The Steelers held yet another feisty practice today, highlighted by a drill I had not seen them run before - something head coach Mike Tomlin called "wide receivers stalk blocking DBs."
The drill consisted of a player running with the ball toward an imaginary edge and the receiver firing out and blocking - or attempting to block - the defensive back in front of him.
Things got very heated in the competition, with wideout Derrick Williams getting into it with rookie corner Andre Freeman in a fight that brought in several teammates, including safety Ryan Clark.
Moments later, Ike Taylor or Antonio Brown got into a little pushing match.
At the completion of it all, the coaching staff brought both groups together - presumably to remind them that they are all on the same team.'
@ Every day the Mike Wallace holdout continues is one day closer to Plaxico Burress returning to Pittsburgh.
That's not a misprint.
Burress is definitely on the team's radar, and at some point, the Steelers are going to have to move on without Wallace.
Burress would be an immediate help to this team in the red zone.
@ LaMarr Woodley continues to dominate the backers on tight end blocking drill, regardless of who the Steelers put in front of him.
Don't know if that is because he's that good, the Steelers' tight ends behind Heath Miller aren't that strong or both. I'm leaning toward a little bit of both.
Tuesday, it was Woodley again completely rag-dolling David Johnson on three consecutive runs through the drill. Woodley looks primed for a big year.
@ The Steelers have been giving both Mortty Ivy and Stevenson Sylvester some work at outside linebacker in an attempt to find some position flexibility there.
Ivy didn't look all that strong at the point matching up against Jamie McCoy, who might be the most consistent blocker of all the tight ends behind Miller.
@ Miller, by the way, returned to practice on a limited basis today and looked good catching the ball.
Keenan Lewis, who was thought to be out for at least a couple of days with a shoulder injury, went through a full practice.
A little competition goes a long way.
@ First-year quarterback Jerrod Johnson made back-to-back perfect throws in the final team session, making a beautiful sideline throw to Marquis Maze down one sideline. Maze had a nice diving catch on the play.
Johnson then dropped a ball in perfectly to Tyler Beiler over Freeman.
Johnson is a big kid (6-5, 251) but shows good mobility in the pocket. He could push Charlie Batch off the roster.