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Old 12-16-2010, 02:01 PM   #21
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Sign a receiver? And sit who?

This makes sense only if he also can play offensive tackle
Geez, that's easy enough, ARNAZ BATTLE!!!!
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:09 PM   #22
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They tried him out for a reason!
Got to be getting some size in the red zone!
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:23 PM   #23
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Default Re: Fantuz auditions for Steelers, Vikings

Fantuz competed in his senior year in the Shrine Game and got pushed around. The difference between canadian college ball and NCAA was too much for him to overcome. Now that he has played against some professionals, he may be ready for the jump.

Consider him a slower version of Brian Finneran, but with great hands. Big target, runs good routes, but wont outrun many NFL DB's. He might be in training camp next year.
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To me, this guy looks more like a prospect TE rather than a WR. If he can block better than spaeth, I say sign him and cut matty, especially when johnson has shown better hands and blocking ability
I was thinking the same thing. The question for WR is "Is he fast?" It sounds like he would be a nice receiving TE if he can occasionally block on running plays...like a Gates for us. lol
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Oh...it's for next year. He can't be signed until Jan 3rd. I think he said he had a month. I wonder how that will work with us being in the Superbowl and all.

He'll be Spaeth's replacement. It is good to have a catching TE. Heath is already a good blocking TE. Sometimes they can use 2 TE sets and have this guy catch. Gonzalez and Bratkowski are catching TEs for NE. When you call them TEs it confuses people and they start assigning LBs and safeties on them instead of CBs...so it is a good trick.

Anthony Gonzalez would get less catches if they called him a WR and put CBs on him.
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Geez, that's easy enough, ARNAZ BATTLE!!!!
I only know what I read but Battle is regarded as one of the best special teams players on a squad that has made definite improvments this season
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The guy can eat too...word is he can put on 120 pounds in a month. I can see him starting at tackle.
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And he's made what, 2 tackles all season? Expendable!!!
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Default Fantuz on Steelers workout: ‘I definitely impressed’

Fantuz on Steelers workout: ‘I definitely impressed’
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Mark Masters December 16, 2010 – 12:59 pm

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Andy Fantuz is working out for a pair of NFL teams this week. Fantuz, a Chatham, Ont. native who led the Canadian Football League in receiving yards last season, worked out with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday and will meet with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.

Fantuz posted a video blog to his website following the Steelers workout and talked about his experience. He spoke about the plethora of testing done by the team (‘the most extensive physical I’ve ever had’) and the quality of the team’s training facility (ping-pong table and a pool table on the premises). As for the actual workout, Fantuz thinks he wowed the coaches with his ability to catch some tough passes.

Here are the highlights from his video blog:

On why he had to do so many tests
“The NFL, they spend a lot of money on the players so one thing they want to do is get to know them as people and what type of personality they are. The other major thing is to make sure they’re healthy and they’re not going to get injured and [then] cause a lot of money that they’re not going to see anything from.

“So basically what we did is we had a three-hour physical, two different doctors, full-body X-rays, blood work, urine tests, all the stuff, it was pretty crazy so the most extensive physical I’ve ever had without a doubt.”

On the Steelers practice facility and meeting coach Mike Tomlin
“Then we got to go over to the practice facility and the Steeler office actually so we got to check out all the coaches offices, the locker room, all the treatment centre, their whole practice facility and it was impressive, let me tell you. You know, just for an example, their locker room: they had a ping-pong table and a pool table right inside the locker room, which I thought was pretty cool.

“A bunch of players were hanging out, it was their day off that day and they didn’t start practice until the next day so there were players in there getting treatment. I got to meet a few of them. I got to meet coach Tomlin, one thing about him is he is a lot bigger in person then he looks on TV. He’s a pretty big dude, but a really nice guy and overall all the people were really nice.”

The on-field workout
“After a little tour we kind of went over to the practice facility and got changed into our workout gear. It was me and another receiver, a guy from California who has been in the arena league and the UFL and has been in training camps before in the NFL, so there were also two linebackers working out, but they kind of kept the two groups separate so it was myself and this other receiver we went over together and got warmed up and basically what they had, they had an ex-quarterback, who is currently one of their strength coaches, throwing to us and he’s got a good arm so that didn’t slow us down at all and they just kind of filmed the whole thing and they had us catching some balls and doing some voice-reaction catches and things like that.”

“And basically they just wanted to see our hands, our athletic ability, so we ran a bunch of routes, probably about 10 in total, maybe 12, just a couple out routes, curls, come backs, bang route, some fades, streaks and then some bubble screens.”

On impressing the coaches
“They wanted to see us do some one-handed catching and I definitely impressed them with the catching. There were a few balls that they thought wouldn’t be caught and I was able to get them so I blew them away with the hands, but, you know, we’ll just see what happens. We didn’t have to do any testing as far as combine tests, 40 [yard dash], shuttle, vertical, we didn’t do any of that stuff. The only test we did basically was a height and weight test and I guess that’s pretty much it.”

On the next steps
“The whole workout was 20 minutes probably, 30 minutes with the warm-up, so way shorter than I expected and then we just grabbed some lunch, they sat us down and going forward it will basically be coach Tomlin and the receiver coach will watch the film of the workout and watch some of the film from the CFL and get back to me and see if they think I will fit into their system.

“I’m hoping to hear from them some time in the next week or two, but you won’t hear, the public won’t hear anything until January. They are not allowed to sign me until, I think it’s January 3, and I’m going into my option year for the CFL so the window is the third of January, I believe it’s that day, until Feb. 15, so I have that month and a half to sign. So if anything happens it will be during that window.”

His message to nervous Roughriders fans
“I know people are sad that there’s a possibility of me leaving, but I do appreciate that you guys generally are happy for me and support me in whatever I’m doing. You know, Rider Nation is important to me and it always will be no matter what happens. It’s going to take a good opportunity for me to leave this place.”

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:49 PM   #30
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We'll see how good he really is.
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