By Dale Grdnic
LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers worked on their two-minute offense during a training camp practice Tuesday afternoon at Saint Vincent College and were extremely successful with their first-team offense.
The possession began on the 40-yard line with 1:30 on the clock. Crowd noise was piped in, and a silent count was used. The first team scored in two plays, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fired a long pass to tight end Heath Miller for first-and-goal, and then he tossed a touchdown to wideout Tyler Grisham.
“I think he’s doing big things,” Roethlisberger said about Grisham. “He’s learned the offense, and you’ve got to give him credit since he’s learning 4-5 different positions…
So, he makes maybe one mistake a day, but he’s playing (a lot of) different positions. And you have to respect that.
“(And) he’s got good hands when he focuses. He seems to drop some easy ones, so I have to remind him to stay focused. He just loses concentration sometimes, but when he stays focused he has some real good hands. He’s able to step in and play, and I have confidence he can do that if we need him.”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also noted that the second-team defense excelled as well in the two-minute drill by keeping the offense from getting a first down.
Comings And Goings
Third-year wideout Mike Wallace suffered a left groin injury sometime Monday and did not practice Tuesday. Tomlin said it was just precautionary. He added that OG Ramon Foster (concussion) is getting closer to returning to practice. WR Limas Sweed (left shoulder sprain) practiced during individual position drills, but did not work out during the team session.
CB Bryant McFadden was dressed, but only did individual position work. William Gay played first-team corner with Ike Taylor. Rookie fourth-round CB Cortez Allen (hamstring) return to the field, but only in position drills, while third-round CB Curtis Brown (hamstring) still cannot practice.
TE Weslye Saunders (groin) and OLB Jason Worilds (groin) were limited Tuesday, but OLB James Harrison (back) returned to the starting lineup after several days off. OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee) and TE Eugene Bright remained on the PUP list since camp began.
Tight end Reggie Kelly, entering his 12th NFL season after seven years with the Cincinnati Bengals and four with the Atlanta Falcons, interviewed with the Steelers Tuesday. Tomlin would not specifically address the situation.
“I don’t talk about free agents,” Tomlin said. “We brought him in and had a nice visit, and we’ll see where the process takes us.”
Kelly tied a career-high with 31 catches in 2008. He did not play in 2009 and had just 10 catches last year, but he has 147 career starts.
Note: Former Pitt offensive lineman John Malecki continued to get third-team reps at center and stayed after Tuesday’s practice for considerable work with Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler and quarterback Charlie Batch.