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steelcitysfinestXL
07-29-2011, 01:18 PM
Dwyer and Sweed couldnt finish the conditioning tests... and the was reported on multiple sites. Is it the end of the world, no! But you have to think those are two guys fighting for roster spots.

Also, the Steelers young WR's would "welcome him with open arms", Plaxico Burress, that is. Brown said he worked out with him in Miami since his release from prison and said he looks "great" and he "still got it". Sanders said "anyone who can throw their hand in the pot to help us win a championship is more than welcome" and "we could really use him in the redzone". Wallace also offered, " i havent had the pleasure of meeting him, yet!" and "I love watching him before and would welcome here with open arms!"

K Train
07-29-2011, 01:31 PM
i dont know if sweed failing the test has any truth to it...i read that it looked like tomlin said good job to sweed, almost like he had seen enough from him as far as conditioning goes.

in an interview today sweed says he has a clear head for the first time in a while and is 110% healthy...doesnt sound like a guy that just fails the test and was instantly in the dog house.

imo the report was overblown...but who knows...him failing the test and tomlin telling him he seen enough could look the same from far away

Big T
07-29-2011, 01:52 PM
i dont know if sweed failing the test has any truth to it...i read that it looked like tomlin said good job to sweed, almost like he had seen enough from him as far as conditioning goes.

in an interview today sweed says he has a clear head for the first time in a while and is 110% healthy...doesnt sound like a guy that just fails the test and was instantly in the dog house.

imo the report was overblown...but who knows...him failing the test and tomlin telling him he seen enough could look the same from far away

That's exactly what I heard too. Anyway, it wasn't even a conditioning test yesterday...It was an evaluation. Tomlin just wanted to see where everyone was at coming off the lockout. Plus Being conditioned was never Limas' problem. The dude has always stayed in shape. I just hope he is more focused this year. I'm really pulling for him. Rashard and Limas back to back was almost my dream at the time, hopefully he can show us something.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-29-2011, 02:36 PM
David Johnson on his rise on the depth chart since Spaeth left the team.

“That sounds good. I am ready,” said Johnson. “You know you are going to have to show them you are ready to take on a new role.”

Casey Hampton was asked if he felt he was in shape coming into camp, and with a big smile and laugh he answered, “I don’t know man, we’ll see.”

“I am ready to get back to work and get this show on the road,” said running back Isaac Redman. “I have been working out in Pittsburgh. I was preparing for the run test. I am ready to just go. Everybody was ready to be here in camp and be around each other and bond with the rookies.”

DanRooney
07-29-2011, 03:26 PM
Everyone is reporting that Sweed and Dwyer weren't able to get through the traditional run test. Both need to get their heads out of their asses if they want to play in the NFL.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-29-2011, 03:39 PM
Dwyer is not doing himself any favors by showing up to camp out of shape and not being able to finish the test. As a RB you should be able to do that test without that much issue.

K Train
07-29-2011, 03:43 PM
Everyone is reporting that Sweed and Dwyer weren't able to get through the traditional run test. Both need to get their heads out of their asses if they want to play in the NFL.

i want something from sweed or tomlin to confirm cause im not buying it right now

Big T
07-29-2011, 03:47 PM
i want something from sweed or tomlin to confirm cause im not buying it right now

Neither am I. Dwyer I can see but, like you said, I'm not buying it about Sweed.

Farrior Fan
07-29-2011, 03:59 PM
Lets hope that Dwyer didn't go back to his old ways during the offseason. Puff puff. He was so much fun to watch at GT, I'm hoping he can do the same for us soon.

K Train
07-29-2011, 04:02 PM
Lets hope that Dwyer didn't go back to his old ways during the offseason. Puff puff. He was so much fun to watch at GT, I'm hoping he can do the same for us soon.

he never failed a drug test for smoking.

he failed a drug test for adderall, which was only because he didnt report his prescription

Rampage
07-29-2011, 04:04 PM
Running back can't handle a running test? Living contradiction.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-30-2011, 06:11 PM
Tomlin said Emmanuel Sanders had some discomfort in his foot so they rested him today.

Rampage
07-30-2011, 06:18 PM
After a broken foot and a couple surgeries, I'm not surprised that he has some discomfort. Hopefully it is just some tightness that he is working out of it.

Big T
07-30-2011, 06:20 PM
Tomlin said Emmanuel Sanders had some discomfort in his foot so they rested him today.

F*ck. We dont need him having issues with it all season. Rest him up.

Blazedby92
07-30-2011, 06:59 PM
Tomlin said Emmanuel Sanders had some discomfort in his foot so they rested him today.

Exact reason they are TRYING to get Plax in here especially since our FIVE year dissapointment won't ever come through, Cut his *** already if he gets better somewhere else who cares Plax is knocking on the door and is proven.

Sweed = BUST

Dobre Shunka
07-30-2011, 07:18 PM
I forget the person who posted camp pictures last year and I noted our rookie Dwyer was wearing a spare tire around his waste.

You're a kid, have a legit shot at a dream, and you arrive over weight and out of shape!

Is it the meds?

Ibleedblk&gld
07-30-2011, 07:23 PM
I posted pics from camp last season...possibly mine?

--- Added 7/30/2011 at 06:23 PM ---

here are my pics

http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25225

SteelDad
07-30-2011, 08:31 PM
Plax situation is definitely becoming an interesting one. I'm guessing Sanders' foot problem just elevated Plax' asking price though.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 01:14 AM
The big news of the day was free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress visiting the team, as the Steelers looked at him and veteran tight end Daniel Graham. Burress spent time with coaches and management, but also visiting with some of his former teammates.

There were some other familiar faces making their first appearance at camp, including cornerback Ike Taylorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ike-taylor/a3a15eb8-af01-4ce7-8607-07a5e88db59f/) who signed a new deal. Taylor wasn’t permitted to report to camp until Friday night, and got in to meet up with his teammates on Saturday morning. Taylor was welcomed by veterans Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/), Casey Hamptonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/casey-hampton/179448fb-c7b4-43ee-82db-14d8d6f9eab3/) and James Farriorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-farrior/f7f4fe77-9d04-41fa-ba5e-c5c0c49ca51c/) as soon as he arrived.

While the crowd might have been a little light on Friday, Saturday was a huge turnout with fans arriving early and packing the area around the practice field. The rain from the last few days forced practice to be moved to the far field, but nobody seemed to mind as the fans cheered some nice catches during practice.

Wide receiver Hines Ward is on the PUP list and isn’t able to practice, but spent a few minutes on the sidelines today chatting with Joe Greene about some things – including sharing some stories about his time on “Dancing with the Stars.” Despite the fun stories, don’t expect Greene on the show any time soon.

Coach Mike Tomlin did his normal post-practice interview, talking briefly about Burress’ visit as well as Daniel Graham being there visiting the team.

Tomlin was asked if he was looking forward to practice on Sunday, the first one the team will hold in pads. All Tomlin had to do was smile to let you know he couldn’t wait.


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Cameron Heyward's first practice
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Big T
07-31-2011, 05:14 AM
I forget the person who posted camp pictures last year and I noted our rookie Dwyer was wearing a spare tire around his waste.

You're a kid, have a legit shot at a dream, and you arrive over weight and out of shape!

Is it the meds?

Ya they were my pics. I remember exactly which one too. Dwyer was wiping sweat from his face or something with his shirt so you could see his stomach. I remember you making the comment as well.

JensK
07-31-2011, 06:37 AM
Sweed apparently has some problems with his hamstring. He couldn't finish yesterdays practice. That could explain why he did not finish the conditioning test.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 11:54 AM
Injury Notes: Limas Sweed and Marcus Gilbert tweaked their hamstrings; Sweed returned to practice later. Neither considered serious. Curtis Brown, 3rd round CB in 2011 left with an illness. Ward and Kemo still on PUP



-- Now, training camp really begins. That is likely the prevailing sentiment among Mike Tomlin and his Steelers coaches, with players holding their first practice in full pads today. Per rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, teams weren't allowed to wear pads the first three days of camp, giving the past two days of drills the feel of offseason practices, albeit ones in stickier weather. That changes today. Or, as Tomlin said following practice Saturday of the drills in full pads, "That's football." The reaction of rookie defensive end Cameron Heyward? "Can't wait," the first-round pick said.


-- The first-team offensive line will look a lot different than the one the Steelers trotted out for the second day in a row. The starting tackles were Chris Scott (right) and Kyle Jolly (left). while rookie sixth-round pick Keith Williams played left guard. The Steelers are without starting tackles Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott until Thursday because of a rule regarding free agents. Starting left guard Chris Kemoeatu is on the physically unable to perform list because of swelling in his knee.


-- With no offseason practices, rookies and what are known as "street" free agents have few opportunities to get the attention of coaches. That is why the catch Woodland Hills graduate Wes Lyons made yesterday was as spectacular as it was timely. The 6-foot-8 Lyons, a West Virginia product, made a leaping grab between two defenders and held onto the ball despite a hard landing.


-- The defensive backs turned in a couple of nice plays yesterday.
Safety Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, a practice squad player a year ago, intercepted a pass that had been tipped by cornerback Crezdon Butler. Arnaz Battle seemed to get a step on Butler, but the second-year man closed nicely and set up Cromartie-Smith for the easy pick. Starting cornerback Bryant McFadden later ran step for step on an incomplete deep ball to wide receiver Mike Wallace, earning him a high-five from Butler. Butler, by the way, played with the first-team defense as a nickel back.

Ibleedblk&gld
07-31-2011, 12:05 PM
"Butler, by the way, played with the first-team defense as a nickel back"

Please keep that up and take gay's job

Blazedby92
07-31-2011, 12:26 PM
How many players do you see EVER go five years without a good season much less a good game and then turn it on to be a star in this league? Sweeds another perfect example drop his arse PLEASE!!!! There has to be someone we can spend that money on, even a special teams player is better than having his butt on this team, not even a "contributor"

Oh and Tony Hills where the ***k is he on the prctice squad Both need to find a job they can actually do like bag groceries never mind Sweed would drop the milk.

Rampage
07-31-2011, 12:41 PM
Sweed hasn't been on the team for five years and he was IR'd last season. :dunno:

I don't mind giving him another shot; I'd rather have him on the roster than Arnaz Battle. Upside with risk > complete mediocrity

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 12:43 PM
If Sweed misses any significant time this year in camp or preseason there's no alternative but to cut him. He can't stay healthy, and can't produce on the field. Perhaps if he stays healthy he'll show us he's finally grown up and can make an impact but I'm not holding my breath.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 04:16 PM
Baron Batch having another good camp today. He got the better of Jason Worilds during drills today. Keep an eye on him for sure. If he keeps this up the team won't even bother trying to bring back Mewelde Moore.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 04:32 PM
Ike Taylor and William Gay are in camp but can't practice yet due to new CBA rules. Today's starting Corners are Crezdon Butler and Byrant McFadden. This time is so valuable to guys like Butler who are looking to take the next step. So far both are looking very good.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 07:12 PM
There's still a chance that Starks could come back yet, but in the mean time Ben is letting everyone know at practice today how he feels about his veteran Left Tackle.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/6210/ben78.jpg

Callax
07-31-2011, 07:31 PM
There's still a chance that Starks could come back yet, but in the mean time Ben is letting everyone know at practice today how he feels about his veteran Left Tackle.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/6210/ben78.jpg



Overpaid veteran tackle who is mediocre AT BEST comes into camp nearly 400 pounds

remember Pitt was over the new salary cap and this A$$clown got 15 million over a 2 year franchaised period
and you think they would NEVER ask you to take a pay cut???

PULEEZE!!!!!!!!!!!!

cut him, leave him, go on with his life and get any decent tackle on the team.....

Zachintosh66
07-31-2011, 08:04 PM
Im over Dwyer already... Moore is insurance. Makes sense, not pretty tho.

Redman is the other lock. Wonder how Barron will play out. Would like to see Clay stick around, he ran hard in NCAA, not ideal but may be able to move a pile.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-31-2011, 09:39 PM
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connecticutsteel
07-31-2011, 11:37 PM
I'll take Clay over Dwyer at least Clay has some passion

BlitzburghRockCity
08-01-2011, 06:29 PM
The peace and tranquility of a Sunday morning at St. Vincent College turned into popping of shoulder pads in the afternoons as the Steelers held a much-anticipated first practice in pads.

The new CBA allows only so many practices in pads during camp and the regular season and some veterans think that will be a benefit long-term, although they do acknowledge that the way Coach Mike Tomlin has run practices in the past it’s similar to what the new rules are.

“We don’t have a real tough training camp anyway, but with all the new rules with the CBA, it’s even easier,” said linebacker James Farriorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-farrior/f7f4fe77-9d04-41fa-ba5e-c5c0c49ca51c/). “I definitely think it helps the player’s bodies out tremendously. Training camp can be brutal sometimes and that wear and tear on your body adds up at the end of the season.”

Fellow linebacker James Harrisonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-harrison/f955db12-de79-47a3-9c61-d50c2583d49b/) feels the same way.

“We’re not out here banging twice a day,” said Harrison. “You only bang so often in the regular season. For us in the regular season that’s not much of a change because the rules that they set forth are basically what the Steelers do and how Coach Tomlin does his practices and most of the camps for the most part.”

And one thing players aren’t worried about is fewer practices in pads having an impact on the quality of play.

“I don’t think so,” said Farrior.”I think the only problem with being locked out is that we didn’t have the younger guys going through the OTA’s and learning the system. It’s all compressed down to a few weeks now instead of a couple of months.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/) threw some folks off on Sunday when he came to practice wearing a new number. But don’t sweat it if you have a #7 Roethlisberger jersey. Roethlisberger was simply wearing Max Starks’ #78 jersey for the offensive tackle who was released at the start of camp.

“We were the last two of our draft class,” said Roethlisberger. “His locker was next to mine for seven or eight years. I saw it there and I grabbed it and wore it in honor of him. It was a little big, it kept riding up my neck.

“First and foremost he was a very good friend. We spent a lot of time together. He is a good friend and a good teammate. I am not going to hold out the opportunity that he might come back.”

It was another hot day at camp, with the heat index reaching 96 degrees on the field. Players were doing their best to keep hydrated, as Tomlin had them take a water break during the backs-on-backers drills and even shouted out to them a few other times to stay hydrated. Some players even found the tiny bit of shade on the field below the video lift, hiding there for a minute when they got a break.

