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BlitzburghRockCity
05-14-2007, 01:59 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_507518.html


By The Tribune-Review
Monday, May 14, 2007

The recent signing of Kevan Barlow does not mean Verron Haynes is out of the picture at running back. Haynes is still rehabilitating the knee he seriously injured last October at the Steelers' South Side practice facility. The Steelers released the reliable third-down back in March for salary-cap reasons. They haven't changed their position that they want to re-sign Haynes if he is healthy enough for training camp. Coach Mike Tomlin said he hasn't talked with Haynes but said he's heard positive things about how the fifth-year veteran is working to get back to full strength.

"From what I understand, he's been doing a good job of it," Tomlin said.

I think if Barlow stays healthy that would keep Verron on the out but if Barlow struggles or gets hurt again then Haynes could have the door opened more for a return.

BlacknGold Bleeder
05-14-2007, 02:09 AM
Haynes has the advantage only be cause he has played for STEELERS more recently. Najeh and Barlow competing also will make for an interesting camp!!

BlitzburghNation
05-14-2007, 02:53 AM
Well barlow never stay's healthy,so i bet Haynes will be back IMO
Not really a barlow fan anyway's,but if he wears the B&G I'll be one then :popcorn:

Hburg
05-14-2007, 02:54 AM
Never been impressed by Haynes. I've rooted for him to do well, but he has never really produced. I love his attitude if he truly is so positive and working so hard, but I am waiting to see if it will all actually come to fruition.

BuFu

Ambridge
05-14-2007, 03:16 PM
I think if Barlow stays healthy that would keep Verron on the out but if Barlow struggles or gets hurt again then Haynes could have the door opened more for a return.

I think the door should be slammed shut on Haynes, Barlow and Davenport.

TEEMONT
05-14-2007, 03:21 PM
I think the door should be slammed shut on Haynes, Barlow and Davenport.

Great idea....lets have no back-ups....none of these guys are worthy of bein' "the man" but they are all quality back-ups.

PsychoWard
05-14-2007, 03:25 PM
Great idea....lets have no back-ups....none of these guys are worthy of bein' "the man" but they are all quality back-ups.

yeah i defintley agree with you they all might not be capable of getting the stating job but they all are solid back ups!

Black@Gold Forever32
05-14-2007, 03:27 PM
Yea Barlow has had problems staying healthy in the past but so has Haynes.lol As for Haynes he has suffered season ending injuries 3 times in the last five years.lol

steelcurtaingal
05-14-2007, 03:41 PM
Yea Barlow has had problems staying healthy in the past but so has Haynes.lol As for Haynes he has suffered season ending injuries 3 times in the last five years.lol

:bluelol: thats funny, but its also really true.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-14-2007, 03:51 PM
Haynes would still be valuable at this point if he gets healthy because he can play FB too.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-14-2007, 04:05 PM
Haynes would still be valuable at this point if he gets healthy because he can play FB too.

I agree he has value Top, especically in his blitz pickup. He is very good at picking up blitzes which is over looked all the time in a RBs skills. But he can't stay healthy.

SteelersWoman
05-14-2007, 06:25 PM
I think of Haynes a lot like I think of Cedric Wilson. They both make like a couple big plays a season, but are kinda "non-noteworthy" all the rest of the time. I don't feel secure with them on the field like I do with say Hines or Troy...

K Train
05-14-2007, 06:49 PM
Get haynes out of here, we dont need him, hes a bum.

Najeh is a very solid backup and barlow could be, i still think hes a bitch but i will wait and see

K Train
05-14-2007, 06:50 PM
I think of Haynes a lot like I think of Cedric Wilson. They both make like a couple big plays a season, but are kinda "non-noteworthy" all the rest of the time. I don't feel secure with them on the field like I do with say Hines or Troy...

i feel the same way, only i really HATE wilson and hes breaking our bank much more than haynes would be

Stlrs4Life
05-14-2007, 08:25 PM
Never been impressed by Haynes. I've rooted for him to do well, but he has never really produced. I love his attitude if he truly is so positive and working so hard, but I am waiting to see if it will all actually come to fruition.

BuFu


Same here, I never really thought he worked out like I thought he would.

DIESELMAN
05-14-2007, 09:26 PM
This could very well be the last time we see Haynes. If and when he makes the roster, his injury record makes him more of a liability then an asset. We can't just keep players on who keep getting injured, no matter how much we hope they will finally turn it around. Barlow and Najeh need to step it up even if they are backups, they need to prove they belong in the NFL.

Ambridge
05-15-2007, 10:20 AM
Great idea....lets have no back-ups....none of these guys are worthy of bein' "the man" but they are all quality back-ups.

