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steelblood
10-14-2012, 04:31 AM
Saunders released. It is on Steelers.com

Very disappointed with this move. I wish we would have kept him instead of Pope who is below average at blocking and receiving (ask any Chiefs fan is you don't think we have enough evidence). This guy had second round athleticism, and it seemed like he'd be a good citizen since he arrive (even given his checkered past and suspension for ADD meds not cleared with the league).

SteelCrazy
10-16-2012, 07:53 PM
https://twitter.com/Wes_Saunders88?tw_i=258344487791775744&tw_e=screenname&tw_p=tweetembed

Signed with the Colts

DukieBoy
10-16-2012, 08:02 PM
Doubt the Colts would have signed Pope if we released him.

Eddie Spaghetti
10-16-2012, 08:09 PM
not a great landing spot.

didn't they just draft 2 TEs?

Mister Pittsburgh
10-16-2012, 08:12 PM
not a great landing spot.

didn't they just draft 2 TEs?

Arians knows him. Must of liked something.

Eddie Spaghetti
10-16-2012, 08:22 PM
that's all well and good.

but he will still be buried behind the 1st two TEs taken in last years draft.

phillyesq
10-17-2012, 09:26 AM
I wonder if he will have a longer tenure with the Colts than Trai Essex.

ikestops85
10-18-2012, 11:43 AM
I think Tony Hills is on the Colts this year. Between Whiz and BA the players we get rid of seem to have places to go.

feltdizz
10-18-2012, 01:00 PM
I liked Saunders too but the young we put in after DJ went down is pretty good... and the white guy #81, didn't screw up so I'm not feeling too bad about this move.

RuthlessBurgher
10-18-2012, 01:16 PM
I liked Saunders too but the young we put in after DJ went down is pretty good... and the white guy #81, didn't screw up so I'm not feeling too bad about this move.

Yeah, Will Johnson and David Paulson have been fine thus far in their first year with the Steelers...but we didn't need to cut either of them in order to keep Saunders. Leonard Pope hasn't shown really anything, and he doesn't possess the future potential that Saunders does either. I think everyone wanted Pope to go (he's had his shot with multiple teams already and never really panned out) and Weslye to stay around.

hawaiiansteel
10-18-2012, 01:54 PM
I think Tony Hills is on the Colts this year. Between Whiz and BA the players we get rid of seem to have places to go.

we now have a Pittsburgh West AND a Pittsburgh Midwest...:tt2 :tt1

Oviedo
10-18-2012, 02:03 PM
https://twitter.com/Wes_Saunders88?tw_i=258344487791775744&tw_e=screenname&tw_p=tweetembed

Signed with the Colts


I think this will work out for the Colts better than us. Saunders was the type of big body TE who could run and catch that we need to really pressure teams. Paulson just doesn't have the size and Pope is seriously lacking.

steelblood
10-19-2012, 07:26 AM
I think this will work out for the Colts better than us. Saunders was the type of big body TE who could run and catch that we need to really pressure teams. Paulson just doesn't have the size and Pope is seriously lacking.

Exactly. Saunders had great size, good athleticism, and strength for the passing game/breaking tackles. He was also coming along as a blocker. Pope is awful. Even if he knew the offense better, he can't execute it consistently. Especially with Paulson earning playing time, we could afford to let Pope go.

phillyesq
10-19-2012, 11:37 AM
The issue with Suanders is not his physical potential - the issue is between the ears. Back to training camp I was seeing reports that the coaching staff simply did not trust him.

For his sake, I hope he puts it together, but I don't see this as a big loss.