After practice the trainers supplied the players with popsicles for a quick cool off, and linebacker Jason Worildshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jason-worilds/5c613eee-74dc-496d-85ff-b2dfb90b0b14/) shared the love, giving some out to the fans.

“It’s just a cool thing to do,” said Worilds. “They came out here to show us their support so why not try and keep them cool.”

JensK
08-01-2011, 08:06 PM
From ESPN:


I like the swagger this year of Pittsburgh's "Young Money" crew of receivers. Last year, Mike Wallace was going into his first year as a starter, and Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were rookies just trying to fit in. But you can see that last year's success, particularly in the second half of the season and the playoffs, has helped this group and improved confidence. Instead of getting yelled at by Ward, Wallace is on top of everything so far in practice and is even helping Ward tutor other receivers. Sanders and Brown look much more comfortable in their roles and are displaying the same quickness and competitiveness they showed last year.

Pouncey already looks scary-good in his second season. In my seven years covering the NFL, I've never seen a center who moves as well and fluidly as Pouncey. Last week, longtime NFL writer Damon Hack of Sports Illustrated and I were sitting next to each other watching Pittsburgh's conditioning evaluation. We were amazed with how easily Pouncey, who is listed at 304 pounds, was running 100-yard sprints, while the rest of the linemen were lagging far behind. Pound for pound, Pouncey is easily one of the top athletes on the Steelers.


Linebacker Lawrence Timmons appears to have added considerable muscle in his upper body. Timmons, who is in a contract year, said he trained mostly in Florida this summer. Timmons also is one of the best pure athletes on the team. The key will be for him to maintain his quickness and acceleration while also adding strength.

The fact that the Steelers tried hard to recruit big receiver Plaxico Burress says a lot about the status of Limas Sweed. The former second-round pick enters this training camp on thin ice and is down to his last shot. Sweed is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and had issues with drops before that. Pittsburgh is taking the approach that anything it gets from Sweed is considered a bonus. He is currently the No. 5 receiver.


Keep an eye on rookie seventh-round pick Baron Batch. The running back has showed good explosiveness through the hole and the ability to pass-protect, which is very valuable. He has been a pleasant surprise in camp so far.

Overall, Pittsburgh's situation at running back is getting crowded. Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Batch were all impressive during the first weekend of training camp. The Steelers also re-signed veteran backup Mewelde Moore. There were rumors about Tiki Barber being interested in the Steelers, but I don't see it. Pittsburgh has considerable depth at that position.


Finally, another sleeper who is actually having a good camp is backup tight end and de facto fullback David Johnson. What the third-year veteran lacks in athleticism he makes up in effort. Although not his specialty, he's made several nice receptions in practice and remains one of the best run-blockers on the team. The Steelers are still in the market for a No. 2 tight end after the departure of Matt Spaeth to the Chicago Bears.

The very thought about Timmons actually adding more muscles to his upper body is flat out scary... The guy is freakishly big as it is, and obviousl just so happens to be really really fast as well. Exciting!

Big T
08-01-2011, 08:22 PM
Speaking of the Young Money crew:


'Young Money Family’ ready to pay off for Steelers
Will Graves, The Associated Press
Jul 31, 7:58 pm EDT

LATROBE, Pa. - On the surface, it sounds a bit ridiculous and Mike Wallace knows it.

Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver insists he wasn't kidding when he told reporters last week that he planned on racking up 2,000 yards receiving this season.

That's more than Jerry Rice, who holds the single-season record at 1,858 yards, ever put up. More than Randy Moss(notes). More than anybody who's played the position. Ever.

Crazy? Maybe. Out of reach? Well, not if you ask the exuberant and highly confident third-year speedster.


"I'm not saying that I'm better than any of those guys, but I feel like I'm Mike and I'm my own person," Wallace said Sunday. "I don't care what Jerry Rice did. I don't care what Randy Moss did."

And to be honest, he doesn't care what Plaxico Burress(notes) did either.

Sure, Wallace thinks landing the veteran — who signed with the New York Jets on Sunday after flirting with returning to Pittsburgh — would have been "sweet." He's just not sure it was necessary.

Wallace hears the talk about how Pittsburgh's undersized receiving corps could use someone with Burress' six-foot-five frame. Wallace would like to provide the critics with one little reminder.

"They forgot I jumped a 40-inch vertical at the combine," he points out.

Hard to blame them. Wallace, who turns 25 on Monday, has gotten so good at outrunning defenders it's easy to overlook the fact he can rise above them too.

The former Mississippi star averaged an eye-popping 20.3 yards per reception during his first two years in the league while emerging into one of the NFL's top deep threats.

His 1,257 yards in 2010 were fifth in the league, numbers that might have been even better if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger(notes) hadn't been suspended the first four weeks of the year, forcing the team to play it more conservatively with backup Charlie Batch(notes) under centre.

When Roethlisberger returned, Wallace took off, scoring eight of his 10 touchdowns in games Roethlisberger started and averaging 21.6 yards a catch over the final 12 weeks of the year. And the numbers aren't skewed by a couple of lengthy scores. His longest reception was "only" 56 yards.

"Guys are scared of him," second-year wide receiver Antonio Brown(notes) said. "He's fast. He's running past guys. He's running great routes."

And running them from multiple positions. While veteran Hines Ward(notes) is committed to lining up in the slot whenever he's on the field, Wallace is versatile enough to be put anywhere.

Learning where to go and how to get there from both sides of the field took time. Yet Roethlisberger pointed to Wallace's commitment in the film room and an underrated pair of hands for his rapid ascension into the league's upper echelon.

"He does a great job getting in and out of his breaks," Roethlisberger said. "He's really improved from year one to year two and I'll see big improvements this year."

Even if Wallace chose not to fly from his home in New Orleans to Pittsburgh this spring to participate in a series of workouts led by Roethlisberger during the lockout. He did his own thing in the Bayou and spent time with his daughter, who turns 1 next weekend.

Wallace kept in frequent contact with his teammates and certainly appeared to be on the same page with Roethlisberger during practice Saturday, connecting for several long gains during a 2-minute drill during the first full workout with pads on.

The one thing Roethlisberger didn't do is look for Wallace in the end zone on one of those patented "go-up-and-get-it" routes that made Burress a millionaire many times over.

Wallace understands. Truth is the Steelers have never asked him to unleash his inner high-jumper. Not that he hasn't mentioned it to Roethlisberger a time or three.

"He reminds me daily that he's got a 50-inch vertical or whatever it is," Roethlisberger said. "People think only real big tall guys can get the high ball … it's about can you get up and do it. He can get up and do it."

Of course Wallace can. Just ask him.

"I feel like I can catch the same balls (Burress) can catch you know," Wallace said. "I don't have a problem with catching a fade on the goal line if you throw it to me. I don't feel like you have to be 6-5 to catch a jump ball."

Good thing, because there's a real chance the Steelers won't have the luxury this fall, and that's just fine with the group that calls themselves the "Young Money Family."

It's a moniker Wallace, Brown and Emmanuel Sanders(notes) adopted last year while serving as understudies to Ward, the unit's unquestioned leader. What the group lacks in height — no player is taller than six-feet — it makes up for in athleticism and confidence.

"Yeah, we guys are small, but we can do a lot of versatile things," said Brown, who had 16 catches for 167 yards a year ago. "We run past guys. If we need to jump we'll jump. We'll do whatever is necessary."

Like Wallace, Brown and Sanders have certain numbers in mind. Both would like to crack 1,000 yards this year. Both would like to see tight end Heath Miller(notes) crack 1,000, too.

Impressive aspirations to be sure. Just not the kind Wallace has in mind. If you're going to set the bar, might as well set it to where you can barely see it, right?

"Like I said, (2,000 yards) is a big goal," Wallace said. "It's pretty far-fetched but you always want to strive to be the best and in order to do that if I get 2,000 yards I think I'll be the best."

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=capress-fbn_steelers_receivers-7662353

BlitzburghRockCity
08-01-2011, 09:14 PM
You have to love the expectations that guys put on themselves. Perhaps 2000 yds is a lofty goal, well not perhaps, its..LOL. However if he's going to push himself to reach that goal then we'll be all the better for it.

LatrobePA
08-01-2011, 09:27 PM
Good read fellas thanks for posting it...

BlitzburghRockCity
08-01-2011, 11:52 PM
The Steelers had Monday off, a good chance for them to catch up on some sleep. So we are going to catch up on sharing some pictures with you from the first week of camp.

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Manny Sanders
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Cameron Heyward
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Cam Heyward and Ziggy Hood
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LatrobePA
08-02-2011, 08:50 AM
Troy suffering from a case of roids (hem)??

Big T
08-02-2011, 07:03 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 2 practice report
By Bob Labriola - Steelers Digest
Posted 1 hour ago

LATROBE, Pa. – On the day that Plaxico Burress visited campus last weekend, there was another veteran player whose trip to Saint Vincent College slipped under the radar.

But veteran tight end Daniel Graham decided to sign with the Tennessee Titans instead, and the Steelers were left to resume their search for a veteran tight end to replace Matt Spaeth, who left as an unrestricted free agent for the Chicago Bears.

On Tuesday, the team signed veteran tight end John Gilmore, and then in the afternoon the featured drill was one where tight ends were pitted against outside linebackers.

“Had some good work today, just continuing on with our team development,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We had some interesting competition in some of our competition periods – tight ends vs. outside linebackers was the feature drill today.”

Gilmore, a nine-year veteran from Penn State who most recently played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cannot participate in any practices until the start of the league year on Aug. 4, but as Tomlin often says, an absence by one player creates an opportunity for another.

Jamie McCoy, a free agent tight end signed as a futures player by the Steelers last January, looked to be taking advantage of an opportunity. McCoy, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, from Texas A&M had himself a nice period during the one-on-one blocking competition, and then in a later drill he made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

There appear to be openings at tight end behind starter Heath Miller, and even with the addition of Gilmore (6-5, 257) Tomlin showed no interest in stacking his depth chart there.

“I’m not ready to anoint him at this point,” said Tomlin about Gilmore. “We’ll just put him in the group with the rest of them and let it sort itself out.

“I thought we had some young corners take advantage of some opportunities today with some short lines today to get some quality work, one of them being (rookie) Curtis Brown.”

INJURY UPDATE:
We had some minor training camp-like injuries,” said Tomlin. “DE Sunny Harris has a mild triceps strain; CB Cortez Allen has a tight hamstring; CB Bryant McFadden has a tight hamstring and TE Jamie McCoy had some heat-related illnesses.”

An injury Tomlin did not detail was Emmanuel Sanders’, who was seen using crutches and wearing a protective boot on his foot.

Sanders reported to camp on July 28 and took part in the conditioning evaluation later that day. Sanders then practiced on July 29, but after developing some discomfort in his foot he has been sidelined ever since. Sanders said earlier on Tuesday that he will miss three weeks while waiting for his foot to become 100 percent and that he would play in the final two preseason games.

“Don’t know right now,” said Tomlin when asked about Sanders. “He had a procedure done and you see him out here in a walking boot. Hopefully he’ll get back to us here soon. I’m not ready to frame it yet.”

Sanders, a third-round pick from SMU used an impressive showing at training camp last summer to win the No. 3 receiver job. He caught 28 passes, 12 of which came in the final three games as he became more of a go-to guy for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Sanders said a procedure was done on his foot on Monday, Aug. 1 in which bone marrow was removed through his heel and then injected in his foot to speed the recovery.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Tuesday-Aug-2-practice-report/98c61583-1ff3-465c-9239-4fa6791f2fa2

Love to hear that about Curtis Brown. Man-crush slowly growing larger :yesnod:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-02-2011, 07:26 PM
I like hearing Brown getting some good reps in. With guys like Ike and Will Gay not being able to put on pads this week yet it's given these guys chances they might not normally have. Curtis will have his chance to fight for that starting spot, or atleast the NB spot. Even though Gay is back on the team I don't think Tomlin is just going to hand him the job without a fight. He'd be foolish to do so.

McFadden is probably the odds on favorite still to get that other starting job but I would think it's far from certain. It may be a situation where he gets the starting job and then by mid season you see Brown or Allen begin to get more reps.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-03-2011, 08:59 PM
LATROBE, Pa. – For things to take root, grow and then blossom, a mixture of sun and water is required. Since coming to Saint Vincent College, the Steelers have been well-watered, and Coach Mike Tomlin probably wouldn’t mind seeing a series of days of sunshine right about now.

The Steelers were rained out on July 29, or more accurately they were chased from the field by lightning, and on Wednesday they were forced to move their practice to the artificial turf field because of a persistent rain that began overnight.

When it became clear that a heavy rain was going to fall overnight, the tarps were dragged out and used to cover the three grass fields. The tarps stayed on until the morning, but then another burst of rain hit the area in the early afternoon.

With practice scheduled to begin at 2:55 p.m., the decision was made to conduct it on the turf. There was only a slight drizzle falling toward the end of the session, but conducting a full practice with some 80 players could have damaged the grass fields, and the Steelers still have two full weeks here.

Given that, Tomlin was upbeat about the session when it was over.

“Very productive day for us out here,” said Tomlin. “We got some good, quality work in and we’re starting to see the fruit of some of our labor. We’re playing better from an assignment standpoint. Of course, we still have miles to go technically. It’s going to take a great number of snaps to get some of the technical things down but we know and understand that. I like our energy and enthusiasm and how we’ve been working and we’ll just continue with the process.”

The process was supposed to get a big boost tomorrow – Thursday, Aug. 4 – because that was supposed to be the start of the league year, the day when the $120-odd million salary cap went into effect and when all of the players who have signed new contracts since the lockout was lifted would be eligible to return to practice. But over the course of the day, word leaked that there still were issues to resolve, and if the process isn’t completed in time then the league year would not open on Aug. 4.

