Day 3: Steelers Training Camp Notebook


RAIN DAMPENS PRACTICE Despite a 20-minute shower late Sunday afternoon, the Steelers kept on practicing. Never did the rain fall hard enough that practice had to be stopped. When it started to rain around 4:25 p.m., most of the fans in attendance headed for home. But 20 minutes later, the rains let up and the Steelers’ practice fields were still in near-perfect condition. The Steelers didn’t even consider moving to the field with a newly installed artificial surface. “We don’t worry about the things that we can’t control, the weather being one of them,” Tomlin said. “We came out here to work today, and I thought they did. They maintained focus throughout the rain, which is great. There was no lightning, so there was no real danger. I thought we had a very productive day.” TIMMONS MISSES PRACTICE Linebacker Lawrence Timmons didn’t practice for what Tomlin said was cramps. TimmonsRead More »

OTA Notebook: For the Steelers, spring semester is over


By Mike Bires For the Steelers, spring semester is over. They went through their last of 14 scheduled organized team activity workouts on Thursday, and coach Mike Tomlin was ecstatic about what he’s seen in recent weeks. “We just put the finishing touches on what has been a very productive OTA session for us,” he said. “I thought we had a successful off-season from a teaching standpoint. We provided guys with plenty of opportunities to get reps and learn. Guys who needed rehabilitation got that. “As we sit here today, all-in-all, it was a pretty productive off-season for us.” Even though the majority of the regulars from last year’s Super Bowl team attended all or most OTAs, it’s the newcomers and a handful of younger players who got the most out of these practices. It was a time to watch draft picks like first-rounder Ziggy Hood, who’s making the transitionRead More »

Dixon will have opportunity to unseat Charlie Batch


The Latest Steelers Buzz The agent for Larry Foote has confirmed that Foote will attend the Steelers mandatory mini camp in two weeks. Foote in the final year of his contract, did not attend the Steelers OTA‚Äôs this week. The Steelers have not approached Foote about restructuring his contract and while the team would like to keep him around, he could still become a salary cap casualty this off-season. The Steelers are up against the cap and Lawrence Timmons will be taking even more reps away from Foote this season. The Steelers won‚Äôt have too many position battles in camp this season but the #2 spot on the quarterback depth chart is up for grabs. Dennis Dixon will be given an opportunity to unseat Charlie Batch. The Steelers are very high on Dixon and view him as a 3rd round talent. 2008 first round pick RB Rashard Mendenhall looked phenomenalRead More »

Timmons could be the key to slowing down the Pats offense


The key to Sunday‚Äôs game will be how well the Steelers control Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and the Patriots’ pass offense. The Steelers don‚Äôt have anybody that can match up against Randy Moss 1-on-1. As good as Ike Taylor has played this season, Moss is a major mismatch for Taylor. The Steelers will try to pressure Matt Cassel early with a variety of blitz packages. Lawrence Timmons could be the key to slowing down Welker. I expect the Steelers use their nickel defense quite often and expect to see Timmons roaming around in the middle of the field. In the past the Steelers have had trouble with quick possession receivers like Welker because the Steelers cornerbacks play too far off of the line of scrimmage due to the scheme they play. They will need to be more aggressive. WR Wes Welker (80 rec ‚Äì 834 yds ‚Äì 1TD): 2007 WeekRead More »

NFL: Timmons to see increased role Sunday afternoon?


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons is expected to see his playing time increase against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon. The Steelers have been designing packages where Timmons sort of acts like a spy to neutralize Eagles running back Brian Westbrook. With Brett Keisel out of action, it also expected that Timmons will be used a bit more on the outside during blitzing situations.