Thursday Practice Report: Mundy to start at free safety?


By Mike Bires Ryan Mundy claims he does not know who’s starting at free safety Monday night in Denver. But it could be him. A second-year pro who attended Woodland Hills High School in suburban Pittsburgh, Mundy has been seeing extensive time with the first-team defense at practice this week. At least one Steeler defender said Mundy will make his first career start when the Steelers play the Broncos. “Nobody has told me anything yet,” Mundy said after Thursday’s practice. “So we’ll see.” Whether it’s Mundy or 10th-year pro Tyrone Carter, it appears more and more that the Steelers will have a different free safety at Invesco Field at Mile High. Ryan Clark, who experienced a serious health scare the last time the Steelers played in Denver, has yet to announce his intentions. But speculation suggests that Clark won’t play. Because he’s a sickle cell trait carrier whose blood isRead More »

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 »

Steelers Notebook: Notes from Tuesday’s organized team activity workout


Notes from Tuesday’s organized team activity workout at Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side of Pittsburgh: With a few exceptions, all Steelers were present and accounted for as voluntary OTAs resumed. As he’s done in the past, strong safety Troy Polamalu is skipping OTAs. He’s in California, working out with his own personal trainer. Coach Mike Tomlin has no problem with that. Also missing Tuesday was reserve wide receiver Dallas Baker. A Steelers’ spokesman didn’t know why Baker was absent. Baker, however, did attend two OTAs in April and the three-day minicamp earlier this month. Present but not practicing were wide receivers Hines Ward and Martin Nance, free safety Ryan Clark and punter Daniel Sepulveda. Ward and Clark are coming off off-season shoulder surgeries. Sepulveda missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. Nance is nursing an undisclosed leg injury. Mundy a lock for a roster spot? With both startingRead More »