Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Wallace Watch is now in full bloom after Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reported Tuesday morning that a source told him that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is now back in Pittsburgh.
Although Wallace has not been seen yet at Steelers facility, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette now reports that several sources have told him that Wallace will report and sign his one-year restricted tender after the team returns from their third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills this upcoming weekend.
Should that indeed be the "soon" date we have Read more [...]
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Max Starks is back! Well, he has been back for some time now, but Dale Lolley reports via Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle will work with first team offense today as the team resumes practices following their 26-24 preseason win Sunday night over the Indianapolis Colts.
Starks, who thanks to the new CBA rules was unable to practice in pads until this past Friday after being activated from the PUP list earlier in the week, is the odds on favorite to be the starting left tackle when the season begins in Denver.
Although Starks has yet to play a preseason down as of yet, he has easily Read more [...]
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 10:07 am
Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports via Twitter Tuesday morning that he has been told that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is back in Pittsburgh today.
Wallace had last been spotted working out down in Orlando, Florida with trainer Tom Shaw down at the Wide World of Sports complex. Last week several teammates were very optimistic that Wallace could possibly be in this week, while cornerback Ike Taylor said that he thought it could be the week after before Wallace reported and signed his $2.74 million restricted tender.
Wallace has now made missed Read more [...]
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 9:11 am
Below are the offensive personnel packages, play counts and participation chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 2 preseason game win Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, guard Willie Colon and center Maurkice Pouncey were out of the game after 19 plays. As promised, Marcus Gilbert and Ramon Foster flipped over to their normal positions when the second team came in. Despite suffering a sprained knee last week, Mike Adams logged 36 snaps after at left tackle after Gilbert started there. David DeCastro received extended playing time as he logged Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 7:15 pm
According to Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star on Twitter, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that it is up to league to decide whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote deserves punishment for his high hit in the head on wide receiver Austin Collie Sunday night.
The play in question happened about mid way through the first quarter as Collie attempted to catch a pass from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Initially Collie looked to have possession of the football, but he appeared to drop the ball after he was then sandwiched between cornerback Ike Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
No, this is not a video about Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger calling each other. It would have been off the charts had they thought about including that in this video that includes several 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers players and members of the organization lip syncing the song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. Too bad they couldn't have gotten Dan Rooney involved in this as well. At least you get a dose of Ike Taylor, LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, Shaun Suisham, Greg Warren, Chris Rainey and several other people that have never been in my kitchen in the video.
Really? No Roethlisberger and Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 3:49 pm
While Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver David Gilreath made a statement Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts that he would like consideration for a possible 5th wide receiver spot on the 53 man roster, we have yet to really see 9th offensive lineman emerge just yet.
The Steelers are thought to be wanting to keep 9 linemen again on the 53 man roster and the battle for the 9th spot figured to be between veteran Trai Essex and rookie Kelvin Beachum, but neither have played well at all through the first two preseason games.
Through two games, Beachum has been worked at both left guard Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Through two preseason games, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has stuck out above the rest. Coming off of a shoulder injury suffered in the first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dwyer carried the ball 8 times for 43 yards Sunday night in the Steelers 26-24 win against the Indianapolis Colts.
Before suffering his sprained AC joint against the Eagles, Dwyer carried twice for 40 yards. The injury limited the third year running back in practice at the start of last week, but he was able to practice fully at the end of it. That toughness will not be ignored by the coaching Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 1:19 pm
I have already posted the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive notes for their 26-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts and below are my defensive notes from the game.
Brett Keisel on the Steelers first defensive snap had great recognition of running back screen and blew it up. Great pressure by LaMarr Woodley on the second down play. Lawrence Timmons had a good open field tackle on tight end after the completion on that down. On third down Ryan Clark had good recognition on a pass to Donald Brown. Had Brown caught the ball, Clark would have easily stopped him short of the first down.
Ike Taylor and Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 11:10 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum in the seventh round of the NFL draft this past April with hopes of making him a left side reserve guard/tackle, but so far through two preseason games, Beachum is struggling at both positions.
Beachum is not only struggling with his blocking assignments, but with penalties as well, as his 5 penalties lead the Steelers through two preseason games. In his first NFL preseason action against the Philadelphia Eagles, Beachum was flagged three times in total and Sunday night in the Steelers 26-24 win against the Indianapolis Colts he Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 8:07 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts 26-24 Sunday night at Heinz Field in their second preseason game of the 2012 season. Below are my offensive notes from the game.
