Notebook: A look at Quincy Morgan

PITTSBURGH – Boiled down to six words, the scouting report on new Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Quincy Morgan is: "Can get down the field and catch."

Morgan was signed by the Steelers yesterday to a one-year contract. To make room on the roster, the Steelers released four-year wide receiver Lee Mays.

Morgan (6-1, 215) was released recently by the Dallas Cowboys. Previously, he'd spent three-plus seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him in the second round out of Kansas State in 2001.

Morgan caught 30, 56 and 38 passes in those three seasons, and had long receptions of 78, 78 and 71 yards. His best game against the Steelers was Nov. 3, 2002 when he caught four passes for 98 yards (long of 63) in a 23-20 Steelers win at Cleveland Stadium.

Morgan was traded to the Cowboys on Oct. 19 last year for Antonio Bryant. He made 12 starts last season and caught 31 passes for 404 yards and 3 touchdowns with a long of 53 yards.

In his career, Morgan has 155 catches and 15 touchdowns at a clip of 14.9 yards per catch. He has 11 catches of 40 or more yards in his career. Prior to Morgan's arrival, the only Steelers with 40-yard catches were Hines Ward (10) and Mays (1).

Morgan became expendable to the Cowboys after Patrick Crayton won the No. 3 receiver position at training camp behind Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn. As a No. 4 receiver, Morgan was a liability because he couldn't help on special teams, so the Cowboys cut him when they signed Peerless Price.

Morgan has returned 11 kickoffs, but, according to Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, can't play any other aspect of special teams. The Steelers can afford such a luxury because of Chidi Iwuoma and Sean Morey -- two players they kept to cover kicks exclusively.

Mays caught 11 passes for 154 yards in his three seasons with the Steelers. Because of a hamstring injury, Mays had been ruled out of Sunday's game earlier Tuesday by coach Bill Cowher.


Norm Chow coordinated the offenses of three national championship teams (BYU 1984, USC 2003-04) and turned out three Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks (Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinhart) in 32 years of college football. But on Sunday, Chow will make his NFL debut Sunday as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.

What should the Steelers expect?

"He's a great offensive coordinator," said safety Troy Polamalu. "Nothing else really comes to mind."


Polamalu practiced daily against Chow and his offense when the two were at USC in 2001 and 2002. Any help at all, Troy?

"I tried that this morning and to no avail," defensive backs coach Darren Perry said late last week.

"I'm almost three years removed from that," said Polamalu, before relenting and providing a brief glimpse:

"I wouldn't anticipate him coming in and doing what we like to do: run, run, run, run, run," Polamalu said. "But I think he's going to use a West Coast-slash-run-and-shoot-type offense. That's what I would expect."


Cowher ruled running back Jerome Bettis (calf) out of Sunday's game and called running back Duce Staley (knee) and linebacker Joey Porter (knee) questionable. Iwuoma (shoulder) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (knee) are probable.

Cowher explained the degree of difference between Staley and Porter:

"Joey is certainly further along than Duce is. He took part in a full practice and we'll evaluate him further as the week goes. He is definitely higher than Duce is at this point with them both being listed as questionable. Joey has a much better chance of playing than Duce. We'll assess Duce as the week goes on."

Even if Staley plays, Cowher said Willie Parker will make his first start at halfback. Cowher also said James Harrison will see extensive playing time at linebacker even if Porter starts.

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