Keystone State Teams Tango Minus Key Wideouts - By Kirk Holliday
Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial
| With the Keystone State's two NFL representatives facing off on Monday night I thought I would just list some key things I took note of, and enjoyed, from the Steelers preseason opener.
When Hines Ward ended his two-week holdout shortly before the game and showed class in his press conference. He made it clear he was intent on ending his career in the Burgh, and most likely mended any possible wounds he may have created with the fans. Hopefully the Rooneys will now be able to ensure Hines can do just that.
Was it just me, or did Donovan Mcnabb look like he divided Terrell Owens #81, by 3 (the number of personalities, or possibly brain cells Owens has) and came up with the #27 (Willie William's Uniform #) and that was why he confused the two early in the game.
Did anyone else notice that before Ricardo Colclough returned a punt 66 yards to put the Steelers up by two scores prior to the offense even touching the field, the Eagles fielded a punter with the name Dirk Johnson for the prior punt. The first punt was called back due to penalty, and Mark Mariscal ended up being the culprit of the horrendous punt that Colclough returned. I'm guessing that one of three things happened. 1)Johnson suffered an injury on the first punt 2)ESPN erroneously announced Johnson as the punter on the field for the original punt 3) Johnson had to return to his second gig as a Hollywood porn-star.
James Harrison is an animal, and deserves a starting linebacker spot. This could come at Clark Haggans expense.
Georgia looks like it knows how to groom Wideouts, with the Eagle's Reggie Brown, along with the Steelers' Fred Gibson. Also, we can't forget Mr. Hines Ward of course.
Ike Taylor looked impressive in all aspects, especially considering this is only his second full season at the Cornerback position, having lined up in the running back spot in college until his senior year.
I was thoroughly amused by hearing ESPN's Mike Patrick say the words, "bling bling" referring to Hine's Ward's earrings. Maybe he learned that phrase on his word-of-day calender that came free with the FUBU sweatshirt he purchased last week.
Wide Receiver, Nate Washington, looked outstanding. Washington actually hails from Tiffin college, a college that my alma mater, St. Vincent, faced off against in the American Mideast Conference of the NAIA Division II. With the likes of Washington , Zamir Cobb, and Fred Gibson battling for spots, I think it's pretty much etched in stone that Lee Mays will see his days donning the black and gold come to and end this year. Also, don't be surprised if the Steelers keep 6 Wideouts this year.
Charlie Batch and Brian St. Pierre played well enough to possible afford the Steelers the opportunity to give the Chicago Bears a ring about the future services of Tommy Maddox. If the Steelers can get a third round draft pick for Maddox, I believe they shouldn't even bat an eyelash before pulling the trigger on that deal.
Running back Noah Herron, out of Northwestern, looked impressive. Even with Staley out to an injury the depth at running back could force a guy like Herron onto the roster of another team, if he can't clear waivers to occupy a spot on the practice squad.
It's pretty evident that the Steelers' 2005 Draft could end up being one of the best in franchise history if each newcomer realizes the potential they have shown in camp and in the preseason opener.