The Steelers players whose ability to participate in practice hinges on the ratification of the new CBA are Dennis Dixonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/dennis-dixon/dbf2567c-8426-4606-903f-a6537a26c65c/), Mewelde Moore, Doug Legurskyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/doug-legursky/5eca2c1f-b77b-4d64-b12b-a521751be264/), Willie Colonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/willie-colon/b008d43a-c215-4ae8-adf1-b03abff0a5fe/), Tony Hillshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/tony-hills/51813d18-0a30-437e-b0bf-5ddb1517ba53/), Jonathan Scotthttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jonathan-scott/0d242b24-ef4d-49d3-90d1-dfe6c1f6c863/), John Gilmore, Chris Hoke, William Gay, Ike Taylorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ike-taylor/a3a15eb8-af01-4ce7-8607-07a5e88db59f/), Ryan Mundyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ryan-mundy/cc4d4321-dd78-4d37-8721-3173edce895f/), Jeremy Kapinoshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jeremy-kapinos/4a2b247a-8f28-4da8-b6d2-be1b83624a27/), Daniel Sepulveda, Shaun Suishamhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/shaun-suisham/1375892d-6f3e-462a-b784-4c6cd6bce2b2/) and Greg Warren.

“We’re anticipating (ratification),” said Tomlin. “Of course, I’m hearing rumors like you guys are hearing rumors. We’ll address those things as we get legitimate information. Right now, in my mind, I expect those guys to participate.”

The guys who are participating currently have been presented with an opportunity to attract more attention from the coaches, and some of the guys who did some interesting things on Tuesday included rookies Baron Batchhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/baron-batch/b18ae6d7-8bc6-488c-b73e-d55d99d6e045/) and Curtis Brownhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/curtis-brown/f3c23f12-83ab-423a-a7b8-e15b757e96b2/), wide receiver Limas Sweedhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/limas-sweed/d71c5cd9-9d70-4d64-8a95-6a3b61da28e8/) and cornerback Keenan Lewishttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/keenan-lewis/6c9eadd4-6bba-4848-bb2c-6cfb0997ba3a/).

Lewis got enough of a hand on a deep ball to Mike Wallacehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mike-wallace/304eecdf-1b60-4dc4-9cd8-7808d9f5c97a/) to force an incompletion, Brown continues to see a lot of playing time with the veteran players on defense, Sweed made a diving catch over the middle, and Batch showed some nice quickness and burst through the hole on running plays.

Tomorrow is another day, and if it turns out to be the day when Tomlin has everybody available to practice, that will be fine with him. If not, well, he doesn’t see it as a distraction.

“I don’t because we’re all dealing with it, so from that standpoint the playing field is level,” said Tomlin about an issue that will affect all teams either way. “I don’t worry about things that we all deal with, largely from a league standpoint. It’s not creating a competitive advantage or disadvantage, and that’s what concerns me as a football coach.”

INJURY UPDATE: “Somewhat of a laundry list of injuries, some training camp-like injuries,” said Tomlin. “OLB Erik Clantonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/erik-clanton/b8bbcbc4-aff6-4d21-b57c-42305a8660a0/) has a quad, CB Cortez Allenhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/cortez-allen/031fc60b-5435-493e-b2b6-327990318568/) still has a hamstring, CB Crezdon Butlerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/crezdon-butler/6f0ef0b4-4818-464c-856d-3f401878122f/) has a hamstring, T Marcus Gilberthttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/marcus-gilbert/c8a0688d-c9d4-49c0-9e91-3ea1e40ddde1/) has a hamstring, CB Bryant McFaddenhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/bryant-mcfadden/bebb86e4-3cbc-4c19-814f-bdf39dd823cc/) has a hamstring, WR Emmanuel Sandershttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/emmanuel-sanders/8dbfd17f-3e27-497e-a7ce-4462b4467a6f/) you guys know about, and, of course I took care of James Harrisonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-harrison/f955db12-de79-47a3-9c61-d50c2583d49b/) and Troy Polamaluhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/troy-polamalu/1b1010ec-73b6-414d-88ee-72dbd9b48597/) today (with a day off).”

LarryNJ
08-03-2011, 09:37 PM
Hamstring, Hamstring, Hamstring, Hamstring, Hamstring..and Sanders. Yup it's training camp.

Big T
08-04-2011, 12:48 AM
The guys who are participating currently have been presented with an opportunity to attract more attention from the coaches, and some of the guys who did some interesting things on Tuesday included rookies Baron Batchhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/baron-batch/b18ae6d7-8bc6-488c-b73e-d55d99d6e045/) and Curtis Brownhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/curtis-brown/f3c23f12-83ab-423a-a7b8-e15b757e96b2/), wide receiver Limas Sweedhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/limas-sweed/d71c5cd9-9d70-4d64-8a95-6a3b61da28e8/) and cornerback Keenan Lewishttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/keenan-lewis/6c9eadd4-6bba-4848-bb2c-6cfb0997ba3a/).

Lewis got enough of a hand on a deep ball to Mike Wallacehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mike-wallace/304eecdf-1b60-4dc4-9cd8-7808d9f5c97a/) to force an incompletion, Brown continues to see a lot of playing time with the veteran players on defense, Sweed made a diving catch over the middle, and Batch showed some nice quickness and burst through the hole on running plays.


This is the **** I love hearing. Young guys taking advantage of opportunities (Curtis Brown in particular) and Sweed making plays. Excited to see all these young guys in the preseason.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-04-2011, 03:38 PM
Yeah I do as well, training camp this year is unlike any other camp we've seen in a long time. These young guys got a solid week of work in with the starters that they normally wouldn't get. They had the full attention of the coaches and got a taste of what they will need to continue to do to make the roster. Veterans should start working out with the rest of the team tomorrow or later this afternoon even.

It's too bad so many other young guys in the secondary have been injured this past week.

Rampage
08-04-2011, 06:42 PM
I always laugh whenever I see so many hamstring injuries in camp. I guess these guys keep lifting and give up on stretching. :lol:

Scorp
08-04-2011, 07:32 PM
www.espn.com

LATROBE, Pa. -- Distractions and controversy? What distractions and controversy?

The opening of training camp was business as usual for the reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite offseason incidents that ranged from Hines Ward's arrest to Rashard Mendenhall's misuse of Twitter to James Harrison ripping commissioner Roger Goodell and teammates, players quickly deflected any issues and seemed genuinely happy to get back to work.

The Steelers believe their off-the-field problems are a thing of the past, and the team is ready to move forward and attempt to make another title run in 2011.

"Any time we come to training camp, our goal is the Super Bowl," Ward said. "Anything less than the Super Bowl is a down year for us. Having experienced and tasted a loss in the Super Bowl is not a good feeling. So, hopefully we can get back there and come out on the winning side."

The Steelers have a lot of work to do before the start of the regular season. Here are some early questions:

THREE HOT ISSUES

1. How will the Steelers get under the cap?

According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the Steelers have until Thursday to get under the $120 million salary cap. Despite a flurry of roster moves last week, Pittsburgh remains about $7 million to $10 million over, which is where the team started this summer.

The Steelers made several key salary cuts, including veteran receiver Antwaan Randle El and offensive tackles Max Starks and Flozell Adams. But the re-signings of in-house free agents such as cornerback Ike Taylor have basically nullified those moves.

Expect more tough decisions to be made this week.

"We have to find ways to get under [the cap] and in compliance," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "We're going to look at every and all possibilities."

There is some good news for the Steelers.

The new CBA allows teams to use three $1 million exceptions in 2011, and Colbert says he will use them all. Teams have this onetime flexibility to add an extra $3 million to the cap, which essentially brings the Steelers' number up to $123 million. This could allow Pittsburgh to retain some veterans it otherwise would lose.

2. Has Pittsburgh fixed its pass defense?

The last memory Steelers fans have of their defense is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers carving up the secondary for 304 yards and three touchdowns in Super Bowl XLV. Since then, Pittsburgh hasn't made any significant additions to the secondary, leaving many to wonder whether this problem is fixed.

Because Pittsburgh is fielding the same players in the secondary, it's difficult to imagine the pass defense being better than it was last season. The Steelers re-signed veteran corners Taylor and William Gay and drafted rookies Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen.

"You can't worry about what people think outside the locker room, because we've been so successful on the field," Taylor said of the criticism. "So it really doesn’t matter. Everybody has their own opinion. It comes with the territory."

Expect many teams to spread the Steelers out this season by using three- and four-receiver sets. That will force backups such as Gay or some of the young corners to play important roles on the defense.

3. How thin is Pittsburgh's offensive line?

Pittsburgh's offensive line could be the thinnest group in the league.

Outside of second-year center Maurkice Pouncey, who is a stud, the rest of the line is littered with questions. Jonathan Scott plays the important role of left tackle and was inconsistent last year. Guards Ramon Foster and Chris Kemoeatu are decent run-blockers but struggle in pass protection. And right tackle Willie Colon is coming off an Achilles injury that forced him to miss the entire 2010 season.

Cutting Starks and Adams severely hurt the talent and depth of this group. Those were two of the most experienced linemen Pittsburgh had. Cap issues make it unlikely the team will sign another starting offensive lineman in free agency.

"You can't go into it and expect to have veteran depth at every position," Colbert admitted. "It just doesn't work out financially. You have to trust some of your young guys."

BIGGEST SURPRISE

It's only the first weekend of camp, but backup cornerback Keenan Lewis has been a pleasant surprise. Lewis is gaining valuable experience working with the first-team defense. Taylor signed a four-year contract in free agency and isn't allowed to practice with the team until later this week.

Despite a rocky two years in Pittsburgh, Lewis is a good athlete. He has good size and quickness and is making fewer mental mistakes, which is key. The competition for the important nickel role in the secondary will be intense this summer, and Lewis could have the inside track.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

With the lengthy NFL lockout, someone was bound to show up out of shape. Backup running back Jonathan Dwyer was that person for the Steelers.

I expected to see more from Dwyer, a sixth-round pick in 2009. But he struggled mightily during the conditioning evaluations and hasn't done much in the practices. The Steelers' running back corps is deep, and Dwyer is definitely on the roster bubble.

OBSERVATION DECK



I like the swagger this year of Pittsburgh's "Young Money" crew of receivers. Last year, Mike Wallace was going into his first year as a starter, and Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were rookies just trying to fit in. But you can see that last year's success, particularly in the second half of the season and the playoffs, has helped this group and improved confidence. Instead of getting yelled at by Ward, Wallace is on top of everything so far in practice and is even helping Ward tutor other receivers. Sanders and Brown look much more comfortable in their roles and are displaying the same quickness and competitiveness they showed last year.


Pouncey already looks scary-good in his second season. In my seven years covering the NFL, I've never seen a center who moves as well and fluidly as Pouncey. Last week, longtime NFL writer Damon Hack of Sports Illustrated and I were sitting next to each other watching Pittsburgh's conditioning evaluation. We were amazed with how easily Pouncey, who is listed at 304 pounds, was running 100-yard sprints, while the rest of the linemen were lagging far behind. Pound for pound, Pouncey is easily one of the top athletes on the Steelers.


Linebacker Lawrence Timmons appears to have added considerable muscle in his upper body. Timmons, who is in a contract year, said he trained mostly in Florida this summer. Timmons also is one of the best pure athletes on the team. The key will be for him to maintain his quickness and acceleration while also adding strength.


The fact that the Steelers tried hard to recruit big receiver Plaxico Burress says a lot about the status of Limas Sweed. The former second-round pick enters this training camp on thin ice and is down to his last shot. Sweed is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and had issues with drops before that. Pittsburgh is taking the approach that anything it gets from Sweed is considered a bonus. He is currently the No. 5 receiver.


Keep an eye on rookie seventh-round pick Baron Batch. The running back has showed good explosiveness through the hole and the ability to pass-protect, which is very valuable. He has been a pleasant surprise in camp so far.


Overall, Pittsburgh's situation at running back is getting crowded. Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Batch were all impressive during the first weekend of training camp. The Steelers also re-signed veteran backup Mewelde Moore. There were rumors about Tiki Barber being interested in the Steelers, but I don't see it. Pittsburgh has considerable depth at that position.


Finally, another sleeper who is actually having a good camp is backup tight end and de facto fullback David Johnson. What the third-year veteran lacks in athleticism he makes up in effort. Although not his specialty, he's made several nice receptions in practice and remains one of the best run-blockers on the team. The Steelers are still in the market for a No. 2 tight end after the departure of Matt Spaeth to the Chicago Bears.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-04-2011, 08:08 PM
Thursday, August 4

The Steelers pushed practice back an hour and a half on Thursday, and it had nothing to do with the weather. Instead it allowed the team’s free agents the opportunity to take part in practice now that the CBA was ratified by the players.

You could definitely see a bounce in the step of some of the players at lunch time in anticipation, several who had been waiting almost a week to be able to participate.

“I am a competitor,” said Willie Colonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/willie-colon/b008d43a-c215-4ae8-adf1-b03abff0a5fe/). “I would rather be out there than watching.”

While they were watching, a lot of young players have gotten reps, trying to make up for some lost time without an offseason program.

“It’s been beneficial for those guys,” said defensive end Brett Keiselhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/brett-keisel/e07c42f5-62cd-4b07-828f-1d192885b0c0/). “(The playbook) has been toned back. We probably have one-eighth of the playbook in now. It’s going slow. There is a lot to this defense. I don’t see them picking up all of it up for at least half the year.”

The advantage the Steelers do have is experience, with veteran players able to pick things right up without much work.

“We have a lot of guys who can miss the entire offseason and run the whole defense the next day,” said Keisel. “That is one of the perks about very here so long.”

* * *

Players will get a change of pace at practice on Friday night when they will go under the lights at Latrobe Memorial Stadium, a practice that packs the fans in.

“It’s a nice change up,” said Aaron Smithhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/aaron-smith/488f7c49-70fe-411f-8000-072b635beaa7/). “You do the same thing day after day. Playing in front of the fans is a great experience.”

“It’s fun. It takes you back to high school,” added linebacker Lawrence Timmonshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/lawrence-timmons/afc86dd7-633e-4e37-a4da-5f089a96b666/). “You think about your glory years of high school. Just being under the lights is as beautiful thing and makes you enjoy the game of football.

“The fans are shoulder to shoulder. They are so excited. It makes you feel warm inside. You get the butterflies. It’s a great thing.”

While most players love the night practice, not even the change of scenery can get Casey Hamptonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/casey-hampton/179448fb-c7b4-43ee-82db-14d8d6f9eab3/) pumped up for it.

