Ashley Lelie Visits Pittsburgh Steelers: What This Could Mean?

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 29, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Ashley Lelie #87 of the Oakland Raiders is unable to hold on to a pass as Jabari Greer #33 of the Buffalo Bills defends on September 21, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 24-23. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in free agent Ashley Lelie.  According to multiple reports, the Steelers are considering signing the questionable receiver.

A former first round pick of the Denver Broncos, Lelie never lived up to the hype of a true number one receiver.

At 6'3, 195lbs, and blazing speed, Lelie could be an upgrade over Nate Washington, who departed for the Tennessee Titans this off season.

Lelie started his career with the Broncos lasting four years, compiling 168 receptions for 3,007 yards and 12 TDs.

After leaving the Broncos, Lelie spent one year in Atlanta, one year in San Francisco, and one year in Oakland.

His best year came in 2004, with 54 receptions for 1,084 yards and seve TDs.

Lelie would come to Pittsburgh with the knowledge of being No. 3—for now.

Hines Ward recently signed a four year extension, but how much longer can we count on "smiley" to be the true number one receiver he has always been?

If Lelie were to come in and accept his role as the field stretcher, our four-receiver set would include the sure handed Ward, the future star in Holmes, the speedy Lelie, and the kid Limas Sweed.

If Sweed comes along like the reports have him, this would give Big Ben two very large weapons, in Lelie (6'3, 195) and Sweed (6'4, 220), two burners, Lelie and Holmes, and all four with the ability to make plays.

My opinion, the best receiving tandem in the NFL.

Last year before the draft, Ben Roethlisberger requested a tall receiver.  With the addition of Ashley Lelie, he would have two very talented ones.


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