5 players who need a strong preseason to make the roster


5 Players on the bubble 1. Ryan Mundy, Safety – The 2nd year safety has had a sub-par training camp after a strong mini-camp. Mundy has been beat deep on a number of passing plays in camp and has fallen behind the versatile Roy Lewis who has the inside track on making the 53 man roster. 2. Keiwan Ratliff, Cornerback – With William Gay, Ike Taylor, Deshea Townsend, Keenan Lewis as locks at conerback and the team being very high on 5th round pick Joe Burnett, Ratliff is battling Anthony Madison for the final cornerback spot. Carrying two rookies would enhance Ratliff’s chances of making the roster but head coach Mike Tomlin is very high on Madison.

Steelers Training Camp: Position-by-Position Analysis


By Mike Bires For the past 12 days, the Steelers have been hard at work trying to build the foundation for another championship team. The process continues Thursday with the first of four pre-season games. Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Steelers shape up at this stage of training camp: QUARTERBACK Barring the signing of Michael Vick (very unlikely), everything is set. Ben Roethlisberger has clearly established himself as an elite QB with two Super Bowl titles in his first five pro seasons. As far as the battle for the back-up job, it’s still Charlie Batch. That may change pending the performances in the pre-season games. But Dixon has done nothing at camp to threaten Batch’s hold on No. 2. As far as Vick, who’s shopping for a team after his 23-month prison term for his role in an illegal dog-fighting operation, his name has been linked to theRead More »

Sunday Afternoon Practice: Lewis gives Steelers position flexibility


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — Mike Tomlin has preached about position flexibility since he was hired as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach more than two years ago, and second-year defensive back Roy Lewis appears to epitomize that player. Lewis is listed as a second-year cornerback on the Steelers’ roster, but he noted that repetitions on both outside spots, as well as free and strong safety, should make him more valuable when the final 53-man group is developed. “Coach Tomlin puts a lot of emphasis and pressure on second-year players like myself to take that next step in their development and really show what we can do,” Lewis said. “There’s no question that it’s tough to learn everything about all four positions in the secondary, but I’m coming along pretty well. “The thing is, it takes time, but I’m getting a better understanding about what this defense is about justRead More »