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    Steelers | Team to hold five practices during minicamp

    Tue, 29 Apr 2008 11:25:49 -0700
    The Pittsburgh Steelers will hold five practices during the team's minicamp from May 2 to May 4. The Steelers will hold practices at 10:25 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3. Practice will be held at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, May 4. All players on the roster will attend.

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    Thanks for the info


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    Great stuff, our first chance to see the draft picks in action and see how the initially take their first practices in an NFL uniform.

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    Mini camp: Marvel Smith returns, Hill wears 66, Ward-Polamalu-A. Smith not praticing

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    Steelers Notebook: OT Smith back in lineup after surgery in offseason


    Saturday, May 03, 2008
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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    Troy Polamalu is not practicing at minicamp as he is recovering from knee surgery.Back surgery often is not a good sign for a football player, particularly one who weighs more than 300 pounds.

    For Marvel Smith, it was a blessing.

    Smith had surgery in mid-December to remove a herniated disk in his lower back that was jammed against a nerve and causing a leg to go numb. It had bothered him much of the season but became quite evident Dec. 16 against Jacksonville.

    "His left leg was numb and he couldn't even feel it," line coach Larry Zierlein said. "He'll go to the wall. I think his surgery gives him a chance to hold up. I'm not concerned about that."

    Nor is Smith, who went through both practices on the first day of the Steelers' minicamp.

    Dr. Joseph Maroon's December surgery should make for a better Smith in 2008. And that's one key to improving the overall play of the offensive line.

    Smith felt like the lion who had a thorn pulled out of his paw.

    "It's really unbelievable how much better I feel. Right after I had it done, the next day I felt better.

    "Last year was the first time it affected me to where I had to block it out and not think about it and stuff like that.

    "Before, it was just part of the game, [accepting that] I'm going to be sore for the most part."

    Rookie released
    The Steelers released their first rookie, one of their most promising undrafted players.

    Dorien Bryant, a punt returner from Purdue, failed his physical. The Steelers, who did not say why he failed, likely will sign someone to replace him.

    Several NFL teams competed after the draft to sign Bryant, who is 5 feet 9, 175 pounds, and also listed as a wide receiver. The Steelers are trying to find someone to return punts and kickoffs for them, a job held last season by Allen Rossum, released this year.

    Among the candidates are Mewelde Moore, signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Vikings to serve as third-down back, and wide receivers Willie Reid, Jeremy Bloom, who spent part of last season on the practice squad, and Santonio Holmes.

    No. 1 pick unhappy
    Rookie halfback Rashard Mendenhall expressed some dismay over what happened to his brother, Walter, who left the University of Illinois football team recently.

    Walter Mendenhall got a scholarship to Illinois in 2004 in what was regarded at the time as a package deal to get his younger brother the following year, and it worked.

    "Yeah, they did not want him to return," Rashard said yesterday.

    "He would have been a fifth-year senior but he is graduating from Illinois and then he will be at Illinois State, getting his one-year master's."

    Mendenhall did not seem happy with Illinois nor head coach Ron Zook over the situation.

    "Yeah it upset me. But to tell you the truth, with how things were, it didn't surprise me too much because it just wasn't in our favor over there."

    Ward, Polamalu watch
    Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu had knee surgery after the season and neither is practicing at minicamp.

    Both said they should be ready to go by training camp. Ward repaired tears in his MCL and PCL.

    Polamalu also had a torn PCL but he said his surgery was more to clean up loose tissue and not to repair the damaged ligament because surgery, he said, would not improve it.

    Defensive end Aaron Smith, who had surgery last December to repair a torn biceps, also did not practice.

    Faneca's number issued
    The Steelers have been known to unofficially retire certain numbers by not issuing them.

    That won't be the case for seven-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca, who signed this year with the New York Jets as a free agent.

    Rookie Tony Hills, their fourth-round draft choice from Texas, wore No. 66 yesterday.

    Other rookie numbers are Mendenhall (34), wide receiver Limas Sweed (14), linebacker Bruce Davis (53), quarterback Dennis Dixon (2), linebacker Mike Humpal (55) and free safety Ryan Mundy (29).

    Undrafted rookie quarterback Mike Potts of William & Mary was born in Pittsburgh and still has relatives, including grandparents, living here. His parents, who now live in Middleton, Del., are Thomas Jefferson High School graduates. He will wear No. 8.

    New veterans' numbers include center Justin Hartwig (62) and running back Moore (21).
    No surprise that they issued Faneca's old number, I don't think any of us figured it would be held back with the likes Webster and others from the dynasty years.

    Great to see Marvel Smith feeling better. Hopefully this year he'll be solid for us and give Hills a chance to get ready for 2009 because Smith will want too much of a payday to stick around.

