I will first start this piece off by saying that I am by no means a Steelers fan (I am a Patriots fan who is disgruntled due to the Gronkowski injury, otherwise I'm content). Pittsburgh made a safe move signing Burress to add depth to their wideout unit. The signing of Hoyer was smart as well. Both Hoyer and Burress offer security coming off the bench.
With a nagging ankle injury, wideout Antonio Brown (a former Central Michigan Player) is questionable. Veteran Jerricho Cotchery suffered a rib injury in the Baltimore game. The Steelers needed an answer and turned to Burress. Burress was a former Steeler who will pair up well with Mike Wallace and Emanuel Sanders. Burress had a productive career in Pittsburgh snagging 261 passes for 4,100 yards and 22 touchdowns...in five seasons. He was explosive as a member of the Giants, helping them win Super Bowl XLII. He put up steady numbers as a member of the Jets in 2011 (45 receptions, 612 yards, 8 touchdowns).
Plaxico caught 65 passes in his first season at MSU, setting a single season Big Ten record. Using his height (6ft 5in) and athletic ability, he became a special teams force as a kick blocker. Burress earned numerous accolade and set various records at MSU. He was named second team all-American by Sportspage.com in 1999. Following his 65 reception season, Burress set a new record with 66 catches for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns. At the time he set a school record for receiving yards in a game with 255 against Michigan. Burress' storied career and size earned him a high draft spot. He was selected 8th overall in the 2000 draft by the Steelers.
On the other end of the spectrum is Hoyer. Hoyer was a product of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Hoyer was a standout baseball and football player. He earned the title of USA Today Prep Player of the week. Hoyer redshirted his freshman year at MSU. He appeared in five games during the 2005 season. He appeared in eight games in 2006 (Stats: 82 for 144 863 yards 4 TD's 3 INT's). Hoyer earned honorable all-Big Ten mentions for the 2007 season. That year he completed 223 passes on 376 attempts for 2,725 yards, 20 Touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Hoyer earned an invitation to the combine, but was not drafted. He immediately signed with the Patriots. During his time in New England Hoyer has backed up Tom Brady and learned valuable lessons from the future hall of famer.
For now Plaxico fills the role of the fourth option (1. Wallace 2. Sanders 3.Miller 4.Burress) in Pittsburgh.Burress is a big target who has the length to make some clutch catches. He is still an endzone threat... just look at least season with the Jets. Sanchez is a below-average passers and still managed to connect with Plaxico for eight touchdowns. For a fairly cheap acquisition, Burress will be beneficial to Pittsburgh passing game.
Hoyer will also play a role in Pittsburgh. He has gained experience and knowledge from the teams he has played for. Being a Big Ten starter and former Bill Belichick player is only beneficial to Hoyer. He is young and coachable. Charlie Batch is aging and the Steelers need someone to back up Big Ben in the future. Overall the former Spartans will only benefit Pittsburgh in the long run.