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    Re: Starks as back up/3rd TE

    Starks as the third TE to start the season makes a lot of sense, especially if the team keeps four QBs to start the year. The spot for the 4th qb will have to come from somewhere, and the third te, given the injury to Boyd, seems like a likely spot.

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    Re: Starks as back up/3rd TE

    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
    For $7 mil, he should be able to play LT, RT, TE, waterboy, groundskeeper, bus driver, assistant to the equipment manager, etc.
    Shoot...I'd throw him out there on the defensive line too...anything to earn that money!
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    Re: Starks as back up/3rd TE

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq
    Starks as the third TE to start the season makes a lot of sense, especially if the team keeps four QBs to start the year. The spot for the 4th qb will have to come from somewhere, and the third te, given the injury to Boyd, seems like a likely spot.
    Interesting thought...keeping only 2 TE's with Max as the 3rd in order to keep 4 QB's during the early part of the season while Batch's shoulder heals. If Batch and Boyd are expected to be able to play at around roughly the same time, they could keep Batch on the active roster as a 4th QB until he heals fully, and keep Boyd on the practice squad until he heals fully. When the time comes, they could decide whether they should dump Leftwich when Batch is healthy enough to return (or else cut Batch if they realize that Byron is the better option for this season). When the roster gets trimmed to 3 QB's a month or so into the season, then you can move Boyd up from the PS to be the 3rd TE, allowing Max to focus on his backup tackle duties for the rest of the year. I don't think that I would necessarily choose to do things this way, but I suppose it is not out of the realm of possibility.

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    Re: Starks as back up/3rd TE

    Batch can be placed on the PUP list for the first six weeks of the season where he will not take up a roster spot...

    After those six weeks, the Steelers can:

    1) Activate him
    2) Release him
    3) Place him on injured reserve

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    Re: Starks as back up/3rd TE

    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick
    Batch can be placed on the PUP list for the first six weeks of the season where he will not take up a roster spot...

    After those six weeks, the Steelers can:

    1) Activate him
    2) Release him
    3) Place him on injured reserve
    Batch is in the last year of his contract. Putting him PUP is the best move from a team perspective. It makes no sense to have 4 QBs on the roster when 3 are likely not to play on game day. That is a waste.

    As far as Starks, he does offer great positional flexibility and I think before the season is over we will be glad he is on the roster because of either injuries or Colon continulally getting eaten alive by edge pass rushers. Heck I'd like to see Davis off the roster and Max can be our lead blocker, particularly in the red zone. Worked for the Bears and the "Fridge."
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    I just think that, given their various contract situations, the Steelers are better off finding a way to keep 10 offensive linemen on the roster...if that means counting Starks as a 3rd TE, then so be it...the #3 TE isn't a factor on offense at all, unless of some kind of injury...if that's the case, sign one of the TEs in camp to the practice squad...

    Right now, Marvel Smith, Chris Kemoeatu, Trai Essex and Max Starks are in the last year of their respective contracts...Willie Colon will be a RFA...Hartwig is signed only through 2009...

    I really think that the Steelers are better off keeping offensive linemen that they like (Darnell Stapleton, for example) or first year players with potential (Tony Hills) to allow them to develop as players and master the offense rather than try to spend high draft picks or loads of free agency money rebuilding...

    But, that's just me...

    I would keep:

    Smith
    Kemoeatu
    Hartwig
    Simmons
    Colon
    Essex (backup OT)
    Hills (inactive on game day)
    Mahan (backup OG/C - can't be cut at this point without some salary cap inconvenience)
    Stapleton (possibly inactive on game day)
    Starks (listed as 3rd TE)

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    Somebody earlier suggested putting Batch on the PUP list. But is he eligible? I though that players who practiced at any time during camp or the preseason were not eligibile for the PUP list, but I might be wrong on that.

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    On second thought, I think you're right...

    Batch may not be eligible for the PUP list because he started training camp on the active roster and was injured during a preseason game...

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