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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Steelers Add Some Zip For 2006!

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired Rookie free agent running back, Patrick Cobbs from the New England Patriots on Friday September 1st. Who is Patrick Cobbs and what's so great about him? Well, he lead all New England running backs in the pre-season with 188 yards on 38 carries with 3 TDs and a 4.9 yards per carry average. He also caught seven passes for 115 yards, including a 57-yard TD reception. He's only 5-foot 9 or 10 and 210 lbs, but was impressive in college at North Texas. There, he led the nation in rushing in 2003 as a junior (152.7 yards per game), sat out '04 with a knee injury and rushed for over 1,000 yards again last year.

"I didn't even know about him coming out of North Texas," Cowher said. "I never looked at him. Our scouts have. I first saw him that one TV preseason game when New England was playing against Atlanta. He's on the smaller side. He probably won't time fast, but he plays fast. He's got very good balance ... good vision ... excellent hands. He's been impressive. He's a kid who had a very good preseason." This could be a rookie to watch, especially if he gets a chance to play if someone like Duce Staley gets hurt. The Steelers are desparately trying to replace "The Bus", Jerome Bettis, but they still need a consistent power back. Get the rest of the story.
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