Tuesday, June 12, 2012
As I expected, the Steelers did not open mini-camp with rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams working with the No. 1 offensive line.
DeCastro and Adams did work in with the ones in the final team session, but just for a few plays. Other than that, they both worked with the twos, DeCastro at right guard, Adams at left tackle.
Marcus Gilbert got the nod at left tackle, while Ramon Foster was at right guard. The surprise among the first-team line was Trai Essex at right tackle over Jonathan Scott.
@ Ben Roethlisberger looked pretty sharp during a two-minute drill, tossing a TD pass to Jerricho Cotchery on fourth down from the 4 after quickly moving the team down the field.
Byron Leftwich didn't look nearly as sharp, missing on all four of his passes.
In fact, at one point during team drills, Leftwich missed on eight straight passes. But, in his defense, with Mike Wallace MIA and Hines Ward retired, Leftwich is working with a group of highly untested players on that second unit.
@ Chris Rainey looks pretty good as a running back. Very quick and easy to lose in the hole.
Baron Batch also looks like he's completely healed up as well.
It's going to be a very interesting battle at running back on this team.
Rashard Mendenhall is also running in a straight line again. He hasn't started cutting yet, but Mendenhall looks like he's in great shape. It looks like he'll be back sooner rather than later.