Steelers OTAs recap: Practice wrap-up news, injury report and schedule

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OTAs end in the wake of a contract extension given to Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey.

There it is. Ten practices in the books, no significant injuries reported, a few fights and some intrigue to carry over to minicamp next week.

The news of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey signing an extension carried most of the day, but there were some interesting tidbits coming out of the Steelers' final OTAs practice Thursday.

News

Pouncey's extension - Click here for a rundown of all the news we have on the deal given to Pouncey.

Blount's facemask is scary-looking - Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount will give defenders a new look this season. It's kind of cool. Hopefully they're looking at it as he celebrates in the end zone.

Munchak puts future optimism into words - Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak sees the light at the end of the offensive line's dark tunnel, expressing excitement over the experience the line has gained and how they're likely going to hit their stride this season.

Lewis vs. Gay and the future of the Steelers cornerbacks - It's an oft-discussed topic, and one we delve into extensively. Why did the Steelers let Keenan Lewis leave? There are multiple factors.

Dri Archer is a shared resource - Call him the Vice President. Steelers rookie Dri Archer will be attending several meetings now, sort of a new variation of "Slash."

Archer signs contract - the "Vice President" signed his first NFL contract too. That leaves just Stephon Tuitt remaining.

Will Johnson taking tight end snaps - The Steelers' fullback appears to be heading down the "shared resource" path as well. This is most likely a move to H-back as opposed to an inline tight end, but it does suggest a shake-up of the fullback position is in the works.

Injury report

There weren't any significant injuries to speak of throughout OTAs. Jason Worilds missed some time, as did Johnson, but both are expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp June 17 in Pittsburgh.

OTAs Schedule

Players are now preparing for the team's minicamp next week. Training camp is scheduled to begin July 25.

Voluntary practices:
May 27-29, June 3-5 and June 9-12. Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19

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