate has been under our system for a year so I would expect Nate to at least be the slot WR. About Morgan he might not even make the final roster with all the WR's we have.

I just see Nate being the Willie Parker of this year.

BBC
08-02-2006, 05:53 PM
BBC, you make a very good point about Nate about being behind the other WR's. But I like Cedric Wilson. But its not like he is a superstar. So Nate could end being the number 2 WR. Plus with Santonio as rookie and rookie WR's don't usually have big impacts their rookie years. Nate has been under our system for a year so I would expect Nate to at least be the slot WR. About Morgan he might not even make the final roster with all the WR's we have.

I just see Nate being the Willie Parker of this year.

I hope you're right, I really like Nate and think he could be something great if given the chance. We'll see if he can get ahead of Cedrick and Quincy this season the depth chart, I'll be pulling for him.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-02-2006, 06:04 PM
I hope you're right, I really like Nate and think he could be something great if given the chance. We'll see if he can get ahead of Cedrick and Quincy this season the depth chart, I'll be pulling for him.

Trust me I see Cedric as the starter when the season starts. If Nate does unseat Cedric as the starter it will be in mid-season. I think Nate will be the slot WR. Not unless Santonio just has a terrific camp and pre-season. Trust me if that happens I won't be mad at all. I just look at this way the Steelers have a very bright future at the WR position. I think Washington and Holmes both have the talent to be good players in this league. Then factor in Willie Reid's potential and the Steelers could have some nice depth for years to come.

tony hipchest
08-02-2006, 06:42 PM
our wr situation is shaping up much like our secondary situation a few years ago. now our secondary and depth has alot of promise and could be one of the best.

now this will not be a popular sentiment but if our current wr situation plays out like the cb situation did it could allow us to dump capspace like washington and scott, or ask ward to take a paycut much like jerome did to stay on the team.

i can see the steelers looking at it like this:

washington is happy to be in the nfl. they can afford to bring him along slowly and not have him blow up to quick (same with willie reid). in 3-4 years reid and washington can sign modest contracts and be ready to start. by this time holmes should be a starter. hines could take a role much like troy brown with the patriots.

not to say i wanna see hines take a back seat (he'll be about 33 years old) but i didnt want to see jerome take a back seat either. its good business and helps keep superstars like ben and troy. i think the steelers have the next 4-5 years all planned out as far as salary cap and players contracts go.

SteelCzar76
08-03-2006, 06:08 PM
I'll go on record as saying our breakout players this year will be,.......B-Mac, Ty, Heath, and Willie. (With a very strong "big play deep" effort by Santonio). In reference to Nate Washington,.....i think he could be the odd man out. Don't get me wrong,....i like the kid,...but Sean (Morey) and Quincy have a "specialist skills edge on him". Especially Sean with his special teams play.


"Hail Caesar,.....Hail the Black and Gold"

tony hipchest
01-12-2007, 11:24 PM
willie parker. sure his breakout year was last year but he will prove it was no fluke and the steelers dont need to desperately scramble to draft a rb in the 1st roundrevisionist history is great.

and to think... some people had him dubbed as a "flash in the pan".

Big D
01-13-2007, 09:27 AM
revisionist history is great.

and to think... some people had him dubbed as a "flash in the pan".

can I use your crystal ball before I place my bets on fridays?

SCSTILLER
01-13-2007, 10:41 AM
I think the breakouts will be as follows! On offense, I think they will utilize Heath Miller more and he will have one heck of a year. He has the talent, so hopefully we take advantage of it. On defense, I am going with Anthony Smith. I am a big ASmith fan and love the way he plays (don't like the showboating though). I think he will beat out Ryan Clark, and with him back there Troy will be free to "roam" alot more. I think we are going to have a great secondary next year!

Stlrs4Life
01-13-2007, 10:50 AM
Holmes. I believe he will be even better.

stlrtruck
01-13-2007, 08:50 PM
It will be the the rookie LB we take in the first round!!!

NV STEELERS 723
01-14-2007, 09:57 AM
I'm on the Holmes bandwagon

SteelersWoman
01-14-2007, 11:57 AM
For me, Santonio has already shown what he's gonna be capable of, and was awarded rookie player of the week twice in '06. I look for him to continue with more and better in '07. Nate, (given the chance) will probably be almost as good.

So guess I'll go with Anthony Smith as our "breakout" player of '07. Loved what the kid showed as far as gettin after the ball. And it'll be interesting to come back and look at the end of next season to see just how well we all predicted...

t-sizzlez
01-14-2007, 02:21 PM
mcfadden i guess

Stillers43
01-15-2007, 06:36 PM
A. Smith and S. Holmes

Showdaddeee
01-15-2007, 07:22 PM
Its either got to be McFadden or Holmes in my eyes. I would love for Ike Taylor to breakout and be that high paid DB we signed last year.

touchdownward
01-15-2007, 07:34 PM
Holmes, but it won't be much of a surprise.

Preacher
01-15-2007, 07:50 PM
A. Smith and S. Holmes

Yep... Smith and Holmes. Though for some reason, I have this ugly feeling that one of them will cost us DEARLY in a playoff game next year with a rookie mistake...

Elvis
01-18-2007, 09:33 PM
:thumbsup: My choice for suprise of next year?
RB Willie Parker
He will break all the Steelers rushing records for Yards and TD's Next year in route to Super Bowl MVP:jawdrop: :thumbsup: :helmet: :tt02: :wave: