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Insider Only Monday’s Practice Notes: Grant his own against 84; Ray Hamilton has solid day; Punting competition

MONDAY’S PRACTICE NOTES

— Head coach Mike Tomlin went with the choice to wear all black on Monday in the 90 degree heat, sporting black sweatpants and a black long sleeve shirt. “Just what’s clean,” Tomlin said.
— The Steelers got a few players back to practice on Monday that had missed time with injuries, including Daniel McCullers, Robert Golden, and Mike Mitchell. Stephon Tuitt among notables who sat out today.
Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes to Dri Archer, Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton in the seven shots drill to open practice, which the offense won 4-3.
— Tight end Ray Hamilton, acquired off waivers from Dallas recently, had a touchdown catch in seven shots as well as looking good in one-on-one blocking drills. Hamilton also took a big hit from Terence Garvin in team drills but held on to the ball for a long catch.
— Safety Aldon Darby made a nice play in a one-on-one drill against Kenzel Doe, ripping the ball away from him to make a leaping interception in the end zone.
Ian Wild, all 6-0, 205 pounds of him, again was playing inside linebacker today. He made his presence known with a big hit on Braylon Heard. Wild continues to make a name for himself in camp for his ferocious hitting.

— Rookie cornerback Doran Grant continues to get thrown right into the fire, as he received a heavy dose of Antonio Brown again today in every drill. Grant went up against Brown in team drills and in one-on-ones, and for the most part held his own.
— In the punting competition, Brad Wing had a major advantage over Jordan Berry in hang time throughout practice Monday. The two have been neck and neck throughout camp so far.
— The Steelers have three practices left in Saint Vincent before they break camp on Saturday. After an off day on Tuesday, they will practice again on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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William DePaoli

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