Steelers 2012 Rookie Camp – Friday Recap

Friday was the first day of rookie mini camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers and here is a quick and dirty recap of items gathered from around Twitter and the internet.

The best thing that could happen today is that there appears to not have been any injuries, at least none serious. It will not be uncommon to hear about a few bumps, bruises or hamstrings, but at least no knees seem to have been torn up. That alone makes the first day of rookie camp an enormous success in my book.

As you all should know by now, first round pick David DeCastro is wearing No. 66. There are some great pictures of him from Friday up on, and if they don\’t get your black and gold blood pumping, I don\’t know what else will. DeCastro stated that the playbook from offensive line coach Sean Kugler is all old school and is all hand-written as Kugler does not deal with the electronic stuff.

Desmond Stapleton did not pass his physical and is no longer on the roster. He of course is the younger brother of Steelers offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton. Mark Kaboly stated that the rookie camp roster is at 40 and that includes draft picks, undrafted free agents, futures free agents and practice squad players from last year that did not have accrued seasons. There were also four players in for try-outs and those players are Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, SMU safety Chris Banjo, St. John Fisher offensive lineman Corey Balcerzak and LSU long snapper Alex Russian. Judging by the Kaboly information, I have compiled a roster below of the players that I assume are taking part in the camp.

The players wore shorts and helmets today and reports indicate that DeCastro lined up with the first team at right guard, while second round draft pick Mike Adams was the first team left tackle. DeCastro and Adams are reportedly roommates this weekend and that is good to hear. Fifth round pick Chris Rainey told the media he is a fast learner and that he is not having any problems picking up the offense that is being thrown at him so far.

Despite being listed as a cornerback, Myron Rolle is still a strong safety according to Ed Bouchette. Wes Lyons, who played wide receiver last year in training camp for the Steelers, is indeed being used as a tight end this year. It appears that John Malecki, who is a practice squad carry over, was the first team center by the looks of things.

Bouchette said that third round draft pick Sean Spence was the player that impressed him the most on Friday. Keep in mind that players are in shorts.

We will try to get Kaboly on the podcast next week to give us a run down of what he saw this weekend. I will update any more info that comes out from the Saturday practice tomorrow evening.

Steelers 2012 Rookie Camp Roster

76Mike AdamsT
*Corey BalcerzakOL
*Chris BanjoS
68Kelvin BeachumT
19Tyler BeilerWR
66Mike BlancDL
91Corbin BryantDE
3Drew ButlerP
35Terry CarterCB
11Toney ClemonsWR
66David DeCastroG
5Connor DixonWR
37Terrence FrederickCB
18David GilreathWR
30Robert GoldenS
44Brandon HicksLB
69Ikponmwosa IgbinosunDE
8Jerrod JohnsonQB
46Will JohnsonFB
69Ryan LeeC/G
49Brandon LindseyOLB
81Wes LyonsTE
62John MaleckiG
3Marquis MazeWR
80Jamie McCoyTE
40Marshall McFaddenILB
39Walter McFaddenDB
48David PaulsonTE
22Chris RaineyRB
2Grant ResselK
46Adrian RobinsonOLB
47Myron RolleS
*Alex RussianLS
51Sean SpenceILB
87Juamorris StewartWR
68Jake StollerDE
95Alameda Ta\’amuNT
*Darron ThomasQB
67Trevis TurnerT
67Kade WestonNT
15Derrick WilliamsWR
14Jimmy YoungWR

  • zbluez1

    keep the info flow alive, great stuff!

  • Jason White

    I know its probably a longshot but I’d love to see Wes Lions flourish as a tight end and make the roster. 6’9″ over the middle. If he picks it up he could be one dangerous weapon.

  • zbluez1

    Wes would have to learn to effectively drive block, not out of the realm of possibility, and would be cool to see, but it’s definitely a project and then some.

  • I’m really interested to find out how Jerrod Johnson does this weekend. He was good enough to beat Ryan Tannehill out for the starting QB job at Texas A&M, two years in a row. 6’5″, 250 lbs. That’s the type of back up the Steelers need at QB.

  • Jason White

    Yeah I’m really rooting for him to to win the #3 QB spot. They aren’t likely to keep 4 QBs so he’s gonna have to really perform well to beat out Batch or Leftwich.

  • steevil13

    What happened to ALEX TANNEY (QB #9) Don’t see his name on the above list? …Never mind…I think I found the answer: On May 1, 2012, Tanney announced via Twitter he would not travel to train with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and would instead take a rookie mini-camp spot for the Buffalo Bills.


    The photos on are great. I would start Ta’Amu game one. Can’t picture any one man moving him.

  • Intropy

    Rainey should line up opposite Keisel. I’d like to see them go barba a barba.

  • kerror

    Hey dave,
    what’s about my ‘bama kid marquis maze? or how was our 7th-round-receiver?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    thats too bad…I thought Tanney has a really nice skill set and had the potential to make the PS this year and maybe the roster next year

  • Jprankster2005

    So Decastro is sharing the same number with another player?

  • Jprankster2005

    Leftwich is the backup…… Batch and Smith and the rest will fight for the 3 spot and likely will be given to Batch because he’s a good Backup and helps coach……

  • Jprankster2005

    The question I have is how long does it take for teams to give contract details…… All they say on Cotchery is it’s a 2yr. 3 million deal…….. Batch is still undiclosed as well as Leftwich…..

  • Jprankster2005

    I’ve asked this question a few times now…… When should we expect to see these draft picks signed…….. Will it be soon or later in the summer

  • DK

    Tomlin said today after the second practice that Adams will be taught the left tackle position starting out and DeCastro the right guard because that was their postions’ in college…so if I was to look at it from a players’ standpoint all Adams would need to do is play better than Gilbert than he can win the starting job…cause with Adams at left tackle,Colon at left guard,Pouncey at center,DeCastro at right guard,and I assume Gilbert would move back to right tackle, that’s the lineup we all are hoping for and the coaches (I assume) are also hopeful too have if everything works out they way we see it unfolding.

  • Bobby Bowers

    am I suffering from MSG poisoning ( back from buffet last night) or I see multiple repeating numbers on repeated players…?

  • The whole “Batch is a coach” think is over rated. Ben doesn’t need Charlie Batch on the sidelines to be successful. The Steelers need some youth backing up Ben. Johnson is a big, strong kid, who can hold up for a long period of time, and provide quality at the back up role for a number of years.

  • Jprankster2005

    Hey I agree…… I would of loved for us to taken a rookie and have a young body back there just in case…… I would of liked Cousins….. But they figure they can do that in a yr. or 2 seeming he has 4 yrs. left on contract and probably another 6 good yrs. left…… So I think next yr. they will take a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round….. And devolp him…..

  • Bobby Bowers

    …let the dude grab some lunch first, come on — don’t push the man!

  • Robhenderson

    Dave loved the podcast and interview with my dark horse Ryan Lee.

  • SteelersDepot

    Thanks. Look forward to following his progress.

  • zbluez1

    You like to see running backs squish ? Just like grape? *JK*