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Old 05-03-2009, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default Dixon looks good

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Dixon looks good
http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot....ooks-good.html

Second-year quarterback Dennis Dixon looks like a completely different player at this year's mini-camp than he did a year ago.

Then again, that's not that big of a surprise considering he wasn't even supposed to take a snap at last year's camp after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL less than six months before.

Dixon obviously has a much better grasp of the offense now and you can see a huge difference between him and rookies Kevin McCabe and Mike Reilly.

There's also not much difference between Dixon and veteran Charlie Batch. In fact, Dixon has looked better than Batch - though it's still very early and Batch is coming off a very long layoff.

It's easy to see, however, why the Steelers are high on Dixon.

While there's not a load of experience behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes at wide receiver, there's certainly a glut of promising young players - and a couple of veterans.

But there are also spots open there and the battle for the fourth, fifth and even sixth wideout spots should be a very good one this year in training camp.

As he usually has, Deshea Townsend has worked at safety. But with two young draft picks added at the cornerback position, as well as veteran Keiwan Ratliff, Townsend's work at safety may be more important now than ever for the veteran.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dixon looks good

If Dixon can take the #2 spot, do we see some trick plays ala ARE this year?


Townsend is a foxy old vet - how many CB's would train for several years at safety because they know they'll eventually be outdone by the young guys at the CB position?
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Dixon looks good

I want to see Dixon play so badly, but I want Big Ben to play because he's definitely better.
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Default Re: Dixon looks good

Yeah, maybe this year he will step up and be our KR/WR/ Slash type player that so many thought he would be.
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Yeah, maybe this year he will step up and be our KR/WR/ Slash type player that so many thought he would be.
I don't think you will see Dixon doing any slash roles except maybe a designed run play. Dixon will be a QB.

The threat of a run from a very good passer is much more dangerous than a guy that is only a runner.

Dixon will not be a Wildcat Player.
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Hey, I'm happy he's getting better. But I'd be thrilled if he never had to play
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:56 PM   #7
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Default Re: Dixon looks good

I'm very anxious to see Dixon this year. No offense to Charlie Batch but I do hope Dixon wins the backup job if he does indeed beat out Batch.

As for Townsend. He still is needed on this team and really having him for depth at corner and maybe safety is wise.
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Hey, I'm happy he's getting better. But I'd be thrilled if he never had to play
Yup couldn't agree more. Its nice having a great back up but that is all I want him to be cause if he never gets to play that means Big Ben is playing and healthy and that means a lot of wins and very few losses.
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I don't think you will see Dixon doing any slash roles except maybe a designed run play. Dixon will be a QB.

The threat of a run from a very good passer is much more dangerous than a guy that is only a runner.

Dixon will not be a Wildcat Player.
Awwww.....come on. When he was drafted, there was all this speculation that with his athleticism, Dixon could play WR, KR or be the next great slash player. We cant write him down as strictly a QB this early........can we??
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Hey, I'm happy he's getting better. But I'd be thrilled if he never had to play
Atleast not as a Steeler anyway..
I like the thought of having the young man on the field in different conditions, but Ben is our future and he needs to be in there 99.9% of the time in my opinion..
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