Burress is still pretty solid. He had 8 TD's last year and despite the fans negative perception of him, his past teammates still rave about the guy and even people in the Pittsburgh media have consistently mentioned that he was a good guy based on their interaction with him.
He can't be an every down WR at this point but I really do think he can help this team in the red zone and in general is a great compliment style-wise to our other smaller WR's.
Sucks for Baron Batch to be the odd man out. I get it since he was the low man on a very deep RB stable but I thought he was a good kid and was pretty solid at everything. I'd imagine the Steelers will bring him back at some point if no one else picks him up.
Last edited by Captain Hook: 11-21-2012 at 07:36 AM.
Steelers could make a run even as a wild card if a perfect storm of good health (Ben, Troy, DeCastro, Brown etc.) all get healthy down the stretch but that never seems to happen for them. One key guy comes back and 2 or 3 more go down with big injuries.
Baron Batch is most definitely practice squad eligible, as long as no one claims him.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Vic Black, Tony Sanchez, Phil Irwin, Ramon Cabrera, and Hunter Strickland were added to the 40-man roster so they wouldn't be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. Black, Sanchez, and Irwin are no surprise and Cabrera is the only prospect behind Sanchez within 4 years of Major League ready at his position in the system so it's no surprise that he was added. Strickland was a coin-toss decision as he and Jeff Inman are extremely comparable players.
There are no real big names exposed to the draft by the Pirates, but I wouldn't be surprised if a couple players are taken regardless. Inman turns 25 this week and is hard-throwing reliever, so he's in-line with the type of player who tends to get plucked pretty regularly, though he's no guarantee (rather pedestrian numbers in AA at that and a limited ceiling...the same flaws exist with Strickland but he's a year younger (and has another year less of development - he missed 2011) and I think he has better stuff...regardless, these are both #40 on a 40 man roster-type players so no sweat should be lost). Kyle Kaminska is a surprise just because he was in the Gaby Sanchez deal and took up one of the team's AFL spots...I'm sort of expecting him to be plucked, but I expect him to be returned to the Pirates at some point. He just turned 24 and has some higher level experience...but he struggled mightily at AA and AAA before the trade and is far from being Major League ready and frankly I don't think he has enough upside to pull the 'fake an injury for a year' deal.
Gift Ngoepe didn't have to be protected because of a loophole.
I really hope Strickland makes a huge leap and can carve out a solid career as a reliever in the Majors...and preferably grows a killer mustache or something. Hunter Strickland is the perfect name for a set-up man. For trivia's sake, Strickland was the prospect acquired in the 2009 Adam LaRoche deal.
Last edited by Big McLargehuge: 11-21-2012 at 07:46 PM.