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Hawaii 5-0
06-12-2012, 05:28 PM
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp – Day One News, Notes & Recap

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

The Pittsburgh Steelers had their first day of the 2012 mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday and below is the initial recap of media reports on Twitter made by Mark Kaboly, Scott Brown, Will Graves, Gerry Dulac, Mike Prisuta and DVE Radio.

As expected, restricted free agent wide reciver Mike Wallace was not in attendence on Tuesday as day one of mini-camp got underway.

Also as expected, David DeCastro, Mike Adams and Alameda Ta'amu were all in attendence. In a move that likely signaled that the rookies will not be given a startiong job just for showing up, the first team offensive line from left to right was Marcus Gilbert, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and Trai Essex. DeCastro and Adams did get plenty of snaps with the first team throughout the session though.

Kaboly noted that offensive line coach Sean Kugler took time to scold Adams for not finishing on a play. Adams told reporters that he got all his work Tuesday at left tackle but would play right tackle if they needed him to.

In other offensive line news, seventh round draft pick Kelvin Beachum has been moved from tackle to guard. Beachum played left tackle at SMU.

Pouncey told the media that his surgically repaired ankle feels great and regrets not having surgery following the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

Not practicing on Tuesday were James Harrison and Curtis Brown. Harrison likely is still having issues with fluid on his knee and there was no reason reported as to why Brown was out. While not reported, it is believed that Jason Worilds might be sidelined still as he recovers from off-season wrist surgery.

Casey Hampton and Rashard Mendenhall continue to reportedly work on the side as they both continue to rehab from knee surgery. Hampton told a member of the media not to count him out from being in the opening day lineup.

Baron Batch is no longer wearing the blue no-contact jersey that he has been seen wearing during the previous OTA sessions.

Emmanuel Sanders reiterated once again that he feels like he is back to 100 percent after having surgery on both feet last off-season. The third year receiver stated that he definitely feels like he has something to prove and his goal is 1,000 yards receiving this year.

Antonio Brown has taken over the locker that belonged to Hines Ward, and he is well aware of the significance of it.

Brett Keisel said that he is very impressed on how Ben Roethlisberger has grasp the new offense so far. "We are only going to go as far as he can take us," said Keisel.

Colon perhaps had the quote of the day. While in the huddle with the two rookies he said, "It smells like baby milk and pampers in here."

I will update with more news and updates as more are reported by the media.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/06/2012-pittsburgh-steelers-minicamp-day-one-news-notes-recap/

Fire Arians
06-12-2012, 05:33 PM
Brett Keisel said that he is very impressed on how Ben Roethlisberger has grasp the new offense so far. "We are only going to go as far as he can take us," said Keisel.

damn, what's the media gonna write about now? the new offense is too easy for uber genius ben, who hates todd haley, loves arians, and even went to haley's house and kicked his dog (but not really)? :noidea:

EbonySteel86
06-12-2012, 05:49 PM
Colon perhaps had the quote of the day. While in the huddle with the two rookies he said, "It smells like baby milk and pampers in here." LOL!!! Classic!!!

Fire Arians
06-12-2012, 05:53 PM
Colon perhaps had the quote of the day. While in the huddle with the two rookies he said, "It smells like baby milk and pampers in here." LOL!!! Classic!!!

wonder if one of the rookies fired back saying 'nah, smells like a colon' :chuckle:

steeltheone
06-12-2012, 06:16 PM
Emmanuel Sanders reiterated once again that he feels like he is back to 100 percent after having surgery on both feet last off-season. The third year receiver stated that he definitely feels like he has something to prove and his goal is 1,000 yards receiving this year. How about 16 games played and 600 plus yards....First things first....16 games played

Hawaii 5-0
06-12-2012, 06:27 PM
Steelers Sign Long Snapper Matt Katula

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Scott Smith from XAM Sports reports this morning on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed long snapper Matt Katula to a one-year contract. Smith represents Katula. There is no word who was released to make room on the 90 man roster for Katula as of yet. Katula had reportedly worked out for the Steelers in May.

