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fordfixer
05-08-2009, 11:56 PM
Time to Make Your Money: Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Battles
by Josh Sanchez

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1705 ... les/page/2 (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/170513-time-to-make-your-money-pittsburgh-steelers-training-camp-battles/page/2)

This is an exciting time for a lot of fans. The NFL Draft is over, the free agency period has slowed down, and now it's time to start early evaluations on your teams roster. In training camp, it is do or die time. This is where careers are made or careers are ruined.

For the rookies entering camp, make sure you study that playbook endlessly and do everything in your power to get noticed. For the unproven veterans, make sure you don't get outshined by a rookie, and for the starters...just don't do anything ridiculous and you'll have your job.

Every team has intriguing battles during camp and the Steelers have a few exciting ones as well.

Starting Right Guard: Darnell Stapleton vs Kraig Urbik

Darnell Stapleton was the starter this previous season, but with issues consistently surrounding the Steelers offensive line he shouldn't feel too comfortable. Urbik is a highly touted rookie who could very well end up winning this job.

Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside. His size and the ability to be a mauler in the running game fits the mentality of the Steelers organization perfectly.

Fans are already on Urbik's side in this battle and as long as he continues to show the work ethic and intelligence that he had while he was a Badger, he should get the edge entering the season.

3rd Wide Receiver: Limas Sweed vs Mike Wallace vs Shaun McDonald

Limas Sweed was the Steelers second round pick last season and he really failed to impress. Coming out of Texas he was hampered by wrist injuries and it seemed like he never got the hang of the Pittsburgh offense.

His rookie year was littered with penalities and dropped passes, reminiscent of a young Plaxico Burress. There is some hope that Sweed can turn things around, but he has some stiff competition.

Mike Wallace was the one of the fastest wide receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran a sub- 4.3 40 yard dash. He struggles when it comes to blocking, but having a guy like Hines Ward as a mentor would work wonders for any wide receivers game.

The one aspect Wallace really contributes is in the return game, so if he doesn't win the third wide receiver position, I fully expect him to be the return man this season.

One of the newest editions to the Steelers family is Shaun McDonald. McDonald has the most experience out of this bunch. As the third wide receiver for Detroit in 2007, McDonald led the team in receptions(79) and yards(947).

McDonald was hampered by injuries last season and that along with financial issues ultimately led to his release.

This will be one of the most intriguing battles and the one I am most excited to see. When all is said and done it will likely be Limas Sweed who has the edge due to his previous experience in the offense.

2nd/3rd Cornerback: Deshea Townsend vs William Gay vs Keenan Lewis

Losing cornerback Bryant McFadden may have been one of the biggest losses for Pittsburgh this season. It leaves the team with a big question mark at the postion

Deshea Townsend has been a familiar face to fans, but he was benched last season in favor of McFadden. It is very possible that Townsend, who will be 34 early into the season, is seeing his last run as a Steeler.

He doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys.

William Gay has been a favorite of the coaching staff since he first made the roster. Gay is incredible in zone coverage and really has that ball-hawking mentality. He may have the best nose for the ball in the secondary outside of Troy Polomalu. He isn't the tallest of guys (5'8) but he has the swift hips and awareness that it takes to be successful.

Lewis is a rookie who was drafted in the third round. Lewis has very good size for a corner (6'1, 208) and he has the physicality to contribute in run defense. He doesn't have the best speed, but has he intelligence and collegiate experience to make up for it.

I expect William Gay to win a starting spot and Deshea Townsend should be the third corner.Although keep an eye out for Lewis, I think he could make a real significant impact.

Backup Quarterback: Charlie Batch vs Dennis Dixon

Charlie Batch missed last season with a broken collarbone while Dennis Dixon spent the year holding a clipboard as a rookie. With Byron Leftwich leaving for Tampa Bay, this job is completely up in the air.

Charlie Batch has long been a favorite of the Steelers fans and when he comes into the game there is no real need for concern, but will he be able to return to his fully healthy form?

Dennis Dixon is an extremely talented young guy who was a Heisman front runner and would have been a first day pick if not for a torn ACL in his final games as an Oregon Duck.

Backup quarterback is one of the most important positions on a football team, and this decision will not be made lightly. Due to the importance, I see Charlie Batch getting the nod due to his huge experience advantage over Dixon.

After this year Batch could call it a career and you could see Dennis Dixon as the new backup QB in Pittsburgh.

RuthlessBurgher
05-11-2009, 01:35 PM
These bleacher report writers suck. Do a little bit of research, will ya?

William Gay is 5'10", not 5'8".

Where does he get off saying that Deshea "doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys." That's just insulting. While not a starter anymore, he was a valuable contributor to the #1 defense in the NFL last season. I don't recall him being burned out there. Ask Tony Romo what he thinks about Townsend's declining abilities.

He also says, "Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside." Sure, he was a tackle when he arrived at Wisconsin, starting at tackle as a freshman, but they moved him inside back in 2006.

(No offense intended for you, FF, by the way. Keep posting away all of the Steeler nuggets you find out there on the interwebs. I don't want this to disintegrate like that NKy-Birt thread because someone insulted an author).

fordfixer
05-12-2009, 12:10 AM
These bleacher report writers suck. Do a little bit of research, will ya?

William Gay is 5'10", not 5'8".

