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Steelers Derek Moye feels he's a 'complete receiver'

Moye put four pounds onto his lanky frame this offseason and joins Justin Brown in launching his special teams contributions bid in an effort to make this team.

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Standing at 6-foot-5, it would take a lot of weight, or far less, for it to be the most noticeable physical trait Moye has.

He told Post Gazette writer R.J. Schaffer he put on four pounds this offseason, which seems more like the contributory weight a jockey adds to a thoroughbred. Moye's advantage is his height, regardless of his weight, and, writes Schaffer, Moye still sees himself as a "complete receiver."

"Really, I think I'm a pretty complete receiver," Moye said in Saturday's edition. "I'm just going to try and carry it over to the field."

The Steelers' fifth - or even sixth - wide receiver position will be hotly contested come training camp. Moye, along with second-year WR Justin Brown, veteran free agent acquisition Darrius Heyward-Bey and depending on how the team wishes to categorize him, even third-round rookie Dri Archer, will compete for at least one remaining spot. Fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant is more of a project right now and is all but certain of taking a spot behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore. The team typically keeps five receivers, but Archer recently changed his jersey number from 34 to 13, meaning he could occupy a receiver's position, which would give them five in total.

If they keep six, or if Archer is used to account for an extra running back spot on the depth chart, it will be a battle between Moye, Brown and Heyward-Bey.

Brown said earlier this offseason he reached out to Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith for help in finding ways he could contribute in that arena. Moye has done the same thing. It's a smart move for both of them, as there is basically no way a team would keep a player as its sixth receiver - maybe not even its fifth receiver - if he cannot contribute on special teams.

Kick returns or punt coverage or whatever, one advantage Moye has on Brown and Heyward-Bey is Steelers experience. Moye made the team last year over Brown and while he dressed for seven games and had two catches, Brown spent the year on the practice squad. Heyward-Bey was with the Colts, where he went from starter to back-up over the course of the season. Heyward-Bey did accept a special teams role with the Colts last season, and that could boost his trump card - NFL experience - in his bid to make the team as well.