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08-29-2008, 11:11 PM
Drummond waiting patiently as Steelers ponder final cuts
Posted August 29, 2008 12 :55 PM
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It doesn’t look like the Steelers will make any cuts until Saturday.

That only prolongs what has to be an agonizing wait for those players that are on the fringe as far as making the Steelers’ 53-man roster.

Not that Eddie Drummond, who is clearly situated on the NFL’s equivalent of a fault line, will spend today fretting about whether he will be among the group that opens the regular season with the Steelers.

“Rookies are probably panicking and going crazy,” the Pittsburgh native said. “But this is my seventh year so I’m kind of laid back. I’m not going to be panicking at all because I know how the game goes and how the system goes.”

Drummond clearly looks he’ll fall victim to a numbers crunch. The Penn State product has to make the team as a return specialist, and the Steelers appear to have a glut at both kickoff and punt returner, especially since Santonio Holmes appears to be in the mix for the latter.

Drummond had a 21-yard punt return in the Steelers’ first preseason game on Aug. 8. Since then he has not done much to distinguish himself. It can be argued that he did not get much of a chance to show what he can do.

Drummond, who averaged 8.4 yards on five punt returns, did not return any kickoffs until Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Panthers.

“I’m kind of confused as far as how many reps I’ve been getting in returns and things the past four games,” Drummond said after the Steelers beat the Panthers, 19-16, on a last-second Jeff Reed field goal. “I wish I would have got more (wide) receiver reps also because I feel like I was doing pretty good in training camp. Overall, I’m kind of like the fans are right now, up in the air about what’s going to happen.”

Drummond may have emerged from the preseason a bit puzzled about how the Steelers used him. But say this for the 5-9, 180-pounder: his confidence certainly hasn’t wavered.

“If things don’t work out here the league needs players like me,” said Drummond, who made the Pro Bowl in 2004 as a return specialist. “But it’s going to work out here. I just have a feeling that they might try to install a place in here for me.” :shock:

08-29-2008, 11:23 PM
Snip, snip...he's a goner

08-29-2008, 11:24 PM
Snip, snip...he's a goner

That's what I was thinking

08-30-2008, 03:26 PM
Better start cleaning out that locker Eddie!