Moye Stands Tall despite a Rough Summer, Former Psu Receiver Clings to Chance to Crack Steelers Roster

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Moye Stands Tall despite a Rough Summer, Former Psu Receiver Clings to Chance to Crack Steelers Roster


Fittipaldo, Ray, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Steelers No. 1 receiver Antonio Brown stands 5 feet, 10 inches, and fellow starter Emmanuel Sanders measures 5-11. Jerricho Cotchery and Markus Wheaton, the likely third and fourth receivers, are 6-1 and 5-11.

Height is not a prerequisite for catching footballs in the NFL, but it's not a secret franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has long desired a big target in the passing game. The Steelers only have one player remaining in training camp now that fits that mold after veteran receiver Plaxico Burress sustained a torn rotator cuff that required surgery.

Derek Moye, a former standout at Rochester High School and Penn State, is 6-5 and towers over his competition for the fifth and likely final receiver spot on the roster.

"You don't want to see another guy go down," said Moye, a 2012 Penn State graduate who spent part of 2012 on the Steelers practice squad. "Being in my position. I just have to make the most of my opportunities. With him going down, it definitely doesn't hurt me. But, at the same time, I can't worry about what's going on. I just have to play my game."

Moye is competing against a slew of other young players for a roster spot, including fellow Penn State player and sixth-round pick Justin Brown, rookies J.D. Woods, Reggie Dunn and Kashif Moore, and second-year player David Gilreath, who also spent time on the practice squad and 53-man roster in 2012.

"I hated to see Plax get hurt because he was a big fellow who could go up and make plays, especially in the red zone," new receivers coach Richard Mann said.

"He's not there anymore, so we have to find ways to get these other guys involved. There are a lot of ways to skin a cat, so we have to find another way."

It has been a challenging summer for Moye. His father, Jerry, passed away July 3. Jerry Moye was a standout football player at Beaver Falls High School and was 53.

"It's tough, but, at the same time, playing football helps you get away from things and get your mind off it," Derek said. …

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