|Coming back to the Burgh.|
Joey Porter's Pit Bulls have no plex with Plex. He can only help a depleted receiving corps that desperately misses team MVP Antonio Brown and steady Jericho Cotchery.
How much Burress will contribute on the field remains to be seen. With 550 career catches, Plex brings a "pedigree, if you will," as head coach Mike Tomlin would say. If not baggage. If nothng else, Plex is "entertainment-capable," as Tomlin might say.
Curiously enough, for a guy who is 6'5", Plex has never been much for out-leaping people. He's also never been a speed burner, the type who will flat-out sprint past defenders, a la Mike Wallace.
At this point of his career, Plex is primarily a possession receiver, much like Cotchery, only with more flair and, possibly, more big-play capability. He is a welcome addition.
A Word About Antonio Brown
Let's reiterate the obvious: The Steelers desperately miss Antonio Brown. He was their team MVP last year. Unlike somebody with the initials MW, Brown catches pretty much everything and blocks willingly. Nobody on the roster separates off the line of scrimmage like Brown, although Emmanuel Sanders is pretty good, too: a nifty, slippery and polished receiver (ideal for the slot, much like Antwaan Randle-El used to be).
Still, Brown gets separation from defenders like no other receiver on the Steelers' roster. He is sorely missed.
|Byron Leftwich should have been out of Sunday's game, early.|
Most notably Jericho Cotchery, who sustained broken ribs when he got blasted by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard as the ball arrived. Heath Miller also took a heavy hit late in the fourth quarter.
Such collisons happen all the time in football, of course, but we're still cranky about Sunday's loss. Our feeling is that Leftwich shouldn't have even been in the game at that point. He was doing nobody any favors, least of all his receivers. The coaches should have pulled him. It's still a mystery why they didn't.