Saturday, August 01, 2009

Aug. 1 morning practice update

There were a couple of surprise participants in the first practice session of the 2009 training camp as both Troy Polamalu and Deshea Townsend took part despite head coach Mike Tomlin saying both would be slowed early on by sore hamstrings.

Tight end Heath Miller (sports hernia surgery) and center Justin Hartwig (toe) did not practice.

With Hartwig out, Darnell Stapleton, who was also expected to be slowed early on, played center and did a good job there, keeping Casey Hampton at bay several times and actually getting some push on the big man.

Trai Essex worked with the first team line at right guard.

Daniel Sepulveda did his first major kicking in nearly a year and looked very good, often outkicking return men Santonio Holmes and Shaun McDonald. Rookies Joe Burnett and Mike Wallace were working with the gunners as this drill was more about punt coverage than returns.

First-round pick Ziggy Hood worked at left end with the third-team.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians let wide receiver Brandon Williams have it after Williams took his eyes off a pass in third down drills - starting running before he had the ball - and dropped the pass.

"Catch the $#^$#!$% ball before you start running with it. You've got to convert on the @#$%#$$#$!# third down."

Arians was very vocal this morning overall.

Ben Roethlisberger finally talked with the media this morning, but dodged all questions about his legal problems. In fact, after about the fifth questions about it, he threatened to walk away.

9 comments:

Chris said...

i saw adam schefter report that keenan lewis has stood out so far, at least compared to the other rooks. i'm living in japan now, so it's a little tricky getting to latrobe. do you agree with him on lewis?

Dale Lolley said...

Yeah, I'd say Lewis has been the most impressive. You also have to realize that when a national guy like Shefter reports something like that, he's getting it from the local writers. He's only here a day or two.

Anonymous said...

How many Adam Schefter's could fit comfortably in Harrison's new car? 7? 8?

Arians has been on the receiving end of many a tirade as that. Although I doubt he could hear me from my couch. It did often look like he was muttering something back at me from behind his Applebee's menu though.

Cajunyankee said...

I've read an article sometime back,forgot who, that said he liked Burnette's cover skills better than Lewis'.......How true is this? Are they cose in cover skills? How is Roy Lewis looking at CB? Could it be we're about to be loaded with alot of young talented guys at CB?

Cajun-

Dale Lolley said...

Give me a few practices in pads before I make any pronouncements on guys. Lots of guys can run around in shorts, but slow down considerably when the pads are on.

As for Shefter's in a smart car, at least four. He's a little dude.

BDHumbert said...

Hey Dale,

Any Limas Sweed wide open drops yet?

Anonymous said...

"adam schefter report that keenan lewis has stood out so far, at least compared to the other rooks."

It's PRACTICE! It's DAY ONE! Who cares? What happens on DAY ONE means nothing. Just another Yinzer Nation idiot.

Anonymous said...

It's PRACTICE! It's DAY ONE! Who cares? What happens on DAY ONE means nothing. Just another Yinzer Nation idiot.

If you don't care what happens on day 1-why come here to read about it. Loser.

BDHumbert said...

So what explains you being here Mr. Anon?