The first big run by Jonathan Dwyer was a result of great blocking by the offensive line. Willie Colon had a great block out at the second level. Fullback Will Johnson also had a great lead block on the run. The next run by Chris Rainey also featured great blocking by the left side of the line. Rainey, however, did fumble on the play after a hard hit but thankfully Emmanuel Sanders was there to fall on it.
I am not Read more [...]
Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 12:17 am
Undrafted free agent kicker Danny Hrapmann snuck through a blocked 22 yard field goal with 23 seconds left to go in the game to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 26-24 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night at Heinz Field.
The 7 play game winning drive was led by fourth string quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who was a perfect 3-for-3 passing on the drive for 59 yards, as he connected with David Gilreath, Justin Peelle and Toney Clemons. The drive also overcame 3 penalties. Johnson, who saw action only in the fourth quarter, finished the night 4-of-5 passing for 65 yards and 3 rushes Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 11:31 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts 26-24 Sunday night at Heinz Field in their second preseason game of the year and head coach Mike Tomlin met the media afterwards for his post game press conference to discuss the game.
Tomlin said after the game that there is still a lot that needs to be corrected and that is part of August football. He noted that he thought the defensive turnovers were big as was the punt block by Mortty Ivy. Tomlin noted that he did not like what he saw in the return game Sunday night and called it below the line.
Offensively Tomlin said that he liked Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Indianaplos Colts tonight in their second preseason game of the 2012 season at Heinz Field and you can watch the game live on NBC. Teams are not required to turn in a full official inactive list during the preseason, but below is the list of players that are being reported as not playing tonight because of injuries.
We will update this list with any late names that might be added prior to kickoff.
P Jeremy Kapinos (not on inactive list, but will not play)
LB James Harrison (PUP)
LB Jason Worilds (PUP)
NT Casey Hampton
RB Rashard Mendenhall
T Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
The injury bug is back and this time it has hit Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, as according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he will be out three to four weeks after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his knee.
Sylvester was considered to be the top backup to inside linebacker Larry Foote at the BUCK position heading into the season and he also was getting looks at the backup left outside linebacker spot throughout training camp and the first preseason game with Jason Worilds still sidelined on the PUP list by a wrist injury.
In addition to Worilds Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 4:08 pm
While the Pittsburgh Steelers winning preseason games is nice, it should never be forgotten that these are practice games with the biggest focus of them being on the evaluation of talent. Coaches do not get caught up in game planning very much, if any, for these games, but instead want to look at certain players in certain situations performing basic task required of them on both offense and defense.
In addition, coordinators do not want to tip their hands as to ways that they will attack or defend certain personnel groupings once the season gets started. Right now it is all about execution, Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Now that the shock of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall being activated from the PUP list has worn off, I have finally gotten a chance to look at this decision from several angles that include several quotes made by General Manager Kevin Colbert since it happened.
First, despite Colbert saying a short time ago that he would be surprised if Mendenhall didn't start the regular season on the PUP, I think he was just as surprised as the rest of us that his former first round draft pick was ready. One of the quotes provided from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pretty Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
By Christopher DiMarino
With the absolute truck load of news and stories happening around Pittsburgh Steelers camp right now, it's hard to even think about the preseason games. I wanted to write a quick piece about the next competitor and what they might stoke out of the Steelers in this next preseason game. For an in depth Steelers centric perspective, please reference the many articles Dave has put up leading into the game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
Who: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
What: Week 2 Preseason Game
Where: Heinz Field
When: 8:00 EST Sunday Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
By Jeremy Hritz
The Pittsburgh Steelers are set at the first four wide receiver positions, with Mike Wallace (assuming he rejoins the team), Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jerricho Cotchery. Each player provides the passing game with a unique skill set: Wallace as the top-popper, Brown as the sure-handed YAC’er, Sanders a combination of the two, and Cotchery, a gritty Hines Ward-style player who can make the tough catch (see touchdown reception last year against Denver in the playoffs). Yet beyond the fearsome foursome, nobody has emerged.
After selecting Toney Clemons in the seventh Read more [...]
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 11:07 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night in their second preseason game of the 2012 season and below is a pregame look at the Steelers injury report heading into the game
FB David Johnson (knee) - Johnson tore up his knee during the first drive last week and is done for the season. He has had surgery already and was placed on the injured reserve list after being waived injured.
RB John Clay (calf) - Clay suffered a season ending calf injury when the Steelers got back to work early this past week. Like Johnson, he was placed on injured reserve after Read more [...]