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Why Has Derek Moye Been Inactive?


Consider me as one of the many who were surprised to see Derek Moye’s name on the Steelers’ lists of “inactives” during each of the last two weeks.

Moye actually led the Steelers in receiving during preseason play, and he even looked like a competent red zone weapon when he snared a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger at Paul Brown Stadium last month. Of course, with Heath Miller returning to the lineup against the Bears and Cortez Allen returning against the Vikings, people had to be demoted from the active roster.

I just assumed that it would be others who would be forced to ride the pine on game days instead of the former Penn State Nittany Lion.

I was certainly befuddled at Pittsburgh’s decision to not utilize their athletic 6’5” wide receiver in the red zone and on special teams instead of others on the roster during the last two weeks. You know, the same offense which has had trouble converting red zone opportunities into “sixes” during the last couple of seasons.

Heath Miller did not look like his old self running that goal line fade last weekend in London, and I barely saw David Paulson and Michael Palmer on the field against the Bears and the Vikings since David Johnson had all but passed them on the depth chart.

Neither Paulson nor Palmer have the ability to impact the Steelers’ offense, particularly in the red zone passing game, as positively as Moye has the potential to at the moment. Plus, how is adding some size to an already “smurfish” receiving corps a negative thing?

Most of all however, I would just like to know the reason why Derek Moye has been on the “inactives” list lately.

I mean, what purpose it is really serving this team and their young wide receiver to have him riding the bench during an already “lost” 0-4 campaign?

Of course, expecting a competent and logical answer is probably not something I could count on with the way Pittsburgh’s coaching staff have handled their team and personnel recently.




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  • bk

    Just missed a chance to get bck a 3rd rd pick, Patriots signed Austin Collie..probably would have given a third for Sanders

    • Dom DiTolla

      I’ll never understand why they didn’t take the 3rd round tender this spring. They won’t even sniff that once Sanders leaves as a UFA this offseason from a “compensatory standpoint” in 2015 (a 5th is more than likely), and that extra third rounder could have acquired an extra offensive lineman, cornerback, or a more polished inside linebacker.

  • Craig

    It’s like when a baseball team is clearly out of the playoff picture. Dump the good players for prospects/picks/etc. and start playing the young guys to get experience and a much more accurate evaluation of their abilities.

    Steelers should do all of that. Trade Ben, trade Troy, trade Heath, release Woodley, release Clark. Rack up the picks. Put all the young guys on the field. Suck it up and be 3-13 on the season. Get one of the top 3 picks. Dump your coaching staff. Start over. It honestly will be more exciting to see how all THAT turns out than watching the dumpster fire that currently is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    • Dom DiTolla

      While I agree with your sentiment, particularly getting rid of Tomlin and LeBeau, trading Ben, Troy, and Heath as well as releasing Woodley will not happen. The offense needs Roethlisberger too much, and the contracts of Heath and Troy will be hard to trade, especially with Polamalu set to be a free agent after the 2014 season.

      As much as I would love to see them release Woodley, they’ll probably have to wait a couple of years so the dead money hit will be less. Then again, I saw how destructive his contract was from a financial standpoint before he even signed it :)