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Old 08-30-2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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RB, FB spots on Steelers' depth chart up for grabs

Plenty of intrigue surrounds how the Steelers will structure their RB and FB depth chart. At running back, Willie Parker and Najeh Davenport are secure in the top two spots, but the battle for positioning thereafter bears watching.
Undrafted free-agent RB Gary Russell?s strong play in training camp and preseason looks to have secured him a spot on the roster.
Another surprising newcomer, FB Carey Davis, also looks like a lock to make the team, according to a source close to the club. What?s more, he appears to have pushed veteran Dan Kreider to the bench, despite Kreider's role as an integral part of the Steelers? power-running game in past seasons. Davis is simply a better fit in offensive coordinator Bruce Arians? scheme. However, Kreider's rugged style of play is such an asset as the weather gets colder that he will have a chance to make the roster as a reserve.
The status of backup RB Verron Haynes is also up in the air. Haynes is not especially big, quick or fast, and he?s coming off a knee injury, but he?s useful on special teams. The burning question, the way we hear it,
Holy crap!!!!...this is the first that I have heard about any definitive roster moves at RB....What does everyone think?
The Kreider move is the one that floors me!!!
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If they're going to replace Kreider with Davis, I don't see why they would want to keep Kreider on the roster. I thought the main idea was to free up some space for some other younger talent.
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If they're going to replace Kreider with Davis, I don't see why they would want to keep Kreider on the roster. I thought the main idea was to free up some space for some other younger talent.
Didn't someone post something about Kreider maybe lining up as a blocking TE?...
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Didn't someone post something about Kreider maybe lining up as a blocking TE?...
tomlin shot that idea down in yesterdays press conference, along with keisel playing te.

personally i would rather see 6 backs as opposed to 3 centers on the roster. the more packages we can show, the harder it will be for defenses to prepare.
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tomlin shot that idea down in yesterdays press conference, along with keisel playing te.

personally i would rather see 6 backs as opposed to 3 centers on the roster. the more packages we can show, the harder it will be for defenses to prepare.
Thanks Tony....did he give any indication as to why he would keep Krieder if Davis is being retained?....any thought as to if they keep Kreider at FB and move Davis to a powerback position?...and I agree about the center situation...especially if Simmons can fill in , in a pinch.
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tomlin shot that idea down in yesterdays press conference, along with keisel playing te.

personally i would rather see 6 backs as opposed to 3 centers on the roster. the more packages we can show, the harder it will be for defenses to prepare.
Ed.B. of the P-G thinks Okobi and Haynes both may be released
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Didn't someone post something about Kreider maybe lining up as a blocking TE?...
LLT,

I think Madden said something like that during the Eagles game. He said
Arians thought of FBs like TEs and he thought that was a mistake because TEs can't typically run block as well.

I'd be surprised if Kreider was a reserve. I agree Davis has a nice upside but that's a pretty big leap to my mind.
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Ed.B. of the P-G thinks Okobi and Haynes both may be released
C-ya!!!!...Okobi has never been more than a wave player...he should understand that and just try to stick with the team as a backup...otherwise....
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LLT,

I think Madden said something like that during the Eagles game. He said
Arians thought of FBs like TEs and he thought that was a mistake because TEs can't typically run block as well.

I'd be surprised if Kreider was a reserve. I agree Davis has a nice upside but that's a pretty big leap to my mind.
OMG!!!! your right....I just quoted John Madden!!!!!!
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OMG!!!! your right....I just quoted John Madden!!!!!!
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