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.

About the Author

Alex Kozora
Full-time blogger from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.