“I am not excited about it,” Hampton said with a smirk. “I don’t like any practice whether it’s night or day time. I really don’t want to be out there, but it’s fun being out there with the fans."

What does make Hampton happy?

“He’s happy when we get to lunch, dinner and breakfast,” laughed Smith.

* * *

One thing you always see at training camp is fans getting autographs, but today it was a little different when Joe Greene was getting a couple of the players to sign a calendar for him. Greene stopped linebacker James Harrisonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-harrison/f955db12-de79-47a3-9c61-d50c2583d49b/) who happily obliged, referring to Greene as “Sir.” He also got Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/), James Farriorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-farrior/f7f4fe77-9d04-41fa-ba5e-c5c0c49ca51c/) and Rashard Mendenhallhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/rashard-mendenhall/3e1ac879-3146-46f4-946b-216532a371b1/) before practice.

Joe Greene gets James Farrior to sign the calendar.
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Rashard Mendenhall stays cool
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Eugene Brighthttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/eugene-bright/fe4c72c4-1b93-4f5a-a359-2eae8538bdb9/) takes a breather.
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Steely poses with fans.
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The cafeteria fare at lunch.
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BlitzburghRockCity
08-05-2011, 09:24 PM
Friday, August 5

The Steelers don’t have a walk-thru on Saturday morning, but that doesn’t mean some players will be sitting idle in their dorm rooms. Instead they will be “extras” in the filming of “The Dark Knight Rises” at Heinz Field.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/), linebacker LaMarr Woodleyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/lamarr-woodley/ca7b64f1-170e-449e-a835-4851e785246d/) and wide receiver Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/) are among the players who will take part, along with some staff members, filming scenes for a football game that will be part of the movie.

"I can`t wait," said Woodley. "I don`t care if they showed me for half a second because I`m going to the movie and now I can look at myself."

The movie, which stars Christian Bale as Batman, has been filming in Pittsburgh and the set moves to Heinz Field on Saturday.

“From what I've heard, it's going to be like a pre-game, warming-up type thing,”' said Roethlisberger. “I don't know the whole concept. There's a Gotham team, a football game. We'll be wearing uniforms. It will be fun.”

Thomas Tull, who is one of the Steelers investors, is the executive producer of the movie.

* * *

Secondary coach Carnell Lake might be in his first season on the coaching staff, but he isn’t new to St. Vincent College. Lake played for the Steelers from 1989-98, but even he was surprised by how different things were on campus.

“The heat is familiar but everything else is brand new,” said Lake. “The fields and Chuck Noll Stadium are new. It’s great to see the progress that has happened in the last 10-12 years. Being back brings back a lot of memories”

“They have air conditioning now, which they didn’t when I was here. It’s come a long way. The more comfort you can give guys when they are not on the field the better because they are more well-rested and ready to go.”

Lake also understands what the players are going through during camp as he has been through all of it.

“I know what the young players are going through. I have that perspective,” said Lake. “That hasn’t changed. You see guys with optimism looking into the future and you see guys with some doubt about what is going to happen with me. I saw that and felt that as a player

“You know what they are going through, what their bodies are going through in camp, especially the young guys. You know they are going to feel anxiety. They have a lot going on in their minds, but you get more comfortable as time goes on.”

* * *

NFL officials were at practice on Thursday and Friday and meet with the media to talk about the rule changes.

A smiling Jonathan Dwyerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jonathan-dwyer/5bfae686-9098-4bb3-85aa-bfd8c720d223/)
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/08042011_TC_Diary_Dwyer.jpg
Willie Colonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/willie-colon/b008d43a-c215-4ae8-adf1-b03abff0a5fe/)
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/08052011_TC_Diary_Colon.jpg
Dan Sepulvedahttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/dan-sepulveda/296350b1-2a18-4909-88d5-e8d3db0de0a1/)
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Aaron Smithhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/aaron-smith/488f7c49-70fe-411f-8000-072b635beaa7/)
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connecticutsteel
08-05-2011, 10:25 PM
Baron Batch continues to impress if i could say one thing it would be he dances too much Dwyer will be cut he avoided contact but clay forces contact making his own holes Sweed looks good . K lewis looks good also Cam Heyward consistantly beat his man . sly sylvester should start over Farrior :imho: .

BlitzburghRockCity
08-06-2011, 12:02 PM
From our friends over at CBS Sportsline
Mike Tomlin doesn't run a competitive goal-line drill under the Friday night lights like his predecessor, Bill Cowher. Nevertheless, he pronounced it a good, productive practice: "Awesome evening. The bus ride over. The practice itself. Awesome." (http://feeds.cbssports.com/click.phdo?i=8819973e40a12933d327e662f0017b12)
Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey twisted an ankle at Friday night's practice. "But it doesn't appear to be serious," Mike Tomlin said afterward. (http://feeds.cbssports.com/click.phdo?i=3ce42fc4824b21ed63588402ab80eaa2)
S Troy Polamalu returned to practice after missing two days with soreness from working with his still-recovering Achilles injury. And CB Keenan Lewis (migraines) plus WR Adam Mims (quad) returned after a one-day absence. (http://feeds.cbssports.com/click.phdo?i=c4a5d2a811d113a9204daae44376b333)
Bill Cowher of his first return to Latrobe High Stadium since his last Steelers camp in 2006: "It's great to be back on the sideline on a Friday night. It's a great tradition of camp." (http://feeds.cbssports.com/click.phdo?i=c2c1b222dd0c3e0bc2559b25103ae040)
Bill Cowher came to camp as a guest of producer and Steelers part-owner Thomas Tull, who gave him a cameo in the Dark Knight shoot in Pittsburgh Saturday morning. "I've got experience in 'The Waterboy,' I have a (Screen Actors Guild) card and I'm unemployed," Cowher joked. (http://feeds.cbssports.com/click.phdo?i=b6c1fa2f641ee24bb219b685f698f05d)

BlitzburghRockCity
08-06-2011, 05:12 PM
Updates coming out regularly from Latrobe today with several players leaving with various injuries.

Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown left practice, no update on exactly what injury yet.

Maurkice Pouncey sprained ankle, done for the day.

Limas Sweed has shoulder wrapped in ice.

Adam Mims coming up limping, believed to be hamstring.

John Scott carted off with what seemed to be a leg injury, but Jim Wexell updated a few minutes later saying he didn't believe there was anything wrong.

Crezdon Butler not practicing.

LatrobePA
08-06-2011, 05:38 PM
Any stand outs last night?

BlitzburghRockCity
08-06-2011, 05:50 PM
More from the Friday Night Lights practice:

PRACTICE NOTES
* Backs on backers highlighted the nighttime workout Friday. It appeared as if Mike Tomlin set up his star blockers from the previous Bs-on-Bs session – rookie running back Baron Batch (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=4908083) and first-year tight end Jamie McCoy (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524958) – as fodder for blitzing linebackers such as Lawrence Timmons (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524986) and Stevenson Sylvester (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524984). Both of the linebackers took their running starts and blasted into the backs and appeared to be the stars of the evening, as was newcomer Mortty Ivy (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524942), a linebacker from West Virginia (http://westvirginia.scout.com/) University and nearby Gateway High.

* Speaking of former local high school stars, WR Terrence McCrae (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=2398624) didn’t have as many scoring opportunities last night at Latrobe as he had while playing for Connellsville High, but McCrae was used as one of two first-team gunners during special teams drills.

* The standouts during the team scrimmage session were receivers Antonio Brown (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524864) and Arnaz Battle (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524857). Brown, in particular, stood out by catching a deep fade from Roethlisberger in the corner of the end zone.

* Defensively, the scrimmage standouts were once again Timmons and Sylvester. The latter eased up on a whacky play deep in the offense’s own end zone, otherwise Sylvester would’ve tackled Rashard Mendenhall (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524963) for a safety. Timmons, on another play, bolted up to take down David Johnson (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524944), a safety valve, with what appeared to be a flying dropkick. Timmons, more than ever, appears ready for a Pro Bowl-type of season.

On Pouncey's ankle injury:

“It doesn’t appear to be serious,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Pouncey’s loss was balanced by the return of safety Troy Polamalu (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524966), who sat out the last two days as a precaution for his Achilles’ tendon injury from a year ago.



Polamalu moved around at his normal practice speed and did not appear hindered. He was asked earlier in the day if he’s next up for a Steelers front office that had just wrapped up negotiations with LaMarr Woodley (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=5524993) on a 6-year, $61.5 million contract.
“I don’t know,” said Polamalu. “You know, my only comment – because I know things can get really misconstrued a lot – is that everything regarding our contract talks will stay between the Rooneys and my agent [Marvin Demoff]. Other than that, of course I would love to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://pit.scout.com/).”

LatrobePA
08-06-2011, 06:01 PM
Thanks

connecticutsteel
08-06-2011, 06:11 PM
It looks like it's going to be Redskins vs scrubs

BlitzburghRockCity
08-06-2011, 10:01 PM
It’s always a highlight of camp and when Coach Mike Tomlin saw some of the on-field guests were leaving the field near the end of practice, before the goal-line drill was about to begin, he told them to stay.

After all, having an audience for it makes it all that more fun. And the Steelers put on a show for them on both sides of the ball.

With NFL officials still on hand, Tomlin put the decision-making in their hands, happy to not be the one making the calls.

Second-year back Jonathan Dwyerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jonathan-dwyer/5bfae686-9098-4bb3-85aa-bfd8c720d223/) got the call first, but was stopped on his first shot by Ryan Mundyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ryan-mundy/cc4d4321-dd78-4d37-8721-3173edce895f/) and LaMarr Woodleyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/lamarr-woodley/ca7b64f1-170e-449e-a835-4851e785246d/). He wasn’t deterred, coming back strong and pounding it up the middle for a touchdown past Will Allenhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/will-allen/12e7d31e-6126-4194-b4cf-71d15fa45f6b/) and Lawrence Timmonshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/lawrence-timmons/afc86dd7-633e-4e37-a4da-5f089a96b666/).

Rookie Baron Batchhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/baron-batch/b18ae6d7-8bc6-488c-b73e-d55d99d6e045/) was up next, and he too was stopped, this time by Larry Footehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/larry-foote/8bbeec8c-cae8-4d79-8c84-eb94ce439442/). But he rebounded, scoring easily on the right side. Batch then gave the offense a 3-2 lead when he punched it up the middle on the next play for his second touchdown.

“I just want to see guys I don’t know about,” said Tomlin. “I know about Rashard Mendenhallhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/rashard-mendenhall/3e1ac879-3146-46f4-946b-216532a371b1/). I know about Isaac Redmanhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/isaac-redman/5250dc8c-d3c1-4001-9e55-b6c6d991bb84/) and I know less about the others, so they get the call.”

The defense didn’t want the young rookie to be the star of the show, and it was first-year linebacker Mortty Ivyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mortty-ivy/9aa1c1fa-8b91-4a91-a791-3f690e3655d0/) who made sure he wasn’t when he drilled Batch for the stop.

“I knew it was him,” said Ivy. “That is what the coaches like. They want to see guys compete against each other. Right now he is showing a lot. He is doing a lot of great things and the coaches love it. We just have to make plays on it. This is a team game. I give it up to my up-front guys. Guys made the penetration. I just contributed. This is a team game.”

Ivy hit Batch so hard his helmet popped off in the process.

“I have to get more air in my helmet,” said Ivy. “No dizziness, no problems. It just popped off. Chin strap came undone. But that’s part of football.”

The offense had one final shot at coming away winners, but rookie John Clayhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/john-clay/2ad92b91-f15f-48a6-b561-0841bb9dc6a8/) but came up short and the defense won 4-3, even though Tomlin wasn’t about anointing a winner.

“We’re all winners. We’re all losers too,” said Tomlin. “We had some great work today. Our special category and point of emphasis in terms of situational football was short yardage and goal-line. Just as important as executing in those areas is talking about the unwritten rules of the game in those areas; hard counts and so forth. We executed a little backed up offense just continuing with our process. I was pleased with the energy and work of the group. By no means are we a finished product, but that’s why we’re here. We’ll continue to do that.”

One thing that irks Tomlin during the season is pre-snap penalties and much to his pleasure none of that occurred during the goal-line drill.

“I like the fact that we didn’t have any pre-snap penalties,” said Tomlin. “I know that sounds like a little thing but offensively and defensively, not shooting yourself in the foot in that situation prior to the snap is big. Obviously there was some ebb-and-flow and good competition and contact, but that’s the nature of football and really how we want to play. I was pleased with them in general.”

* * *

Tomlin on injuries: “Kind of a laundry list of training camp-like injuries and I’ll go down some of them. Of course, Maurkice Pounceyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/maurkice-pouncey/9d33439a-ec2b-4a65-a2a2-0b63719b0604/) has a minor ankle sprain. Hopefully we’ll have him back here the first of next week or at some point. The normal guys that you know about have been down. Some new ones: Arnaz Battlehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/arnaz-battle/90e627d9-262e-4c1b-9c1d-18ac20e7f91e/) has some back spasms, Limas Sweedhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/limas-sweed/d71c5cd9-9d70-4d64-8a95-6a3b61da28e8/) has a sprained shoulder, Jonathan Scotthttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jonathan-scott/0d242b24-ef4d-49d3-90d1-dfe6c1f6c863/) has an ankle, Adam Mimshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/adam-mims/b1c3d227-4046-410c-b4a3-e26eac256f03/) had a tight hamstring and Donovan Warrenhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/donovan-warren/896989e4-5f6c-4357-bfc0-ad7d3a8e8105/) had a hip flexor. Training camp-type things and these guys need to take advantage of their down time and stay ahead of the curve when given the opportunity. We’ll continue to press forward with the guys that are healthy and ready to work. I always have that mentality and those guys are taking advantage of reps and getting some conditioning at the same time.”

Tomlin also added that Ramon Fosterhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ramon-foster/200381ee-4d12-425e-b3bd-4f4bca965e35/), who left practice early, had a training camp injury he said is minor, as is the injury to Scott.

* * *

The Steelers are off on Sunday and will return to practice on Monday with a 2:55 practice that is open to the public. The Steelers will also practice on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:55.