Quality back-ups???:lol:

Verron Haynes-Mostly injured and is known for putting the ball on the ground.

Kevin Barlow-A head case/locker room problem who hasn't played a down for
the Steelers and is a long shot to even make the team.

Najeh Davenport-*See Verron Haynes.

ARKIESTEEL
05-15-2007, 11:33 AM
If we are to return to our winning ways we need a "closer" like the Bus was in 2005. I am not sure if any of these guys can do it, but if the game is well in hand we dont need Parker out there getting killed. I still think that Khun could be more of a grinder( dont think I spelled his name right) than any of the folks we got

BlackGold4vr
05-15-2007, 11:53 AM
If we are to return to our winning ways we need a "closer" like the Bus was in 2005. I am not sure if any of these guys can do it, but if the game is well in hand we dont need Parker out there getting killed. I still think that Khun could be more of a grinder( dont think I spelled his name right) than any of the folks we got

Problem with putting the ball in a fullbacks hands to play a ball control game and eat up the clock is that these guys can't consistently move the chains like Jerome could do.

Ever see that stat that they used to put up about Cowhers record going into the fourth quarter with a lead. Most of that success can be attributed to the Jerome "factor". He could grind out those tough yards and consistently move the chains in the fourth quarters. That is the part of our teams game that has changed......we don't have a back who can take over in the fourth to eat up the clock IMO. Putting the ball into Davenport or Barlow's hands for a "3 and out" isn't exactly what I would call "closing a game out"! We will have to wait and see what the Steeler's do in those situations this year. A lot of that power running between the tackles also depends on how the O-line is run blocking.

ARKIESTEEL
05-15-2007, 01:12 PM
I guess what I was getting at is "smaller" backs dont seem to grind as well:2cents:

BlitzburghRockCity
05-16-2007, 07:28 AM
They don't if your talking about the traditional "grind it out" at the end of the game with 3-5 yds each time and move the chains to keep the clock running..but RB's like Willie, LT, and the like can run the clock out they just do it by getting a few more yards at a pop ;)

ARKIESTEEL
05-16-2007, 07:37 AM
They don't if your talking about the traditional "grind it out" at the end of the game with 3-5 yds each time and move the chains to keep the clock running..but RB's like Willie, LT, and the like can run the clock out they just do it by getting a few more yards at a pop ;)



I was thinking your in the 4th you have a good lead the other teams D looks tired and broke down............thats when Parker needs to be on the sidelines doing interveiws and drinking gatorade not out there on the field waiting for some pissed off NT to break his leg. We need a big durable back in the game at that point

Blitzburghpete
05-16-2007, 09:36 AM
WOW this nut shell about our running backs still going on since Jerome retired!!!

for the record, i really liked Haynes. I find it hard for people in this thread to say this guy never produced when all he ever got was scraps as he was behind in the depth charts to the BUS and Parker. It's not exactly shabby to be second to those two is it? Also lets face it The Bus and Parker are not COMPLETE backs, ie, grind it out, home run, pass catching, or pass blocking guys are they?

Haynes has however been pretty decent at ALL of the above requirements yet people are still slagging him off? He's quality and, maybe he won't make the team this year, personally i hope he does.

Leading me on to Najeh. Again people are saying he hasn't cut it and doesn't belong and needs to proove. What games have you been watching. Correct me if i'm wrong but Davenport helped us IMMENSLY in our 3rd down back sit.
He was souly responsible for the extra protection Ben got as Parker couldn't cut it yet are you going to get down on Willie now cos of that? Plus he certainly knew how to run over people like the bus.. or did you guys not see the game v the Browns last year?

my point is the running back has many requirements
Willie covers a lot but not all of them,
Davenport covers the rest and in my opion has a heck of a lot to offer if given the extra responsibilty of more running time.

However as a TEAM unit as "running backs", if we have Parker, Davenport, Barlow and Haynes as our rb's this year we have men for every occasion, every situation and talent and experience to back it up.... get ready for some great football as as a unit.... THIS LOT HAS THE LOT!!!!

GO Steelers !!!!!!
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ARKIESTEEL
05-16-2007, 09:41 AM
I dont think we can afford to keep all four of those guys plus Kreider. That would be five just for RB and FB out of a 53 man team. Parker needs help I am not sure who it will be I hope this Barlow guy is as great as Barry Sanders I am just not holding my breath

Blitzburghpete
05-16-2007, 09:50 AM
sorry i meant to put if we have Parker, Davenport then (Barlow or Haynes)

House of Steel
05-16-2007, 11:50 AM
Pete got a great point. Najeh has come through on many occassions, last season. He really came through on special team and on some occassions has produce first downs for us. Najeh, when healthy, could be a force to be reckon with. I am still wishing for Khun to make this team.