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    Default Lolley's Wednesday Camp Rundown.

    From Dale Lolley's blog, "NFL From The Sidelines"....

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
    Camp winding down thoughts

    With the countdown to the end of training camp down to hours as opposed to days, it's time to reflect on what we've learned at Saint Vincent College over the past three weeks:

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] If the Steelers can get even adequate play out of their offensive line, they have a chance to be very good in 2010. But that's a big if.

    Willie Colon was certainly no world-beater. But he was the best the Steelers had at right tackle. I'm still not sold that Flozell Adams is the answer there and if he's not, this team could be in some trouble.

    I'm not ready to close the book on Adams, however. He was playing his first game at right tackle against Detroit in the preseason opener. I'll be watching again this week to see if there is any improvement there. The real test will come in Denver next week when the first-team offense is on the field for an extended look.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] Ben Roethlisberger is saying and doing all the right things. But can this team survive the four to six games he is suspended to begin the season.

    If it is a four-game suspension - which I feel it will be - a 2-2 record in those games is a must. A game at Tampa Bay should be a gimme with this defense, so the Steelers either have to beat Atlanta at home in the opener or win at Tennessee the following week to avoid facing a must-win game against Baltimore at Heinz Field in Week 4.

    That game will still be big, given that Baltimore is an AFC North opponent and Pittsburgh's biggest rival, but heading into that game at 2-1 rather than 1-2 would be a much better situation.

    If the Steelers can get by at 2-2, they should be able to go 10-6 this season - barring the major injuries they dealt with in 2009.

    That's assuming losses at New Orleans, Cincinnati and Baltimore with another stumble along the way.

    The schedule just isn't that daunting.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] I heard the pundits talk about everything that Baltimore and Cincinnati have added this offseason while saying the Steelers added nothing.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith miss a combined 22 games in 2009?

    Getting both of those players back presumably for a full season is two pretty big additions.

    In fact, Polamalu was the best player on the field for either team in every game he suited up for last season.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] I also like the depth, particularly on defense, the Steelers have this season. This is much more capable of handling some minor injuries.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] I think the special teams units will be much improved this season. New coach Al Everest has a lot to work with in terms of young talent on special teams. I expect him to get the most out of it.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] I'll be cutting my roster sometime this weekend and it may be one of the most difficult cuts to 53 players I've had to do with the Steelers in quite some time.

    I've been very impressed with the 2010 draft picks and a lot of the 2009 guys look very good as well. There are some veterans who could be getting their walking papers.

    That's a tough line to walk, however, since you don't want total inexperience on the bench.

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    Good write up by Lolley. The one thing that stuck out to me was the end ...
    I've really only noticed a couple of this years draft picks. Pouncey of course, Brown ... that's it. Saw Dwyer. He looked fat and slow. Sanders, Scott and Butler I noticed during the game but they didn't stick out much at all and that was against the Detroit backups that were making Dennis Dixon look like Randall Cunningham.

    Granted he's seen these guys in camp and such. I've got really no idea how these guys are faring in camp so far.
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    Steelers hold final open practice of camp
    By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    The Steelers put a cap on their final open practice of training camp at St. Vincent College on Wednesday afternoon.

    It very well could be the final camp at the college depending on what happens next year with the collective bargaining agreement and the possibility of the owners locking out the players.

    "I can't see past today, let alone next week or next year," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

    The Steelers will put the final touches on their 45th consecutive training camp at St. Vincent College with a morning practice today with no guarantee about the future.

    "It's a strong possibility (of not coming back to St. Vincent next year)," linebacker James Harrison said.

    Also, the league is considering going to an 18-game schedule that could possibly be collectively bargained in the next deal. If that happens, then it is possible that the Steelers would have no choice but to eliminate training camp away from their practice facility on the South Side.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] Charlie Batch took 21 snaps during team drills yesterday, but the veteran quarterback warns not to read anything into the expanded number of reps when it comes to playing time Saturday against the Giants.

    "We won't know until we get closer to the game," Batch said.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] The Steelers worked a lot against the scout team in preparation for Saturday's preseason game.

    One of those quarterbacks who ran the scout-team offense was Ben Roethlisberger.

    When asked if they had the highest paid scout-team quarterback, Tomlin simply responded, "Next."

