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BlitzburghRockCity
09-12-2006, 12:45 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_470033.html


By John Grupp
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 12, 2006


By most accounts, Nate Washington's final home college football game at tiny Tiffin University drew about 350 fans.
It was Oct. 30, 2004, and Tiffin beat Walsh that day.

So it's understandable the former undrafted free agent felt rewarded when he ran onto the field in front of the third-largest crowd in Heinz Field history before the Steelers' 28-17 season-opening victory against the Miami Dolphins.

"I felt good," he said. "You come out and you work so hard and you know there are people behind you."


In front of a national television audience and a Terrible Towel-waving crowd, Washington may have arrived as a key part of the Steelers' receiving game.

The second-year wide receiver made a leaping catch for a 27-yard touchdown to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead. It was Washington's first NFL regular-season reception and first touchdown.

Washington also made big plays on a pair of third-down conversions -- a 5-yard reception on a third-and-two to midfield and an 8-yard end-around on third-and-six to the Miami 13. The drive ended with Charlie Batch's fumbled snap at the Dolphins' 1, but Washington proved his versatility.

He finished with two receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown, and one carry for 8 yards.

"I'm getting more comfortable," Washington said. "I'm a lot more relaxed when they call my number."

After the game, Washington stood outside his locker with an ice wrap on his right knee, speaking to a group of reporters.

"I had an OK day," he said. "There are a couple of things that I definitely need to get better on during the season if I'm going to be an accountable guy. I did all right for my first regular-season game. But I definitely have a lot more to get better."

On his touchdown pass, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Washington used his 39-inch vertical leap to outjump 6-foot-1 Dolphins free safety Travares Tillman for a highlight-reel catch.

"Nate is a big guy, and I wanted to give him an opportunity," Batch said. "Nate always talks about how much of a vertical leap he has. I put it up there, and Nate made a great play."

Admittedly, Washington made a rookie mistake after the touchdown. He spiked the ball and ran toward his celebrating teammates. Somewhere along the way, the memento -- his first NFL touchdown ball -- was lost in the shuffle.

"I spiked it by accident, and I ran off the field and somebody asked 'Where's your ball?' Washington said. "I thought about it, and I went 'Oh, man.' I was so excited; it didn't even matter to me right then."

I look for big things from this kid. He's got good size and speed and he's shown he's not afraid to go up and get the jump ball in traffic and lay it on the line for the team.

Steelersfan
09-12-2006, 12:56 AM
I really like this guy. I think he will be a very good WR for us down the road. I just hope he remembers who gave him the chance and doesn't ask for crazy money.

BlitzburghRockCity
09-12-2006, 12:59 AM
You mean you hope he doesnt turn into a Plax, right ! ;) That boy still pisses me off to no end everytime I see him.

Koopa
09-12-2006, 01:00 AM
i just hope ppl don't start comparing holmes to troy edwards, because it isn't his fault he got drafted to a team with great depth at the wr spot, holmes made a nice *** catch too, and then would've caught another one if batch didn't pump fake and then throw it behind him lol......holmes, nate, and reid are the future of this team.....ward is getting old so i love this depth

Steelersfan
09-12-2006, 01:00 AM
You mean you hope he doesnt turn into a Plax, right ! ;) That boy still pisses me off to no end everytime I see him.


EXACTLY! Plexiglass is a POS! Well, that's my opinion anyways....lol

Steelersfan
09-12-2006, 01:01 AM
i just hope ppl don't start comparing holmes to troy edwards, because it isn't his fault he got drafted to a team with great depth at the wr spot, holmes made a nice *** catch too, and then would've caught another one if batch didn't pump fake and then throw it behind him lol......holmes, nate, and reid are the future of this team.....ward is getting old so i love this depth

Troy had plenty of chances to show what he had and he never did. Even after he left the Steelers. He never lived up to the pick we gave him.

Koopa
09-12-2006, 01:02 AM
Troy had plenty of chances to show what he had and he never did. Even after he left the Steelers. He never lived up to the pick we gave him.


i know, but i know ppl are gonna jump the gun and unfairly compare holmes to him because he doesn't get the big numbers his first year

Steelersfan
09-12-2006, 01:20 AM
I won't be one of them. I want to see him get better as the year goes on. That shows me he is picking up the offense and should do even better next year.

BlitzburghRockCity
09-12-2006, 01:26 AM
Troy got way to big for his own good. The only good thing I can remember him really doing is that punt return in the playoffs. Other than that he was all talk and underachieving, just like Plax.

Steelersfan
09-12-2006, 01:28 AM
Plax was actually a good player for us. He wasn't as good as he thought he was but he had some great years here. Plexiglass is a good name for him though. For every good game he had he made a stupid play or dropped too many passes.

BlitzburghRockCity
09-12-2006, 01:56 AM
I just think the guy never lived up to his expectations. Everytime we turned around he was griping about not getting the ball, or he was dropping easy passes and sure TD's, getting knocked down by a stiff breeze, letting a small DB tackle him in the open field who had no business bringing down a guy of his size and strength. He made some good plays for us and had some memorable games but overall he never lived up to what we all hoped he'd be for us.

AZ_Steeler
09-12-2006, 12:01 PM
Washington is looking like he could be the replacement for ARE as a receiver. He already matched ARE's TD production from last year in his first game of the season. The Steelers also showed that Washington will be involved in the reverse play because, if my memory servers me well, Washington ran the revers twice against Miami. I want to se how good his arm is now ;)

Plax was good and did a lot for the Steelers but when it comes down to it, he didn't quite fit the profile of a Steeler and didn't deserve to wear the Black N Gold.

cmdrfunk
09-12-2006, 12:14 PM
Plax was actually a good player for us. He wasn't as good as he thought he was but he had some great years here. Plexiglass is a good name for him though. For every good game he had he made a stupid play or dropped too many passes.


Isn't plexiglass really strong?

Steelersfan
09-12-2006, 12:16 PM
Isn't plexiglass really strong?

I wouldn't call him that. How many times did you see him actually go up and take the ball away from a defender? Not many. He made some big plays for us but he never seemed like he wanted the ball when he was challenged for it.

BlitzburghRockCity
09-12-2006, 01:08 PM
The guy is big and strong but he never used that to his full potential in the open field. The only time he did the jump ball thing was in the endzone, ever time they tried it along the sidelines he'd drop the ball or it would be intercepted, or he couldnt get those big clod hopper feet to stay inbounds.

Prosdo
09-12-2006, 08:55 PM
I love what Nate Washington is bringing to the team. I remember him at training camp 2 years ago he did pretty well. Can't wait to see what else he brings to the squad.

*Side note post 400! :thewave: * lol

BlitzburghRockCity
09-12-2006, 09:35 PM
Way to go girl :clap:

House of Steel
09-12-2006, 09:38 PM
Nobody celebrated when I hit over 1,000! Hey Koopa, you B**** where is my points you was going to donate? :hilarious: