Sunday, August 1, 2010
Observations from Steelers camp
By James Walker
LATROBE, Pa.--The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their first weekend of training camp for the 2010 season.
Here are several notes and observations:
- The rotation at quarterback continued Sunday as Byron Leftwich and Ben Roethlisberger shared reps with the first team. As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin warned, the reps will be "non-rhythmic." Roethlisberger had another good day. He led the starters in a two-minute drill, capped it off with a strike over the middle to tight end Heath Miller for a touchdown. "Big Ben" also signed autographs afterwards for the second straight day.
- Rookie linebacker Jason Worilds is starting camp physical and aggressive. The second-round pick got into it with running back Isaac Redman during blocking drills for running backs against linebackers in one of the highlights of Sunday's practice. It appeared Worilds wanted to go at it again with Redman.
"They'll be plenty of opportunities for them to get reacquainted," Tomlin said. "If you're a linebacker and you're shy, you usually have a problem. I don't think [Worilds] has that problem. ."
- On the injury front, several players missed practice Sunday. Nose tackle Casey Hampton and rookies Maurkice Pouncey and Jonathan Dwyer all have hamstring issues. Linebacker Andre Frazier (knee) and offensive lineman Chris Scott (foot) have yet to participate in camp.
- To no surprise, Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been part of the two biggest collisions of training camp this weekend. The first involved a huge blow by Harrison on running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was catching the ball out of the backfield. Harrison timed his hit perfectly and knocked Mendenhall on his back. Another involved running back Frank "The Tank" Summers, who blocked Harrison to a loud standstill as neither players budged.
- As a parting shot, be sure to check out our Steelers Camp Confidential post Monday in the AFC North blog for more insight and observations from training camp.