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] Justin Hartwig and Maurkice Pouncey continued to share snaps with the first-team unit at center for the third consecutive day.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] Every player dressed for yesterday's afternoon practice. However, RB Jonathan Dwyer was limited because of his right shoulder injury while RB Isaac Redman missed the end of practice because of shin splints.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] Hines Ward dropped a ball laid right in his hands downfield by Roethlisberger. Ward immediately dropped to the ground and did push-ups to the delight of the crowd. The ensuing pass from Roethlisberger was dropped by Antwaan Randle El. He did not do the push-ups to the chagrin of the crowd.

    [HIGH-LIGHT][/HIGH-LIGHT] Rashard Mendenhall showed a burst of speed when he caught a pass across the middle of the field as cornerback Joe Burnett tried to chase him down. Mendenhall noticed it and sped away from Burnett to the end zone.

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    Good write up by Lolley. The one thing that stuck out to me was the end ...
    I've really only noticed a couple of this years draft picks. Pouncey of course, Brown ... that's it. Saw Dwyer. He looked fat and slow. Sanders, Scott and Butler I noticed during the game but they didn't stick out much at all and that was against the Detroit backups that were making Dennis Dixon look like Randall Cunningham.

    Granted he's seen these guys in camp and such. I've got really no idea how these guys are faring in camp so far.
    I got to go out to camp on Tuesday. Trying to recall everything I saw. But here's a few observations:

    Pouncey will start somewhere on the Steelers line. He has to. He's better than nearly everyone on the interior line and is most certainly faster than any of them. The Steelers would be foolish if he wasn't staring somewhere on the line when they play ATL.

    Worilds wasn't very obvious at practice and he has been nursing some minor dings during camp. I'd think his role will be most obvious as a ST ace at the outset as he spells Silverback, so I don't think there's any urgency to see him do anything special. As long as he stays on Jimmy Hate's hip until he's needed, that can't be a bad thing.

    I thought I would have seen more out of Manny Sanders so far. The play of Antonio Brown might have a little to do with that. But the things I have seen from him would indicate that he will only gain confidence as he gets more looks and he is sleek in his movements, just what you would expect from a WR. Would LOVE to see this guy break out in the return game.

    (NOTE: there may be a buckeyehoppy bias here) Watching Thaddeus Gibson play is an absolute joy and he might make the impending necessity to re-sign Lamarr Woodley a moot point if he develops quickly enough. The guy moves as easily as butter on a hot biscuit and is frequently around the ball. He should get lots of PT as a rookie and give Woodley a much needed break as the season wears on.

    Butler looks like he'll be pretty solid after getting some PT under his belt. His impact will be mostly felt on ST from the outset, assuming he makes the 53 (I think he will, FTR). He is one of those guys that it will take 2, maybe 3, seasons to see a real impact contribution to the D unit.

    Sly will be joining Butler, more than likely, making his name with the ST from the outset. Altho, I like his awareness on the inside already. Knowing that he is an inside specialist and knowing that the incumbents could benefit from a breather more and more as the season wears on, Sly might be able to see a good share of PT commensurate with his ability to learn the D scheme.

    It appears that Dwyer will fall victim to the numbers game at RB, so the PS looks to be his ceiling at present. Being hurt and not practicing is not helping his campaign to get on the field. He was probably drafted in response to the uncertainty of how Redman would emerge. It appears that Redzone Redman will be the one denying Dwyer a spot on the final 53.

    Brown is, far and away, the best value pick the Steelers have had late in the draft in a while. He looks to have all but locked up a roster spot for his return ability alone but I think he could have an impact in play-by-play action as well. Great speed and surprising strength for a guy in his position. Really looking forward to seeing this guy play.

    (NOTE: there may be a buckeyehoppy bias here) Worthington is taking his opportunity here and running with it. He has played himself into roster contention with a solid work ethic and non-stop motor. He moves wonderfully for a guy his size and always seems to be near the ball. Another young fresh set of legs who could have a great impact later in the season when his mentors need a rest.
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    Great rundown, man.... Your comments from camp are very much appreciated by those of us that didn't get there.....
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    Great rundown, man.... Your comments from camp are very much appreciated by those of us that didn't get there.....
    Appreciate the love, NKy. One note about the general tenor of practice: there wasn't much extracurricular nonsense going on at all. Very business-like. All the position and situational drills ran with consistency and fluidity. That's the hallmark of a team that is sure of itself and what it wants to accomplish.

    Another note on Worthington: I don't feel that he fits a particular prototype on the DL. That's a good thing and will prolly help his ability to make the team. With Eason having problems getting going, that might be the opening the rookie needs to get on the final roster.
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