The Steelers continued on in their OTA session on Wednesday and head coach Mike Tomlin met the media to answer a few questions. You can listen to the audio below from the PPG. Scott Brown has the transcript as well.
Wide receiver Hines Ward and center Justin Hartwig have been limited during offseason practices thus far, but Tomlin addressed the Hartwig situation when asked on Wednesday. He is still recovering from the shoulder surgery he had in the offseason and Tomlin sees no reason to rush him back. He reportedly be ready come the start of training camp.
Running back coach Kirby Wilson said on Wednesday that Frank Summers has been working primarily at fullback this offseason. If Frank the Tank is to win a roster spot, then it seems he will need to do so at that position, meaning that the Steelers could indeed carry one less tight end on the active roster come week 1. David Johnson and Sean McHugh may both be on the outside looking in right now or on the bubble at best.
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Rookie cornerback Crezdon Butler has made an impression on secondary coach Ray Horton. “(No.) 40 is rising,” Horton said of Butler, a 6-1, 190-pounder drafted in the fifth round. “I know I\’m talking about a rookie, but it looks like he\’s going to make our team better.” This is great news from a late round round pick, especially being he is a cornerback as well. Butler\’s name shows up quite a bit in practice reports for good things. He will be one to watch for sure at Latrobe.
Speaking of running backs, Mewelde Moore sat down with 93.7 The Fan Jon Burton at Tuesday’s OTAs and weighed in on Ben’s return. He also tells us where he fits in the Steelers’ crowded backfield, and previews what new tricks the offense could have up their sleeves this fall.
Kara Henderson has a full video report for NFL.com and the NFL Network. The segment revolves around on how the Steelers are handling first-team reps at quarterback. Warren Sapp and Rod Woodson give their 2 cents late in the segment as well.