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DIESELMAN
07-24-2007, 12:25 PM
With the run test behind them, the Steelers sunk their teeth into their first practice of Mike Tomlin's training camp. Here's what happened.

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Gary Russell


So much for the easy stuff.

While Monday’s run test may have been easier than what many of the players expected, Tuesday’s opening practice of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers involved hitting - and plenty of it.

After some position drills, head coach Mike Tomlin brought the linebackers and running backs together for a little backs on backers – something that had never been done in the morning drills under Bill Cowher.

By my scoring, the offense won the drill by a slight margin, with undrafted rookie running back Gary Russell showing very good skills as a blocker on blitz pickup. Russell stoned Clint Kriewaldt, Lawrence Timmons, Larry Foote and Richard Koonce in his one-on-one blocking, showing good leverage.
Timmons, the team's No. 1 pick, didn't look good in the drill, also getting stoned by Carey Davis and Willie Parker. Maybe he's still getting his feet under him after missing all of the offseason workouts.


On the defensive side, James Harrison, as usual, looked good in this drill, dominating Parker, Kevan Barlow, Larry Croom and getting good pressure on Najeh Davenport despite being fought to a draw. That’s four experienced NFL running backs Harrison went up against.

Davenport, who did well otherwise, had the drill’s most embarrassing moment, getting run over by rookie linebacker LaMarr Woodley on the final repetition of the drill for a pancake into the quarterback.

After that, it was on to 10 minutes of 9-on-9 inside running drills with only the corners and wide receivers not taking part. There was plenty of hitting here and it almost looked like a goal-line drill with its intensity and hitting.

Team portion of the morning practice came next, with the only notable moments being fumbled center exchanges by Ben Roethlisberger and Chukky Okobi, and later by Sean Mahan and Charlie Batch.

Nate Washington opened at wide receiver in place of Santonio Holmes, who’s out after having some kind of minor surgical proceedure. Holmes was at practice and is moving around fine, so he shouldn’t be out long. During punt drills, the return men were Washington, Willie Reid, Dan Sheldon, Cedrick Wilson, Jovon johnson, Chris Jackson and, yes, Ricardo Colclough. Only Wilson mishandled a punt, though.

By Dale Lolley
For SteelCityInsider.com
Posted Jul 24, 2007


Sounds like Harrison is pumped up, hopefully it won't take long for Timmons to get settled in.

AZ_Steeler
07-24-2007, 12:41 PM
Davenport, who did well otherwise, had the drill’s most embarrassing moment, getting run over by rookie linebacker LaMarr Woodley on the final repetition of the drill for a pancake into the quarterback.

:lol: How embarrassing for Davenport!!!

During punt drills, the return men were Washington, Willie Reid, Dan Sheldon, Cedrick Wilson, Jovon johnson, Chris Jackson and, yes, Ricardo Colclough.
Someone needs to show Tomlin the tape of the Steelers/Bengals first game last year!!! Anybody have a copy to send him? ;)

SteelerSal
07-24-2007, 12:50 PM
Timmons, the team's No. 1 pick, didn't look good in the drill, also getting stoned by Carey Davis and Willie Parker. Maybe he's still getting his feet under him after missing all of the offseason workouts.

He is gonna be a project and thats not what you want from a first rounder.


Davenport, who did well otherwise, had the drill’s most embarrassing moment, getting run over by rookie linebacker LaMarr Woodley on the final repetition of the drill for a pancake into the quarterback.

We are really lucky he fell to us in the second round. He has first round talent and future probowler written all over him.

And I'm not gonna even comment on the Ricardo Colclough experiment feilding punts.:scratch:

introyitrust
07-24-2007, 01:35 PM
It's too early to be down on Timmons. Sure he has a lot to prove since he was our first round pick, but he missed the OTAs with the injury so give him some time.
It's good to hear good things about Russell.
We all know James Harrison is a beast and these drills show off his strength.
I don't have a problem with having Ricardo returning punts as long as he isn't their main guy. The report said he is one of SEVEN guys. It's clear that he won't be anything more than a possible nickel/dime corner so why not have him work as a returner in training camp drills? Now if he is the returner come week one I will be pissed but I don't see that happening.

TEEMONT
07-24-2007, 01:43 PM
Why in Gods name are they actually wearing those yellow helmets?

Good article though.

steelcurtain09
07-24-2007, 02:34 PM
Why in Gods name are they actually wearing those yellow helmets?

because those helmets look sick

and i mean tht in the good way

Black@Gold Forever32
07-24-2007, 02:43 PM
Very cool to hear Gary Russell doing well in the backs vs backers drills....He is a dark horse to make the team........So showing he can do the little things well is huge if Russell wants to make the team......

I'm pumped that Woodley made some waves in the drill as well.......

TEEMONT
07-24-2007, 03:42 PM
because those helmets look sick

and i mean tht in the good way

No...the black ones look sick. The yellow ones are just supposed to be for two games...I dunno why they wanna use them for camp......

kgreen
07-24-2007, 03:44 PM
It's too early to be down on Timmons. Sure he has a lot to prove since he was our first round pick, but he missed the OTAs with the injury so give him some time.
It's good to hear good things about Russell.
We all know James Harrison is a beast and these drills show off his strength.
I don't have a problem with having Ricardo returning punts as long as he isn't their main guy. The report said he is one of SEVEN guys. It's clear that he won't be anything more than a possible nickel/dime corner so why not have him work as a returner in training camp drills? Now if he is the returner come week one I will be pissed but I don't see that happening.

I agree as well. Everyone is going to have bad days at practice. It happens. It has happened to Ben plenty of times, Hines and even Troy have had bad practices. I am not worried.

strong D
07-24-2007, 03:55 PM
i would love to see russel make the team and say goodbye to haynes

introyitrust
07-24-2007, 04:12 PM
i would love to see russel make the team and say goodbye to haynes

Same here.
It would be good to get some more youth at the position.
I appreciate the work Haynes has done in the past but he has now become somewhat injury prone.
And people point at him being able to fill in as a FB as a reason to keep him on the roster. But with the way our offense is going I don't think that is nearly enough a reason to keep him around. Plus if anything happened to Kreider I think Kuhn could fill in adequately.

SteelerSal
07-24-2007, 04:31 PM
I would like to see Russell make the team instead of Barlow or Haynes.

I think the fullback position is gonna be phased out all together with the style of offense that we have been reading about. In the spread or 4 WR set you don't have a FB on the field and with the three TE set you have a choice of three players that can take the fb responsibilities.
So unless they are part of special teams, I don't think Kuhn , Haynes or Barlow make the team.