Steelers 2014 Training Camp Day Five: What I’m Watching For

By Alex Kozora

We’ll put a final bow on Wednesday while giving a brief preview of a couple areas I’m watching for during the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday practice.

My compilation of stats based off yesterday’s play by play in 11 on 11. First, the quarterbacks. Only on one play did I not have a QB listed and couldn’t be sure of who it was.

Ben Roethlisberger: 10/15
Bruce Gradkowski: 3/4
Landry Jones: 5/7 1 INT
Brendon Kay: 3/4

Carries for each of the running backs.

Dri Archer: 5
Jordan Hall: 5
Josh Harris: 4
Tauren Poole: 4
Miguel Maysonet: 3
LeGarrette Blount:
3

Targets and catches for each receiver. Lumping them together instead of breaking it into two parts today. Makes it a bit easier to read. Targets first, followed by catches.

Antonio Brown: 6/3
Justin Brown: 3/3
Martavis Bryant: 3/2
Markus Wheaton: 2/2
Lance Moore: 2/2
Josh Harris: 2/2
Miguel Maysonet: 2/2
Derek Moye: 2/1
Matt Spaeth: 2/1
Will Johnson: 1/1
Heath Miller: 1/1
David Paulson: 1/1
Lanear Sampson: 1/1
LeGarrette Blount: 1/0
Michael Palmer: 1/0

Couple that with Monday, and your two day totals.

Ben Roethlisberger:16/27 1 INT 1 “sack”
Bruce Gradkowksi:4/10 1 INT
Landry Jones:9/14 1 INT
Brendon Kay:4/6

Jordan Hall: 12
Tauren Poole: 11
Dri Archer: 10
Miguel Maysonet: 6
LeGarrette Blount: 6
Josh Harris: 4

Targets/receptions:

Antonio Brown: 11/6
Justin Brown: 5/5
Martavis Bryant: 4/2
Derek Moye: 4/2
Michael Palmer: 4/2
Markus Wheaton: 3/3
Matt Spaeth: 3/2
Dri Archer: 3/1
Josh Harris: 2/2
Will Johnson: 2/2
Miguel Maysonet: 2/2
Lance Moore: 2/2
LeGarrette Blount: 2/0
Danny Coale: 1/1
Heath Miller: 1/1
Kashif Moore: 1/1
David Paulson: 1/1
Tauren Poole: 1/1
Lanear Sampson: 1/1
Eric Waters: 1/1

Couple of quick notes for what I’m looking for tomorrow before I fall asleep into my pile of notes.

– How many reps is Landry Jones getting with the second team? Been hearing that he has gotten reps and my notes seem to suggest that. I’ll try and pay more attention tomorrow.

– How will the safety rotation shake out? It’s been throwing me for a loop so far. Hard to get a read on. Who will see first team snaps at free safety with Mike Mitchell still on the shelf?

Aditi Kinkhabwala reported she saw Ryan Shazier walk off with a limp. Mike Tomlin apparently played it off by stating he “just walks like that,” so we’ll see how he looks tomorrow.

– I want to get a more accurate read on the inside linebackers. Haven’t learned much about guys like Vince Williams or Terence Garvin. We’ll try tomorrow.

– Ditto with Cam Thomas. Want to get a better insight on the guy who is going to start the season at left end.

– Can Eric Waters take advantage of Rob Blanchflower’s misfortune? The door is cracked open. We’ll see if Waters can bust it down.

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  • Putter

    Great stuff, Alex! Really impressed with your work. Am I reading this correctly – zero catches and zero targets for DHB?

  • Alex Kozora

    Good eye. As far as I’m aware, the only receiver in camp who has yet to be targeted.

  • Aric Brown

    Ive noticed DHB is not listed with any targets or receptions while Justin Brown was 5/5… what gives with DHB

  • Steelers12328882

    He’s getting the Dwyer treatment.