Katula was originally signed by Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and was their long snapper for five seasons. He was released by the Ravens prior to the start of the 2010 season and signed with the New England Patriots in November of 2010, where he finished out the season. Following his release by the Patriots prior to the start of the 2011 season, Katula signed with the Minnesota Vikings in November of last year and he played in the Vikings final five games.

It is not uncommon for the Steelers to carry two long snappers in training camp and Katula figures to compete for the long snapping job with long-time Steeler veteran Greg Warren.

Contract terms are not yet known, but it is believed that Katula signed for the veteran minimum.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/06/steelers-sign-long-snapper-matt-katula/

Hawaii 5-0
06-12-2012, 07:55 PM
Steelers' top picks join team at minicamp

June 12, 2012
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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David DeCastro gets instruction from Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler.

The Steelers began their three-day minicamp today with three of their top four draft choice finally joining them on the field.

But, unless someone thought the Steelers were just going to hand starting jobs to guard David DeCastro and tackle Michael Adams, the two rookies worked with the second-team offensive line during the morning session.

DeCastro, the No. 1 pick, lined at right guard -- the position where he will likely begin the season with the first team. Adams, the No. 2 pick, lined at left tackle, but it remains to be seen if he is ready to be a starter.

DeCastro and Adams could not participate in the voluntary OTAs because of NFL rules that prohibit players whose college classes haven't graduated from attending.

Marcus Gilbert was at left tackle and Willie Colon was at left guard with the first team. Veteran Trai Essex lined at right tackle with the first-team offensive line.

But DeCastro and Adams weren't the only highly regarded rookies to finally get on the field.

Nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, their fourth-round pick from Washington, also made his first appearance with his new team. Ta'amu is a thick 350-pound nose tackle from Samoa who will likely be the long-term replacement for Pro Bowl NT Casey Hampton. Like DeCastro and Adams, he could not attend OTAs.

"I'm happy to be here," Ta'amu said with a smile. "I'm a Steeler, man."

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-top-picks-join-640066/#ixzz1xcep3jJk

Hawaii 5-0
06-13-2012, 12:22 AM
Columnist likes the arm, field presence of Steelers' 'new' QB

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/heraldstandard.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/2c/b2cf6aa4-e436-5c89-bc56-5ec409b992f1/4fc695e1f27b4.image.jpg

Jim Wexell, publisher of SteelCityInsider.net

Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2012 1
By Jim Wexell For HeraldStandard.com

From the notebook of a sportswriter who likes the arm -- and, really, the field presence -- of the Steelers’ new quarterback:

-- But he must be nothing more than a camp arm, what with that No. 78 jersey they gave him.

-- Seriously, one rookie reporter raced off to his veteran mentor Thursday at Heinz Field to inform said mentor of his “scoop” about a No. 78 playing quarterback.

-- And more seriously, I loved Ben Roethlisberger wearing No. 78 in smirking defiance of the Steelers not having re-signed left tackle Max Starks yet.

-- The word I wanted to use was impudent. That word hit me after I saw rookie punter Drew Butler wearing the No. 9 of his idol Jim McMahon.

-- McMahon would’ve never complained about the new playbook, nor would he have praised the new draft picks throughout spring drills. He would’ve assured all that the new offense is a snap (even if it wasn’t, or even if he had no intention of learning it) and he would’ve ripped any rookie trying to replace one of his long and trusted bodyguards.

-- That’s what Roethlisberger did Thursday. Call him impudent if you must, but I love that he’s sticking up for one of his boys and that in chatting up the new offense in a positive manner he provided everyone around the team with more confidence.

-- Maybe some of the quarterback’s confidence has to do with the practice surge this past week of wide receiver Antonio Brown. Up until the last few practices, the star wide receiver had been Emmanuel Sanders -- by a long shot.

-- Brown made several acrobatic catches Thursday, but he had to laugh at one that was sheer luck. In a red-zone drill, Brown ran a corner route to the 3-yard line and didn’t turn in time for the ball. But the ball hit him in the head and he pinned it there and held on as he did two seasons ago against the Ravens. Brown also managed to keep his feet inbounds to move the chains. After practice I asked him about not getting his head around in time to find the ball. “Yeah,” he said with a big smile, “the ball found my head instead.”

