Mike Tomlin Snaps At Thursday\’s Exchanges

Not only were Steelers hurting Steelers during Thursday\’s training camp practice, but there were also Steelers beating Steelers as well. Head coach Mike Tomlin said following practice that he wasn\’t too pleased with a few center exchanges that took place during the session.

“Good day\’s work in general,” said Tomlin. “A few too many center-quarterback exchanges, whether the quarterback is up under or in shotgun, that can put a stain on a practice. I think we had three of them. We\’ve got to be better than that. Obviously, that\’s Steelers beating Steelers.”

While Tomlin didn\’t say specifically which unit or units were responsible for the bad exchanges, we can only hope that Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey weren\’t the culprits.

It was reported Thursday afternoon that second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum will get work at center Monday night against the Washington Redskins and that work could include him playing with the first-team offense in addition. It will be his NFL debut at the position and perhaps even the first time he\’s played center during his entire football career.

The Steelers beat themselves enough last weekend in the preseason opener against the New York Giants, so we don\’t need to see a repeat of that Monday night. Should there be any bad snaps during the game, Tomlin might snap himself during his post-game press conference.

  • steeltown

    Something tells me this was Beachum.. he had some work at C earlier in camp, but not much since and none in the last preseason game. I bet once Cheadle went down they decided to give him more work there.

  • treeher

    I wonder if they regret letting Legursky walk? I always liked him and thought he was a super option as center backup as well as other line positions.

  • James Kling

    I’m hoping Malecki > Legursky.

  • James Kling

    Yeah, I think we’ll see plenty of Beachum at C vs. the Skins. Growing pains.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. I think Beachum will get some snaps with the 1st and some 2nd Team at C and then Malecki will get an extended look

  • steeltown

    I think he will be, he’s looked pretty good with the limited playing time he’s been given, smart guy and he looks to be ready to take on that role

  • Douglas Andrews

    Beachum said that of all the O line positions the C was the hardest to grasp for him. Hopes he gets better with his exchanges.

  • Eddy

    I don’t want Beachum playing center if he can’t snap the ball…

  • Steve

    Preseason is to evaluate your players, so why not let Beachum play center? We need to get a backup that is ready for the regular season at center, and if this is not a good time, then when is?

  • James Kling

    Whether he can snap or not is what the preseason is meant to determine. To tell whether he can, and if he can to improve his snaps. QED.