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Steelgal
10-12-2012, 04:30 PM
Per tweet from several reporters....

Gerry Dulac‏@gerrydulac Steelers release TE Weslye Saunders after he finished serving four-game NFL suspension. Coaches really like rookie David Paulson.


I do NOT understand this. Why keep Pope, who seems worthless and get rid of Saunders. What exactly is this team thinking????

Steelhere10
10-12-2012, 04:36 PM
Don't worry this team ain't worth two cents anyway.

Steelhere10
10-12-2012, 04:42 PM
Now I'm beggining to not trust this staff. Why even keep him up to now just to release him. I bet NE lock him up.

SDSteel1
10-12-2012, 04:54 PM
They only reason I could see them releasing him is if he tested positive again or got in some sort of trouble that we don't know about. Paulson and Pope aren't bad, but I thought Saunders had some real big play/mismatch potential.

steelz09
10-12-2012, 06:18 PM
HUH? Why cut him now? Why cut him at all?

I thought he could turn out to be a good player for us.

The decisions keep getting better and better by this staff.

RuthlessBurgher
10-12-2012, 06:41 PM
Leonard Pope = Matt Spaeth 2.0

Eddie Spaghetti
10-12-2012, 06:46 PM
hate this move.

I hope this doesn't mean that they hope to worm david johnson back onto the roster next year.

I couldn't handle that very well.

RuthlessBurgher
10-12-2012, 06:53 PM
I would have been satisfied with Miller, Saunders, and Paulson with Pope cut.

I would have been satisfied with Miller, Saunders, and Pope with Paulson moved to the practice squad.

I'm not satisfied with Miller, Pope, and Paulson with Saunders cut.

If Heath gets hurt, who fills his shoes catching passes on 3rd downs and in the red zone? Not Pope. Not Paulson. Saunders is the only one who remotely had that ability.

There has to be something else that was going on behind closed doors that we are unaware of (remember, Saunders was kicked off the South Carolina team once upon a time), because in terms of pure on-the-field potential, this move makes zero sense right now.

RuthlessBurgher
10-12-2012, 06:56 PM
Steelers release Weslye Saunders in strange move
By Charlie Wilmoth on Oct 12, 4:32p

In a strange move, the Steelers have released tight end Weslye Saunders. Saunders had just finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy (it was for using adderall, he said), and he was on a roster exemption. The Steelers needed to clear space for him on the roster, and it was widely expected that they would cut fellow tight end Leonard Pope, who is older than Saunders and who has played very little recently. Saunders' release comes out of nowhere, as Chris Adamski indicates:

Weslye Saunders was asked Mon if he might be the 1 who'd get cut-He & everyone else laughed.The very idea was a joke to him & us 3 reporters

This might not be a season-altering move, but it's a very strange one. Saunders was signed as an undrafted free agent last year, but he appeared to have upside. He would seem to be a much better use of a roster spot than Pope. Saunders has a history of off-field issues -- in addition to the drug violation, he was kicked off the University of South Carolina football team for violating team rules. There may be something going on here that we're not yet aware of.

The Steelers can't place Saunders on the practice squad.

This move would appear to be good news for 2012 seventh-round pick and former Oregon tight end David Paulson, who the Steelers might prefer to Saunders.

http://pittsburgh.sbnation.com/2012/10/12/3494988/weslye-saunders-steelers-released

flippy
10-12-2012, 07:22 PM
strange move here.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
10-12-2012, 07:26 PM
hate this move.

I hope this doesn't mean that they hope to worm david johnson back onto the roster next year.

I couldn't handle that very well.

What he said.

DukieBoy
10-12-2012, 07:44 PM
I hope Saunders doesn't come back to Baronas us. Don't like this move at all. Maybe Pope is an emergency OT for us, but to me he looks more like Manute Bol than an OT.

There must be something else going on with Saunders ... ever read his Tweets? The ones I've seen make no sense to me. Maybe he makes no sense to the Steelers.

phillyesq
10-12-2012, 08:02 PM
I remember Dale Lolley mentioning that the FO and/or the coaching staff was not thrilled with Saunders in the preseason and saying that he was not a lock for a roster spot.

Has to be something that we are not seeing. Based on raw physical talent, he does have potential. My guess is that the issue is somewhere between the ears.

SidSmythe
10-12-2012, 08:16 PM
Freakin' Freakin' Freakin!!!!
This is going to kill my 3TE sets on Madden!!!