-- After Thursday’s practice at Heinz Field, Brown and Sanders were off to the side taking their pads off, stretching out, cooling off, both beaming more confidently than ever with their standing on the team.

-- Sean Spence wasn’t so much a star yesterday, but his interception of Byron Leftwich over the middle brought out some of the news Spence had been making off the field.

-- The Steelers have already reversed their draft-day decree that Spence is a mack linebacker. The week-long absence of Stevenson Sylvester gave Spence an opportunity to play the buck position, and he’s opened plenty of eyes.

-- And most of those good impressions were made in the classroom. “He asks all the right questions,” said one coach.

-- But I wouldn’t write Larry Foote off just yet. He lined up to race Chris Carter and another linebacker in a 10-yard dash. Foote won by a step because he came off the snap more quickly, more instinctively.

-- Remember, with the disappearing of the fullback, buck backers -- or playcallers in the Steelers’ scheme -- don’t have to weigh 240 pounds anymore. Spence is listed at 231, but looks smaller.

-- I asked someone who watches practice tape if he’s been impressed by any of the young unknowns. He said that seventh-round pick Kelvin Beachum is “one who makes me say ‘wow.’”

-- After relaying this to another writer on the sideline, the writer -- who was watching practice and listening to me at the same time -- said, “As in, ‘Wow, look how fast Chris Carter just ran by Beachum.’”

-- Sure, rookies will have bad moments, but since hearing that tip I’ve been impressed by Beachum’s mobility, solid base, and versatility.

-- The other “wow guy” mentioned was seventh-round pick Toney Clemons. The WR who was great the first week and bad the second week bounced back impressively this third week.

-- As for the other seventh-round picks, another source told me TE David Paulson is “coach’s guy” and CB Terrence Frederick had been slowed by a hamstring problem “but he just made a play.”

-- Since I shared Mike Tomlin’s affinity for Paulson before the draft, I’ve been keeping an eye on him, and Paulson finally made his breakthrough this week. He had his best day Thursday. He even caught a pass over the middle and turned it up for a touchdown. He’s not flashy, but is plucky.

-- As for Frederick, all I can say is that he and undrafted rookie Terry Carter play as a CB tandem way down on the depth chart and Frederick is smaller but more polished, and, frankly, better.

-- A scout asked about my 12-year-old daughter’s athletic progress. She’s the goalie for a soccer team that just won the State Cup, and like everyone else has her flaws. After giving me some drills for her, the scout said, “Tell her to make her weakness her strength. That’s what the great ones do.”

-- Thinking it was wisdom passed down from the mountaintop, I repeated this to my daughter, who said, “Duh.”

-- Justin Kapinos is not letting Butler, the highly touted rookie, pull away in the punting derby. And undrafted rookie WR Marquis Maze had a two-“my bad” day with his coaches. So I’m moving safety Robert Golden to the top of the odds board for the roster chances of the undrafted rookies.

-- If the 202-pound Golden is the No. 1 undrafted rookie at this point, OLB Adrian Robinson is No. 1-A. The difference being the amount of talent in front of Robinson.

-- Robinson himself isn’t sure what running past tackles Marcus Gilbert and Trai Essex means in the spring without pads, but he’s as hopeful as the rest of the “tape-watchers” in the Steelers’ organization.

-- Andre Freeman, the undrafted rookie cornerback from Slippery Rock, made a stunning interception in the corner of the end zone Thursday. That kid’s not going away anytime soon, either.

-- Have to love Wes Lyons’s receiving potential as a tight end, but if you watch him hit a sled you want to yell “Stop ducking your head! You’re making my spine hurt!”

-- Tight end coach James Daniel came through with this comment to Lyons: “One thing we say in football is don’t duck your head, so don’t duck your head. You get hurt when you duck your head.”

-- He sounded like the commercial that ends with “so don’t end up in a ditch by the side of the road.”

-- FB/TE Jamie McCoy did the best job with the sled. Leonard Pope -- who’s probably heard about “pad level” ever since he was 10 years old -- adjusted best to Daniel’s instructions.

