Saturday, February 25, 2006

Antwaan Randle El

Rumor has it that the Steelers have offered WR Antwaan Randle El a new contract, but that he wants to test the market in free agency and hopes to be paid like a #1 receiver. If any team is willing to pay Randle El #1-type money they are making a huge mistake. He lacks the size, hands, and consistency to be a team's first option in the passing game. (How many times have Steelers fans watched a ball go through Randle El's hands and into the arms of a nearby defensive back?) I'd sooner sign Plaxico Burress to be my #1 receiver. Incidentally, Burress played surprisingly well in his first season with the New York Giants, even getting yards after the catch on occasion. But as Steelers fans know, Burress often looks unstoppable when the team's offense is hitting on all cylinders. But unlike Hines Ward, he isn't the type of receiver who can lift an offense out of the doldrums when things are going poorly. When the offense is struggling he completely disappears, as the Giants found out the hard way during their playoff game, when Burress failed to catch a single pass in a shutout loss.


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