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Old 09-08-2009, 08:00 AM   #1
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Default Former Steelers WR Washington briefing Titans on his old team

Former Steelers WR Washington briefing Titans on his old team
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09251/996347-66.stm

Former Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington returns to Heinz Field with the Titans Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Receiver Nate Washington wants to play so much with his new Tennessee teammates against the franchise that gave him his NFL start in Pittsburgh he can't sleep through the night.

The Titans signed Washington away from Pittsburgh to add some much-needed speed to their passing game. But the receiver strained his left hamstring Aug. 24, an injury that kept him out of practice until Tuesday and may keep him out of the NFL's season opener Thursday night.

"I've been waking up these past couple nights in the middle of the night thinking of rehabbing some in the middle of my sleep," Washington said.

"It's definitely something I've been trying to pry into myself that it's a 16-week season. But in all honesty, this game does mean a lot to me. It means a whole lot, whole lot to me to go out and play against these guys. I know the coaching staff is going to take precautions. ... Hopefully, they give me the go ahead."

All Titans coach Jeff Fisher would say Tuesday is no one has been ruled out against Pittsburgh. Washington was limited in his first practice since he dropped to the ground on a long pass route, but did run a few routes during team drills, work that Fisher called encouraging.

Both Washington and the Titans have worked aggressively to help the receiver heal his hamstring. Washington credited the trainers with giving him leeway to perform what he called "nice, hard rehab."

The Titans would love to have the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver on the field in Pittsburgh. He was their top free agency signing with a six-year, $27 million deal that included $9 million in guaranteed money, and Washington was the first of many moves designed to improve a passing offense ranked 27th in the NFL in 2008.

Washington caught 104 passes for 1,705 yards and 12 touchdowns during four seasons in Pittsburgh after the Steelers brought him in as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin. He had his best season in 2008 with 40 receptions and 631 yards receiving with three TDs behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called Washington a spark plug for a locker room through both his play and personality.

"They got a great player in Nate. He's starter capable. He's been given opportunities in the past few years to play in that role here, and he's always delivered for us. I'd imagine he's going to do the same thing for those guys," Tomlin said.

If Washington can't start, then rookie Kenny Britt, the No. 30 draft pick overall out of Rutgers, would start the first NFL regular-season game of his career opposite veteran Justin Gage. Washington has been busy sharing any tidbits and scouting information with his new teammates.

"He's taking over the coaching job telling each personality and what they like to do in certain zone coverages," Britt said.

"We certainly have picked his brain about the kind of coverages and things they like to do and personnel things," QB Kerry Collins said. "He's been a good resource this week."

But Washington would rather help the Titans by being on the field. He would only admit he feels he's better than 80 percent and didn't even think about his hamstring during practice. The receiver who used to sit in the Steelers' locker room last season and envision his first game coming out of the visitors' side just wants to play.

"I don't care how many plays they give me, just to be out there with those guys that night is going to mean a lot to me," he said. "It's a 16-week season. Unfortunately this type of injury I guess you really don't want to come out and be timid about anything. ... I feel good, but it's still at their discretion. I'm not worried about anything else right now."

Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
First published on September 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09251...#ixzz0QW1y6vCP
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:08 AM   #2
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"We certainly have picked his brain about the kind of coverages and things they like to do and personnel things," QB Kerry Collins said. "He's been a good resource this week."
Bully for you. Ya don't think maybe - just maybe - BA and Coach T are well aware of that and have designed new plays that Nate has never seen?
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:37 AM   #3
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Bully for you. Ya don't think maybe - just maybe - BA and Coach T are well aware of that and have designed new plays that Nate has never seen?
If Nate catches a 3rd down pass against us, i will be upset....
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:04 AM   #4
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Just because he's on a new team doesn't mean anything will change. If he's on the field, he'll probably catch 4 passes and drop two. Same ole Nate...I don't sweat him, and I'm sure the Steelers don't either...
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Nate was never one of my favorites. Too many drops at critical times for my taste. He scares no one on the Steelers I am sure. You can't teach speed and Wallace is going to blaze past the Titan's secondary and either hit a big play or pull people off Heath, Hines or Santonio. I look so forward to this year. I just hope Ben doesn't fall in love with the long ball to Wallace too much because that leads to a lot of those sacks.
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Ahh well. Players and coaches move around enough that half the teams you play will have someone with "inside" knowledge. Doesn't seem to change a thing.
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Are we sure that Nate really hurt his hamstring? Do you think he really wants to take hits from Troy, Clark, and Harrison, knowing how hard they hit as teammates?
Maybe he's afraid to play against our defense as an opponent.
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Good thing Lebeau has made some changes during the off season to confuse opponents that has studied our tapes and have an inside track... like what Nate is "trying" to give them.....
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All they need to know from Nate is where the nearest Emergency Room to Heinz Field is.
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We'll all forget Nate the moment Sweed makes a great play. Sweed has the potential to be twice as good as Nate ever was.
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