-- Cortez Allen is holding off Curtis Brown for the No. 3 CB job, but a scout told me Brown is probably the second quickest player on the team -- behind rookie RB Chris Rainey.

-- Rainey was born in prison but was standing there next to me, just off the field, at the pinnacle of his profession. I asked him if he could explain that gigantic chasm in a few sentences, but he could only laugh. One source told me that Rainey’s “smart, very smart, gym-rat smart.”

-- Rainey was wide open in the flat, but dropped the pass while no doubt salivating over the open grass in front of him. Tomlin went from saying “Get some!” to “Awww.” Ziggy Hood, who was hustling out into the flat, said to Rainey, “You dropped that. Time to die!”

-- Yep, Ziggy’s growing into a leader, and reading the papers, too.

-- And a few plays later Rainey made one of the sickest 360 spin moves of the spring.

-- If it’s not Spence, it’s Rainey who’s the most impressive rookie here.

-- Scout.com sent a survey to we team publishers, and one question was “Worst Draft Pick.” I honestly couldn’t think of one, so -- and this was two weeks ago -- I wrote, “Kelvin Beachum (?)” Well, after watching nine workouts, I e-mailed Scout to ask if they could change that to “None.”

-- At least the lower echelon -- picks 3 through 7D -- have shown great value. Next week we’ll have the opportunity to gauge the top picks, and no one expects to be disappointed.

http://www.heraldstandard.com/sports/columnists/jim_wexell/columnist-likes-the-arm-field-presence-of-steelers-new-qb/article_6f8993af-b280-5424-ad76-1a362cd81eb2.html

Galax Steeler
06-13-2012, 04:31 AM
Sounds like Spence and Rainey are doing good so far hopefully they will carry this into camp and pre season and have a chance to contribute come day one.

TRH
06-13-2012, 07:36 AM
damn, what's the media gonna write about now? the new offense is too easy for uber genius ben, who hates todd haley, loves arians, and even went to haley's house and kicked his dog (but not really)? :noidea:


Its not just media...its in here too....i'm sure they'll say that Bret is covering for Ben and that by "grasp" he really meant "desperately reaching" and that if you read further into the quote from Bret, that there is no doubt dissention between Ben and Haley :sofunny:

Kingmagyar
06-13-2012, 10:58 AM
Good old Willie Colon may need a pair of Depends Diapers by the time the year is over as he will discover that when you haven't played but one game in the past two years and your playing a position as technical as Left Guard you better not make as many mental mistakes as he has been known for. Arrogant statement made to the rookies who in all likelihood will be ten times better then he ever was. Does Colon think he is the starter already?

Always love hearing from Jim Wexell. He notices all the small details.

Antonio Brown's catch off his head? The guy just makes the catch. That is why I will always value him over Wallace in clutch situations and why he must not be allowed to leave at the expense of signing Wallace.

I think we will see a lot of Sean Spence this year.

S Robert Golden and OLB Adrian Robinson will be nice to keep an eye on this pre-season.

Apparently Wes Lyons just didn't stop ducking his head enough to even make it to training camp as he was released today. Maybe the biggest mistake of Wes Lyons life was gaining that weight to be a TE. Last year he looked good as a WR and made a nice catch in a game prior to suffering a concussion and with 1-2 roster spots open at WR he had a better chance there then trying to grab a TE spot that really doesn't exist.

Wonder if Rainey was a bit surprised by a huge intimidating man like Ziggy telling him "You dropped that pass, time to die!"? Interesting choice of words if a bit on the terroristic side.

Hawaii 5-0
06-13-2012, 12:49 PM
Steelers Make Roster Moves

June 13, 2012

The Steelers announced today the signing of two veterans to their active roster, linebacker Brandon Johnson and long snapper Matt Katula.

Johnson (6-5, 245) has spent the past four seasons (2008-11) with the Cincinnati Bengals, playing primarily on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He played in all 16 regular-season games each year with the Bengals and had a career-best 83 tackles in 2008. Johnson was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Louisville. He played special teams in his two seasons with the Cardinals.