DanRooney
08-07-2011, 10:51 AM
Quarterbacks: Ben looks sharp, but that shouldn't be a surprise for anyone. For the third straight practice I have watched, he also tucked the ball in and ran for a first down. However, he also made some questionable dump-off decisions in a drill where the offense attempts to get a first down from its own 1 yard line - a couple of which could have easily been safeties. He easily completed the 2 minute drill with a nice 20 yard TD on a fade route from Antonio Brown. Byron Leftwich did well in scrimmage play, and seems to have found a favorite target in Arnaz Battle to whom he completed all of his passes during the 2 minute drill. One of them was a 35 yard TD on which Battle adjusted nicely, but that didn't count because Leftwich would have been sacked by Worilds on the play. Dennis Dixon didn't look impressive, and had a couple bad throws even in Wide Receiver drills. :lol:

Running Backs: Friday night featured another edition of backs on backers. Unfortunately, a huge circle formed around the players, which made it difficult to see exactly who won - no guarantees that I got the following right. From what I saw, Baron Batch added to his prominent backs on backers victims by standing up Lamarr Woodley. Woodley got his revenge on the next play however, when he threw down Batch. The young RB also won easily against Chris McCoy and held his own against Jason Worilds, but lost to a spin move by Mortty Ivy. Rashard Mendenhall got beaten by Lawrence Timmons and Stevenson Sylvester, but won against Ivy. Redman beat Timmons once and held his own against Sylvester, but also got beat by a swim move from Timmons twice. Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay where once again underwheliming, getting beat badly by the likes of Timmons, Sylvester, and Baraka Atkins. Finally, Mewelde Moore looked surprisingly good blocking, beating Atkins and Worilds twice, though he did get overpowered by Larry Foote. In scrimmages, Mendenhall had nice runs on the first two plays, one through the middle and one to the outside - each for first downs and more. Redman also had an impressive cutback through a hole for a first down, while Batch (interestingly playing with the 3rd team in front of Moore) had a nice run for five yards before first contact. Batch also had a drop in 7 on 7s, while James Johnson had a nice grab over the middle from Charlie Batch. In the above-mentioned 'reverse goal line' drill, Batch had a nice run for 5 yards in which he must have cut back at least 5 times but kept his feet turning to get some extra inches. Interesting note: in walk-throughs, only Mendenhall, Moore, Redman, and Dwyer were getting reps with the offense while Batch, Clay, and James Johnson got some extra work with coaches.

Wide Receivers: In individual drills, Antonio Brown, Tyler Grisham, and Adam Mims dropped some easy passes while Limas Sweed made some good catches in which he used his hands nicely, including a nice high-jumping grab. Wes Lyons had a great catch in a drill that matched up Wide Receivers with Defensive Backs, and Arnaz Battle also showed off his receiving skills. Brown had a great scene in which he faked out his defender by stopping on a dime for a huge gain, and had another nice catch in front of Keenan Lewis. Brown continues his roller coaster camp in which he has easy drops and is not on the same page with his QB, only to come back and make great plays. He had some huge plays in scrimmage while playing with the first team, including the above-mentioned TD, as well as an amazing play in which he was covered by Ike Taylor who knocked the ball out of his hands, only to adjust extremely well, still catch the ball, and turn the play into a huge play. He also had a couple of nice plays on returns in which he got to show off his speed. And he even made some fair catches when needed! Mike Wallace missed part of the scrimmages because he was being stretched, but returned for the end. He had some nice catches, but also dropped one in the WR drills only to come back and make a leaping catch his next turn. Additionally to his nice catches in the WR drills, Sweed had a couple of catches in 7 on 7 and 11 on 11, one of which was a catch at the ground. Another, on a throw by Leftwich in the 2 minute drill, was a great backwards catch along the sidelines that unfortunately was ruled out of bounds. Still, great effort. Finally, Sweed also got some work as a gunner on punt returns, where seemed to do a pretty good job getting down the field.

Tight Ends: Weslye Saunders had a couple of good catches in scrimmage, but also fumbled the ball on a violent hit by Ra'son Harris in the 'reverse goal-line drill' mentioned above. Heath Miller had an uncharacteristic drop in 7 on 7s, as did David Johnson in scrimmage plays - however, both also made some nice catches as safety valves for their QBs. UDFA Jame McCoy held his own against Timmons and Chris Ellis in backs on backers, but also got beat a few times - as did Saunders, who as far as I could tell did not repeat his surprise victories from Sunday. McCoy also was used on punt returns, and I was impressed by his effort on one occasion where he was the first person down the field to would-be-tackle the returner.

Offensive Line: The first team offensive line had two variations for walk-throughs and scrimmages. The first was (right to left) Jonathan Scott, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky, and Willie Colon, while the second variation substituted Chris Scott for Legursky. As far as I could tell, the first team line did well blocking for both Ben and the running backs, opening some nice holes. The OL and DL also had what seemed like an intriguing drill going on behind the 7 on 7 scrimmage, in which an offensive lineman was matched up against a defensive counterpart similar to backs on backers. Unfortunately, because of the 7 on 7 drill, I was unable to watch what was going on there.

Defensive Line: As with the offensive line, I didn't see a lot. Harris did have the nice hit for a fumble on Saunders, and Aaron Smith continues getting first team reps and warrants them with the HOF play that we have come to expect from him. Aside from that, not much to report here.

Linebackers: You heard it here first (probably not, but it sounds good) - Stevenson Sylvester is a star in the making, and was easily the star of practice on Friday night. He dominated in backs on backers, winning against the likes of Mendenhall, multiple times against John Clay, Jonathan Dwyer, Redman, and others whose numbers I couldn't see. Additionally, he made some great plays in scrimmage, including snuffing out a RB screen for what would have been an easy safety. Larry Foote also did well in backs on backers, beating Mewelde Moore and David Johnson, as did James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley. Worilds had his moments as well, both in backs on backers and on the would-be sack on Leftwich mentioned above. I think it's safe to say that we don't need to worry about our pass rushers. Finally, Lawrence Timmons had what might have been the tackle of the day when he literally body slammed David Johnson on a dump of from Ben in 7 on 7s.

Defensive Backs: Where to begin? Cortez Allen, Curtis Brown, Crezdon Butler, and Bryant McFadden were not practicing, but Keenan Lewis returned to the field playing some first and second team defense. He had some very encouraging plays, including a couple of leaping catches for interceptions in individual drills and coverage on Battle and Mike Wallace who he matched stride for stride on a long ball to break up the pass. He also was worked as gunner on punt returns, and broke up a pass to Limas Sweed while not being able to hang on to a potential interception in the 11 on 11 scrimmage. Ike Taylor and Willie Gay looked decent as the starters, but did allow the TD drive on the 2 minute drill mentioned above; with the TD by Brown coming against coverage from Taylor. I was a little worried that while Butler was working out with trainers and the other injured defensive backs joined their teammates to watch during practice, Curtis Brown sat isolated by himself on a bench to watch. I hope I am reading too much into it, as he did join his teammates for the second half of practice.

Specialists: None of the kickers really stood out above the others; both Shaun Suisham and Swayze Waters had some nice field goals, from up to 50 yards out. Daniel Sepulveda boomed a few kicks, one of which I estimated to be at least 55 yards with great hang time. Jeremy Kapinos had the highest punt of the day, but also had a couple of 30 yard duds to go with his regular-length punts. Both were impressive in directional punting,and consistently placed their punts inside the 10 yard line. Adam Mims muffed a punt for a fumble, while Antonio Brown made sure he safely caught his before starting to run.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2011/8/6/2349022/friday-night-lights-august-6th-practice-reporthttp://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2011/8/6/2349022/friday-night-lights-august-6th-practice-report

LatrobePA
08-07-2011, 11:18 AM
Good stuff thanks for the update.

SteelDad
08-07-2011, 11:25 AM
Outstanding updates guys! Much appreciated.

igor0190
08-07-2011, 11:35 AM
Good stuff thanks for the update.

Great update!

Any news on our 2nd round pick, Marcus Gilbert?

Root4Stlrs
08-07-2011, 12:50 PM
Great update!

Any news on our 2nd round pick, Marcus Gilbert?

The announcers were saying on Friday night that haven't been able to see much of him because he's been hurt.

K Train
08-08-2011, 09:52 AM
anyone see heyward standing next to evander? he dwarfs him, heyward looks like hes a 40 year old man

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Stevenson "Sly" Sylvester
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Maurkice Pouncey being awesome, and Ramon Foster being fat
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Timmons ready to give birth and then eat the baby after
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Antonio Brown going for the catch
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Antonio Brown
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LatrobePA
08-08-2011, 11:04 AM
Killer pics tks man

K Train
08-08-2011, 11:08 AM
heres more, i stole them from Mr. goosemahn


Larry Foote
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Mewelde Moore
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Emmanuel Sanders (88), Antonio Brown, and 6'7 WR Eric Greenwood (8)
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Ben moving around, with Leftwich (4), Dixon (10), Legursky (64), Emmanuel Sanders (88), and Kemoeatu (behind sanders) all watching
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D-Line guys and a midget (in comparison), including Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward in the front
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Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders
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Baron Batch (35) and Rashard Mendenhall (34)
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RB John Clay (38) and LB Lawrence Timmons
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Antonio Brown (84) vs. Keenan Lewis (23)
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Limas Sweed
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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeath
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Brett Keisel and Ramon Foster
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Ziggy Hood
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Woodley and Timmons
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Woodley and Timmons 2
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Larry Foote
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Stevenson "Sly" Sylvester
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Chris Carter
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Niles Brinkley (27) vs. Limas Sweed (80)
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Ryan Clark (21), Mean Joe, Ike Taylor, and Troy Polamalu
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Charlie Batch
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Arnaz Battle makes diving catch
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Hines Ward and Mike Wallace
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Curtis Brown (40) jumping up is still shorter than 6'8 TE Wes Lyons
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K Train
08-08-2011, 11:08 AM
few more


Someone
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Maurkice Pouncey being awesome, and Ramon Foster being fat
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Cameron Heyward
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Chris Kemoeatu
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Timmons ready to give birth
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Isaac Redman (33) and Baron Batch (35)
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Cameron Heyward and Dick LeBeau
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WR Training: Antonio Brown (84), Terrence McCrae (11), Eric Greenwood (8), Wes Lyons (15), Tyler Grisham (19), Arnaz Battle (81), Limas Sweed (80)
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Someone and Jason Worilds (97)
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Polamalu (just look at the hair!) and Curtis Brown
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LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, and Baron Batch (?)
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Crezdon Butler showing his worried state of mind at not having a roster spot locked up
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The same someone from above
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Isaac Redman
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Mike Wallace
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Baron Batch looking at god knows what
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Jonathan Dwyer
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Antonio Brown
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Leftwich and Heath Miller
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LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu
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Arnaz Battle, Tyler Grisham, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Limas Sweed, and Mike Wallace
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Aaron Smith
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Charlie Batch, Mike Wallace, and some guy not giving a ****
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Evander Hood
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Charlie Batch and Marcus Gilbert (65)
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BlitzburghRockCity
08-08-2011, 11:22 AM
Great pics dude, thanks!!


Also, Hines Ward is back at practice, cleared his physical and is off the PUP list now.

SteelDad
08-08-2011, 11:41 AM
Outstanding pics man, thanks!!

Is Ziggy 'planking' in the one pic?:lol:

JensK
08-08-2011, 12:10 PM
Man.. Heyward looks to be big enough to play NT.

K Train
08-08-2011, 12:12 PM
i dont know if ive ever seen a rookie DE so grown *** man like. ive compared him to seymour before, he certainly looks the part so far

JensK
08-08-2011, 12:14 PM
I couldn't help but notice though, that while Ziggy in terms of body frame is so much smaller than Heyward, Ziggy did put on some weight (and certainly muscle), compared to when he joined. He does not look like a complete pushover anymore. Obviously this does not make him a better DE per default, so really more an evaluation than anything.

K Train
08-08-2011, 12:26 PM
thats cause evander is getting ready to play nose part time, cause i said so

JensK
08-08-2011, 12:29 PM
thats cause evander is getting ready to play nose part time, cause i said so

In which case, could you please say that Curtis Brown is the second coming of Nnamdi?

K Train
08-08-2011, 12:35 PM
i have yet to see these guys in live action...im gonna do a podcast with BRC and steeldad sometime throughout the preseason. im anxious as all hell to see brown, gilbert, and heyward in live games

harpo
08-08-2011, 12:35 PM
Damn, I didn't realize Heyward was THAT big....

K Train
08-08-2011, 12:38 PM
he never was but he never had a position to work towards either....up until his senior year 43 teams liked him as a power end, 34 teams liked him as a LE, and cover 2 teams even liked him inside.

hes definitely added a lot of bulk to his frame overall i <3 him

Rampage
08-08-2011, 03:01 PM
Heyward doesn't just give the illusion of mass by being gunned out like some guys; he's just a solid block of man. If he lives up to his hype, I wish anyone luck who wants to run at him directly.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-08-2011, 07:53 PM
Updates from Monday, August 8th:

LATROBE, Pa. – Mike Tomlin always includes what he calls competition periods within every practice session. As Monday’s afternoon practice showed, not every competition period involves players crashing into one another.

“Good, spirited work today and just continuing with our team building process,” said Tomlin. “As we move into this week, of course, we’re facing a game opportunity at the end of the week (on Friday against the Redskins at FedEx Field). I think it is important that we ratchet it up and I think the group did that. We challenged them in that way and we’ll just continue on doing so. We’re going to be evaluated in some form or fashion here at the end of the week. I think their work displayed that today.”

One of the more interesting portions of practice here today was a red zone passing drill, in which the receivers and tight ends were matched up against linebackers and defensive backs. Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/), Byron Leftwichhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/byron-leftwich/1c056731-bcbb-4953-acad-047f272bf685/) and Dennis Dixonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/dennis-dixon/dbf2567c-8426-4606-903f-a6537a26c65c/) were the three quarterbacks who participated.

On the first repetition of the drill, Roethlisberger hit Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/) on a slant over the middle, between the safeties, for what appeared to be a touchdown. Ward had come off the physically unable to perform list earlier in the day and was taking part in his first practice of this camp.

On the next play, Roethlisberger again looked for Ward, but the pass fell incomplete because the timing was off. It seemed as though Ward didn’t get his head around in time to see the ball.

