I promised you rapid reports and I always deliver. Now a married man these reports will now be the same as they were before. :)
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall on entering his third NFL season: "I feel a lot more comfortable. Last year was almost like my first year. After going through it, you know what to expect, you know how to train your body."
Well lets hope he feel comfortable. Mendenhall is going to be the key to our season this year. We're going to lean on him heavily the first couple of games and he should be the main offense at the beginning of the season. We need him to have another breakout year, as in 1500 yards this season.
Steelers LB Larry Foote on learning the defensive system again after a year away: "It's pretty much the same concept. You just have to freshen up mentally, because Dick LeBeau is always throwing new stuff in there.
Foote needs to take timmons spot and timmons should split time with Farrior at the Mack ILB position. We also are going to need foote to hold up in the passing game. It'll be interesting to see how this works out.
Steelers QB Charlie Batch when asked if he thinks he'll get a chance to be the starter: "I'd love to be the guy. All I can do is go through OTAs, once we go to camp, keep doing what I'm doing."
Sorry Batch but this is really a two man race. :)
Steelers K Adam Graessle has been doing most of the kickoffs at OTAs this week. Coach Mike Tomlin is seriously considering keeping a second kicker on the roster for kickoff duties
I say you only do this if you are comfortable only having a 52 man roster. Its hard for me to justify an extra kicker.
Steelers WR Hines Ward is still bothered by a strained hamstring, but he's not been idle. He's helping Mike Wallace transition into a starting role. "I want to help Mike's development as a wide receiver. Going into his second year, he has a lot on his shoulders."
Here is an injury update and a good little tid bit. I think we can get used to seeing Hines coming back from injury during the offseason as he continues to get up there in age. Lets just hope he works on Mike Wallace and his route running, this guy can be every bit as good as Santonio Holmes.
Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on running the ball more this season: "At the end of the game, in the four-minute offense to run out the clock, and in the short yards, goal line are areas we have to me more efficient."
So he couldn't figure that out after week 2 of last year? I still don't like this guy but I understand why they kept him.
Steelers DE Brett Keisel and LB James Harrison returned to practice today. Still no official word as to why they were absent yesterday.
Another injury update, nothing to worry about there though.
Rookie RB Jonathan Dwyer broke off a long run at practice. When coach Mike Tomlin was asked about how Dwyer looked, Tomlin said, "He's a rookie, and we're in shorts."
Lets hope Dwyer still looks good in pads as his quest to beat out Jamarcuss Russell as the next big Bust in the NFL Draft.
KR Stefan Logan, who practiced as a WR last season, is now at RB. He played RB in the CFL before Pittsburgh signed him as a free agent in 2009.
I like putting Logan at RB, he has a better chance of making the team there as the only speedy back we'll have.
WR Isaiah Williams looks good. He's big, fast and fluid. It will be interesting to see how he does in a helmet and pads.
We need big, fast and fluid in our WR core, also need 'great hands'. :) See ya next week.