Katula (6-6, 265) previously spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings over the course of his seven-year NFL career. He has appeared in 93 games as a long snapper, but only 13 games over the last two seasons. After being released by the Patriots prior to the start of the 2011 season, Katula spent the last five games of 2011 with the Vikings. Originally signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Katula played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin.

The Steelers have placed wide receiver Connor Dixon on their Waived/Injured List and also released tight end Wes Lyons.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-Make-Roster-Moves/20435847-74fd-43f1-a2df-289c1fca0628

TRH
06-13-2012, 01:05 PM
I see Mr Rooney today said publicly that Wallace "should be here". Subtle but strong words coming right from the big man.

TheVet
06-13-2012, 02:34 PM
Good old Willie Colon may need a pair of Depends Diapers by the time the year is over as he will discover that when you haven't played but one game in the past two years and your playing a position as technical as Left Guard you better not make as many mental mistakes as he has been known for. Arrogant statement made to the rookies who in all likelihood will be ten times better then he ever was. Does Colon think he is the starter already?

I've been thinking along the same lines. If the starting OL works out as we're projecting (Adams, Colon, Pouncey, DD, Gilbert), Colon could very easily be the weakest link. Colon was an above-the-line member of a bottom 25% OL, but he certainly has something to prove, for all three of the very good reasons that you cite. He's almost certainly the starter, however, given our depth problems. We don't have great alternatives at either OT or OG.

Hawaii 5-0
06-13-2012, 09:12 PM
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp – Day Two News, Notes & Recap From Wednesday

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Dave Bryan


The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up day two of their 2012 mini-camp and below is the daily aggregation of reports from the likes of Mark Kaboly, Scott Brown, Gerry Dulac, Mike Prisuta and Will Graves.

The morning started off with the Steelers officially announcing that they have signed long snapper Matt Katula and inside linebacker Brandon Johnson. To make room on the 90 man roster, tight end Wes Lyons was released and wide receiver Connor Dixon was placed on the Waived/Injured list with a leg injury of some sorts.

Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and James Harrison (knee) were among the notables not practicing in the morning session and it was also reported later in the day that Marcus Gilbert did not work in the morning session. Curtis Brown and Stevenson Sylvester were both still sidelined on Wednesday after both missed time on Tuesday. It is believed that Jason Worilds is still sidelined in addition as he recovers from off-season wrist surgery. Weslye Saunders also reportedly missed time on Wednesday in addition. John Clay reportedly sat out the afternoon practice with what may have been a hamstring strain.

Still rehabbing their knee injuries on the side are Rashard Mendenhall and Casey Hampton. Hampton told reporters that he has eyes on being ready by week one of the season and he is not upset at all that he will likely miss training camp practices. Hampton let be known that he still wants to play a few more years hopefully in Pittsburgh, but acknowledged that the Steelers have some up and coming youth now on the roster. During his talk with the media he praised both Steve McLendon and rookie Alameda Ta'amu.

Ta'amu said Wednesday that the team wants him at 340 by the time training camp starts. That means he needs to drop 10 pounds over the course of the next month.

Team president Art Rooney II was quoted during the middle of the day as saying in regard to restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, "He should be here." Sanders and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, both stated that they miss Wallace and are hopeful that he gets his situation resolved by the start of training camp. Neither seem concerned that he will not be able to catch up quickly. As it is has long been speculated, the Steelers still reportedly have no intentions of lowering the tender offer to Wallace on Friday.

Brett Keisel reportedly worked against rookie Mike Adams repeatedly on Wednesday and teased that he beat him most of the time. Keisel added that Adams has potential though. He also added that the team wants both Adams and David DeCastro to come in and contribute right away and that so far he thinks that they like what they see in both of the rookies.

Roethlisberger is still withholding judgement on the rookies until they put the pads on. Both Adams and DeCastro continued to be rotated in with the first time for a second day in a row.

Roethlisberger said in his talk with media that he has no intentions of changing the way he plays this year. He also added that the biggest issue he had with the team bringing in a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive scheme after his eight years in the league was that it would force him to start the learning process over at the most inopportune time, which is him heading into the prime of his career. Quote wise the quarterback said, "That was it early on. I felt like I was really starting … I was hopefully going to be coming into the prime of my career and starting all over with an offense.”

