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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Slow ride

With the NFL draft behind us, there hasn't been a lot of NFL news lately. This is the time of year that those of us who cover the league take a little time off.

The coaches and teams do as well.

But the Steelers will open their mini-camp this weekend, getting their first look at their new rookie class in pads.

It will be the first look at these players in person for those of us in the media as well. That's why I'm looking forward to this mini-camp.

I'll begin to formulate the answers to some of my own questions about this team.

Can Santonio Holmes and/or Cedrick Wilson replace Antwaan Randle El?

Is Ryan Clark an adequate replacement at free safety for Chris Hope?

Who will step into Jerome Bettis' leadership role?

These are questions we'll find out the answers to over the coming months beginning this weekend.

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