The Pittsburgh Steelers...Where Will They Go at the Wide-Receiver Position?
With the departure of Wide Receiver Nate Washington, who had 104 catches 1,705 yards, and 12 touchdowns in his years of service with the Steelers, the Steelers are left with an unproven No. 3 wide receiver.
Last year's second-round pick, Limas Sweed, who had an unimpressive six catches and numerous drops in 11 games of work, is the new No. 3, or so it seems.
Do the Steelers want to force a player who consistently dropped balls and missed assignments (except for the one huge crack back he had on the Ravens) in his first season of work to fill the role of the No. 3 receiver of the defending Super Bowl Champions?
I don't think the Steelers want to do that. I feel as though Limas has potential but I don't feel he is ready for such a big step. Not only that but who will be the fourth option? Will it be inexperienced Dallas Baker?
The Steelers are one of the best-run organizations, not only in football, but ALL of sports. They bring in very few free agents, and when they do, almost all are major contributors.
The Steelers have brought in veteran Joey Galloway to the South side for a visit. Galloway has visited three teams: The Steelers, the Bills, and the Patriots. The Bills have signed T.O. and the Patriots traded for Greg Lewis from the Eagles.
Galloway seemed to be an interesting idea, but he signed with the Patriots this offseason.
Additionally, ESPN insider believes the Steelers may be interested in wide receiver Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams, who was released before a roster bonus kicked in this month.
Holt will certainly draw more a decent amount of interest, but the Steelers will not get into a bidding war over a 32 year old coming off one of his worst seasons of his career.
Holt may still have a year or two left in the tank after posting consecutive 93 catch seasons in years before. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison is still on the market but his demands for a high dollar contract have turned teams away and the Steelers interest is slim to none.
So where do the Steelers go with the need of a wide receiver? I don't anticipate drafting another receiver high in the draft after spending a second round pick on Limas last year.
The Steelers have an aging but productive defensive line and a mid-round draft pick would probably be spent on a defensive need rather than a wide out. The Steelers will probably lure a veteran to play the No. 3 option and use Limas more as the season progresses.
Also, more of the double tight end set will be used with Matt Spaeth as not only a blocker but an occasional pass catcher. Spaeth posted 17 total catches with 12 of those in back to back games against the Colts and the Chargers.
The all-around Health Miller, who caught 48 passes in 14 games, should catch an additional 10 to 15 passes this season without Nate Washington in the lineup.
Whichever direction the Steelers decide to go, it will be a productive one. Again, the Steelers are one of the best-run organizations in all of sports, and with one of the best management staffs in the business, a decision will be made without the Steelers missing a beat on offense.
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