PITTSBURGH -- Here are some quick hits from the Steelers’ first open locker room of the week. I will expand on many of these later.
Free safety Ryan Clark said after watching tape of the 16-9 loss to the Titans that it wasn’t nearly as bad as the 35-7 pasting the Steelers endured in the 2011 opener at Baltimore. The Steelers, Clark said, aren’t panicking after one game. “We’ve been here before,” Clark said. “The guys on this team understand what needs to go in to put a work week together that you can win a football game with.”
Jonathan Dwyer has his old number and his old locker with the Steelers. What is new, Dwyer said, is the chip that formed on his shoulder after he fell to the sixth round of the 2010 draft is even bigger following his release at the end of August. The Steelers could use someone who runs a little angry Monday night. And when asked if he has been given any indication as to how he will be used, Dwyer said, “I just know I better be ready to play. That’s what I was told.”
New center Fernando Velasco was in church Sunday when the Steelers reached out to him. Was the former Titans center praying that he would get a call from an NFL team? “I’m just glad I get to play for a great organization,” he said with a smile.
Kelvin Beachum has never started a game at center during his football career. That is almost certain to change Monday night in Cincinnati. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a comfort level with Beachum, and there is no way the Steelers start a center who is still learning the playbook in a night game that is on the road.
Ike Taylor expects to shadow Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green Monday night, and that is no surprise. Taylor has done it in the past, and Cortez Allen is questionable at best to play in Cincinnati because of a sprained ankle.