Mike Wallace: Jim Wexell on-site today tweets the following, “Really will be interesting to see if the coaches can keep Mike Wallace off the field. Wow, what a threat.” I’m not sure we ever heard this kind of praise about Willie Reid so at least Wallace has that going for him. I’m not sure it’s realistic to think that he can challenge for the #3 WR spot but the more receiving options the Steelers have, the better. Let’s also take note that over the past week nobody has said Wallace has bad hands, cant run good routes, is having trouble learning the offense, etc….so far everything about this guy has been positive. I guess his stock can only go down from here?
Tyler Grisham: Is this a case of everyone falling in love with the possession, white guy WR with average speed? Catches everything his way, is tough as nails, has good instincts, but isn’t GREAT at anything? I was wondering that after the first few days until
I read the following update from CBS today at 4pm, “Steelers rookie WR Tyler Grisham continues to impress in training camp. At one point in drills, head coach Mike Tomlin said to him, “if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll be on this team.“ High praise coming from Tomlin. Based on everything we are hearing it sounds like this guy is opening some eyes and his stock is clearly on the rise. The Dallas Baker’s and Martin Nance’s of the world are on notice.
Limas Sweed: Much like this past season, one day he is up and the next day he is down. Figuring out how/when to short-sell this guy is likely to cause ulcers. I have all the faith in the world in him (I have no clue why) but I expected him to come out blazing this preseason. One report today mentioned that he dropped a wide open pass in the endzone during 11-on-11 drills during practice. He needs to shed the label he has right now as a guy with butterfingers.
Shaun McDonald: I posted about him earlier in the week and I mentioned that he strikes me as a Mewelde Moore signing. The Steelers snagged him out of free agency, Steeler Nation didn’t bat an eye, and come December you will be thanking Colbert for picking him up. The Detroit Lions threw the ball a ton over the past few years and he was right in the thick of their Mike Martz pass, pass, pass, pass offense. Not a bad guy to have for the #3, 4, 5 spot on your WR depth chart. Remember, there have been times over the last few seasons where the Steelers didn’t have a quality #4 or #5 WR and often relied on TEs, RBs and even FBs to fill that void in certain passing formations. I think this past year Gary Russell and Carey Davis both lined up at WR a few times. Reports out of camp earlier in the week were praising McDonald’s hands and his ability to get open in the endzone. Much like Trai Essex, this guy came into camp rather quietly but might end up getting a lot more playing time than you once expected.
Martin Nance: He only makes the list this week because his name has been brought up once or twice in a negative light. He is a big receiver and he is a real good friend of Big Ben (played together in college). Beyond that, I don’t think he has a real shot at making the team. It’s not a good sign when the only thing mentioned about you over the past 6 days of camp are “confused” , “struggling”, “bad hands” etc…..Needless to say, his stock is falling. Sell, Sell, Sell.