During his talk with the media, Roethlisberger once again said they he will be able to use the running backs more out of the backfield than he has previously.

The Steelers will wrap up mini-camp on Thursday with a light practice according to reports. It will serve as the final off-season practice until the team reports to training camp in Latrobe late next month.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/ben_roethlisberger_says_hes_not_going_to_change_hi s_game/11006321

TheVet
06-13-2012, 10:15 PM
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp – Day Two News, Notes & Recap From Wednesday

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

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Roethlisberger said in his talk with media that he has no intentions of changing the way he plays this year. He also added that the biggest issue he had with the team bringing in a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive scheme after his eight years in the league was that it would force him to start the learning process over at the most inopportune time, which is him heading into the prime of his career. Quote wise the quarterback said, "That was it early on. I felt like I was really starting … I was hopefully going to be coming into the prime of my career and starting all over with an offense.”

Hah, the truth comes out via Freudian slip. Once Ben has the experience of "starting all over with an offense," he's not gonna miss those days of playing without one.

Hawaii 5-0
06-13-2012, 11:44 PM
MarkKaboly_Trib via twitter:

Keep an eye on #Steelers rookie CB Terry Carter. Coaching staff really high on him.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/

Hawaii 5-0
06-15-2012, 01:15 AM
Pouncey: Summer won’t be a breeze

By Scott Brown
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Maurkice Pouncey had a message for Steelers rookies at the end of minicamp.

“Just train, man, just be ready because training camp goes fast,” the Steelers’ All-Pro center said Thursday. “You don’t know how quick it goes.”

The time between now and the start of training camp also may seem like it moves at warp speed.

The players who finished offseason practices yesterday have a little less than six weeks before they report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe. While players quickly scattered yesterday after an abbreviated practice at the Steelers’ South Side headquarters, they’ll hardly enjoy a long break even though they are off until July 25.

Many of players train even harder before the start of camp.

“The month of July, for me, is really four months of getting training camp ready,” said defensive end Brett Keisel, who is entering his 11th NFL season. “That’s the time to get myself cranked up, start working out twice a day for some of our two-a-days (practices).”

LaMarr Woodley said he will take a long weekend and then start training in Michigan with teammates Larry Foote and Ryan Mundy.

“I’ll be right back at it on Monday,” the outside linebacker said.

• The Steelers have until the end of today to reduce by more than $2 million a one-year contract offer to Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace. Wallace skipped every offseason practice and has yet to sign a one-year, $2.7 million contract the Steelers offered him as a restricted free agent. The Steelers are unlikely to exercise the option that allows them to trim the offer to $577,500, as they hope to sign Wallace to a long-term deal. Wallace has averaged more than 1,000 yards receiving in his first three seasons, and he caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

• The Steelers hadn’t practiced for more than 15 minutes yesterday before coach Mike Tomlin ended the final session of the offseason and dismissed the team for the summer. The highlight was a throwing competition between quarterbacks Byron Leftwich and Troy Smith. Leftwich launched a pass 71 yards, beating out Smith, whose throw came in at 68 yards. “Troy has a cannon,” Leftwich said, “but I have a bigger one.” Smith had beaten outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons in a similar competition a couple weeks ago, and Tomlin matched the former Heisman Trophy winner against Leftwich yesterday. “Mike Tomlin Don Kinged-it,” Leftwich said. “He signed me up for the fight, and I didn’t know I was up for the fight.”

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1991983-85/steelers-leftwich-camp-start-training-wallace-yards-yesterday-mike-offseason

Galax Steeler
06-15-2012, 04:19 AM
Hopefully all the rookies will take Pounceys advice and work hard so they will be ready for whatever awaits them.

Hawaii 5-0
06-15-2012, 03:03 PM
Kovacevic: Of Big Ben, big men, scatbacks

By Dejan Kovacevic
Published: Friday, June 15, 2012,

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Mini-thoughts, mini-observations of the Steelers' minicamp that concluded Thursday on the South Side ...

• For all the buzz about Big Ben's pending mini-Roethlisberger and the resultant change in his life, the best change I noticed over the three weeks of OTAs and minicamp was this: He pouted less with each passing day about Todd Haley's playbook.

