2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp – Day One News, Notes & Recap
The Pittsburgh Steelers had their first day of the 2012 mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday and below is the initial recap of media reports on Twitter made by Mark Kaboly, Scott Brown, Will Graves, Gerry Dulac, Mike Prisuta and DVE Radio.
As expected, restricted free agent wide reciver Mike Wallace was not in attendence on Tuesday as day one of mini-camp got underway.
Also as expected, David DeCastro, Mike Adams and Alameda Ta\’amu were all in attendence. In a move that likely signaled that the rookies will not be given a startiong job just for showing up, the first team offensive line from left to right was Marcus Gilbert, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and Trai Essex. DeCastro and Adams did get plenty of snaps with the first team throughout the session though.
Kaboly noted that offensive line coach Sean Kugler took time to scold Adams for not finishing on a play. Adams told reporters that he got all his work Tuesday at left tackle but would play right tackle if they needed him to.
In other offensive line news, seventh round draft pick Kelvin Beachum has been moved from tackle to guard. Beachum played left tackle at SMU.
Pouncey told the media that his surgically repaired ankle feels great and regrets not having surgery following the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.
Not practicing on Tuesday were James Harrison and Curtis Brown. Harrison likely is still having issues with fluid on his knee and there was no reason reported as to why Brown was out. While not reported, it is believed that Jason Worilds might be sidelined still as he recovers from off-season wrist surgery.
Casey Hampton and Rashard Mendenhall continue to reportedly work on the side as they both continue to rehab from knee surgery. Hampton told a member of the media not to count him out from being in the opening day lineup.
Baron Batch is no longer wearing the blue no-contact jersey that he has been seen wearing during the previous OTA sessions.
Emmanuel Sanders reiterated once again that he feels like he is back to 100 percent after having surgery on both feet last off-season. The third year receiver stated that he definitely feels like he has something to prove and his goal is 1,000 yards receiving this year.
Antonio Brown has taken over the locker that belonged to Hines Ward, and he is well aware of the significance of it.
Brett Keisel said that he is very impressed on how Ben Roethlisberger has grasp the new offense so far. “We are only going to go as far as he can take us,” said Keisel.
Colon perhaps had the quote of the day. While in the huddle with the two rookies he said, “It smells like baby milk and pampers in here.”
I will update with more news and updates as more are reported by the media.