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Colbert dumps cold water on #PlaxWatch … for now


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

#PlaxWatch took over St. Vincent College last year around this time when the former Steelers’ wide receiver spent seven hours on campus before ultimately signing with the N.Y. Jets the next day.

#PlaxWatch has resurfaced again this year, but with much less of a reality of him eventually signing with the Steelers.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said today that unless a major injury occurs to one of their top three receivers – Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery – the Steelers aren’t actively seeking to add any significant player to the receiver group whether holdout Mike Wallace reports or not.

Colbert told Ken Laird and Guy Junker on TribLive Radio this afternoon that the Steelers would be more interested in bringing in a player who took part in spring practices with any organization before signing someone who hasn’t played in eight months.

“There are a group of guys who aren’t in training camp, it is harder to bring those guys into the mix if they haven’t been part of your offseason,” Colbert said. “Very rarely do you go to a guy who hasn’t been in a training camp or OTAs or minicamps. You like to get the guys that are active.”

Colbert didn’t totally dismiss possibly being interested in Burress down the road even though Burress hasn’t been “active.”

“Veteran guys can do it easier than the younger guys,” he said.

Colbert said as long as Brown, Cotchery and Sanders remain healthy, it gives to organization more time to evaluate the plethora or young and inexperienced receivers they have in camp.

Toney Clemons, Jimmy Young, David Gilreath, Tyler Beiler, Paul Cox and Juamorris Stewart are all either rookies or first-year players. Derrick Williams is the most veteran of the unknowns being in his third year.

However, Colbert will have his eyes open around the league for any player who he thinks could help out.

“Our scouts will be out watching other teams throughout the preseason and we not only will see what we got, but what other teams got,” Colbert said. “We are going to try to be aware of every position that is out there.”




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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