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Rapid Reports Not So Rapid Editiion

This would have been out earlier but my computer deleted so I had to do it all over again.  This is beginning of the slowest period of the year.  OTAs are almost over, the finals only have a couple of games to go, and hockey is almost over.  All we have left is golf, baseball, soccer, and tennis.  At least soccer will be interesting for a month.  I would say considering the circumstances the Steelers had a pretty good OTA.  There isn't much reports out that we haven't already talked about so I'm giving some of the ravens reports too, its good to know thy enemy.  

On a side note the madden 11 team ratings came out for those who care about such things.  The Steelers come out 11th with an 84 rating.  They are the highest of the non-playoff teams.  The good thing about these ratings that they change throughout the season depending on out the team performs.  The Saints and Colts are top two.  The ravens make it in at third.  Apparently the people at EA Sports believe that flacco's past struggles in the post season will be just that, in the past this year.  The Jets are fourth and wouldn't you know EA Sports buying into their hype.  All that matters is wins and losses after the season is over.  The Vikings  round out the top 5.  For the rest of the ratings you can go here.

Now here are the rapid reports. 

 

Steelers C Justin Hartwig is being brought along slowly after offseason shoulder surgery. Coach Mike Tomlin said there's no need to rush him given his experience and familiarity with the offense.

That is fine with me, give Pouncey as much time as possible working out at the C position.  If all things go well our 1st round draft pick will be as prepared as he possible can for making a push for the starting position at camp.  

RB Frank Summers has been working excusively at fullback after seeing limited action a year ago. Rookie RB Jonathan Dwyer is battling Isaac Redman for the third running back slot.

Sounds good to me.  Wasn't this the point of bringing in Frank Summers in the first place?  And I feel bad for Issac Redman, almost made the team last year from what Tomlin said and now he probably won't make it this year.  The thing is, if Dwyer runs .09 seconds faster in his 40 time there is no way he last till the sixth round.  Then assuming we don't pick up another running back, Redman would have a much better chance of making the team this year.  But I feel the Steelers are better for having Dwyer as he has way more potential than Redman.  Just a reminder that these are people who are trying to make a living.  

Rookie CB Crezdon Butler has made an impression on secondary coach Ray Horton. "No. 40 (Butler) is rising. I know I'm talking about a rookie, but it looks like he's going to make our team better."

I like all the good news coming out about our CBs.  I want it awful tough for the coach to decide who makes the team in this position this year.  This is just OTA and we'll see how he looks in the preseason.

Ravens 

If OTAs are any indication, expect the Ravens to utilize rookie TEs Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to complement Todd Heap.. "Dennis and Ed looked like NFL, pass-catching tight ends,” Coach John Harbaugh said. “But they still have a ways to go.”

So these are the guys we expect to see the Ravens trying to use to spell Todd Heap.  Good luck with that.

DB Lardarius Webb, who is coming off surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, does not know when he'll return to the field. “It's a process,” he said. “If I don't have my ACL, I can't do my job.”

The ravens don't have much luck with DBs.  If they want to win the Super Bowl they are going to need more production from this group.

LB Sergio Kindle, the team's second-round draft pick, is excelling in learning pass coverage, coach John Harbaugh said. “[It's his] Achilles' heel because he hadn't really done it at [the University of] Texas.”

This guys is going to most likely have the biggest impact from the Ravens rookie class.  Not Mount Cholesterol.  They need someone to give more pass rush opposite T. Suggs.  Make no bones about it, the Ravens have a good team but that hasn't translated into a ring in almost a decade now.  They hope flacco can turn that stat around.

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