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Steelers mini camp updates: June 13th, Rooney speaks about Mike Wallace

Day 2 of the Steelers 3 day mini camp offered up both a morning and afternoon practice. The final day tomorrow will just be a light workout or “hat practice” as some players call it. They will break after that and not meet again as a team until they report to Latrobe on July 25th for training camp.

While there wasn’t a whole lot of news coming out of today’s workouts, there were a few things to take note of. Steelers President Art Rooney II speaks out on Mike Wallace, Roethlisberger clarifies some previous comments he made about Todd Haley and the new gameplan, and the rookie offensive lineman continue to rotate on the offensive line.

The following is a summary of updates that came out via twitter today, which includes a short video of a recovering Casey Hampton running a short sprint.

@MarkKaboly_Trib: Ben on Wallace: “I know Mike will be here. It is just a matter of when. We keep in contact with Mike, we love Mike.”

@MarkKaboly_Trib: Watch Steelers NT Casey Hampton training during minicamp. IMG_0391.MOV: via @youtube

@MarkKaboly_Trib: Roethlisberger when asked about story in today’s Trib about him: “To hear that from those guys, to me it is an honor. It is a neat thing.”

@DVEMike: Brett Keisel on working against Adams repeatedly Wednesday: “I beat him most of the time but that’s just me. He’s got potential.”

@DVEMike: Keisel on Adams and David DeCastro: “They want them to come in and contribute right away. So far I think they like what they see.”

@Ken_Laird: With James Farrior gone, the #Steelers D has had Lawrence Timmons calling out the defensive plays this week in the huddle pre-snap

@Ken_Laird: Ike Taylor on Timmons: “Either he’s too loud or he’s too soft. Got to find a happy medium so the offense [wont] know what the hell we doing”

@Ken_Laird: More Ike on calling out D plays: “I think Farrior was the best at it b/c regardless what the situation was during the game he kept it calm”

@Ken_Laird: Ike on concern ab needing a new D captain: “Ppl said the same thing when Joey Porter left. Nobody expected Farrior. Expect the unexpected”

@DVEMike: Marcus Gilbert DNP Wednesday morning, said afterward he needed a day off. Also noticed Mike Adams “picked it up. He’s moving a lot faster.”

@steelers: Ben on staying healthy “There’s not a big revelation, I need 2 do ths, do that It’s just don’t take hits but I don’t know how not 2 do that”

@steelers: Ben discussing rookies “They seem lk gd players & it’s, obviously so early 2 tell b/c there’s no pads on & the game change so much w/ pads”

@gerrydulac: Steelers will not rescind or reduce one-year, $2.7 million tender to WR Mike Wallace by Friday, according to team source.

As Gerry Dulac mentioned also today, both David DeCastro and Mike Adams were rotated in with the 1st team offensive line today. Both started out working with the 2nd group yesterday in their first team practice. Now that both are at the team facility they can continue to work with Sean Kugler to learn as much as possible before camp starts and then preseason when the real hitting begins. Everything they can learn over the next month and half will go a long way towards a successful camp. Also the conditioning they’ll get moving forward will help in their quest to stay on the field by staying healthy.

The video of Casey Hampton; he seems to be moving pretty well after his successful surgery to repair a torn ACL. It’s not uncommon for players to begin running around 5 months after their surgery but the true test will come in camp where they’ll be able to make a decision on whether he will start the season on the PUP list or not. Even if he is looking good in camp, Hampton still shouldn’t see any action in preseason. That means more reps for Steve McLendon and rookie 4th rounder Alameda Ta’amu who also was able to report on Monday. Those 2 will battle it out for the starting job but each will see significant playing time regardless of who ultimately wins the job.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Ben also made some clarification of his earlier comments about his apprehension of learning a new offense.

Roethlisberger said today during the Steelers second day of mandatory minicamp on the South Side that the biggest issue he had with bringing in a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive scheme after eight years in the league was that it would force him to start the learning process over at the most inopportune time – heading into the prime of his career.

“That was it early on,” Roethlisberger said. “I felt like I was really starting … I was hopefully going to be coming into the prime of my career and starting all over with an offense.”  

“You know what, it kind of put a little extra on me and the rest of the guys to learn the offense and learn something new,” Roethlisberger said.

The big news, if you want to call it that, was Steelers President Art Rooney II commenting on the ongoing Mike Wallace contract situation / holdout:

“He should be here,” Rooney said today after the team concluded its morning workout.

The Steelers have until Friday to either reduce or pull the one-year, $2.7 million offer they tendered Wallace as a restricted free agent. The team is not expected to do that, though, and will continue to try to sign him to a long-term contract.

However, there has been little, if any, movement in negotiations.

Also as reported by Dulac, according to a source the Steelers will not reduce or pull Wallace’s original tender offer. Nobody actually thought they’d really do it anyway as doing so wouldn’t exactly help long term contract talks.

While Head Coach Mike Tomlin still isn’t openly commenting about Wallace other than to say he’s not worried, you know that he’d rather have Wallace here than continuing this silly holdout. Yes I said silly! I’ve been openly critical of Wallace this whole time. I continue to read forum posts and articles from writers who say it’s no big deal, that Wallace needs this leverage for a new deal. I continue to openly disagree and will continue to do so until he shows up. Rehashing the obvious is old hat, but I stand by the thought process that if Kevin Colbert tells you that he’s going to get you a new deal, then he’ll get you one. Trust the Steelers front office and their history of taking care of their players. Get yourself at the facility and start learning this offense with your teammates. The money will come in time like it always does for the Steelers. Training camp and preseason is a usual time for extensions and new deals to be struck in Pittsburgh.

I digress though, it is what it is. Wallace will show up when he shows up but the Steelers won’t be bullied into paying more than what they can afford or feel that he’s worth.

Gerry Dulac from the Post Gazette’s morning recap is below, enjoy!

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