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Potential the key for Steelers' Saunders

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Posted Sept. 10, 2011 @ 8:03 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

When Matt Spaeth departed in free agency, a spot opened on the Steelers' TE depth chart. And when rosters were pared to their 53-member limit, undrafted rookie Weslye Saunders had made the club as the third player on the depth chart behind top option Heath Miller and stout blocker David Johnson. Saunders' draft stock fell after he was suspended and later dismissed from South Carolina's team after lying in connection with an investigation of allegedly receiving improper benefits. Concerns about Saunders "eliminated (him) from many draft boards," PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki noted in PFW's 2011 Draft Preview, with a lack of maturity and discipline among the knocks against him. However, Saunders won a job with the Steelers, owing to the play and potential he showed during the summer. "He has tremendous upside," head coach Mike Tomlin said, later adding, "By no means is he a finished product."

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