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Report: Dennis Dixon getting 1st team reps

Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:54 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Well, here's some news that clearly makes just too much sense to be true: Dennis Dixon is getting some first team reps with the Steelers.

That's according to James Walker of ESPN's AFC North blog , who has a source that claims Dixon is splitting the reps with Byron Leftwich.

For those that don't know, Leftwich is the equivalent of a brontosaurus, while Dixon is like a velociraptor. (Or something. Perhaps you'd prefer Tracy Bloom to Marcus Samuelsson since it's Wednesday?)

Some folks have proposed silly conspiracy theories that the Steelers are worried that if they give Dixon starting reps now, they'll have a quarterback controversy on their hands (and all due respect to Florio, but come on) -- the real problem they currently have is that if Dixon is capable of being an NFL starter, they're not even giving him the chance.

Leftwich is serviceable, sure, and the Steelers really only want to tread water until Ben Roethlisberger returns in either Week 6 or 7, but the logic behind not even giving Dixon a shot to beat out a lumbering veteran like Leftwich is just silly.

Hopefully, they've gotten past that: if Dixon does indeed get run with the first-teamers during the Steelers preseason game and he is indeed better than Leftwich (which wouldn't surprise anyone), it would at least behoove them to consider letting him start now.

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