The Steelers have a full-blown competition taking place to see who can fill the voids left by exited wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Two of the top combatants are Lance Moore and second-year wideout Markus Wheaton. Scott Brown of ESPN.com wrote Monday that while Wheaton had a good offseason, Moore "stood out as much as any player" during the team's practices.
Brown continued: "The former Saints wide receiver proved to be a quick study while learning a new offense, and he could put up big numbers if opposing teams pay too much attention to Pro Bowler Antonio Brown . Moore reminds me of (Jerricho) Cotchery in the sense that he is a pro's pro."
Too bad "being a pro's pro" isn't a fantasy category. While the Cotchery comparison is good for the team, it won't excite fantasy owners.
The Steelers will run more no-huddle plays this season, something that Moore should be accustomed to after many seasons spent playing with the Saints, so it's no wonder why he's been a quick study. But Moore looked like a shell of his former last season and will turn 31 years old on the last day of August. Perhaps eight years of bumps and bruises are catching up with him.
Wheaton is battling rookie Martavis Bryant and Justin Brown for a starting job on the outside. The Steelers really don't know what they have yet in those three youngsters, but I think the winner of that competition, especially if it's Wheaton or Bryant, is more worthy of a late-round pick than the pedestrian veteran.