“He looked like Hines and that’s what we expect,” said Tomlin. “It’s great to have him back out here, not only in terms of what he’s capable of but his outlook and energy that he brings to the game. He’s a leader for us, of course.”

On the next play, Roethlisberger couldn’t find anyone open, and he threw the ball away. Then on each of the next two plays, Roethlisberger went to Heath Millerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/heath-miller/ada7ab1b-9acd-421a-bed0-79ccc4542630/), and the offense scored both times. On the first, Miller got inside rookie outside linebacker Chris Carterhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/chris-carter/298a3217-156c-47b2-bc9f-550abc0a810b/) to make the catch, and on the second he used his body to shield off cornerback Keenan Lewishttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/keenan-lewis/6c9eadd4-6bba-4848-bb2c-6cfb0997ba3a/) for the reception.

On came Leftwich with the second group. On the first attempt, Wes Lyonshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/wes-lyons/1438d609-13a0-4ef3-a189-2d249939c804/) couldn’t make a diving catch, and on the second attempt Leftwich’s bullet went off Lyons’ hands. On the third play, Leftwich completed a pass to Tyler Grishamhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/tyler-grisham/2e36ac36-b2f8-4388-a207-7a30e86702ea/) over the middle, with inside linebacker Mortty Ivyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mortty-ivy/9aa1c1fa-8b91-4a91-a791-3f690e3655d0/) coming over and making contact at about the 2-yard line. On Leftwich’s final attempt, his fade pattern for Eric Greenwoodhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/eric-greenwood/7289c56b-8e52-4b1d-b206-22a5cb69d278/) was incomplete with Ike Taylorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ike-taylor/a3a15eb8-af01-4ce7-8607-07a5e88db59f/) in coverage.

Dixon’s first pass was a short completion to undrafted rookie Terrence McCraehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/terrence-mccrae/5e367e5b-7382-40b5-bac2-f57cee3bbe8d/), and on the next play Dixon again went to McCrae but this time the receiver dropped the ball. On the third play, Dixon threw a beautiful pass to the back corner of the end zone, but free agent rookie tight end Weslye Saunders couldn’t make the play. It was impressive that Dixon was able to get the ball through the coverage and to a spot where Saunders could get his hands on the ball.

On the final play of the drill, Dixon couldn’t find anyone open and then was tagged by defensive end Cameron Heywardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/cameron-heyward/31ae66ad-4d81-46b6-8598-fe151186afd7/) for a sack.

To summarize, Roethlisberger completed 3-of-5, Leftwich was 1-for-4, and Dixon was 1-for-3 with a sack.

INJURY UPDATE: Said Tomlin, “Normal laundry list of injuries and so forth: Limas Sweedhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/limas-sweed/d71c5cd9-9d70-4d64-8a95-6a3b61da28e8/) wasn’t able to finish but he did start the practice with that shoulder; Marcus Gilberthttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/marcus-gilbert/c8a0688d-c9d4-49c0-9e91-3ea1e40ddde1/) is crawling his way back and was able to participate in a limited fashion, as were others who went through individuals. Crezdon Butlerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/crezdon-butler/6f0ef0b4-4818-464c-856d-3f401878122f/) and some of those other guys have training camp-like injuries. We’ll continue to get those guys back and also the guys that are healthy will continue to take advantage of the opportunities that those injuries present.” … Another player who returned to practice was Maurkice Pounceyhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/maurkice-pouncey/9d33439a-ec2b-4a65-a2a2-0b63719b0604/).

K Train
08-08-2011, 09:37 PM
hearing that gilbert was really impressive at LT...<3<3<3<3

and chris scott might have the inside track on the RG spot? interesting. another player drafted at tackle getting a shot at that RG spot, one that undrafted ramon foster vouched for from tenn to draft stealing his job.

i kinda like it

LatrobePA
08-09-2011, 08:40 AM
LT is a mess right now...Scott hurt and no one else stepping up, thoughts??? Could we see a return of Starks soon?


Monday, August 08, 2011
Monday's news and notes

Jonathan Scott tried to gut it out at practice Monday, but his injured ankle just wouldn't let him.

It's not hard to see why Scott would attempt to tough things out, while Ramon Foster, who's injury on Saturday was not considered as serious as Scott's would not.

Scott is the definition of NFL journeyman. He's got a chance to be the Steelers' starting left tackle - in fact, he might have it be default.

And he doesn't want to give that up. But after seeing the look on his face after he shut it down Monday, he may have learned that, sometimes, it's better to bite the bullet and not practice rather than risk injuring something worse.

© Rookie linebacker Chris Carter just might be a quick learner.

After looking horrible in the tight ends on backers running drill last week, Carter did a credible job working against David Johnson, consistently getting his shoulder around the corner and taking the much bigger Johnson where he wanted him to go.

Jason Worilds wasn't anywhere near as successful as Carter was working against Johnson. In fact, Johnson stoned Worilds time and again at the line of scrimmage, pretty much having his way with him.

© Chris Kemoeatu is now running, meaning he is getting close to being activated off the PUP list.

Hines Ward was, of course, activated Monday.

© Tuesday will be a big day for many of the team's rookies and first-year players who have been missing time. If they don't practice Tuesday, they are unlikely to play in Friday's preseason opener.

© Jerrico Cotchery came and left Saint Vincent College on Monday.

The Steelers seem insistent on finding a veteran wideout to add to their roster.

That tells me they don't think Arnaz Battle can help them in the passing game. Limas Sweed doesn't have any real experience, either, and is on the outside looking in.

Tyler Grisham? He's got less experience than Battle and Sweed.

TampaSteelGirl
08-09-2011, 11:02 AM
Great stuff all..thanks for the updates and great articles!!
I can't wait!!!!:tt02:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-09-2011, 03:44 PM
Read today that Kemoeatu is having swelling issues but he hopes to come off the PUP list by next week and start light workouts in camp. The problem at LT is bad enough but atleast at RG we have an able body in Legursky to step in if needed.

I just want a healthy line for the season opener, is that too much to ask?? Maybe so, LOL. There's still a long way to go yet so we'll see.

LatrobePA
08-09-2011, 03:59 PM
LT has got to be fixed B4 stepping Ben on the field, I don't mind if the other QB's get the **** kicked out of them...

K Train
08-09-2011, 06:30 PM
legs facebook


Pretty exciting day today. We're going to do the same exact thing as yesterday...


lol

BlitzburghRockCity
08-09-2011, 08:32 PM
LATROBE, Pa. – The Steelers clinched the AFC North Division championship in Baltimore because they were good at it. They won Super Bowl XLIII because they were good at it. And the only way a team gets good at it is to practice it.

“We specialized in two-minute football today,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We had a little success on offense with the first group and some success on defense with the second group. There was ebb-and-flow, and that’s what this is about in terms of our team building. I liked the energy and enthusiasm and we’re just going to continue to press on toward (the preseason opener in Washington on) Friday night.”

As Tomlin explained, the major competitive period on Tuesday afternoon at Saint Vincent College was the two-minute drill, and the precise circumstances were these: 1:21 on the clock, ball at your own 40-yard line, one timeout.

Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/) worked with the first group, and it turned out to be a pretty efficient showing. On first down, Roethlisberger completed a 17-yard pass to Heath Millerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/heath-miller/ada7ab1b-9acd-421a-bed0-79ccc4542630/), and then with the clock still running, Roethlisberger hustled the offense to the line of scrimmage and completed a 7-yard pass to Arnaz Battlehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/arnaz-battle/90e627d9-262e-4c1b-9c1d-18ac20e7f91e/).

On that play to Battle, Lawrence Timmonshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/lawrence-timmons/afc86dd7-633e-4e37-a4da-5f089a96b666/) flashed up the middle on a blitz and had it been a live tackling drill he might have had a sack. But then on second-and-4 from the 36-yard line, Roethlisberger found Tyler Grishamhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/tyler-grisham/2e36ac36-b2f8-4388-a207-7a30e86702ea/) deep down the left sideline for the touchdown.

Then came the second group, and Dennis Dixonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/dennis-dixon/dbf2567c-8426-4606-903f-a6537a26c65c/) was the quarterback this time. Same circumstances – 1:21 to play with one timeout and the ball on the 40-yard line.

Dixon started with a 4-yard completion to undrafted rookie Armand Robinsonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/armand-robinson/131fd37a-a592-45d9-b6d9-7742a5da38cd/) from Miami (Ohio), and then with the clock running he converted with a 6-yard pass to Robinson.

On first-and-10 from the 50-yard line, Dixon completed an 18-yard pass to Robinson. On the next play, Dixon threw incomplete, and it was another of those situations where a blitzing linebacker might have had a sack. This time it was Stevenson Sylvesterhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/stevenson-sylvester/4de7311d-1644-4c73-8521-9298d2c8b9df/).

On second-and-10 from the 32-yard line with 18 seconds left, Dixon couldn’t find an open receiver and so he scrambled out of the pocket and ran for 13 yards before calling a timeout. There were 11 seconds left at that point, and on first-and-10 from the 19-yard line, second-year linebacker Jason Worildshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jason-worilds/5c613eee-74dc-496d-85ff-b2dfb90b0b14/) ended the drill with a sack.

“I’m not concerned about it based on where I would normally be this time of year,” said Tomlin about his team’s readiness on the eve of the preseason opener. “I’m concerned about it relative to the people we compete against. We’re all faced with the same obstacles, and that makes it fair and that’s what we need to do. If we focused on how we felt this time of year in past years, all of us would be extremely frustrated. That would be naďve.”

INJURY UPDATE: Said Tomlin, “On the injury front, we’ve got some guys working their way back, partially participating and fully participating; some of the guys we’ve talked about over the last couple days. Some new additions: Weslye Saunders has a tight groin and Jason Worilds has the same thing. Normal training camp things and these guys need to take care of themselves so they can show what they’re capable of. Mike Wallacehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mike-wallace/304eecdf-1b60-4dc4-9cd8-7808d9f5c97a/) had a tight groin. We wanted to exercise a little precaution there and stay ahead of the fatigue curve with him and we gave him a day. Ramon (Foster) might have partially participated today. He’s working his way back. He’ll be back to us here soon. He had a mild concussion, if there is such a thing.”

LatrobePA
08-10-2011, 08:27 AM
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Tuesday news and notes

The Steelers entertained yet another tight end on Tuesday as Reggie Kelly became the latest guy to come through Latrobe.

Despite his reputation as a solid blocker Wesyle Sanders hasn't shown it yet and David Johnson is more of an H-back than he is a second tight end. Recently signed veteran John Gilmore looks fairly unimpressive as well.

Who knew it would be so difficult to replace Matt Spaeth?

Jamie "The Real" McCoy continues to impress as a willing blocker, but, like Johnson, he's more of an H-back type than an in-line blocker. McCoy held his own in two out of three blocking drills working against James Harrison.

© With Bryant McFadden out Tuesday, Keenan Lewis took snaps with the first-team defense and had one of his better practices.

That's big news for the Steelers, who are still hoping Lewis turns into a player.

© Though Keith Williams is officially listed as his primary backup, it was Doug Legursky filling in for Chris Kemoeatu today. Chris Scott was at RG for Ramon Foster, who is suffering from concussion issues.

© The Steelers really like what they've seen out of rookie inside linebacker Mario Harvey.

Harvey is a thick, 6-0, 250 pounds, but is lightning quick.

bigplaysteel
08-10-2011, 08:46 AM
nice pics. I've read that Sly Sylvester has been taking some good natured ribbing on his switch to Joey Porters old number. BTW: What were some of the nicknames Porter[now only a distant memory] used to have. Was Potsie one of them, or is that James Farrior?

LatrobePA
08-10-2011, 08:52 AM
nice pics. I've read that Sly Sylvester has been taking some good natured ribbing on his switch to Joey Porters old number. BTW: What were some of the nicknames Porter[now only a distant memory] used to have. Was Potsie one of them, or is that James Farrior?

Peezy!

bigplaysteel
08-10-2011, 10:29 AM
"Antonio Brown going for the catch" [K Train pic]--the player covering 84, #27 is Niles Brinkley?? as listed on the up-to-date roster. Hmm! Interesting that this DB could even stay with the speedy AB, although somewhat out of position, nonetheless showing some promise. There has been very little coverage of the camp unknowns. Maybe there is nothing to cover, but then again who knows.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-10-2011, 12:53 PM
He'll get some significant work this Friday in the Washington game. With the secondary banged up you'll see a hodge podge of players back there at CB. McFadden won't play, and I think Curtis Brown is listed as out as well.

Update on Kemo, he hopes to come off the PUP this weekend and start light workouts.

JensK
08-10-2011, 01:19 PM
Sucks that Curtis Brown won't play. I was looking forward to see him play.

K Train
08-10-2011, 01:25 PM
DAMNIT on brown

i hope they make heyward and gilbert play the whole damn game

connecticutsteel
08-10-2011, 01:55 PM
According to the video of tomlin press conference brown isn't hurt or out
out for friday
Cortez Allen
C kemo
Mims
McFadden
M harvey
E Bright
E Sanders

bigplaysteel
08-10-2011, 02:23 PM
BlitzburghRockCity said "He'll get some significant work this Friday in the Washington game. With the secondary banged up you'll see a hodge podge of players back there at CB. McFadden won't play, and I think Curtis Brown is listed as out as well."

It you are referring to that #27 I am looking forward to seeing this player. This is the stuff that makes these TC's interesting.

Looking at the roster these players are listed as CB's.

27 Niles Brinkley
28 Crezdon Butler
22 Willie Gay
23 Keenan Lewis
20 BMac
24 Ike
30 Donovan Warren
40 Curtis Brown
39 Cortez Allen

Too bad about Curtis Brown. The three players I am interested in seeing are the 2 draft picks Brown and Allen and now this UDFA Brinkley. AFAIC the Steeler secondary is as good or better than any in the league. If any of these new players can add to that ---all the better.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-10-2011, 10:51 PM
Wednesday, August 10

The smiles on the faces of the kids from Variety the Children’s Charity were about the only thing brighter than the brilliant sunshine this afternoon as they first watched practice and then later had the opportunity to meet Steelers players.

“It always gave me great perspective as a player and gives me more now as a father of three,” said former Steelers long snapper Mike Schneck, now the President of the charity’s board. “We all take this for granted. I have seen practice before, but this is a big deal for the kids. They talk about it for years to come. It’s really special for them.”

