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

By Alex Kozora

Recapping day five of practice and a couple points of interest looking towards the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday night practice under the lights at Latrobe High School.

Stats from yesterday’s practice. Only have one play I missed completely and another where I didn’t have a receiver listed.

We’ll start with the quarterbacks. Statistically, it was a good day for them.

Ben Roethlisberger: 11/13
Bruce Gradkowski: 4/7
Landry Jones: 4/6
Brendon Kay: 4/6

And the running backs.

Miguel Maysonet: 7
Jordan Hall: 7
Josh Harris: 7
Dri Archer: 4
Tauren Poole: 3

Don’t think Poole fumbling and him winding up with the fewest carries are a coincidence. Have to hold onto the ball. Window of opportunity is small when three other guys are clawing for a roster spot just like you.

Targets/receptions.

Heath Miller: 4/4
Will Johnson: 4/3
Antonio Brown: 3/2
Martavis Bryant: 3/2
Derek Moye: 3/1
Justin Brown: 2/1
Lance Moore: 2/1
Dri Archer: 1/1
Bryce Davis: 1/1
Jordan Hall:1/1
Josh Harris:1/1
Kashif Moore: 1/1
David Paulson: 1/1
Lanear Sampson: 1/1
Markus Wheaton: 1/1
Danny Coale: 1/0

Your three day totals.

Quarterbacks:

Ben Roethlisberger: 27/40 1 INT 1 “sack”
Bruce Gradkowski: 8/17 1 INT
Landry Jones: 13/20 1 INT
Brendon Kay: 8/12

Carries for the runners.

Jordan Hall: 19
Dri Archer: 14
Tauren Poole: 14
Miguel Maysonet: 13
Josh Harris: 11
LeGarrette Blount: 6

Finally, targets/receptions.

Antonio Brown: 14/8
Justin Brown: 7/6
Martavis Bryant: 7/4
Derek Moye: 7/3
Will Johnson: 6/5
Heath Miller: 5/5
Markus Wheaton: 4/4
Lance Moore: 4/3
Dri Archer: 4/2
Michael Palmer: 4/2
Josh Harris: 3/3
Matt Spaeth: 3/2
Miguel Maysonet: 2/2
Kashif Moore: 2/2
David Paulson: 2/2
Lanear Sampson: 2/2
Danny Coale: 2/1
LeGarrette Blount: 2/0
Bryce Davis: 1/1
Jordan Hall: 1/1
Tauren Poole: 1/1
Eric Waters: 1/1

Some thoughts heading into the night practice.

– It’s Latrobe, under the lights. A new environment for the rookies. I’m sure eventually they’ll settle down and just play football but you always wonder if they will start out a little anxious. Football players are creatures of habit and the routine has suddenly changed. Let’s see the response.

– We know Jordan Dangerfield can hit. But can he cover? I want to see how explosive he is out of his pedal and the types of angles he takes to the ball.

– Safe bet the team is in pads tonight. That’ll make three straight days of pads and that can wear players down. The first true test of their stamina and durability. This will be day three of a six day consecutive practice stretch before the Steelers get a day off. Let’s see who can and can’t handle the rigors of training camp.

– What will the status of C.J. Goodwin and Jordan Zumwalt be? Goodwin was limited to just light work on Thursday while Zumwalt has only worked a tiny bit on the side after injuring his groin Monday. Zumwalt has missed enough time. Needs to get back.

– Can Howard Jones stack two nice practices together? Yesterday’s practice was nice but you have to be consistent to succeed.

– Looking for my first splash play out of Cortez Allen. I’m not worried about him but it’s been a relatively quiet camp.

– Still an opportunity for “small names” to make some noise. Think of guys no one really talks about. Ross Ventrone, Devin Smith, and Bryant Browning, just to throw some names out there. Some of these guys probably realize they won’t make the 53. But everyone hopes they have a chance of making the practice squad.

Senior in college, blogging from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.
  • steeltown

    Nice to see Will Johnson showing off some receiving ability

  • Aric Brown

    I dont see anyway Dangerfield can sneak on the roster, but I am more anxious to see him play than anybody else

  • steeltown

    Hoping practice squad at the very least

  • chris ward

    Still no reception from Heyward-Bey.

  • steeltown

    He also left injured yesterday, not a good sign for him

  • chris ward

    Yeah I just remembered that, definitely not a good sign. Needs those reps, as he is all ready on the bubble to make the roster.

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    If they do keep 5 safetys, no reason to stash him on the practice squad when that spot can go to a more important guy like a OLB or OL or DL. Dangerfield only has a chance to find his way there if Golden proves Will Allen expendable.

  • Mark_K

    “small names” to make some noise………seen anything good about the lineman Will Simmons, perhaps a chance at the practice squad?

  • cencalsteeler

    I’ll take that as a good sign we’re stacked at the position.

  • cencalsteeler

    Can you keep an eye for me on who’s holding for Suisham on a regular basis? Thanks!!

  • Alex Kozora

    I see some anchor in his game. Big body with core strength. Limited college tape I watched, saw a mauling run blocker with a surprising first step who can pull and kickout. Doesn’t really fit a ZBS well though. I think if I had to choose a lineman to make the PS, it’d be Elkins. Like his flexibility.

  • Mark_K

    Thanks…..I was curious to see you had listed him on the 2nd line a few times when Foster was out and things were shuffled a bit. Didnt seem like he would have been the first choice to move up a line. I always wonder when an UFA gets talked up if that doesn’t get more notice from other teams and increase the chance of them getting signed away. Seems better to keep quiet about a player you want to protect but aren’t ready to put on the active roster yet……..

  • Alex Kozora

    Yesterday was Jones and Wing.

  • Steelers12328882

    …or if Golden proves himself expendable.

  • Steelers12328882

    Another day, another lack of targets for Wheaton. I don’t care how early it is. I want to see this guy getting the ball. Add Lance Moore to the equation too.

  • steeltown

    I have to agree with you there. I can see giving J.Brown and Bryant a lot of looks, but Wheaton and Moore should be getting more targets.. Palmer has as many as Wheaton?

  • steeltown

    Yea but W.Allen and Golden are year to year guys, who knows if either will be around next season.

  • walter mason

    Moye needs to show better or hes a goner.

  • steeltown

    Yea Dangerfield would have to beat out Golden, W.Allen is a lock IMO

  • DB84

    When does the night practice start?

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    I don’t think Golden is a lock but I think hes more valuable as a 4 special team starter the given credit for.

  • Alex Kozora

    7 PM

  • Steve

    Steelers are always looking for hitters and if Dangerfield can cover and learn the system and playbook it would help him make the roster.

  • Steve

    Got a knee to the head, could be a concussion.