Found November 11, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Steelers were expected to add a fourth wide receiver for their match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs to replace the injured Antonio Brown. Brown has already been ruled out of the game with an ankle injury which leaves the Steelers with only three healthy receivers on the roster. When the final roster was announced the Steelers decided to only keep four receivers because none of their other receivers had earned a spot or separated themselves from the group. Now with Brown out for what could be multiple weeks with an ankle injury the Steelers will be very short at wide receiver. Todd Haley doesn’t use sets with more than three receivers very often, but that does mean that they won’t have anyone to spell players if they need a breather. Mike Wallace, Jerrico Cotchery, and Emmanuel Sanders will be the three receivers on the field against the Chiefs tomorrow night. To keep more continuity with the group they will keep Wallace as the top receiver with Sanders in his normal slot role which means Cotchery will be replacing Brown in three wide receiver sets. Sanders will be playing along side Wallace in two wide receiver sets, but the plan is to keep him in his normal spot in multiple receiver sets. Cotchery may be one of the most clutch receivers in the league and there shouldn’t be much of a drop-off with him replacing Brown. Ben Roethlisberger is having one of the best seasons of his career and against a poor Chiefs team the offense should be fine without Brown. Brown’s injury could, however, change what Todd Haley does with his play calling. With only three healthy receivers he may avoid keeping them all on the field at the same time. Lucky for the Steelers they have three capable tight ends in Heath Miller, Leonard Pope, and rookie David Paulson. They also have rookie running back Chris Rainey who has been spread out wide in passing situations and Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer who can both catch passes out of the backfield. Pittsburgh will likely avoid sets with more than two wide receivers, but if they have to start throwing the ball they may not have a choice. However, hopefully against the 1-7 Chiefs they won’t need the passing game to keep them in the game or to get them back into the game, but you never know. A bad Chiefs team knocked off the Steelers in 2009 so it can happen. Another reason the Steelers may not be worried about adding another receiver is because they have had three straight very good performances out of the running game. The Chiefs rank at the bottom of the league in stopping the run so Redman and Dwyer could have a field day especially in the second half of the game if the Steelers are able to build an early lead. Even though there are reasons for the Steelers not to add a receiver in the first place there may be a more important reason they didn’t want to add anyone. The original thought was the Steelers would add David Gilreath from the practice squad as a fourth receiver, but that means someone would have to be cut. The Steelers had a few options for who to cut. Charlie Batch, Adrian Robinson, Alameda Ta’amu, and DeMarcus Van **** all could have been released and re-signed after the game, but all of them would have been available for other teams to pick up. Charlie Batch is a veteran and would have to go through the waivers process. A team needing a veteran back-up or wanting someone to mentor a young quarterback (such as the Colts with Andrew Luck) could put in a claim and that would mean Batch wouldn’t be around for the Steelers to bring back. Ta’amu, Robinson, and Van **** are all young and have lots of potential and a team like the Chiefs or Jaguars who have only one win on the season may take a shot on adding a good young player. The only way to ensure not losing anyone off the roster is to keep the roster intact. That means no extra receiver for Monday night, but it also means that if another receiver goes down injured the Steelers may be playing Chris Rainey and David Paulson at wide receiver. Although that isn’t a great scenario the team obviously was more worried about losing a player which is in a way a positive because it means they see potential in their young guys. The post Steelers Choose Not to Add Extra Wide Receiver for Monday Night appeared first on SteelBlitz.

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