Last Update: Jul 17, 2007 2:56 PM
REPORT DATES: Rookies July 23rd, Veterans July 23rd
SITE: Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
CAMP OBJECTIVES: The Steelers' veterans will report before any of those on the league's other 31 teams, which is handy given the amount of work new head coach Mike Tomlin has before him in his first summer session. The most pressing concerns are on defense, where major questions remain about how the Tampa-2-loving Tomlin will coexist with coordinator Dick LeBeau and his zone blitz. The fact that the team drafted a pair of defensive end/outside linebacker hybrids - Lawrence Timmons (Florida State) and LaMarr Woodley (Michigan) in the first two rounds - failed to tip Tomlin's philosophical hand. Other battles worth watching will come from the secondary, where Deshea Townsend, Ike Taylor, and Bryant McFadden are fighting for two cornerback jobs, and where Anthony Smith and Ryan Clark are duking it out for free safety honors. On offense, there won't be much philosophical transition from departed coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to Bruce Arians, who served as Pittsburgh's wide receivers coach for the past three years, but the team will be expected to be more consistent behind a fully healthy Ben Roethlisberger from the outset of camp. There are issues on the offensive line, where ex-Buccaneer Sean Mahan is expected to take over for the retired Jeff Hartings at center, and where veteran left guard Alan Faneca could make some waves due to dissatisfaction with his contract.
The countdown's on!! Only 4 days to go....
(The story isn't much that we didn't already know or that we haven't already talked about, but I always try to share everything I find).