Training camp notes

Morning Session: To sum up the morning session, there was plenty of hitting and intensity. According to people i have talked to, James Harrison looked phenomenal in the morning session. He was very impressive in the 1 on 1 drills according to my sources. The surprise of the morning session was undrafted running back Gary Russlle. Russlle is a long shot to make the squad but caught every ones attention with his pass blocking skills and the ability to pick up blitzes. He is a strong candidate for the practice squad. I was told Linebacker Lamar Woodley was impressive and in one instance absolutely ran over Najeh Davinport in a 1 on 1 drill. Woodley is listed as a OLB but he is expected to get some looks at DE. At this moment, Woodley is reportedly further along the learning curve than 1st round pick Lawrence Timmons. Center Chuck Okobi worked with Ben Roethlisberger for the majority of the snaps while center Sean Mahan worked with Charlie Batch. Santonio Holmes did not participate and was replaced by Nate Washington. Holmes is expected to be at full speed by the end of the week.

Specials Teams a must: Mike Tomlin has made a unusual move, hiring two special teams coaches and has made it known he will put a emphasis on special teams. Today, the Steelers worked on punt drills and other assets of special teams. During the punt drills, the punt returners were Willie Reid, Cedrick Wilson, Nate Washington, Ricardo Colclough

Faneca Still wants out: Alan Faneca reiterated his stance, that this will be his last season as a Steeler. Faneca participated in the run test yesterday but made a few alarming comments when he arrived in Latrobe as he made a reference that he will not push himself like he has in the past. The Steelers have not made Faneca a offer since the weekend of April 21st.

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