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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Lance Moore settling in with Steelers

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- The New England Patriots apparently thought enough of Lance Moore to at least consider him as Plan B in case they lost 1,000-yard receiver Julian Edelman in free agency.

Moore visited the Patriots shortly after the New Orleans Saints released the veteran wide receiver and they told him they would wait and see what happened with Edelman before moving forward.

Edelman re-signed with the Patriots, leaving Moore wondering about his next stop.

Then the Pittsburgh Steelers entered the picture.

Lance Moore
The Steelers are looking to Lance Moore to replace Jerricho Cotchery as the team's No. 3 receiver.
"I came up here and had a great time. I met all the coaches. It felt like it was right. Coming from a place where things are run the right way, ownership is great and you win a lot of games, obviously won a world championship, you want that feeling again," Moore said. "You want to be able to get somewhere where you have an opportunity to win. I've been in the game 10 years now. I am not here just to try to collect a check. I want to win another championship.

The Steelers signed Moore last month, moving quickly to fill the void left by Jerricho Cotchery's somewhat surprising departure to the Carolina Panthers.

Whether Moore, who won a Super Bowl in New Orleans, has a chance to win a championship in Pittsburgh is up for debate.

The Steelers are coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons and they are trying to re-establish themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender while also re-tooling their defense. The offense showed signs last season that it can cover for a defense that often did the same for its counterpart when the Steelers played in three Super Bowls and won two of them from 2005-10.

One thing that would help the offense build on its strong finish in 2013 is if Moore can do a reasonable Cotchery impersonation as the Steelers' No. 3 wide receiver.

The Steelers aren't going to get 10 touchdown receptions out of Moore as they did with Cotchery last season. But the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder has shown a knack for finding the end zone after making the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

Of Moore's 346 career receptions 38 of them have gone for touchdowns. For comparison sake Antonio Brown has 261 career receptions and 15 touchdown catches.

Moore caught 37 passes for 457 yards and two scores last season but he missed three games because of a broken hand and the injury had a lingering psychological effect on him.

"It was more of a confidence things and a mental thing, getting over a broken bone and that feeling on being able to just be consistent, catching the ball, blocking, getting tackled and stuff like that," Moore said. "It took a little longer than that three-to-four week period but it feels good now and I am ready to go."

Moore has been taking part in the Steelers' offseason program and getting used to catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger instead of Drew Brees.

And this is only part of the adjustment he is making after playing for the Saints for nine seasons.

"Last week I felt like I was the new kid at school," Moore said. "But I looked around and I think the first couple of days, Ben came in a little bit after, Heath Miller was rehabbing and doing what he was doing, and I was the oldest guy on offense that was here. I feel like there are a number of different things that I can do, as far as helping guys on the field, which, I am not going to go out of my way just to correct everybody and try to be another coach. But if somebody asked me, and I've always been the guy to be open and try to not necessarily tutor, but give guys some of my knowledge and some of the things I do on that field.

"That's all I wanted when I was a young player, to have somebody be able to help me out a little bit. If I felt like I could take a few things from each of the older guys' game and put it into my game, then hopefully one day I would be able to make a lot of plays. I've been lucky enough to do that."