* * *

Running back Baron Batchhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/baron-batch/b18ae6d7-8bc6-488c-b73e-d55d99d6e045/) was helped off the field late in practice on Wednesday with what appeared to be a knee injury. Batch was taken off the field on a cart, and quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/) helped him to the cart and offered him some words of encouragement.

“You don’t like to see anybody go down. It’s family so you want to go down and see how he is doing,” said Roethlisberger.

* * *

On Tuesday Roethlisberger was talking about Mike Wallacehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mike-wallace/304eecdf-1b60-4dc4-9cd8-7808d9f5c97a/)’s development and how he has picked up more routes since his rookie season.

Today, Wallace said he had even more of them down than Roethlisberger initially said and is now set with all of the routes.

“I run all of the patterns now,” said Wallace. “We don’t have too many. I run about 15. I probably had about five my first year, about 12 last year. It’s pretty much everything.

“It’s hard when you are coming in but now I know all of the other things it’s not hard at all.”

Fellow second-year receiver Antonio Brownhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/antonio-brown/859114e9-d70b-477b-8eaf-6f34bb1ffc03/), who has been getting a lot of work in camp, said he doesn’t look at the depth at the position but just focuses on what is most important.

“I am focusing on the little things and on my job,” said Brown. “Doing what I have to do to stay where I am at.”

* * *

During camp it’s not unusual to see former Steelers players on the sidelines watching practice and this week has been no different.

Former defensive end Rodney Bailey, who played for the team 2001-03 and 2006, was among the visitors, taking in practice and reconnecting with former teammates.

“This is the first time back since 2006 when I played here that I have been here,” said Bailey. “It’s really hard not to run on the field. It’s great to see Coach (John) Mitchell and all my old buddies I played with like Casey Hamptonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/casey-hampton/179448fb-c7b4-43ee-82db-14d8d6f9eab3/), Aaron Smithhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/aaron-smith/488f7c49-70fe-411f-8000-072b635beaa7/), Brett Keiselhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/brett-keisel/e07c42f5-62cd-4b07-828f-1d192885b0c0/) and Chris Hokehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/chris-hoke/451dcc52-1ef8-4ce8-b004-adf97aab14d1/).”

While some things have changed since Bailey was there, a lot has remained the same.

“I hear some calls and remember them right away,” said Bailey. “I can do these plays in my sleep. It’s great being here.

“The Steelers organization is a family. Whether you played for other teams like I did or not, this is home. It’s the only place I call home.”

* * *

Another former player at camp was linebacker Bryan Hinkle, who played for the team from 1982-93. Hinkle was at camp with his son Bryce and enjoyed sharing the experience with the six-year old.

“I came one other time when Cowher was coach,” said Hinkle. “It was 1994 or 1995. I don’t think I stayed for the whole practice. Now I have my six-year old son and I can share it with him. It’s invaluable to be able to share this with him and show him the things I did.”

Hinkle said the changes from when he was a player until now are immense, but are good changes.

“It’s like night and day,” said Hinkle. “It’s like from when I played to the 1960s. There are new dorms, fields, this is great. The game changes and life goes on.”

James Harrisonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-harrison/f955db12-de79-47a3-9c61-d50c2583d49b/) signs for Variety the Children's Charity.
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/010402011_TC_Diary_Harrison_Troy.jpg
As does Brett Keisel,
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/01042011_TC_Diary_Variety_Keisel.jpg
Heath Millerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/heath-miller/ada7ab1b-9acd-421a-bed0-79ccc4542630/)...
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/01042011_TC_Diary_Variety_Miller.jpg
and Troy Polamaluhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/troy-polamalu/1b1010ec-73b6-414d-88ee-72dbd9b48597/).
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/01042011_TC_Diary_Variety_Troy.jpg
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown
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Rodney Bailey chats with James Harrison.
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Bryan Hinkle with son Bryce (middle) and friend Tyler
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Offensive line takes a break.
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Tunch Ilkin and Brentson Buckner
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/01052011_TC_Diary_Tunch_Buck.jpg
I would not want to be at the top of that - good job video dept.
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/01052011_TC_Diary_Lift.jpg
Taking the tarp off the field.
http://prod.static.steelers.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/training%20camp%20diary/01052011_TC_Diary_sideline2.jpg

LatrobePA
08-11-2011, 10:57 AM
INJURY UPDATE: Seven players have been ruled out of the game: TE Eugene Bright, ILB Mario Harvey, G Chris Kemoeatu, WR Adam Mims, WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Cortez Allen and CB Bryant McFadden. “All others have a possibility of playing, some greater than others,” said Tomlin. “But those seven are the guys we’ve identified as not being able to participate in this game.”

TampaSteelGirl
08-11-2011, 12:10 PM
I thought Mims was cut??

LatrobePA
08-11-2011, 12:40 PM
May be after this was posted.

TampaSteelGirl
08-11-2011, 12:48 PM
May be after this was posted.

Well get your sh*t together before you post!!!

:hilarious::grin1::hilarious::grin1::hilarious:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-11-2011, 08:32 PM
The team had a walk through today and then flew down to Washington. Practice was closed to the public.

LatrobePA
08-12-2011, 08:25 AM
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Steelers sign Cotchery and other news, notes

The Steelers signed veteran wideout Jerricho Cotchery on Thursday, adding some key depth to a position that has been banged up considerably at training camp.

It remains to be seen how Cotchery fits into the wide receiver depth chart, but the Steelers were concerned that they had precious little veteran depth behind Hines Ward.

Yes, Mike Wallace is an emerging star, but his inexperience showed up in the Super Bowl. And with Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown entering just their second year – and Sanders missing the past two weeks of practice – the Steelers were concerned about what would happen if Ward were injured.

The move doesn't bode well for Limas Sweed and possibly Arnaz Battle.

Sweed is all but done in Pittsburgh now, while the signing of Cotchery shows the team has no use for Battle as anything but a special teams cover man.

© It's a shame rookie Baron Batch suffered an apparent season-ending ACL tear Wednesday. But it opens the door for Jonathan Dwyer to make this team again.

It also assures Mewelde Moore of a roster spot.

© Second-year pro Chris Scott missed all of training camp in 2010 with a broken foot, but the Steelers have been impressed enough with his play in camp this year to give him a legitimate shot at starting at right guard.

At 6-4, 319 pounds, Scott is nearly as big as 2010 starter Ramon Foster, but much more agile.

TampaSteelGirl
08-12-2011, 10:48 AM
Thanks for the update Trobe :yellowthumb:

LatrobePA
08-12-2011, 10:49 AM
Thanks for the update Trobe :yellowthumb:

:yellowthumb: This guy is who I'm snagging info from: http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/

TampaSteelGirl
08-12-2011, 10:53 AM
:yellowthumb: This guy is who I'm snagging info from: http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/

Nice blog thanks!!! Right to the point.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-12-2011, 01:41 PM
I like what I'm hearing from Chris Scott even if he does end up at RG.........The LT spot is still a mess and really the left side of the line is the weak link.......Really the entire starting OL besides Pouncey is average at best but hopefully Scott, Gilbert step up this year and help the OL out......

Goodfrom55
08-12-2011, 01:50 PM
Battle might make the team on specials alone. As for Limas, well, I'd be shocked if he made the team at this point and am curious when healthy, what he can actually do. Chances are he will get cut, signed by someone and become a pro-bowl WR.

K Train
08-12-2011, 02:24 PM
Battle might make the team on specials alone. .

theres that myth about battle being the best thing to ever happen to special teams again.

im sorry but watch him once, hes really really a nobody lol

Black@Gold Forever32
08-12-2011, 02:28 PM
theres that myth about battle being the best thing to ever happen to special teams again.

im sorry but watch him once, hes really really a nobody lol

:lol:....I know Train you hear all this and that about Battle being such a special teams demon but you never really see it....I'm expecting him to be causing fumbles left and right plus make every tackle on special teams.....Really a undrafted FA could fill his roster spot easily......

cmerrifield
08-12-2011, 02:28 PM
theres that myth about battle being the best thing to ever happen to special teams again.

im sorry but watch him once, hes really really a nobody lol

He had 9 total tackles on special teams last year, 7 tackles and 2 assists. That is not worth a roster spot when he had 0 receptions. I would expect at least 12-15 tackles with some assists before I would think he would be worthy of a roster spot and a game day spot, especially when we cut it close with active lineman last year.

K Train
08-12-2011, 02:32 PM
He had 9 total tackles on special teams last year, 7 tackles and 2 assists. That is not worth a roster spot when he had 0 receptions. I would expect at least 12-15 tackles with some assists before I would think he would be worthy of a roster spot and a game day spot, especially when we cut it close with active lineman last year.

wow thats so much worse than i was even thinking.

this is a formal request from me to the fans of the pittsburgh steelers: Please never refer to arnaz battle as a special teams ace, stud, great special teamer, veteran presence on special teams or anything of the such.

hes worthless at WR, **** on ST coverage even though he has this legacy built up about his special teams amazingness, and he cant return kicks.

hes terrible, please stop pretending like hes not just because you dont actually watch special teams.

Signed- K Train

K Train
08-12-2011, 02:35 PM
:lol:....I know Train you hear all this and that about Battle being such a special teams demon but you never really see it....I'm expecting him to be causing fumbles left and right plus make every tackle on special teams.....Really a undrafted FA could fill his roster spot easily......

anthony madison- replacable (was never that good)
Chidi Iwuoma- Replaceable (was actually kind of amazing)
brett keisel- replaceable (was the single most dominant STer weve ever had)
james harrison- replaceable (played ST even 2 years into being a starting pro bowl olb)

no way, NO WAY battle is not replaceable easily. id rather have 1 slyvester on kick coverage over 5 battles

Rampage
08-12-2011, 02:50 PM
I don't know, K Train. It's pretty hard to replace a special team demon like Battle. Every time he steps foot on the field, it is like he's doing a clinic on how to be a true ST ace. You don't just find that type of talent in UDFAs or on the waiver wire.

cmerrifield
08-12-2011, 03:05 PM
wow thats so much worse than i was even thinking.

this is a formal request from me to the fans of the pittsburgh steelers: Please never refer to arnaz battle as a special teams ace, stud, great special teamer, veteran presence on special teams or anything of the such.

hes worthless at WR, **** on ST coverage even though he has this legacy built up about his special teams amazingness, and he cant return kicks.

hes terrible, please stop pretending like hes not just because you dont actually watch special teams.

Signed- K Train

Oh come on, we only punted 74 times and kicked off at least 82 times, that means Battle was in on 5% of the tackles :lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-12-2011, 03:24 PM
Dude, I'm telling you, he may not be the best special teams guy ever but just because you don't make the tackle on ST doesn't mean you aren't doing your job. The fact that he holds his man in place, or beats his man and forces the returner into another teammates grasp to make the tackle is pretty important too.

Not that I really that much, debating Arnaz Battle is like watching paint dry honestly..LOL!!

TampaSteelGirl
08-12-2011, 03:32 PM
I don't know, K Train. It's pretty hard to replace a special team demon like Battle. Every time he steps foot on the field, it is like he's doing a clinic on how to be a true ST ace. You don't just find that type of talent in UDFAs or on the waiver wire.

Ktrain is gonna kill ya..you said team demon and ST ace all in one sentence regarding Battle...:popcorn:

K Train
08-12-2011, 04:41 PM
Dude, I'm telling you, he may not be the best special teams guy ever but just because you don't make the tackle on ST doesn't mean you aren't doing your job. The fact that he holds his man in place, or beats his man and forces the returner into another teammates grasp to make the tackle is pretty important too.

Not that I really that much, debating Arnaz Battle is like watching paint dry honestly..LOL!!

i hope he doesnt make the team so the madness stops lol

BlitzburghRockCity
08-14-2011, 04:59 PM
Chris Kemoeatu was activated off the PUP today, and guard Sunny Harris was waived.

LatrobePA
08-14-2011, 05:37 PM
Not sounding good for Harrison:


SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2011
Kemoeatu activated
The Steelers activated guard Chris Kemoeatu on Sunday, placing defensive lineman Sunny Harris on the waived/injured list.

Kemoeatu has been on the PUP list since the opening of training camp after showing up with swelling on his knee caused by workouts to get himself ready for the season.

© Word is that James Harrison, who sat out Friday night's preseason game to rest his back, has seen some of his leg power decrease.

According to sources, Harrison used to squat over 600 pounds in the weight room. But after a pair of offseason back surgeries, he's at 365 or so.

That's not good.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-14-2011, 05:42 PM
He hasn't been able to work out like he usually does in the offseason. He's had to rehab and rest his back. It will take time for his strength in his lower body to return.

Sunday, August 14

It was back to camp today for the Steelers after a preseason game against the Washington Redskins and a day off on Saturday.

Like most of camp this year a lot of the talk has been about the weather as there were heavy storms overnight and threatening conditions throughout the afternoon.

“The only thing I can compare this to is 2003 and it kept raining,” said quarterback Charlie Batchhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/charlie-batch/a4741ee1-4d87-4810-aa6d-7ede57104771/). “I remember they created a field between the two fields. We practiced in the morning on the fields above the dorms. It was way different then.”

But despite the rain, the team has not lost a practice.

“It’s always from 3-5:15 there is a window,” laughed Batch. “It might rain before practice. But then it stops so we get practice in. They find a way to do. That is expected.”

* * *

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sandershttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/emmanuel-sanders/8dbfd17f-3e27-497e-a7ce-4462b4467a6f/) had an interesting vantage point of Friday night’s preseason game – watching from his couch at home.

Sanders has been sidelined with a foot injury and Coach Mike Tomlin thought he would be better served resting it than standing on the sidelines all game.

“I got the opportunity to see it from a different angle,” said Sanders. “It was really different. I had some guys come to my house and you see the plays and you understand everything that is going on. It’s a different viewpoint. I can’t say I enjoyed it.”

Sanders said he was able to pick a lot up watching it, though.

“The guys were getting tired of me rewinding it because I was watching it like I was watching game film,” said Sanders. “It was all critiquing.”

* * *

Ike Taylorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ike-taylor/a3a15eb8-af01-4ce7-8607-07a5e88db59f/)’s broken thumb was a hot topic on Sunday, and some of his teammates even had some fun jokes about it.