  • Steelers12328882

    One thing that stands out to me is 11 targets for AB and only 3 for Wheaton. With the positive things being said about Wheaton I’d like to see him getting a little more attention. Also, any news about the MLBs is great, but specifically anything about Sean Spence would be awesome.

  • Rob

    Great summary, thanks. Only thing that jumps out at me is the 11/6 for AB, any issues there or just some uncatchable targets?

  • Alex Kozora

    Want to caution we’re two days in and the sample size is still very small. Not worth nitpicking the numbers yet. Wheaton has had an excellent camp. That’s the main thing.

  • Alex Kozora

    He has had a few drops. At least two, I think.

  • cencalsteeler

    Alex- I’m curious about the Mike Adams project. Not so much about his play, but his demeanor. Is this kid standing on the sidelines with his hands on his hips. Is he motivated? Does he seem like he’s soaking in all that he can? Is he first on the field, trying to hone his craft? If he is just going through the motions, I feel his future with the Steelers is bleak.
    With that said, outside of play….. who is putting in the extra time on the field? The extra reps? Who is staying afterwards, working on their craft? Does anyone stand out to you other than AB who shares his work ethic? I know players are being evaluated even when it’s not their turn doing drills. Thanks in advance.

  • cp72

    I think Wheaton’s development and Beachum building on a solid end to last year are the two biggest keys to us being a good offense or a great offense.

  • Biggie

    I definitely would like to know more about a few guys. Thomas at DE, have read very little on him so far. Bryant at WR, groups sounds good overall but alot of mixed on him. Carter at OLB is he stepping up at all or same old stuff from him, is anyone looking better that might push him off roster? How is Shamarko T. looking, is he getting much 1st team reps with Mitchell out? If we keep 3 backs plus Archer as RB/WR who is leading in 3rd RB spot for now.

  • Alex Kozora

    Adams was one of the first players on the field on the first day of camp. Now, he seems to come out a bit later. But it’s awfully tough for me to say if a guy is motivated. Only the people that are really around him can answer that. Is he sitting in the front in meetings? Taking notes? Going through film late at night when he doesn’t have to? Or is he in the back, falling asleep, playing Call of Duty instead of going over his playbook? I can’t say.

    I wish Martavis Bryant would’ve stayed with some of the other wide receivers yesterday after practice. But it was family day so I can’t knock the guy too much.

    Two guys whose work ethic is evident on the field are Kelvin Beachum and Kashif Moore. Beachum is always one of the first on the field and will take a couple solo reps on his kickslide before or after practice. Moore was running routes yesterday after Haley broke them down. He and a couple receivers and Jones/Kay hung around (Gradkowski was there too but I don’t think he was throwing. Mom was on the field so was with her).

  • Alex Kozora

    No one is really making any plays that would make me think Carter won’t make the squad. But edge rushers who aren’t allowed to crunch the QB are difficult to evaluate.

    Tauren Poole had a nice start to camp though yesterday was quiet. Harris has some talent. Hopefully Alexander gets back soon so we can watch him. Going into camp, he was the favorite.

  • ApexSteel

    I’m just ready for this Giants game. A lot of my questions can’t be answered until then. It’s fine when you hear that they’re doing good in practice, but that doesn’t always translate into the real game. So until I see that they’ve done it against another team I don’t believe the hype. Wheaton is still a 3rd rounder with 64 career yards and Shazier is still another rookie until they do it on game day.

  • JohnB

    I hear Shazier has been constantly around the ball. Can you confirm or deny? Does he look like a ballhawking LB?

  • sweep_the_legarrette

    Josh Harris seems like he might have some talent and is hungry to make the roster.

  • Chad H

    Also looking for Martavis Bryant to step up and start making some noise.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    so far Justin Brown is 8/8, promising.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Well i guess looking with the glass half full, you can’t drop any if they don’t throw to you:)

  • steeltown

    Might be a nice battle between Poole and Harris this preseason