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Replacing Mike Wallace’s Productivity

After going just 8-8 last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost key wide receiver Mike Wallace to free agency. He was the Steelers tAntonio Brownop receiving threat and a particularly strong deep threat as well as being the Steeler top ranked in fantasy football in 2012. As the team tries to get back into the playoff hunt, will Ben Roethlisberger have enough reliable targets to throw to?

With Wallace gone, the Steelers now have Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders as their top two options. Jerricho Cotchery will more than likely slot in at the #3 option, with Plaxico Burress and Markus Wheaton likely battling for the #4 spot. While all five of those receivers are talented, no single player is going to be able to replace Wallace’s productivity. Instead, it is going to take a collective effort to boost the passing attack.

At 5’10” and just 186 pounds, Brown does not have the size of most #1 receivers in the NFL. However, Todd Haley’s offense calls for a lot of short passes, and that is one of the strong points for the quick receiver. His numbers were down last season, but with the high-ankle sprain behind him, he could be a solid target.

Sanders seems like the player most likely to breakout as a true Wallace replacement, and Roethlisberger was so found of him that he begged management to match his offer sheet from the Patriots. He is not a big play type of guy just yet, but he does have some impressive quickness to go with reliable hands.

Of course, for the Steelers to really have a solid passing game, they will need to have things balanced out by a decent running game. Last year, they were awful running the ball, but Le’Veon Bell has a chance to help turn around that part of the offense. His running threat can open up things for Roethlisberger when the game is on the line.

Wallace is a tough player to replace, but the Steelers feel as though they have enough depth to make up his production collectively. With a healthy Roethlisberger, the passing game should be just fine in 2013.

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Trib Writer: Plax to Steelers Done Deal?

Mark Kaboly, a Pittsburgh Steelers writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review is following the Plaxico Burress sweepstakes and he thinks that Plax to the Steelers is a done deal.  Take a look at these reports posted from Twitter:

it all comes down to if Steelers can find cap room for him but they do have 5 days to re-work some numbers with existing

My professional opinion is it's done deal. Plax is a steeler. Stranger things have happened. Right Stay tuned

Plaxwatch is over for now but stay tuned. Time to go see what the 88 players that currently make up #steelers are doing on field.Stay tuned

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Other  Pittsburgh Steelers & Plaxico Burress Tweets and News:

Plax had lunch w/ Ben, Lefty, Hines and Farrior.

From Mark Kaboly of the Trib-Review -

"Colbert, Burress currently meeting alone in Colbert's office in 2nd floor of St. Bonaventure.

 

It could be a sweed day

The rookie wide receiver from Texas, Limas Sweed saw his most playing time of his short career in the AFCCG against the Baltimore Ravens.  All I can say is if he continues to drop balls like he did in that game, his career will be short-lived.

In defense of Sweed, I saw a few positive plays:

  • His crushing block on the Raven's DB, Ivy, on a pass to Heath Miller
  • His interception "break-up"
  • His critical 3rd down reception to keep the chains moving in the 2nd half of the AFCCG
  • His speed - He was able to gain a step on several of the Raven's defensive backs
  • His ability to separate - He was open on several occasions during the AFCCG. Was this due to the lack of depth in the Raven's secondary or is Sweed starting to create mismatches?

In analyzing Limas Sweed this past week, a few things are obvious to me.  Number one, Sweed has great upside.  I really think his combination of size, speed, and athleticism is a mismatch to opposing defenses.  And let's face it; we haven't seen this type of size at the wide receiver position since Plaxico Burress played for the Steelers.

However, Limas Sweed, at this point, may have the worst hands of any offensive-skill position currently on the Steelers roster.  He dropped a touchdown pass that could have sealed the victory for the Steelers in the AFCCG.  Note to Limas Sweed, this is the playoffs!  A play like that, in a game of that type of magnitude could have cost the Steelers the game.  You could tell in recent interview with Coach Mike Tomlin that he is NOT happy about Sweeds' lack of concentration.  A lack of concentration could cost the Steelers the Super Bowl regardless of the play: a missed first down, a dropped touchdown pass, a fumble, or a dumb penalty.

Honestly, I don't think Sweed has very bad hands.  I've seen his statistics at Texas.  I've seen his highlight videos at Texas as well.  The guy can flat out play.  His problem is a lack of confidence, a lack of concentration, a lack of focus, or a combination of these.  His physical attributes are NFL talent for sure.  Take for instance, the touchdown drop against the Ravens.   On the replay, his eyes were not even focused on the ball.  He was either looking for the end zone, or looking for a defender.  He must understand, that if he catches the ball, he'll see the end zone sooner rather than later.  If a defender was there (which he wasn't) what difference does it make?  It's the NFL, he has to expect to get hit, whether he catches the ball or drops it, the defender will hit him so he might as well catch the ball.

 This week he will be playing the biggest him in his life.  It's hardly the time for lack of focus and concentration issues.  We need Limas Sweed to pull through this Sunday especially seeing additional playing time due to Hines Ward's knee injury. 

Sweed, if there was any time to step up and make a play, Super Bowl XLIII would be it.

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