It’s finally here, Steelers training camp 2012 at St. Vincent College in Latrobe! It’s a great time to be a Steeler fan as we can put the offseason behind us and look forward to all the great action over the next few weeks that will unfold daily. Be sure and stick with SteelerAddicts here on the blog, the forums, our Twitter and Facebook for continues updates and daily recaps of the days activities with the team.
Today was reporting day as all players had to be at the college by 4pm EST. We’ve put together a list for you updates that have come out throughout the day from Steelers insiders and media personnel as the players spoke before and just after checking into their dorms and getting ready for the evenings activities and meetings.
We’ll keep this thread updated as the evening progresses.
@EdBouchette: #steelers promote Omar Khan. Now Dir of Football & Business Admin. Football added to
@AlbyOx: From AlbyOx twitter
The fields await. Training camp has begun @ St. Vincent. It’s the @steelers 80th season & my 25th as a Pgh sportscaster http://p.twimg.com/AyqbHAuCQAAH_-i.jpg
@EdBouchette: #steelers also promote scout Dan Rooney Jr to Player Pers Coordinator. Listed No. 2 behind Colbert in that department
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Very slow so far at St Vincent. Cam Heyward through.
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Settled in at picturesque St. Vincent College for Reporting Day at #Steelers camp. No sign of Mike Wallace yet…
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Players trickling in. New intern coaches seen wandering about. Things sure to pick up soon.
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Pouncey and Gilbert arrive but Zoom past media on golf cart to a different entrance to Rooney Hall.
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Steve mcLendon zips by on cart. Maybe there is media ban by players this year.
@EdBouchette: Sounds as tho Wallace wont report today. #steelers
@MarkKaboly_Trib: The legend @albyox..http://p.twimg.com/AyqmnQdCYAEKm4o.jpg
@dlolleyor: Max Starks said he will open camp on PUP until his knee tests out. #Steelers
@DVEMike: Max Starks makes his return to St. Vincent http://p.twimg.com/AyqqeD2CEAEWbPc.jpg
@EdBouchette: Emmanuel Sanders will take Wallace’s spot at ‘X’ while he holds out. #steelers
From Steelers.com on Roethlisberger being ready to go at camp:
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking forward to getting on the field for the first practice of camp and putting Todd Haley’s offense to the real test.“It’s exciting to get back into it,” said Roethlisberger as he checked into camp. “OTAs are not really getting back into it. We need to put pads on, see how some people can perform in pads and get rolling. We will have pads on, tackling, and that is why I am excited.”One player Roethlisberger is hoping to have on the field with him soon is wide receiver Mike Wallace, who has yet to sign his tender offer.“We would love to have Mike here,” said Roethlisberger. “The problem is I am not his agent, I am not the general manager or owner of this team so I don’t know what’s going on. I guess we just have to prepare every day for practice like Mike is injured. That is how we have to approach it. We hope he gets here because he brings so much joy and excitement to the locker room and field.”
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Take two with the legend @albyox http://p.twimg.com/AyqrhLgCEAAUj-z.jpg
@DVEMike: Brett Keisel arrives and unloads his luggage. “You like the ride?” http://p.twimg.com/Ayqr6SRCQAEtAfJ.jpg
@DVEMike: Keisel has Da Beard almost in mid-season form http://p.twimg.com/AyqvnJBCYAAp14p.jpg
@dlolleyor: Emmanuel Sanders said he doesn’t expect Wallace to miss more than four or five days. #Steelers
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Among the players seen on campus already: Sanders, Keisel, Heyward, Essex, Legursky, Foster, Starks, Leftwich #Steelers
@BuzzsawPGH: Emmanuel Sanders: “I hear things…a couple rumors, that things are starting to get closer to signing.”on Mike Wallace contract w/ #Steelers
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: #Steelers Report Day schedule: 3 p.m. David DeCastro news conf, 4 p.m. conditioning test, coach Mike Tomlin presser to follow
@DVEMike: Jeremy Kapinos assessed the NCAA vacating Penn State wins as “taking a shot at a dead guy.”