“Hopefully it helps Ike catch some more interceptions,” joked wide receiver Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/). “Maybe we can put some sticky on the cast.”

* * *

After a few weeks of practice, players were happy to finally play in a game, including defensive end Aaron Smithhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/aaron-smith/488f7c49-70fe-411f-8000-072b635beaa7/) who spent part of last season on injured reserve.

“It felt nice to go out there and run around and get back to things,” said Smith. “I’ve got a ways to go, though.”

Smith said he also watched what number one draft pick Cameron Heywardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/cameron-heyward/31ae66ad-4d81-46b6-8598-fe151186afd7/) did and was happy Heyward was a little hard on himself post-game.

“Being self-critical is what makes players good,” said Smith. “You have to be able to analyze yourself and know where you come up short.”

Heyward had some nice plays, but nothing Smith said will make a highlight reel.

“You don’t make highlights as a rookie,” said Smith. “You usually don’t do much right as a rookie.”

* * *

This has been a different training camp with two-a-day practices eliminated and the number of practices in pads cut back. But it hasn’t cut back the work in the classroom for the Steelers.

“They are asking for more in the classroom because we are not on the field as much,” said linebacker Lawrence Timmonshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/lawrence-timmons/afc86dd7-633e-4e37-a4da-5f089a96b666/). “We are starting to pick up the schemes faster. I think it is a good thing.”

Casey Hamptonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/casey-hampton/179448fb-c7b4-43ee-82db-14d8d6f9eab3/) has a big laugh...
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...while James Farriorhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/james-farrior/f7f4fe77-9d04-41fa-ba5e-c5c0c49ca51c/) looks serious.
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Hines Ward makes fans happy.
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Camp is a family affair
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Having fun at Steelers Experience

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Taking care of the field.
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jpele
08-14-2011, 10:23 PM
Steelers | Chris Kemoeatu activated from PUP list
Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:10:20 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list.



Steelers | Ra'shon Harris waived/injured
Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:33:59 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have waived injured DL Ra'shon Harris (foot).

BlitzburghRockCity
08-15-2011, 10:14 AM
Last week of camp coming up. After that the players will be back to a normal practice schedule to finish out the preseason.

TampaSteelGirl
08-15-2011, 11:06 AM
I gotta be honest...i've never been nervous for pre season games but this year for some reason I am..:thud:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-15-2011, 06:30 PM
Monday, August 15

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sandershttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/emmanuel-sanders/8dbfd17f-3e27-497e-a7ce-4462b4467a6f/) still isn't practicing as he continues to recover from his foot injury.

“There is no soreness,” said Sanders. “Until the x-ray says I am 100 percent I am not going to step back onto the field. I am going to take it easy until my foot heals. I will do mental reps and cardio. I am going to start jogging on it and running routes.”

* * *

There has been a lot of talk about the performance of wide receiver Antonio Brownhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/antonio-brown/859114e9-d70b-477b-8eaf-6f34bb1ffc03/), but one guy who isn’t surprised by the second-year receiver’s performance is Mike Wallacehttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/mike-wallace/304eecdf-1b60-4dc4-9cd8-7808d9f5c97a/).


“I don’t see it as a surprise,” said Wallace. “It’s just a matter of him getting older and more comfortable. He didn’t have too many chances last year but when he did he made plays.”

With Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/) and now Jerricho Cotcheryhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jerricho-cotchery/915e6a52-d1db-4618-975a-8a098e1d0d82/) there are a lot of targets for quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ben-roethlisberger/54dda34e-9e43-4c57-9397-1143ddced5d6/). Now it will be a matter of are there enough footballs to go around.

“We have to spread it out,” said Wallace. “We are a group. None of us is a one-man show. I am not a selfish player. I have never been that way.”

* * *

With just a few days left in training camp players are starting to get anxious to break camp.

“I can’t wait for it to be over,” said Wallace. “It’s good for team-building. But I think we have done enough here. We will continue to do it when we get back to the South Side.”

Wallace joked today that he is looking forward to not seeing teammate and close friend Keenan Lewishttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/keenan-lewis/6c9eadd4-6bba-4848-bb2c-6cfb0997ba3a/) all of the time, and Lewis got him right back.

“I feel the same way,” said Lewis. “I saw him all summer. It’s cool, the end of camp and getting ready for the season. It’s a good thing.”

* * *

Rookie Cameron Heywardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/cameron-heyward/31ae66ad-4d81-46b6-8598-fe151186afd7/) has been spending as much time as possible studying his playbook, but knows he still has a long way to go.

“Every day is different,” said Heyward. “I have to keep studying until I master it and am not able to think about it.”

* * *

Charlie Casserly, the former general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, was at camp on Monday as part of the CBS pregame crew, traveling to different training camps.

Casserly visited with players and coaches, including defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau who he has nothing but respect for.

“I tell him I use him as an example all of the time. He got nervous when I said that, but I told him it was good,” said Casserly. “All of these people are talking about having youth, young coaches. I tell them probably the best coach in the league is over 70 years old. It’s illogical. You have to marvel at the guy. He is ageless. He is a brilliant coach. He has a system he has refined here through the years. The players can come in here and grow through the system. The guy is tremendous football coach. He is in the Hall of Fame and is a very humble man.”

Casserly likes the experience that the Steelers have, and thinks teams with that experience should have somewhat of an advantage early on in the season.

“In theory they should have an advantage,” said Casserly. “The advantage comes if they are playing teams that aren’t experienced. If you are playing teams that are experienced it won’t be as much an advantage. You don’t have to implement a system and you aren’t counting on rookies to start. Those are two huge things right there. I think the Steelers, along with other veteran teams, especially with a veteran quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger, have an edge early in the season.”

Jerricho Cotchery and Mike Wallace talk.
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The Basilica in the background at practice.
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Pat Noone fixes a helmet.
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Fans wait for autographs
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And Cameron Heyward signs for fans.
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LatrobePA
08-15-2011, 06:36 PM
MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
Dwyer a big winner
Unless the Steelers make a move to sign a running back who gets cut loose in the next couple of weeks, Jonathan Dwyer has likely made this team.

The season-ending knee injury to Baron Batch last week made that a strong possibility, but rookie John Clay walking out of practice Monday all but assured it.

Clay was eventually talked into coming back onto the practice field, but you can bet the coaching staff isn't happy with him.

Of course, Clay probably sees the writing on the wall. He hasn't been too impressive in camp and was equally blah in the team's first preseson game at Washington.

So that leaves Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore and … Dwyer.

The Steelers will be watching the waiver wire closely if someone interesting gets cut loose. And no, that somebody will not be Tiki Barber.

andyg1984
08-15-2011, 11:29 PM
at least bring kevin smith in for a visit ...

bigplaysteel
08-16-2011, 09:13 AM
i hope he doesnt make the team so the madness stops lol

Uhhhh! :nono: Now just wait a second here K Train. You-re overlooking his prowess as a WR force. Did I not read correctly somewhere, that he only blew 4 passes out of the five tossed his way. I don't doubt if this alleged ST coach were the WR coach both Ward and Mike 2000 's jobs would be in jeopardy. :lol:

LatrobePA
08-16-2011, 01:26 PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Last day of camp

Mike Tomlin held his final press conference of training camp 2011 and was much more interesting today than he was at his PC last week:

© Tomlin said Troy Polamalu and James Harrison will play Thursday against Philadelphia after sitting against Washington.

© The starters are expected to see 20 to 25 snaps.

© Tony Hills will get the start at RG.

© Emmanuel Sanders, Cortez Allen, Crezdon Butler, Bryant McFadden, Ike Taylor, Chris Kemoeatu and Mario Harvey are out as of now. That list could be added to later.

© Tomlin did not discount having his kickers boot the ball shorter to allow for returns to get a look at his special teams coverage units.

© Tomlin also said he wants to get an extended look at Jonathan Dwyer in this game.

I talked to Dwyer at lunch. Said he's lost 15 pounds since he's been in camp.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-16-2011, 01:28 PM
Even Arians was somewhat pleased with Dwyer so far. After that disastrous first couple days he seems to have found his stride. With Batch down for the year he's got a better shot at making the team now.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-16-2011, 04:44 PM
Last day of training camp today, players will be heading home soon.

The Steelers will soon be heading home from camp and for most of them, sleeping in their own beds is the one thing they have missed the most.

“I definitely missed my bed,” said running back Jonathan Dwyerhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/jonathan-dwyer/5bfae686-9098-4bb3-85aa-bfd8c720d223/). “And just being at home and having your own space.”

Others agreed.


“I am looking forward to sleeping in my bed,” said cornerback William Gayhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/william-gay/1a5771c1-6fa2-4076-94a2-44fef5695d61/). “I don’t get a special bed here at camp. I sleep in the little dorm beds.”

“I definitely want to sleep in my own bed,” said wide receiver Hines Wardhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/hines-ward/8a520076-6343-42ce-a89f-28a7dc97c67a/). “It’s the feeling of being at home. Getting in the car and going to work and not riding the carts around campus.”

While their own bed was the overwhelming answer on what they were looking forward to getting back to, cornerback Bryant McFaddenhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/bryant-mcfadden/bebb86e4-3cbc-4c19-814f-bdf39dd823cc/) had another thing he was missing.

“Extended cable,” said McFadden. “I want more channels.”

Even though the players are looking forward to getting back to the comforts of home, they still like having training camp in the setting at St. Vincent College where they can get away from everything.

“I know a lot of players gripe about it, but this is where you build the foundation,” said Ward. “You are eating together, always around guys, and building the team. You have it at the facility you lose out on that. It’s always been great to have camp to go away and be able to focus on football for a few weeks.”

It’s that closeness, the isolation from the outside world that helps build the foundation.

“It’s always fun to come to Latrobe, get away and bond with each other,” said Gay. “You just see each other every day. You look forward to it each year.”

Six Super Bowl championship seasons began on the fields at St. Vincent and that isn’t lost on the players.

“We have been doing it here for so long,” said McFadden. “It’s a tradition. I think if it was any other place it would feel abnormal. A lot of great teams have come here and prepared for a season. It gets you in the football mindset. It’s good for the team.”

Dwyer is only in his second season with the Steelers, but he understands the tradition as well.

“It would be weird if we didn’t have camp here,” said Dwyer. “It’s a tradition to come here, stay in Rooney Hall and have the fans here. It wouldn’t be right not to.”

* * *

Former offensive guard Carlton Haselrig, who played for the Steelers from 1990-93, was at practice on Tuesday, his first time back since his playing days.

“It brings back a lot of great memories,” said Haselrig, as he sat above Chuck Noll Field taking it all in. “It puts me in that same mindset of when I was a young guy coming up here, being in awe of all of the things that goes along with the Steelers.”

Haselrig brought his two kids with him, who were thrilled to get an inside look at camp.

“I am seeing it through the eyes of my kids,” said Haselrig. “It has changed a great deal for the better. The weather is beautiful. You can see the mountains over there.

“It’s great sharing it with my kids. I see the awe in their faces. To have them be around it and see it makes me feel good.”

* * *

With camp coming to an end it has been another great one here at St. Vincent College. The St. Vincent staff is fantastic, from Father Paul, to management, to the cafeteria crew who are so kind to everyone, the cleaning staff and everyone on campus. It’s a great summer home for the team.

And of course the security, Steelers Experience and camp office staff also did a great job.

Dan Sepulvedahttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/dan-sepulveda/296350b1-2a18-4909-88d5-e8d3db0de0a1/) with a smile.
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Roethlisberger and Ward get a breather.
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The running backs get a refresher.
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Clark and Cotchery
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A helmet all players are proud to wear.
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Fans catch up with Ryan Clarkhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/ryan-clark/cf65ed11-5ecb-4e40-9341-ff499509537d/) on the way to practice.
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Steelers Experience workers.
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LatrobePA
08-17-2011, 07:49 PM
NFL from the sidelines
After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on Tuesday nights throughout the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on WBGG 970-AM. Follow him on Twitter at dlolleyor.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011
The Hair and the Glare
As I said last week, we got a good look at what the Steelers defense would look like without both Troy Polamalu and James Harrison in 2011 against the Redskins and it wasn't pretty.

Without the Hair and the Glare, the Steelers are going nowhere.

But both will be in the lineup when the Steelers host Philadelphia Thursday and it will be interesting to see them play in game conditions.

Polamalu is, of course, coming off an Achilles' tendon injury that limited him so greatly in 2010 that all he did was win the Defensive Player of Year award. Harrison, meanwhile, had a pair of back surgeries that sapped him of some leg strength.

Neither has gone crazy in training camp, taking things easy. But if they're on the field, even for a preseason game, you can bet they'll be going all out.

© I found it interesting that the Steelers moved defensive lineman Miguel Chavis to tight end.

Chavis made some plays against the Redskins and is very athletic, even at 285 pounds.

It's probable that this is a move made for practice squad purposes - to steal a spot because they're going to have to try to sneak some draft picks onto the squad, ie. a young corner or two – and can save a spot by teaching Chavis to play tight end as well.

© Limas Sweed was a dead man walking and his teammates knew it.

A couple of years ago, you'd see Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes playing jokes on Sweed during practice, yukking it up with him on the sidelines.

This year, it was almost like he was a leper. He moped around the practice field and his teammates seemed to avoid him.

It just goes to show how things can change.

Kevin Colbert will take some heat for cutting loose a former second-round draft pick, but let's be honest, this wasn't Alonzo Jackson-like.

Had the Steelers not taken Sweed in the second round, somebody else would have. Had the Steelers not selected Jackson in the second round, it's likely he would have slipped to the middle rounds.

Sweed may also get an opportunity to play for somebody else in the league, ala. Ricardo Colclough, another former second-round bust.

Colclough was considered a bust with the Steelers, but spent six seasons in the NFL. That's not a bust. He was an NFL player.

Jackson was out of football a year after the Steelers cut him. That, my friends, is a bust.

BlitzburghRockCity
08-17-2011, 07:54 PM
So ends another training camp for the Steelers. Overall it was a somewhat quiet camp, atleast compared to last year with all the distractions flying around the team.

Overall other than the usual roster moves that make waves, and a few players not doing well in the run test, it was pretty standard stuff.