July 27, 2005

Heath Miller: -is this guy going to be a starter as a rookie? Will the Steelers be able to use this kid to make up for Plexiglass?

posted by jlbelt to football at 01:34 PM - 11 comments

All he has to do to "make up for" Plex is to suit up and shut up. But I don't think he was picked as a wide receiver replacement. More likely he will be used as a safe target for Big Ben. Teams are going to blitz him and force him to throw quickly. Having Heath there will make it hard for teams to blitz constantly though. If Deuce and Jerome are healthy, that will make it even easier to throw, short or long. And from what I have seen and read, Heath is a good blocker too. Damn. Now I'm jonesin' for NFL to start :)

posted by scully at 01:45 PM on July 27, 2005

He looks good at TE but they didn't draft him to be Plex2. They signed cedrick wilson from the niners who can stretch the field. But can he hold on to the ball? Can Ben make the jump? The pats showed how to stop him.

posted by catfish at 02:26 PM on July 27, 2005

catfish: The second time, yes. The first game the Steelers won 34-20. The Pats won the second match up after the Steelers had finished a 15-game win streak. ;)

posted by scully at 03:10 PM on July 27, 2005

Burress caught passes because of his height advantage. Randall El will just flat out get open because of his speed. Miller is there to give Ben even another option, especially on quick passes. Does anyone remember a Steelers tight-end named Green and what he did to opposing defenses?

posted by rdust at 03:17 PM on July 27, 2005

Yep. Eric Green was the last TE the Steelers used for catching passes. Or at least it seems that way.

posted by scully at 03:22 PM on July 27, 2005

Pittsburgh has not had a tight end with at least 20 catches since 1995. Still, I think the last thing any non-Steelers fan wants is for Ben to have another outlet.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:46 PM on July 27, 2005

Steelers have a tough schedule, but if they stay healthy, they will win their division, which is no cake walk this year, and the toughness of shedule will make them better in the playoffs. Pittsburgh didn't have to buy their team to be a dynasty in the 70's, and though that has worked for New England, which now have Vrabel & Brown, (original Steelers), a great team is still about chemistry and loyalty. And that means the players, coaches and the front office. Pittsburgh is still the greatest dynasty in the NFL.

posted by rdust at 06:42 PM on July 27, 2005

The Steelers have more than their fair share of receivers. The signing of Heath Miller is very good. They had to have someone to fill the spot since the retirement of their tight end from last year. They can fill in Plex's spot with El, Wilson, and their draft pick from Georgia. The Steelers don't lack having people for Ben to throw to.

posted by dbt302 at 07:34 PM on July 27, 2005

2 years ago the Steelers were heavy favorites going into the season, and they had a total meltdown. They have all the weapons necessary, so can they survive being one of the targets this year?

posted by rdust at 09:23 PM on July 27, 2005

They had all the weapons necessary except a quartback. Maddox is no quarterback.

posted by dbt302 at 09:51 PM on July 27, 2005

As a Virginia football fan, if all these guys that got drafted out of there were sooo good, why did the UVA football team suck so bad?? I think alot of these guys are overrated. As far as the Steelers, they lost two starting linemen, Staley will never stay healthy an entire season, Ward is threatening to hold out, and Roethlisberger has a head the size of a watermelon. I predict a big slide for the Steel Curtain this year. "Pittsburgh didn't have to buy their team to be a dynasty in the 70's" They bought it off a drug store shelf and injected it.

posted by LostInDaJungle at 04:13 PM on July 29, 2005

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