LATROBE, Pa. -- Here are some Wednesday leftovers from Pittsburgh Steelers camp:
It has yet to feel like training camp, as sweltering weather did not report with the players last Friday. Indeed the humidity associated with this time of year has been conspicuous by its absence. And the air has been crisp enough in recent days to make it feel like the beginning of October, not late July. Mike Tomlin likes it hot and humid during camp to add another element of adversity. But, the Steelers coach said, “I don’t have control over that so I’m not losing a whole lot of sleep. We worry about the elements we can control. That’s our readiness, our mindset, our execution.”
I will preface this by saying it is way too early to draw conclusions after just two padded practices, but rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt showed an impressive burst during the drill that pitted defensive linemen and select linebackers Wednesday against offensive linemen in a pass-rushing drill. Tuitt already has an NFL body, and the second-round draft pick looks like he is right around 300 pounds, which is where the Steelers want him.
Rookie cornerback Shaquille Richardson looks like a player, though again it is early. The fifth-round pick made a diving interception in the first padded practice and he has looked pretty good in coverage. At the very least it doesn’t look like the Steelers will be in the same situation as last year, when they used a fifth-round pick on cornerback Terry Hawthorne, who didn’t show them enough to even earn a spot on the practice squad.
If Landry Jones doesn’t make significant improvement in his second training camp and preseason I’m wondering if the Steelers will keep just two quarterbacks when they finalize their 53-man roster. The Steelers dressed just two quarterbacks every game last season, and if they think they can stash Jones or Brendon Kay on the practice squad it would allow them to keep an extra linebacker or a player at another position where they appear to be deep.
Coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert attended the Wednesday news conference in which Dan and Art Rooney II announced that the Steelers will officially retire Joe Greene's No. 75 during a Nov. 2 game against the Ravens. “It’s one of those few moments where you’re just glad to be there. I took a step back in that moment and said that’s awesome,” Tomlin said. “I’m glad I was there when we retired Joe’s number. That’s the stature this man has -- not only for this organization, but for football.”