Where does he get off saying that Deshea "doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys." That's just insulting. While not a starter anymore, he was a valuable contributor to the #1 defense in the NFL last season. I don't recall him being burned out there. Ask Tony Romo what he thinks about Townsend's declining abilities.

He also says, "Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside." Sure, he was a tackle when he arrived at Wisconsin, starting at tackle as a freshman, but they moved him inside back in 2006.

(No offense intended for you, FF, by the way. Keep posting away all of the Steeler nuggets you find out there on the interwebs. I don't want this to disintegrate like that NKy-Birt thread because someone insulted an author).
:Blah :Blah :lol: No worries Bro :tt1

ramblinjim
05-12-2009, 09:11 AM
Good stuff FF, thanks for posting. This time of year is rough and it would be even worse without you guys finding little things like this for me to kill off my day with. :Beer

buckeyehoppy
05-17-2009, 04:26 PM
These bleacher report writers suck. Do a little bit of research, will ya?

William Gay is 5'10", not 5'8".

Where does he get off saying that Deshea "doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys." That's just insulting. While not a starter anymore, he was a valuable contributor to the #1 defense in the NFL last season. I don't recall him being burned out there. Ask Tony Romo what he thinks about Townsend's declining abilities.

He also says, "Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside." Sure, he was a tackle when he arrived at Wisconsin, starting at tackle as a freshman, but they moved him inside back in 2006.

(No offense intended for you, FF, by the way. Keep posting away all of the Steeler nuggets you find out there on the interwebs. I don't want this to disintegrate like that NKy-Birt thread because someone insulted an author).

If Deshea is such a stiff, how come it took injuries for BMac to crack the starting lineup?

Believe me, I worry more about the relative merits of which daytime game show is better than the loss of BMac...let's just say that his loss hasn't lost me any sleep.

RuthlessBurgher
05-17-2009, 05:02 PM
I think the loss of McFadden this year will be like losing Chris Hope after SBXL. They are both talented and would have been nice to keep, but I don't think our defense is going to collapse without them by any means.

stlrz d
05-17-2009, 09:45 PM
These bleacher report writers suck. Do a little bit of research, will ya?

William Gay is 5'10", not 5'8".

Where does he get off saying that Deshea "doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys." That's just insulting. While not a starter anymore, he was a valuable contributor to the #1 defense in the NFL last season. I don't recall him being burned out there. Ask Tony Romo what he thinks about Townsend's declining abilities.

He also says, "Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside." Sure, he was a tackle when he arrived at Wisconsin, starting at tackle as a freshman, but they moved him inside back in 2006.

(No offense intended for you, FF, by the way. Keep posting away all of the Steeler nuggets you find out there on the interwebs. I don't want this to disintegrate like that NKy-Birt thread because someone insulted an author).

About the author: http://bleacherreport.com/users/111142-Josh-Sanchez

I don't bother with bleacherreport.com because anyone can join and blog there. Anyone.

RuthlessBurgher
05-18-2009, 10:07 AM
These bleacher report writers suck. Do a little bit of research, will ya?

William Gay is 5'10", not 5'8".

Where does he get off saying that Deshea "doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys." That's just insulting. While not a starter anymore, he was a valuable contributor to the #1 defense in the NFL last season. I don't recall him being burned out there. Ask Tony Romo what he thinks about Townsend's declining abilities.

He also says, "Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside." Sure, he was a tackle when he arrived at Wisconsin, starting at tackle as a freshman, but they moved him inside back in 2006.

(No offense intended for you, FF, by the way. Keep posting away all of the Steeler nuggets you find out there on the interwebs. I don't want this to disintegrate like that NKy-Birt thread because someone insulted an author).

About the author: http://bleacherreport.com/users/111142-Josh-Sanchez

I don't bother with bleacherreport.com because anyone can join and blog there. Anyone.

My two favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers?!?! :wft

Seriously...

http://stuff.pyzam.com/funnypics/animals/wtf-monkey.jpg

stlrz d
05-18-2009, 10:10 AM
These bleacher report writers suck. Do a little bit of research, will ya?

William Gay is 5'10", not 5'8".

Where does he get off saying that Deshea "doesn't appear to have much left and when he does see the field, he usually gets a good view of the back of opposing receivers jerseys." That's just insulting. While not a starter anymore, he was a valuable contributor to the #1 defense in the NFL last season. I don't recall him being burned out there. Ask Tony Romo what he thinks about Townsend's declining abilities.

He also says, "Urbik was a tackle at Wisconsin, but he struggles in space so will get bumped inside." Sure, he was a tackle when he arrived at Wisconsin, starting at tackle as a freshman, but they moved him inside back in 2006.

(No offense intended for you, FF, by the way. Keep posting away all of the Steeler nuggets you find out there on the interwebs. I don't want this to disintegrate like that NKy-Birt thread because someone insulted an author).

About the author: http://bleacherreport.com/users/111142-Josh-Sanchez

I don't bother with bleacherreport.com because anyone can join and blog there. Anyone.

My two favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers?!?! :wft

Seriously...

http://stuff.pyzam.com/funnypics/animals/wtf-monkey.jpg

I didn't even see that. Wow!

Like I said, I don't bother with bleacherreport. I clicked on the link just to get the link to the writer's profile so peeps could see for themselves. I knew it would be some schmuck so I didn't bother reading about him.