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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rains mar first practice

Storms rolled through Latrobe midway through the Steelers' afternoon practice, forcing the team inside to wait until they passed.

The team then picked up where it left off after moving to Saint Vincent College's turf field.

Isaac Redman is working as the No. 1 running back, ahead of Jonathan Dwyer and rookie Le'Veon Bell, who was behind Baron Batch.

Head coach Mike Tomlin chewed Bell out a little bit - albeit playfully - when the team broke into a special teams session.

"Get where you need to be Bell," Tomlin hollered. "You don't know where you're supposed to be, do you Bell?"

It's the old axiom. If the coach isn't yelling at you, he doesn't care. And Tomlin and the Steelers definitely care about Bell's progress.

Redman, however, looked good carrying the ball - albeit in shorts - showing off some quickness and his trademark spin moves today.

@ Emmanuel Sanders had a solid day, first getting behind Cortez Allen on a double move to make a long catch, then beating William Gay deep on another play to haul in a long bomb from Ben Roethlisberger.

With the rainy, wet conditions, though, the offensive players were definitely at an advantage.

Plaxico Burress took advantage as well, beating DeMarcus Van Dyke on a double move for a long gainer.

@ The interception of the day belonged to Ryan Clark, who nabbed a Landry Jones pass that hit Ike Taylor in the hands - surprise, surprise - only to be batted into the air.

@ There were no surprises on the first-team offensive line, but the second unit included, from left to right, Joe Long, John Malecki, Kelvin Beachum, Justin Cheadle and Guy Whimper.

Those backup spots on the offensive line are going to be a critical battle.


kyle said...

I'm pretty sure you meant Justin Cheadle but man, it would be cool if Don Cheadle were the right guard for the Steelers.

Steve-O said...

LOL, I was going to say the same thing! Although I'm guessing Justin had about as good a chance as Don of making it onto the 53 man roster.

Dale Lolley said...

Don Cheadle was great in Boogie Nights

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure we haven't traded the bears for Kyle long either. Although, Chicago does get rid of first round offensive lineman in a hurry!

George Siegel said...

Good sign for Bell if Tomlin is using his name. Doesn't he usually refer to rookies by number?

Dale Lolley said...

Usually, he does. But sometimes he comes up with little nicknames for them as well.

Homegrown Misanthropist said...

What about Embernaste, is he still with the team?

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