Steelers CB Ike Taylor Weighs In On New WR Lance Moore

By Josh Svetz

Since getting his own radio show, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has not been afraid to give his honest thoughts over the airwaves.

Taylor continued this Tuesday morning on Trib Live Radio’s “The Ike Taylor Show”, when he was asked to weigh in on new Steeler signee, Lance Moore. Initially, Taylor had positive things to say about the former New Orleans Saints wide receiver.

“Before (New Orleans tight end) Jimmy Graham, the red zone king was Lance Moore for Drew Brees.” Taylor expanded on his thoughts. “He works the middle of the field well out of the slot.”

However, when asked about if Moore could replace the production of Jerricho Cotchery, he was a bit skeptical.

“If you want to talk about (Moore) replacing Jerricho Cotchery, it’s to be seen. He (Cotchery) had 10 touchdowns and gave the defense problems especially towards the end of the season. Cotchery had the stats and he proved himself year in year out over the cold winter, and that’s something Lance will have to do.”

It’s not surprising to see Taylor not jumping for joy over the Moore signing.  While Moore has been a very productive receiver over his NFL career totaling 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns over nine years pro (seven as a starter), there’s no indication that he will be able to stay healthy or be productive for Pittsburgh.

Cotchery was a class act and a warrior on the field that had gained a ton of respect in the Steelers locker room as well as proving his worth on the field. Replacing someone who caught 10 touchdowns last year is hard to do and Taylor’s skepticism is not surprising.

Once camp starts and Moore works with head coach Mike Tomlin, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and receiver’s coach Richard Mann, he can prove that his signing was well worth it.

Till then, skepticism about his ability to stay healthy and be productive will surround Moore. However, with Moore being a guy who has always had a chip on his shoulder, he has plenty of motivational material to prove himself on the field.

Overall, hopefully Moore uses the skepticism to his advantage and out does his expectations on the field, just like Cotchery did.

  • steeltown

    I think the 10TD thing is being overstated, Cotchery had 33rec for 442yds and 2TDs in his first 2seasons in Pittsburgh, I think Moore can eclipse that in his first year with us

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Cotchery started his first year with an injury and was a backup his second season. Moore can eclipse Cotchery’s first 2 seasons if he stays healthy and is a starter.

  • dgh57

    From what I’ve read about Moore on this site he will do just fine in the situations he’s best suited for. I’m going to miss Cotch but at the same time Moore will be replacing a outstanding year put in by Cotch and so there’s nothing saying he would have a repeat year(if he was still with us)like he did last year. Lance Moore played his College ball at Toledo U. and it’s not like the Saints never played in cold weather so cold weather shouldn’t have that much effect on him. As long as he stays on the field I think he’ll be productive.

  • steeltown

    Very true, he was behind a few nice receivers, im just trying to keep it in perspective. Moore will be behind A.Brown and Wheaton initially and we should in all likelihood have an early Rd rookie draft pick as well fighting for playing time, but regardless LM should be able produce some nice good numbers and help the Offense

  • Will Hammer

    Wheaton is the key ,if this kid lives up to expectations Moore will even look better.

  • treeher

    Speed-wise, they’re probably equivalent, but Moore is much quicker and more elusive, so I don’t see any issues with him finding openings in the middle and Ben will enjoy throwing to him.

  • Callentown

    Agreed steeltown. He was the right guy in the right place at the right time. If the TE situation hadn’t been what it was, these stats probably aren’t as stand-outish.

  • Callentown

    What I liked most about Cotch was that he seemed to play Hines Ward football and keep that tough WR persona. The 10 TD’s were great, but that has not been his history.

    Would have preferred to keep him for sure, but it isn’t the same as losing a 10-TD per year guy.

  • cencalsteeler

    Moore will have big shoes to fill replacing a fan favorite in Cotchery. If he doesn’t get 10 tds, I hope fans won’t be calling for his head.

  • Steve

    We have to remember, Wheaton and Heath were hurt last year and this is where Cotch got a lot of production from. Moore will step in on 4 WR sets.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I think the 10TD is what it is and not overstated especially if you compare him to Sanders who may have 10TDs his whole time in the Burgh. His 13yrd avg to me is more impressive.

    What makes the Moore signing great is hopefully the emergence of Wheaton and a healthy Miller. Moore seems to be a better fit with the Haley system. The real test for Moore will be if one of those other guys go down or not producing can he fill the hole like Cotch did.

    I think he can but like Ike said, we will see. My real concern with Moore is his toughness and leadership compared to Cotchery. He produces, Cotch is a memory.

  • I don’t think anyone will be calling for Moore’s head. At least, they shouldn’t be.It’s unlikely that even Cotchery would reproduce his numbers from last year. If Moore can stay healthy, catch a few passes, help on 3rd down and stretch the field, then the signing was a success. My personal belief is Moore is Sanders replacement. Cotchery’s red zone replacement will come through the draft most likely.

  • srdan

    where does 11 fit in?

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree. My point was Cotchery set a pretty high bar this last season. I just fear Steelers fans might expect that from Moore, which would be setting up fans for disappointment. Just giving fair warning….

  • dgh57

    I think Lance Moore will do just fine with the added benefit that he’s a little more than a year younger than Cotchery.

  • steeltown

    I think Moore has the skillset to fit in this Offense, he has quickness and good route running like A.Brown and Wheaton, obviously Moore is older and not as fast at this point in his career but I think he could fill in nicely if someone god forbid goes down

  • Let me clarify. Brown is obviously the #1 that’s established. Let’s say Sanders was re-signed, most likely he would be a #3 and Wheaton would be the #2, at least that’s how I think it would go. What Moore is doing is replacing what Sanders would be if they resigned him. Its tweaked a little bit because, Sanders would probably keep the #3 job and possibly beat out Wheaton for the #2 spot. With Moore signing, barring injury its Wheaton’s job to lose and depending on where the Steelers draft a receiver, Moore should be able to hold on to that #3 spot for the majority of the season. Now if for some reason the Steelers go WR in the first round, Moore will be transitioned to the #4 WR much quicker.

  • As long as the Steelers make the playoffs Steelers fans will be happy, that’s what it all comes down to. If they don’t, that’s when they pay attention to Moore not catching 10 TDS and then they blame him. Nevertheless, its a fair warning to give.

  • charles

    Miller’s injury was a gift for Cotchery, who made the most of it.
    it would be nice if Moyes could turn his height into a force mid to deep across the middle of the field.

  • Callentown

    This would be the year to show it. First to second year has shown high growth for WR’s. We’ll see, but that would sure be a nice surprise.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Hope you’re right cause we need him to produce. The AFC North is some tough physical football. Ben doesn’t drop it perfectly in there like Brees. Gotta work for it and some times pay the price for it. Can Moore block?

    I like his potential in this offense especially at that price if it works out.

  • steeltown

    Im not sure about his overall blocking, that is definitely an area that will have to focused on this offseason. A.Brown has already said after last season that is the biggest area he needs to work on and Wheaton is a willing blocker but also needs some work there too. I remember Coach Mann saying that J.Brown was a decent blocker, but…