One reporter's thoughts following the Detroit preseason game:

Tommy Maddox looked good at quarterback against the Lions, completing 9-of-13 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

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One reporter's thoughts following the Detroit preseason game:

Tommy Maddox looked good at quarterback against the Lions, completing 9-of-13 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

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One Reporter's Thoughts

<font SIZE="2"> <p><font size="2" face="Arial">One reporter's thoughts following the Detroit preseason game:</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Arial">Tommy Maddox looked good at quarterback against the Lions, completing 9-of-13 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.</font></p>

Kordell Stewart is still the team's starter, and rightfully so after leading the Steelers to a 13-3 record and earning his first Pro Bowl trip last season. But it's nice to know the Steelers have not one, but two viable backups in Maddox and Charlie Batch, if Stewart is injured or falters.

I would expect to see Hines Ward in uniform when the Steelers open the regular season at New England, despite his emergency appendectomy Friday night. Like the Black Knight guarding the roadway, Ward is a warrior. Having his appendix taken out is only a flesh wound.

And now for something completely different. The Steelers offensive line hasn't run-blocked well throughout this preseason.

Rookie Kendall Simmons was awful against Washington and was getting manhandled by Big Daddy Wilkinson, while Oliver Ross was equally bad against Detroit's Luther Ellis Saturday.

At the beginning of training camp, I said that it didn't matter who the Steelers lined up at right guard, their line would still be good. In fact, I said they could line me up there and still get the job done.

I was wrong. At this point, I'd be an upgrade.

While we're still awaiting word about the severity of linebacker Clark Haggans' knee injury, it's going to be a bad one no matter what for the Steelers. At the very least, Haggans is going to miss some of the regular season. And considering he was the Steelers' top special teams player last season, that spells trouble.

Deshea Townsend's shoulder, which he injured a couple of weeks ago in practice, is obviously still bothering him. Maybe it's just because he's wearing a shoulder harness, but Townsend was favoring the shoulder Saturday.

How long will it be before Bill Cowher explodes on veteran kicker Todd Peterson for knocking a kickoff out of bounds? Peterson has done it twice this preseason with nary a glance from Cowher.

Lee Mays could be special as a kickoff return guy. Antwaan Randle El is already special.

Did you see the spin move that Jason Gildon made in the first quarter to sack Mike McMahon? Dong that!

I've written it here before, but it bears repeating. Plaxico Burress is going to have a huge year. If you haven't gotten him in your fantasy league, do so.

--Dale Lolley

 

 


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