Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Day Two OTA Practice Recap – Wednesday

Wednesday marked day two of the first OTA practice session of the 2012 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers and we have quite a few nuggets to pass along via the media reports today.

Not participating again on Wednesday were Ramon Foster (hamstring), Brett Keisel (family function), Casey Hampton (knee), Rashard Mendenhall (knee) and Jason Worilds (hand), David DeCastro (school), Mike Adams (school), Alameda Ta\’amu (school) and Mike Wallace (holdout). Ike Taylor was present on Wednesday after missing Tuesday because he arrived in town late. Taylor did tell the media that he may not be present for all OTA\’s this off-season.

Mendenhall told the media that he is taking it day to day right now and said that being ready for week one of the season is the best case scenario. He was quoted by Scott Brown as saying, “I’ll be back at some point. It’s just a matter of what point that is.”

Isaac Redman told the media that the new offense is designed to be easier on the offensive line this year and he expects the running backs to be more involved in the passing game this year as well. Redman on learning the new Todd Haley offense according to Mike Prisuta, “It\’s tough on everybody. We\’re just trying to get the hang of it. We\’ll see how it goes.” Redman also told the media that tight end David Johnson has been moved to fullback on a full-time basis and that he no longer attends meetings with the tight ends. Will Johnson, as expected, is getting reps at fullback as well according to Mark Kaboly.

Kaboly also reported that Trai Essex was told he is to concentrate on left tackle, but that he should also be ready for the other four positions on the offensive line as well. Cortez Allen was spotted by Kaboly working as the first team nickelback. Keenan Lewis was the starting left cornerback opposite Taylor, who says he is expecting a whole lot out of Lewis this year.

Brown reported James Harrison was a bit surprised by the news that he would have to wear knee pads in the future. Harrison was quoted as saying, “You’ve got to wear knee pads too? Wow. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.”

Kaboly reports that Steve McLendon, who is listed at 280 on the Steelers website, told him today that he currently weighs 325 pounds.

Former Steeler center and future Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson watched today\’s OTA session.

I will add more to these report after going through some audio from interviews today.

  • Woodleykills56

    Wow thats quite a weight increase by McLendon. I am not sure if thats good news or bad?

  • SteelersDepot

    He reportedly weighed over 300 at the end of last year.

  • Kysteeler

    Yeah I highly doubt that McLendon was under 300 lbs last year. I think its very good news that he’s quoted saying he’s 325 lbs, so we all can stop guessing. Looks like the middle of the Dline might not be as soft as people think.

  • Danpio1217

    Def. good news. Have you ever seen the guy? None of that is fat. The opposite can be said for the difference in Hamptons real weight vs. what he’s listed at lol

  • Broderick Wallace

    I’ve read that McClendon is a workout warrior with Ziggy.

  • kevin

    The guy has only played three years. Sometimes, it takes a while for the guys to fill out on the NFL weightlifting and nutrition plans.

  • Eric87

    Gotta be good news, helps him gain some power to get those double teams

  • Eric87

    Looks like Lewis has the upper hand at starting LCB at the moment. Allen should be a good nickel back. If need be Brown would then be the Dime back if they even use that formation anymore, or they could rotate those two at the nickel.

  • That, and the Steelers never change a players listed weight. Most of the players height/weight listings, are measurements recorded at the NFL combine.

  • Jefferson St. Joe

    If Cam Heyward pans out, the D-line is in great shape for years to come.

  • steelerfan

    Thanks, as always, Dave, for consolidating all of this information for us. It’s much appreciated.