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Steelers' Battle learns yet another new offense

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By Mike Wilkening

Steelers WR Arnaz Battle may be playing for just his second team in eight NFL seasons, but he is accustomed to change. Battle, who signed with Pittsburgh in March after seven years in San Francisco and is listed as one of the top backups behind Mike Wallace at wide receiver, has played for eight different offensive coordinators in his pro career. In a recent interview with PFW, Battle said that because he's had to pick up so many offenses "on the run," as he put it, he's "learned how to study offenses and learn the concepts" and "learn them faster," he said. He called Bruce Arians' offense "complex," but one "definitely designed to get the ball in playmakers' hands," he said, citing the fact the Steelers had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers (Hines Ward and the departed Santonio Holmes) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Rashard Mendenhall). The 30-year-old Battle, who notched nine special-teams tackles for San Francisco last season, has received work on Pittsburgh's special-teams coverage teams in training camp and figures to contribute in that area this season.

 

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