I'm on pilgrimage to the 'Burgh, so of course I went with momma rollett to training camp. I didn't really try to draw a lot of conclusions about what I saw, since only the coaches know what they're looking for. Instead, I just enjoyed taking in the scene, watching the players, and taking lots of pictures. So, lots of photos after the jump, hope you enjoy them, and that they give those who can't come a feel for the atmosphere at Latrobe.
It's true, Mike Tomlin really does wear long sleeves and pants, all black.
First, I'll just get the boilerplate out of the way - I hold the copyright on all pictures, please don't re-use without my permission.
Flozell Adams coming off the sled.
Sean Kugler instructing a lineman. (don't remember who)
David Johnson takes a breather.
Troy Polamalu grabs a ball during defensive back drills.
Antwaan Randle-El and Scottie Montgomery (I believe) sharing a word.
Byron Leftwich and Stefan Logan playing catch.
Lawrence Timmons elevates.
Mike Tomlin looks on for backs on backers - I believe this is Sean McHugh vs. Patrick Bailey.
The defensive lineman did drills right in front of me - here are Casey Hampton and Ra'Shon Harris.
After the lecture, it was time to strap on the helmets...
and do the practicum.
Meanwhile, Keyaron Fox grabs a pass.
After the drills were done, John Mitchell came over and asked if we spectators wanted a picture of the whole line.
Naturally, we did!
I don't know if Doug Worthington will catch on or not, but he sure looks like a tough customer.
Then, it was time for 11 on 11. Here's Tyler Grisham running after a catch.
This snap went better - Ben throws a pass as Coach T looks on.
Troy, wandering around before the snap.
Can you spot the Hall of Famer?
Isaiah Williams hauled one in.
Hines Ward had the day off - here he is with coach.
Chris Kemoeatu is a very large man with very large hair.
Dixon looks to pass - his legs look even skinnier in real life, somehow. He's still far too quick to try and run, even in camp when he's not going to get planted.
Jeff Reed and Daniel Sepulveda - I have no idea how kickers get the reputation of being clowns.
Randle El practicing fielding punts.
Sepulveda booms one. He was skying punts all day, and I didn't see a bad one.
I'm pretty sure that this was Dwayne Wright going to the ground to make a catch.
Will Allen and Keenan Lewis.
The chaos after the snap.
Stefan Logan - dude has crazy calves.
Ben takes a snap from Doug "the Big" Legursky.
Heath, with room to run.
Willie Colon, complete with boot.
Life in the trenches.
Quite a few players came to the fence to sign autographs after practice. Here's Big Snack.
I had a short but fun conversation with Keyaron Fox - told him I'd just seen a replay of his INT return against Minnesota on nfl.com, and he said "Oh man, I can't get enough of that!". I asked if he had another couple in him for this season, and he said that he sure hoped so.
I hope anyone that made it all the way down here enjoyed the pics!