Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has named wide receiver Dallas Baker the teams 4th receiver for the Steelers opener against the Houston Texans. Baker caught the eye of the coaching staff during the teams OTA‚Äôs and continued his strong play in camp. It remains to be seen how much playing time Baker or second round selection Limas Sweed will see Sunday afternoon. When the Steelers go into their four receiver sets, it is likely the team will use Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Nate Washington and Heath Miller.
Week 1 Press Conference Tomlin calls Houston a team on the rise and characterizes them as a dangerous team. Injuries The Steelers are very healthy Larry Foote is expected to play. Lawrence Timmons will see playing time in the Steelers 3-4 base Tomlin thinks the team better prepared to protect the quarterback. Saw a lot of things he liked during the preseason especially the way the O-Line protected on play action Tomlin indicated the team will game plan around Houston defensive end Mario Williams. The Texans are expected to move Williams around on passing downs To be Determined regarding how much playing time Rashard Mendenhall will see Special Teams Kick Returns – Primary returner Rashard Mendenhall Punt Returns – Primary Returner Mewelde Moore Santonio Holmes will be used certain situations Tomlin did not name the teams 4th receiver A lot will depend on who has the better week of practiceRead More »
7/29/08 Afternoon session According to a source, the longer the Kemoeatu situation drags out, the more the probability rises on LeCharles Bentley. The line has not looked great, according to this source. Day 2 of training camp saw the Steelers lose their punter, Daniel Sepulveda for the season with a torn ACL in his right (non-kicking) leg.The team signed Paul Ernster, most recently of Detroit, to replace Sepulveda on the roster and Ernster will be in Latrobe Wednesday.Sepulveda tore the same ACL in college at Baylor and will have surgery sometime this week. It was status quo at center on Tuesday, with Sean Mahan taking the majority of the snaps at center with the first unit. Mahan was beaten badly by Chris Hoke today. In the battle for the No. 3 receiver, incumbant Nate Washington and rookie Limas Sweed both scored points Tuesday. Sweed made a beautiful diving catch onRead More »
6:23 p.m. My source tells me the battle at center is looking decidedly in Sean Mahan’s favor after the first day of practice. Mahan took the majority of snaps with the first team, while Justin Hartwig only working with the first team for about three snaps in each of the teams two sessions. This doesn’t mean things won’t change in the coming weeks but it appears the Steelers are giving Mahan every chance to retain his starting spot. Willie Colon took all the snaps with the first team with Max Starks backing him up. Both were beaten badly by second year player LaMarr Woodley in the afternoons one -on- one drills with head coach Mike Tomlin looking on. With Chris Kemoeatu out, Trai Essex worked with the first team. This is Kemoeatu’s job to lose. At inside Linebacker Larry Foote took all of the teams snaps with the first team,Read More »