Roethlisberger conceded Wednesday he initially was troubled by having to switch after eight years in the NFL, and his comment was telling: "That was it early on."

See the past tense?

Here's hoping he keeps it that way.

• Actual visible, audible signs of friction between Roethlisberger and Haley these past three weeks: Zero.

• The playbook won't take center stage until preseason, but the best early way to describe it is that it will be all things to all people. Expect Haley to show opponents a lot of different looks, formations, even personnel sets.

And expect that no one will love this more than Heath Miller. Haley loves to soften up the middle, and few in football do that better than No. 83.

"The more we spread the ball around and get everyone involved, the more difficult, in my mind, we would be to defend," Miller said. "I don't sit around and crave catching 100 balls. I just want to win."

That doesn't need to be mutually exclusive.

• Anyone placing Emmanuel Sanders ahead of Jerricho Cotchery on the wide receiver depth chart should do so in pencil.

• James Harrison opened OTAs declaring himself healthy, then stayed off the field for most of the past three weeks. The new issue was fluid on the knee, which doesn't sound serious. But the old issue, the wonky back, still hasn't been silenced.

You OK with Jason Worilds replacing him?

Me neither.

• Favorite guy to watch - and there wasn't a close second - was fifth-round scatback Chris Rainey. He's barely big enough to ride the Thunderbolt - 5-foot-9 - but blazes out of the Steelers' backfield like no one since Willie Parker.

Haley will find a way to use this weapon.

• Some of those plays could be screens, even mid-range passes. Rainey made a ridiculous one-handed grab Tuesday that looked like it might tear his shoulder from its socket.

Sticky gloves?

"Naw, man," he explained, with a grin. "Soft hands."

• Non-issue of the month: Mike Wallace.

What was he going to do, accept a $2.72 million tender while negotiating a long-term contract that could quadruple that?

If he blows off St. Vincent, that's meaningful.

• Feel free to share any doubts about Isaac Redman as a feature back with Redman himself. It couldn't possibly be anything an undrafted free agent out of Bowie State hasn't heard.

"Bring it on," Redman told me on a shared bench the other day. "I believe in myself. This is my time."

• You do realize that Jonathan Dwyer is Redman's backup, right?

He's 22 and has 25 career carries over two seasons.

Just checking.

• It's crazy that rookie left tackle Mike Adams is listed at 6-foot-7, 323 pounds but still looks like he needs to add bulk. Kid's built like a tight end.

• Nice to see good guy Chris Hoke hanging around even after retirement, and better yet to see him at a svelte 247 pounds. His playing weight, just a few months ago: 305.

Never underestimate a nose tackle's dietary ways.

• One name you've probably never heard but will soon: Terry Carter, undrafted corner out of Louisiana Tech, had three seriously athletic picks Wednesday.

Not like there isn't a need for some of that.

• Don't worry about the lost leadership with James Farrior's retirement. The real leader all along has been Mike Tomlin, and that isn't about to change.

When a hard rain chased the Steelers off the field Tuesday, only 15 minutes remained in that final session, anyway.

No big deal, right?

To Tomlin it was: He ordered everyone to change to indoor shoes, then sent them across the parking lot to the bubble to complete the session.

For 15 minutes.

• Next time you'll see the football club will be at maxicamp. Only 40 days until Latrobe.

http://triblive.com/sports/1991975-74/haley-redman-steelers-issue-mike-mini-past-roethlisberger-weeks-minicamp

FrancoLambert
06-15-2012, 08:50 PM
Good stuff in there. Rainey sounds like he's going to be a very dangerous weapon. Brown, Sanders, and Cotchery are all eager to compete. An expanded role for Heath. If Wallace comes to his senses this offense could be so difficult to defend. Harrison's fluid on the knee isn't serious, but when you have it in June and haven't been on the field, it is a little worrisome. Worilds has to show value consistently this year. Issac embracing the lead back role, Adams can afford to add weight to an already massive frame...... good stuff.

Galax Steeler
06-16-2012, 06:08 AM
Can't wait for camp there is going to be some good battles some we expect and some surprises.