    I didn't realize Hines' surgery was so serious but hopefully he's ready to go by camp as he said.
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    Wow....I didn't know Ward's surgery was that bad either. In the past, I wouldn't be worried at all because of his ability to heal quickly. I can't say I'm not worried at all this time. He is getting older after all. The good thing is, he appears to have the attitude we need towards the new guys and that will make him a play maker even if he has to spend some time on the sideline.

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    wow that's some bad news about Dorien Bryant, i was hoping he'd make the team as a Steve Tasker type special teams guru. How do you just come off a division 1 program and fail an NFL physical that quick?

    "He's running around there, running his mouth, doing all that, but if you watch him on film and really look, where was Ray Lewis? He was nowhere to be found. I could have tackled the water boy and had as many tackles as him. He didn't do nothing today. He's all mouth. When you talk like that, that's what happens: You get hit in the mouth. He's over there crying now, thinking about what went wrong. You got your *** whipped, that's what." ~ Peazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItAintEasyBeingPeazy View Post
    wow that's some bad news about Dorien Bryant, i was hoping he'd make the team as a Steve Tasker type special teams guru. How do you just come off a division 1 program and fail an NFL physical that quick?
    it's called weed.

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    Hines doesn't heal as quickly as he used too; it's good he had this surgery early in the offseason so he'll be ready to go by camp. He's taken a helluva beating during his career but he just keeps right on going like a warrior.

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    Mission accomplished


    By BOB LABRIOLA
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    The Steelers concluded their three-day minicamp on Sunday with a light workout at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, and Coach Mike Tomlin said he was happy with all that was accomplished.

    Primary among the goals was gathering the draft picks and rookie free agents and throwing so much at them over a short period of time that their eyes water. In this cut-throat business, it’s what amounts to a welcome to the NFL.

    “They are all lost. They don’t have a clue, and I say that smiling because that makes them normal,” said Tomlin. “They come in here on a weekend, and they get a playbook thrown at them, and they are competing against the best players in the world at what it is they do, and it’s happening fast. I like their spirit, I like their attitude, and I like the way that they’re approaching it. It appears to be a very humble group, which is good. I think they know that they don’t know, which is good. We are excited about these men at this point.”

    It has become an accepted fact of NFL life that players make significant improvement from their first to their second years in the league, and Tomlin acknowledged this earlier in the weekend. So, while it’s natural to examine the progress made by, say, No. 1 pick Rashard Mendenhall this weekend, it might be more fruitful to see how far last year’s No. 1 pick – Lawrence Timmons – has come.

    “It has been a good weekend for him,” said Tomlin about Timmons. “It has been a difference of night and day between what he showed us this weekend and what he showed us last year. The pedigree is still there, and we like what he brings to the table. He’s a talented guy who’s capable of doing a lot of things.

    “He’s a big guy who is powerful. He is going to be able to do some things in coverage; he is going to be able to do some things in terms of getting pressure on the quarterback. But his deeds on the field are going to etch out his role. He knows that and all the guys know that. He has some potential, but he needs to do the work.”

    Timmons initially was put behind James Harrison at right outside linebacker, but it wasn’t too far into his rookie training camp that he was moved inside. James Farrior and Larry Foote are returning starters at inside linebacker, but Tomlin is looking for Timmons to make it a competition there this summer.

    “Hopefully we have a bunch of intense battles (for starting jobs),” said Tomlin. “That’s one that could be intense because Lawrence has put himself in a position to compete because he knows what to do. We are only going to be a good football team if we have a bunch of intense battles. We expect that to be one of them; we will see.”

    One other noticeable change from last year was the way special teams were practiced. In 2007, special teams sessions were both plentiful and longer than had been the case during Bill Cowher’s tenure. Yet for all of the time and energy allotted to special teams, the Steelers were sub-par over the course of the season.

    Tomlin said there has been a change in philosophy.

    “We are emphasizing special teams, but we are emphasizing them in a different way,” said Tomlin. “I’m trying to create a little energy through scarcity. We are not going to do it as much. We are not going to work harder, we are going to work smarter.”

    MINCAMP NOTES: Ben Roethlisberger was back after having an excused absence on Saturday and did take part in the final workout of minicamp … The only injury sustained over the weekend was to Mendenhall, who strained a hamstring during one of Friday’s two practices and was held out of the final three. Tomlin said the expectation is Mendenhall will be able to participate on the field once the team gathers together again on May 16 for the start of OTAs.

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    Atleast we got through this mini camp with only one real injury so that's not too bad; hopefully Mendenhall is back and ready to go soon.

    Im glad to see Timmons is taking another step towards more playing time; his battle with Foote should be a great one this summer. Larry won't just roll over and give it to him so they ought to be fun to watch.

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