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Old 04-08-2008, 05:48 AM   #1
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Default Who will be the breakout Steeler(s) this year?

Among the young vets who will have the breakout season and either establish themselves as a legitimate star or take their game to the next level in 08?

To be different I'll go with Matt Spaeth. With a year in the league and Tuman out of the way I think he'll emerge as a nice weapon in the passing game. I'll predict he'll have 25+ catches.

That said the guy that needs to and will step up in a huge way will be Lamar Woodley. I think this guy will prove to be the best LOLB for the Steelers since Kevin Greene.

It would also be nice to see Timmons prove that he was worthy of a first round pick, though I have my doubts.


Lastly I see Santonio Holmes taking it to the next level this year. Consistency is the only thing lacking so far. I can see him having a breakout season in 08 and find himself in a pro bowl.

So who are the young veterans that you see emerging and taking their game to the next level?

I sure hope one of the young O-linemen is among that group?
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Who will be the breakout Steeler(s) this year?

I agree with Holmes. This is the year he takes over as the number 1 guy and has a monster season.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: Who will be the breakout Steeler(s) this year?

i would say holmes, but i would like to see anyone on the oline..lol
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: Who will be the breakout Steeler(s) this year?

A guy I keep waiting for to emerge as a quality starter but just hasn't done it so far is Bryant McFadden. He teases you along, but just can't seem to cement a place in the starting lineup.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:41 AM   #5
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Default Re: Who will be the breakout Steeler(s) this year?

Anthony Smith. we'll finally get to see him do very nice hits in the secondary, and playing smart, staying in position, not biting on the play action.

anthony smith gets his revenge against brady in 2008
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Gotta agree with Duke......With Tomlins secondary coaching experience...he will give Smith back the confidence he had before the patriots game...and with a little maturity and experience ..Smith will be much better this year
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:56 AM   #7
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my guess is woodley. i don't really see anyone else having a breakout year.

IMO, holmes will be an average(nothing bad and nothing special) starting WR again. hopefully the steelers don't go WR in the 1st round this year.

it would be great to see ryan mcbean surpass keisel on the depth chart.

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Old 04-08-2008, 07:39 AM   #8
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Santo would be my first choice with Anthony Smith running a close second. I can see both of these young guys coming into their own and having standout seasons!
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Default Re: Who will be the breakout Steeler(s) this year?

Woodley is the obvious and good choice

Holmes could be a probowler IMO

Hopefully one of our rookies contributes. And hopefully one of our offensive linemen has a breakout year!

McFadden is in a contract year and looking for big money, he could have a great year. Also, Anthony Smith as mentioned
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Timmons is going to make a lot of people eat crow.
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