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Steelers OTA recap: May 23, 2012 (day two)

Day 2 of the Steelers first full team, mostly at least, mini camp of 2012 is in the books. The following is a synopsis of the happenings on the field during practices and some brief comments from the players as they talked to the media.Several players were still not present but those that are absent are accounted for. The only player still missing due to anything other than an injury or personal matter is Mike Wallace. Per Mike Tomlin’s comments yesterday though, he expects the holdout to be short lived and Wallace will be back with the team soon.

However, knowing Mike Tomlin, you have to be careful how much you read into his statements. A short holdout doesn’t necessarily mean Wallace will be at the next voluntary OTA, which will run from May 29-31. It’s probably a safe assumption however that Wallace will be there for the mandatory team activities from June 12-14. Nothing is guaranteed yet but from what we know atleast he and Tomlin have been talking and there appears to be a mutual understanding.

We’ve recapped the updates from Twitter today from Steelers insiders Ed Bouchette, Ken Laird, Mark Kaboly, and from

@Dejan_Kovacevic: Mendy: Still swelling/soreness in knee, calls best-case scenario “Wk 1″ for return. Expects to play in 2012. #Steelers”

RB Isaac Redman said Haley offense is “kind of emphasizing getting the ball to the running backs a little bit more. We’ll see how it goes.”

Redman on learning the Todd Haley offense: “It’s tough on everybody. We’re just trying to get the hang of it. We’ll see how it goes.”

Ed Bouchette:
— Rashard Mendenhall continues to run as he rehabs from his ACL. He said today that he has no real timetable, just to continue to rehab until he’s ready. He said he feels good and he’s doing more than just running in a straight line.
— DE Brett Keisel and LB Jason Worilds are still not here.
— Rookie NT Alameda Ta’amu also cannot attend these things until classes end at the University of Washington.
— Ike Taylor practiced today after missing yesterday.


@MarkKaboly_Trib: NT Steve McLendon is listed at 280. He told me today he is 325 — plenty big enough to fill in until Hamp is healthy@MarkKaboly_Trib: Cortez Allen is running first team nickel@MarkKaboly_Trib: Isaac Redman: “This offense is supposed to be easier on the o-line”

Some humor between Clark and Tomlin:
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Ryan Clark yelling across field to Tomlin: “If your QBs going to hold on to ball that long, you better draft some more OL in 1st round”  @MarkKaboly_Trib: Tomlin “I’m going to draft a safety next year … a free safety.”

@MarkKaboly_Trib: Worilds continues to have a wrap on his left hand. Keisel excused this week because of a family event per Jim Wexell

@MarkKaboly_Trib: “I am expecting a whole lot out of Keenan Lewis” — Ike Taylor

@ScottBrown_Trib: Mendenhall is not ruling out playing in Sept. 9 season opener at Denver.

Isaac Redman: “This offense is supposed to be easier on the o-line”
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Ike said that he may not be to all OTAs

@ScottBrown_Trib: Jamres Harrison on new NFL rule regarding pads: “You’ve got to wear knee pads too? Wow. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.”

@MarkKaboly_Trib: “I want to be able to be smart like Hoke, I want to be quick like Jay Ratliff and I want to be powerful and strong like Hamp…. You put all that together and I want that to be Steve McLendon.” said Steve McLendon

@steelers: Players have gotten their first look at offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook and so far they have been picking it up with ease.

Per an article from, here are a few additional thoughts:
Both Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown seem very positive about the new offense under Todd Haley:
“It’s going to be a good year,” said Sanders. “I am loving the offense right now. It’s based off of play action. We have a lot more of the offense to put in, but right now we are heading in the right direction.
“He has been making it simple for guys to understand,” said wide receiver Antonio Brown, “It’s been really fun. It was great to get out and start to run some of the plays. It’s going to be great when guys get on the same page and start executing it.”
RB Isaac Redman also feels things are moving in a positive direction so far this offseason: “For me, being in the league a couple of years now, I am picking it up faster than the younger guys,” said Redman. “It’s not too difficult for us. Everybody is out here working together, helping each other out, discussing things so that when the season comes around we should be clicking on all cylinders.”
Baron Batch on learning a new offensive system in just his second year in the NFL: “I think Coach Haley does a really good job of explaining everything and being real hands on, showing what he wants done. When you have a coach like that players pick up on it quicker. He shows you how he wants it and I appreciate that.”
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