Day ten of Steelers training camp is in the books and if you missed the day nine recap of the Friday Night Lights session you can read it here. Steelers.com also has some video up now from the Friday night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Pat Kirwan And Tim Ryan of Sirius NFL Radio were also at practice last night and Kirwan has his Steelers report up on NFL.com.
Peter King was at camp Saturday and here is an interview with him.
On to the Saturday practice on a soggy day back in Latrobe.
Before you read farther, I suggest you listen to the post practice report called into me by long time follower Dan Piotrowski. Dan gives us a great run-down from the Saturday practice and you should follow him on Twitter at @danpio1217. Dan is also an accomplished graphic artist and even designed The Terrible Podcast logo for us as well. If you need work done, get in contact with him and we thank Dan for his great report.
Direct download link: Dan Piotrowski Day 10 Training Camp Report
Here are some notes from practice and you can check out more Ken Laird, Scott Brown, Dale Lolley and Ed Bouchette on Twitter.
Bryant McFadden, Crezdon Butler, Cortez Allen, Curtis Brown and Marcus Gilbert all remained sidelined with their injuries, but all were working with the trainers and doing sprints and all may be back soon. Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) was held out today with his ankle injury suffered Friday night, but that is not expected to be serious in nature. Arnaz Battle (back) was held out today while James Harrison and Casey Hampton all had the day off. Hines Ward, Chris Kemoeatu and Eugene Bright remain on the active PUP list.
David Johnson stuck out today as far as the tight ends behind Heath Miller as he caught nearly everything that was thrown his way. New tight end John Gilmore looks like a polished blocker and a good fit for the Steelers system as well. Wesley Saunders had a nice grab with Lawrence Timmons covering him.
Steve McLendon was working second team behind Chris Hoke with Hampton sitting out and Anthony Gray was the 3rd team nose tackle and still has a ways to go as reported to me by Piotrowski. It seems the linemen may have figured him out after he got off to a good start in camp. He is shaping up to be strong practice squad material perhaps.
The starting line left to right was Jonathan Scott, Ramon Foster, Doug Legursky, Chris Scott and Willie Colon. C. Scott also got reps at the left guard spot today in addition. Rookie Keith Williams still seems to struggle with his aggressiveness in pass blocking and that was one thing that offensive line coach Sean Kugler noted about him after the draft.
J.Scott and and Foster were both carted off with injuries today. The Scott injury was reported as an ankle injury, but Mike Tomlin said he did not think it was serious after practice. No word on the Foster injury as of yet. Limas Sweed also sprained his shoulder about half-way through practice and spent the rest of the afternoon on the sideline with it wrapped up. Not good news for Sweed as a roster spot seems to be slipping way out of reach early on.
Charlie Batch probably had the best day of all the quarterbacks today according to Piotrowski. Leftwich was accurate too, but Batch reportedly stood out today. It is looking like Batch has a great shot at sticking instead of Dennis Dixon.
Tyler Grisham and Wes Lyons continue to have good camp and were the 3rd and 4th receivers in 4 wide sets along with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Brown continues to have a great camp. Lyons was noted as using his body good and making some nice grabs. He could very well be practice squad material if he does not crack the 53 man roster. After practice Tomlin was asked if Sweed\’s struggle to stay on field is frustrating and replied that he only worries about those that are working, not those that aren’t. Consider that a message.
Jason Worilds worked at the starting right outside linebacking spot with Harrison resting. Ike Taylor was at right corner with William Gay and Keenan Lewis both working on the left side. Gay was the nickel corner when Lewis was on the outside. Stevenson Sylvester had another good practice at inside linebacker.
The defense won the goal-line drill with Baron Batch scoring twice and Jonathan Dwyer scoring once. Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman did not have carries in the drill as it was left up to the young bucks. Dwyer was stopped on the first attempt as he was stopped by Ryan Mundy and LaMarr Woodley after Hoke blew up the middle. Dwyer scored on his second attempt. Next up it was Batch and he was stopped by James Farrior. On the second attempt by Batch he scored easily on the right side behind blocks by Colon and Johnson. Batch got a third try and scored up the middle. It was Batch again for his fourth carry and he was drilled by linebacker Mortty Ivy. At that point it was 3-3 and rookie John Clay received the last attempt and was stopped short.
It has been reported that receiver Jerricho Cotchery will visit with the Steelers on Sunday and could be signed to the roster. The Ravens are also reportedly interested in the former Jets draft pick that was released just a few days ago.
The Steelers are off on Sunday and will be back on the practice field on Monday.
Some great pics from today are on the Twitter timelines of @Sn0wBallz and @LeslieSColeman