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Steelers OTAs recap: News, injury report, schedules and position battles

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Everything that happened in the Steelers' first practice of the second phase of OTAs. Practice runs through Thursday.

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The second wave of three practices kicked off in Pittsburgh Tuesday with the team scheduled for two more practices this week and three next week before the mandatory minicamp June 17-19.


Ike Taylor was at OTAs Tuesday - Boy, was he ever. Delivering one golden quote after another, Taylor was easily the highlight of the day. From saying Troy Polamalu will return like Jesus, to assigning hero and villain combinations to the Steelers' secondary, Taylor reminded Steelers fans what they'll miss when he's gone.

Brawl! - Gotta love fights, even if they do violate Mike Tomlin's Rule No. 10. Defensive tackle Vic So'oto and guard Will Simmons apparently had it out during practice, something that isn't likely to endear either player to their coaches...publicly, at least.

John Mitchell Boot Camp - We break down Cam Thomas in the latest Steelers Film Room entry in a series analyzing the Steelers' defensive linemen.

Why worry about Jarvis Jones? - Jim Recalto doesn't get it and he says you shouldn't get it either.

Ramon Foster wants to see it, not hear about it - Steelers left guard Ramon Foster has heard enough talk about how great the Steelers' offensive line could be. He wants to see it, and as of now, they haven't shown it.

The End is Near - You can hear Tony DeFeo chanting it...Football in Shorts is almost over, and it's not all bad.

Skippy and Coach Whiz - A token tryout, perhaps? Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt spoke with Jeff Reed about having a tryout to return to the NFL after a three-year absence. Reed thinks he can still do it.

OTAs Schedule

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

Position battles

A key one to look at will be the looming competition for the Steelers' fifth wide receiver position, and maybe even the sixth, depending on how the team wants to view Dri Archer. If they keep Archer and five receivers, that final spot will likely be between Justin Brown, Derrick Moye and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The battle between inside linebackers Sean Spence, Vince Williams and the rookie Ryan Shazier will only get more heated in training camp. Spence was recorded today participating in agility drills, and looked to be running without any limitations.

Look for BTSC's Dale Grdnic's exclusive report from OTAs in Pittsburgh Wednesday for the latest news on what's happening in practice. Follow him on Twitter at @DaleGrd