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He was suspended the first 4 games of the season for performance enhancing drugs.

Not that he is a big factor but I know the Steelers were high on him and if I recall ESPN said he could be a steal of the undrafted players (sans Hynoski of course).
 

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The NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders for the first four games of next season for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.



According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Saunders will be able to practice and play in the postseason, with his suspension beginning Sept. 1.

Saunders caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown and played in all 17 games in his rookie season.

Before his senior season at South Carolina, Saunders was dismissed for violating team rules and accepting improper benefits.

He signed with the Steelers after being ruled ineligible for the 2011 NFL Draft. Prior to violating NCAA rules, Saunders had been viewed as a likely first or second-round pick.
This is what happens when you take problem children in. It's why the Steelers usually don't. As far as I'm concerned, cut him. Move Johnson to his natural position of tight end for now, and look for a new back up. They can't be that hard to find. That frees up a spot in the backfield where our new fullback will go. The Steelers are good enough, we don't need to cheat to win.
 

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He wasn't drafted because he was dirty in college, and he is dirty now. This is NOT the Steeler way.
 

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I agree, he was a gamble pick up but he does have some skills. He is a big boy but now we know why!
 

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See ya!


Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
 

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I think it was a good idea to sign him. They didn't have anything to lose.
 

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This is NOT the Steeler way.
We won our 1st 4 super bowl trophy's as america roid team, take your blinders off,webster, kolb,Steve Corson and the rest of the O line was juiced out of there minds.As a life long steeler fan iam not ashamed to at least admitt it.
 

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Though true, every other team was doing the exact same thing. Not one of those guys ever failed a pee test during the Super Bowl years.
 

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No, they didn't. Steroids weren't banned in the NFL until 1982. The problem was league wide. As such, the Cowboys, Rams, Vikings, and (especially) the Raiders had juiced players as well. For that reason, it is unfair to say that the Steelers had any unfair advantage because their players were using. Steroids had nothing to do with Lambert always having his first step perfect. They had nothing to do with Ham playing absolute perfect technique. Lambert was 6'4 and played at about 200 pounds by the time the season ended. Yes, the Steelers have had more players die early than some other squads. That also has something to do with the fact that the Steelers players during that era (1972-1984) played 22 extra games, the equivalent of over a season and a half, compounded by the fact that those 22 games were playoff games, which are much more physical and intense than regular season games. Its like saying steroids are the only reason Barry Bonds hit all the home runs. They helped, but it had much more to do with amazing hand eye coordination, a nice swing, and an insane dedication to working out. To be honest, the pitchers were also hitting the juice, so it balanced out. Actually, the pitchers juicing may have helped a little, since some mediocre talent on the mound were able to throw 98 mph, but didn't have the control to keep the ball away from his power area.
 

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Weslye Saunders is a project worth taking. He's got the size, athleticism, and hands that could make him a game changing TE. He may not be a fast receiver, but at 6-5 270 not many teams would have an easy time matching up with him. Plus, he's got the size and feet to block the DE's/LB's, and doesn't mind hitting them. He just needs to get his head on straight.

Gotta go get my HGH shot, later.
 
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