QB Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
HT: 6-2, WT: 216, Born: 12-5-1974, College: Eastern Michigan, Drafted: Round 2
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Latest NewsNFL | Charlie Batch not retiring (Sun May 19, 03:47 PM) - Free-agent QB Charlie Batch (Steelers) said he is not ruling out playing for a team this season. Our View: Batch may not get a spot on a roster for training camp, but will be on team's speed dial in case of emergency. He can provide a team with solid veteran depth and be a spot starter if injuries strike at the top of the depth chart.
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2012 Game Summaries
Week 12 - Offensive coordinator Todd Haley called the early part of the game like he was terrified that Batch would ruin the game for him. Batch appeared to be “guiding” the ball, causing it to sail over the head of Heath Miller (a very tall target) on a couple occasions in the first half. Batch attempted a deep throw to Mike Wallace in the third quarter, but the ball underthrown. It hit a Cleveland safety in the back of the helmet as he ran to catch up to Wallace. Batch’s second half was miserable, as he underthrew Wallace again on a deep ball, leading to another interception. Seemingly every time he threw the ball further than 15 yards, the ball came out wobbly and without zip. While he can’t be faulted for the four fumbles his running backs contributed, he led a lifeless offense that appeared to be playing with one hand behind its back. His performance may cause Pittsburgh to rush Ben Roethlisberger back, which may not be an advisable move.
Week 13 - Batch played very well in the first half, but just as they were trying to make a statement on the final drive before the half, he drastically overthrew Mike Wallace in the endzone when the Ravens blew a coverage. The veteran responded well however, as he came out from the second half with three consecutive completions, including a huge pass to Heath Miller over the middle, to move them into the redzone. Batch then blocked downfield to allow Jonathan Dwyer into the endzone for the tying score. He won't get the statistical credit, but without him leading the way, Dwyer wouldn't have made the endzone. After leading another drive down the field in the fourth quarter with his team trailing, Batch tried to manipulate Ed Reed with a pump fake, but Reed never bought it and was in perfect position to make the interception. A James Harrison forced fumble got the ball back quickly for the Steelers, and Batch showed no fear by hitting Emmanuel Sanders over the middle before getting the ball to Heath Miller at the pylon for a touchdown. Miller made an outstanding play, but Batch still had to put the ball into a relatively tight window. Batch wasn't playing like Ben Roethlisberger or Peyton Manning, but his decision making and composure all day long allowed him to move the ball down the field against the Ravens' defense. On the game winning drive, he was helped with a roughing the passer penalty, but he also made some impressive throws and showed no fear on what was likely the final drive of his career in the NFL.