Cobb catching eyes

<b>LATROBE –</b> Most people in Western Pennsylvania can tell you Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald was one of the two receivers named first-team All-Big East last season. <br><br> But they probably can't tell you who the other receiver was.

Steelers rookie Zamir Cobb is out to change that.

It was Cobb who was on last season's all-Big East team, though you wouldn't have known it on draft weekend, as the 5-11, 182-pounder went undrafted.

"Really, the Steelers were my only option," said Cobb, who caught 74 passes for 866 yards and five touchdowns at Temple last season. "I had a couple of other teams call me late, but the Steelers called me right away and this was a good fit for me."

The Steelers couldn't be happier with the addition. Cobb has consistently caught everything thrown to him throughout the offseason program and training camp.

And in Saturday's 27-21 preseason loss at Detroit, he had two catches for a team-high 37 yards, including a leaping 29-yard grab over the middle from Brian St. Pierre on fourth-and-28 in the fourth quarter.

It was just another great play by Cobb, who has made them look routine in training camp.

"He has had a very good camp," said Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. "He is very quick in the slot, he has excellent hands and he has a very impressive camp."

So why was he sitting by his phone during the draft, waiting for a call that never came?

"I don't have a clue," Cobb said. "If you can figure that out, let me know."

But his draft-day snub has sent him on a mission.

"I expected to have to come in here and prove a lot, being that I wasn't drafted and wasn't considered to be a player of high talent," Cobb said. "My expectations were that I was going to have to come in here and prove myself every day and continue to prove myself. That's how I've approached it."

It's an approach that's worked, and could give the Steelers some difficult decisions to make on cut-down day. Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress and Antwaan Randle El are set as the top three receivers, with veterans Chris Doering, Lee Mays, Freddie Milons and now Cobb in the mix for the final two or three spots.

Cobb's just happy he's caught Cowher's eye.

"If he's saying good things about me, I'm pleased," Cobb said. "I'm just trying to grow as a football player and fit into the plans here. Hopefully, I can make that happen."

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