@dlolleyor: Keenan Lewis was working out with Wallace in NO. Said Wallace is in best shape. He will be in at some point. #steelers
@DVEMike: Detroiter Larry Foote showed up in Braves hat (matched his sneakers), regretted not having a Tigers hat on for cameras http://p.twimg.com/Ayq4wZuCYAE0U5W.jpg
@BuzzsawPGH: J.Cotchery on M.Wallace:”he’s the lead dog so when he comes in, I’m sure they’ll be a lotta time set aside for him to get up to speed.”
@BuzzsawPGH: Keenan Lewis,whose friendship w/Mike Wallace dates to high school,worked out with him “everyday” this summer and said he’s “eager” to report
@BuzzsawPGH: There was a day when a Smart Car would win flashiest #Steelers entrance. Not this year, Keenan Lewis http://p.twimg.com/Ayq1_ZmCMAAlQJ8.jpg
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Art Rooney II:”Contrary to popular belief, we’ve always tried to have a good O line & we’ve taken whatever opps we can to add talent there.”
@steelersPG: PG+ — Ed: Steelers Likely to Suspend Talks with Wallace
@BuzzsawPGH: Antonio Brown was pleased Mike Tomlin signed a 3yr extension w/#Steelers: “We wouldn’t want to play for another coach.”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Antonio Brown on Tomlin:”The motivation he provides the team week in &week out is something special, and I’m glad to be part of it”#Steelers
@maxstarks78: Latrobe!!!!! #steelers #letitbegin http://instagr.am/p/NhBLKQOfsS/
@BuzzsawPGH: Cotchery on his free agency:”Businesswise, u have to see what’s out there…but it was gonna be a pretty tough sell to get me away from Pgh”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: J.Cotchery is the rare veteran who LIKES camp:”You get to eat football, breath football, all of that…I just like to talk about football.”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: K.Lewis said he kept M.Wallace abreast on new offense:”That’s my brother..I told him a couple tips to make sure he’s ready to go.” #Steelers
Run Test: @CBSSportsNFLPIT: World-famous #Steelers “conditioning test” underway. No live-Tweeting permitted on-site.Will b back to report if anyone embarrassingly fails
Tomlin press conference highlights:
Media not allowed to report on the results of the run test but the following are updates from his presser afterwards.
@Ken_Laird: Tomlin: “Really pleased, largely, with the group in terms of conditioning test. Impressive work, young and old” #Steelers
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: #Steelers added 6 men to PUP list: Harrsion, Starks, Cromartie-Smith, Mendenhall, Worilds, Hampton
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Mike Tomlin on Mike Wallace: “When he shows up, he’ll show up.”
@Ken_Laird: Tomlin says he hasn’t spoken to Wallace in “10 to 14 days”
@Ken_Laird: James Harrison is a knee “just want to make sure he’s ready to go before we proceed.” Back is OK
Per Tomlin: I’m not any more excited about the offense or defense as I am with the special teams..meaning everything about camp is exciting.
“The wheels will continue to turn, somebody is going to catch passes and make tackles (referring to Wallace)
On Mendenhall: Excited about Mendenhall, his knee is going great.
@BuzzsawPGH: Only players Tomlin singled out in evaluating conditioning test were DeCastro, Adams & Beachum, saying that the test is hardest on rookie OL
@jimwexell: For the newbies: PUP list for already-injured players who, if they stay injured, can be activated after 6 weeks of regular season.
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: LCB, LT are spots Tomlin is likely most referring to. With Starks on PUP, would Essex by the surprise LT? Prob wont hand it to rookie(Adams)
Tomlin:”This is bigger than all of us…bigger than Mike…bigger than me. So I mean that when I say it’s unfortunate for him he’s not here”
Tomlin didnt say who would line up with the 1s at position-battle spots Thur, added:”You might see some surprises; dont read 2 much into it” @CBSSportsNFLPIT