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    Holmes to take shot on returns

    By John Harris
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    Wednesday, August 20, 2008
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... rss&feed=9


    Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes hasn't returned a punt in a regular-season game since his rookie campaign in 2006. It's why he's looking forward to having an opportunity to return punts in Saturday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

    "I'm a little bit excited. I'm a little nervous at the same time because I haven't done it in over a year," Holmes said Tuesday. "But I think once the first punt comes back, I'll be alright."

    Coach Mike Tomlin said Holmes is developing so well as a receiver that he felt comfortable allowing Holmes to return punts. Holmes averaged 10.2 yards per return and had a 65-yard touchdown two years ago.

    "It's not about you catching the ball, because I treat every punt like it's a deep ball so I can catch it pretty much with one hand," Holmes said. "I try to put a lot of trust in the guys up front that they can block the guys like they're supposed to and they can leave the rest up to me."

    Linebacker James Farrior said the Steelers will treat their third preseason game more like a regular-season contest.

    "We're getting all the looks that we need in practice. Going into this third game is going to be more like gametime preparation," said Farrior, who expects to see more action against the Vikings. "We're starting to get into our in-season mode when we're starting to look at tape. We're game-planning a little bit. We've got all of our game preparation stuff like it's in-season, simulating a regular game week."

    Coach Mike Tomlin said Justin Hartwig will start his second consecutive game at center. Sean Mahan, who started all 16 games last season, started the preseason opener against Philadelphia. Hartwig was signed as a free agent this offseason. He started last week's game against Buffalo.

    Safety Ryan Mundy (ankle) and linebacker Mike Humpal (stinger) did not practice and probably won't play against Minnesota. Tight end Cody Boyd (shoulder) was limited in practice.
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    "I'm a little bit excited. I'm a little nervous at the same time because I haven't done it in over a year," Holmes said Tuesday. "But I think once the first punt comes back, I'll be alright."
    He may be, but I won't. This is a bad move, IMO. It is the opinion of many that he is our No 1 receiver right now, and those who don't think that still recognize him as our home run threat. No way do you compromise that. Especially since our offense is more than capable of recovering from bad starting field position.

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    Re: Holmes to take shot on returns

    what a stupid idea. he had issues before holding on to the ball on punt returns, now he is exited and a little nervous? great

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    I hate the idea of our best receiver getting nailed returning punts. This is going to prove to be a really bad idea.

    I think Tomlin has pretty much gotten everything right since he has become the coach, but I think he is taking his pledge to "improve the Special teams" a little too much to heart to the point he is trying to make a statement Even if Santonio would guarantee a 2-3 yard better average than Moore, Reid or Drummond in the big scheme of things that would be nothing and definitley not worth losing him as receiver--look at what happened to Joshua Cribbs this past weekend.
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    Re: Holmes to take shot on returns

    Pretty much agree with all of you. Not worth the risk.

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    Re: Holmes to take shot on returns

    Quote Originally Posted by frankthetank1
    what a stupid idea. he had issues before holding on to the ball on punt returns, now he is exited and a little nervous? great
    Right.

    Its not like he was the cat's meow at returning punts to make it worrth the risk.
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    Re: Holmes to take shot on returns

    This aspect of our return game scares me into eggrll-****z.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asiansteel
    This aspect of our return game scares me into eggrll-****z.

    Would that be ****z caused by eggrolls - or ****s that look like eggrolls???



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    Quote Originally Posted by rpmpit
    Quote Originally Posted by asiansteel
    This aspect of our return game scares me into eggrll-****z.

    Would that be ****z caused by eggrolls - or ****s that look like eggrolls???



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    Re: Holmes to take shot on returns

    I like the idea and looking forward to see what he can do. It's football, put your best players out there and play football. Injuries are going to happen and you have to have contingency ready to go regardless.

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