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SS Laser
04-29-2012, 07:27 PM
It looks like the steelers have a ton of WR's.

Marquis Maze sounds interesting on his wiki page. Any info on him? Maybe another Sanders? He sounds like Brown more after reading on draftscout.

hawaiiansteel
04-29-2012, 11:21 PM
Steelers announce a dozen rookie free agents, including Marquis Maze

Posted by Mike Florio on April 29, 2012

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/marquismazeallstatebcsnationalchampionship1nbkuqtw szrl-e1335750416423.jpg?w=231

The Steelers are the latest team to disclose the acquisition of rookie free agents who have signed with the team after the conclusion of the draft.

The 12 new Steelers are: P Drew Butler (Georgia); CB Terry Carter (Louisian Tech); WR Connor Dixon (Duquesne); S Robert Golden (Arizona); DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun (Southern Connecticut State); C/G Ryan Lee (Furman); LB Brandon Lindsey (Pitt); WR Marquis Maze (Alabama); K Grant Ressel (Missouri); LB Adrian Robinson (Temple); OT Desmond Stapleton (Rutgers); and DE Jake Stoller (Yale).

Maze is the most intriguing of the bunch. A receiver and return specialist who was a key member of the Alabama offense and special teams, Maze could provide a significant spark for the Steelers — if he first can make the team.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/29/steelers-announce-a-dozen-rooke-free-agents-including-marquis-maze/

SS Laser
04-30-2012, 12:07 AM
Thanks HS. But I was thinking maybe Deedub or SKL had some insight. Heck anyone's insight from this board.

hawaiiansteel
04-30-2012, 12:42 AM
Thanks HS. But I was thinking maybe Deedub or SKL had some insight. Heck anyone's insight from this board.


I believe if Marquis Maze is going to make this team it will have to be on special teams returning punts and kickoffs. at under 5'8", I think he's too small and will struggle to make it as a receiver.

SS Laser
04-30-2012, 12:56 AM
I think there is going to be some KR/PR competition in camp/preseason.

RuthlessBurgher
04-30-2012, 10:26 AM
I think there is going to be some KR/PR competition in camp/preseason.

Yup...with Brown entrenched as a starting WR now, we'll need some quality return men...should be fun to watch the likes Chris Rainey, Marquis Maze, Derrick Williams, etc. returning kicks and punts in Latrobe (certainly better than the days when we had Mewelde Moore fair catching punts or Gary Russell/Najeh Davenport rumbing/bumbling/stumbling on a kickoff return).

steelblood
04-30-2012, 10:55 AM
Maze is just a guy at the NFL level. He does not have long speed and is very small. He was a reliable chain mover for Alabama and has very good body control and quickness. He will likely struggle against NFL defensive backs. Rainey will likely beat him out as KR/PR.

We do have a wide open competition for the 5th and perhaps 6th spot (if we keep a 6th) WR on this team.

Derrick Williams, Marquis Maze, Toney Clemons, Juamorris Stewart, Jimmy Young and a few others will all have a shot to earn a spot on this team. Special teams coverage or return unit value will be a huge plus.

steelerkeylargo
04-30-2012, 11:46 AM
I loved Maze at Alabama. The guy made plays time after time on the biggest stages. I think he makes the team if they keep 6 WR's.

phillyesq
04-30-2012, 11:58 AM
I think there is going to be some KR/PR competition in camp/preseason.

With Rainey and Maze, Clemons and Batch, there should be some interesting competition for the last few roster spots among the skill position players.

flippy
04-30-2012, 12:28 PM
I'm intrigued, but he shoulda signed somewhere else. He's gonna have a hard time given that the Steelers drafted He Hate Me II.

SS Laser
05-01-2012, 01:12 AM
Thanks guys. And I agree it will be a great camp to read about all the competition.

hawaiiansteel
05-01-2012, 01:16 AM
Thanks guys. And I agree it will be a great camp to read about all the competition.


I'm more excited about watching this year's competition in camp than I have been in a very long time. :tt2

SS Laser
05-01-2012, 01:21 AM
I'm more excited about watching this year's competition in camp than I have been in a very long time. :tt2

Do you go and watch camp live? I need to. I am only a hour or so away. I say every year I am going and never do.

Djfan
05-01-2012, 10:10 AM
With Rainey and Maze, Clemons and Batch, there should be some interesting competition for the last few roster spots among the skill position players.

This is the first time I have heard anyone suggest that Batch is on the bottom of the list of those who make the squad. While no one is saying his spot is guaranteed, he seems light years ahead of those other guys you mentioned. Just my take on it.

steelblood
05-01-2012, 10:47 AM
This is the first time I have heard anyone suggest that Batch is on the bottom of the list of those who make the squad. While no one is saying his spot is guaranteed, he seems light years ahead of those other guys you mentioned. Just my take on it.

Batch has the tough, athleticism and intelligence you covet. Unfortunately, he has had a few devastating injuries in his career. I hope he proves himself durable enough to win a spot.

phillyesq
05-01-2012, 12:03 PM
This is the first time I have heard anyone suggest that Batch is on the bottom of the list of those who make the squad. While no one is saying his spot is guaranteed, he seems light years ahead of those other guys you mentioned. Just my take on it.

That was just my stream of consciousness, not necessarily a ranking of those guys.

I think Batch certainly has better odds than Maze, and perhaps better than Clemons. A lot will depend on whether he lost any quickness as a result of the knee injury.

Djfan
05-01-2012, 01:19 PM
That was just my stream of consciousness, not necessarily a ranking of those guys.

I think Batch certainly has better odds than Maze, and perhaps better than Clemons. A lot will depend on whether he lost any quickness as a result of the knee injury.

Cool by me. I just wondered.

RuthlessBurgher
05-01-2012, 01:34 PM
I'm more excited about watching this year's competition in camp than I have been in a very long time. :tt2

Unfortunately, we have to wait until late summer for that...the minicamps coming up this month won't give us any juicy info about our new toys for the OL and DL, since there is no hitting involved.

Dee Dub
05-01-2012, 07:08 PM
I loved Maze at Alabama. The guy made plays time after time on the biggest stages. I think he makes the team if they keep 6 WR's.

I agree. He's a slot receiver who plays faster than he runs. Quick, sharp cuts. Can be elusive in the open field and he can create after the catch. I like him and he could be a real surprise.

ikestops85
05-02-2012, 09:35 AM
I agree. He's a slot receiver who plays faster than he runs. Quick, sharp cuts. Can be elusive in the open field and he can create after the catch. I like him and he could be a real surprise.

Can you say "Bubble Screen"? :moon