Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Day Three OTA Practice Recap – Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their final day of their first OTA session of the 2012 season and below is a recap of news and information that surfaced on Twitter and the web today.

Brett Keisel returned to make the final practice after attending a family function. Jonathan Dwyer was excused to attend a family graduation. Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Ike Taylor and Jerricho Cotchery all were reportedly given the day off. Remaining sidelined were Rashard Mendenhall (knee), Casey Hampton (knee) and Jason Worilds (hand/wrist?). Of course David DeCastro (school), Mike Adams (school), Alameda Ta\’amu (school) and Mike Wallace (holdout) remain absent. It is unknown if Ramon Foster (hamstring) was able to practice any of the three days this week.

Mark Kaboly reports that Marcus Gilbert says not to count him out at left tackle this season quite yet and that Gilbert called it his dream position. Kaboly quoted Gilbert as saying, “I\’m not counting it out 100% that they aren’t going to move me over to left. That’s my dream. My passion.”

Kaboly also said that he thought that wide receiver Juamorris Stewart looked good on Thursday and was the star of the day. Mike Prisuta reported that a lot of guys flashed during first three days of OTAs, but Baron Batch consistently caught his eye and he said that he is looking strong, quick and determined.

After the Thursday OTA session was over, Antonio Brown and Leonard Pope were still out catching balls from the JUGS machine according to Steelers Digest.

Ed Bouchette passed along word that Keenan Lewis said that he thinks that he will make the Pro Bowl this year.

steelers.com has a video recap of the first OTA session of the season up as well as a short interview with Keisel, who is sporting a fine beginnings of yet another beard.

The best news of all coming out of the first three days of off-season practice is that there appears to have been no serious injuries. The nature and the seriousness of the Worilds injury that had him sidelined all week is still unknown and that perhaps is the only real negative news to come out this week.

The Steelers will be back on the field next week for their second OTA session of the off-season.

  • mokhkw

    By the looks of Ziggy on the video recap he’s added even more muscle this OS.

    I heard he was already the strongest Steeler in the weight-room, any indication that he’s going to play some more NT this year? I know he most likely will until Casey returns, but I’m thinking more long-term & as a possible replacement for Casey.

  • SteelersDepot

    only way he plays NT is if there are more injuries. McLendon is the starter. Ta’amu likely #2

  • Jason White

    Yeah and the reports that McLendon has bulked up to the 325 pound area kinda lessens my worries about him playing nose tackle effectively for a long period of time.

  • Jprankster2005

    I like that Lewis has that much confidence…… I sure hope he does make the pro bowl….. I think they should sign him to a 3 yr. contract, Instead of him having a great yr. and them not afford to sign him next yr……. I say a 3 yr. 8 to 9 million contract……. With a 2 to 3 million signing bonus…….

  • Jprankster2005

    McLendon for some reason get’s pushed off to the side…….He did a good job last yr. when filling in…… And now that Hampton is done pretty much he will make his mark……Ta’amu is going to be a good one as well……. He might not be as great as Hampton when it’s all said and done but he will be good……Hood hasn’t really proven a whole lot in his 3 yrs….. I don’t think so anyway at DE let alone at NT

  • Jprankster2005

    Maybe Stewart will find him self a spot with Special Teams or even beat out Clemons for the 5th reciever…….There are so many guys that I like on this team that probably won’t make it, But if they did would do a good job…… I sure hope with the RB, Redman for sure, Batch and Dwyer and Rainey all make the team…….Batch I think can be GREAT……. Rainey will do alot of differnt things to help the team…….Dwyer and Redman are the pound it guys…… I like the 4 and wouldn’t mind releasing or trading Mendenhall with these guys…….. And another thing I like Will Johnson over David Johnson…… I think he’s the more overall guy and cost less as well and can be around for the next 4 yrs……David will be a FA next yr…… Just my opinion……But loving the updates and the articles…….

  • Guest

    Way to go Lewis! Set the bar high… Wishing you the best!

  • LucasY59

    Sounds like more than confidence for a guy who hasnt won an outright starting spot yet to say he will make the probowl. Yes, he will cost more money if he has that kind of a year, but I want to see him prove it before they pay him. Allen and Brown look like they could end up being better anyway.

  • Jason Worilds is injured again?

  • SteelerDave

    I agree, Jprankster2005.

    I would love to see the pony with Redman and Batch be utilized quite a bit. Both can catch out of the backfield and have totally different running styles. Dwyer and Rainey as the back-ups sometimes tossing one of them in for either a pass or a run. Batch could indeed be great though I’m partial to the power style of Redman as the primary ball carrier.

  • Jprankster2005

    I don’t know If Lewis has a good Camp and Pre season games, I would look to signing him up…… I mean even if both Brown and Allen are ready next yr. we still gotta have depth…… Even a 2 yr. deal would be nice…… That gives Brown or Allen the time to be the starter……. More likely Allen…… But I think Lewis will be the starter…… And do a good job, Pro Bowl a long shot……

  • Jprankster2005

    Sounds like something Minor…….But yeah I hear ya, Already and it’s just OTAs also Foster……How do these guys honestly get hurt like that in the offseason…..

  • Wdmason

    I hear a lot of confidence in Redman, Batch, Dwyer and Rainey. Maybe its just wishful thinking. Dwyer hasnt proven anything and Batch and Rainey have yet to play a single down.

    Now that leaves only Redzone Redman. Yes I love Redman too. He can break a tackle but seems like hes running in quicksand when he hits the open field. He just doesnt seem to have a second gear and hasnt proven he can last a whole season.

    Did I say I love Redman, the worlds most interesting man? When he plays football, he prefers the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hey Im rooting for the guy too but in reality its a big question mark. Mendenhall will be back, I just hope he is not so desperately needed..

  • Jprankster2005

    I think Rainey will do more Special Teams and slot play than RB, Batch can be a star if stays healthy…….Dwyer in his one game he did play did a great job……. So with that being said the tandom of these guys has nothing but an upside….. I think Dwyer is the least likely out of the group to get alot of playing time, But is better than Clay…. Watch a little of Batch and u will see what the hype is about…… This dude could be great and can’t believe he dropped so low in the draft…… And yes Redman is a beast and will be the starter……

  • Regarding quicksand: how many times do running backs hit the open field? I’ll take 4-5 yards per carry average with a max of 20 any day. Very few FWP 75 breakaways occur at all across the NFL.

  • Wdmason

    Willie Parker could break one at anytime. I seem to remember even Dwyer broke a long one. Redman doesnt seem to be able to do it. But I did say that I love the guy and he is the best we have and I support him completely. Actually he is the only experienced healthy back we have.