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Old 03-05-2009, 07:13 AM   #1
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Default Steeler Report: Martin Nance has potential to take over No. 3 receiver slot

Steeler Report: Martin Nance has potential to take over No. 3 receiver slot
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Mike Prusita of the Tribune-Review had an interesting column about the departure of Nate Washington on Tuesday.

In it, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians gave Prusita some insight as to what will happen with the No. 3 slot.

"It'll be Limas, Martin Nance and whoever we draft, one of those cats," Arians said. "Limas has the ability to do it. He just has to continue to grow and be consistent. Hes shown the ability to get behind people and that was the No. 1 thing Nate gave us, the ability to stretch coverage."

The Sweed thing is no big secret, nor is getting a player in the draft. But Martin Nance raised an eyebrow. Just who is Martin Nance?

For starters, he played with Ben Roethlisberger at Miami where the two connected for 90 receptions, 1,498 yards and 11 touchdowns when he was a sophomore. His junior year got off to a great start with 25 receptions for 337 yards in four games. But the fifth game of the year he sustained a knee injury.

Nance bounced back in 2005 and had 81 receptions for 1,107 yards and 14 touchdowns. Impressive stats, but he proved to be unimpressive when it came time for the combine. Like Washington early in his career, he had trouble holding onto the ball there and ran just a 4.58.

So Nance was bypassed in the draft and signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. He was waived, and then signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

During his rookie season, he only saw action in the final game against the St. Louis Rams, where he recorded 4 receptions for 33 yards. He was released and picked up by the Steelers on Sept. 9, when they released Micah Rucker from the practice squad. He would remain there all season.

One of the biggest downsides to Nance, was the fact he had trouble learning the Minnesota playbook. He finally grasped the offense last year in the pre season according to a story by the AP.

If given the opportunity to jell again with Roethlisberger, who knows what could happen? One scout has told the Examiner that he has very good-straight-line speed, can make plays vertically and in one -on -one situations wins the battle most of the time.

Perhaps Minnesota coach Brad Childress gives a better take on what the Steelers may have in Nance.

"He's a tall target, so the quarterbacks don't have any trouble finding him," Childress said. "He's got kind of sneaky speed. He's a long-stride guy and he can chew up some ground pretty quick on you."
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Default Re: Steeler Report: Martin Nance has potential to take over No. 3 receiver slot

Well - let's see what this kid's got. Since Ben is very familiar with him, that could be a tremendous asset - IF the kid can knuckle down and learn the playbook.
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Default Re: Steeler Report: Martin Nance has potential to take over No. 3 receiver slot

Yeah, I have always believed that the WR is one of the least important positions on the field............especially the #3 or #4 WR.

I think we can easily find 4 guys to dress on gameday between Ward, Holmes, Sweed, Baker, Nance and some rookies.
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Ben and him torched the MAC and I wouldnt be suprised if they didnt regain that magic if they played together. Remember he will be in the Preseason games with Dixon and the other 2 qbs. Put him with Ben and see what he has.
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It's not like we haven't been down this road before with developing undrafted talent.

Lets see what you have Nance. Our coaching staff has proven it's an open competition.
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Wait a second....does that mean we signed Martin Nance?

That's really something. Ben's favorite college target is now a Steeler...that's good news.
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Wait a second....does that mean we signed Martin Nance?

That's really something. Ben's favorite college target is now a Steeler...that's good news.
according to wilkpedia, he's been on the roster since september.....

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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Nance to their practice squad on September 10, 2008. After finishing the season on their practice squad, he was re-signed on February 18, 2009.
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Huh? How did this go unnoticed.

I actually thought we would DRAFT Nance (until I found out that his injury was worse than originally thought). Hope he can still ball...dude tore it up with Ben at Miami.
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Huh? How did this go unnoticed.

I actually thought we would DRAFT Nance (until I found out that his injury was worse than originally thought). Hope he can still ball...dude tore it up with Ben at Miami.
yeah the definitely snuck one by me...i thought dallas baker was on the PS all year....
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"It'll be Limas, Martin Nance and whoever we draft, one of those cats," Arians said.

So we are definitely drafting a WR.
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