By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE _ Stefan Logan, the tiniest player on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp roster, was in his glory Tuesday morning. During a practice devoted primarily to special teams, Logan was among five players used to return kickoffs. This is the chance he’s been waiting for.
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports One of the highlights of practice was when the Steelers worked on their “hurry-up” offense and defense. The ball was placed near midfield and 1:12 was put on the clock. The offense had to score a touchdown, the defense tried to prevent it. The first-team offense
The Steelers backup quarterback position is viewed as being unstable in league circles, which has led to some NFL insiders speculation that Pittsburgh is interested in Michael Vick. When the players hit the practice field for the first time on Saturday, the backup quarterback position will be one of the most highly contested position battles in camp. The player to watch will be 2nd year player Dennix Dixon who has his sights set on unseating Charlie Batch as the Steelers #2 quarterback. From all indications, the Steelers plan on giving Dixon every opportunity to beat out Batch in training camp. When the Steelers drafted Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon with their 5th round pick in 2008, the Steelers had Dixon valued as a 3rd round pick. Dixon suffered a season ending knee injury in his senior season which led to him falling to the 5th round. In mini camp, Dixon showedRead More »
By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH – Publicly, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says we shouldn’t get too excited about off-season workouts. “It’s football in shorts,” he likes to say. By that, Tomlin insinuates that the real test begins in late July when the Steelers report to Latrobe for the dog days of training camp. That’s when pads go on and hitting begins. That’s when “real” football begins. Still, Tomlin loves the mandatory three-day minicamp held May 1-3 and the 14 sessions called organized team activities. It’s a chance to see all the new guys, particularly the 2009 draft picks. It’s also a chance to see a cast of returnees who have something to prove this season in more ways than one. With that in mind, here’s a look back at some hot topics from minicamp and a look ahead to the 12 remaining OTAs which resume May 19:
The Steelers went through their first mandatory mini camp this morning. The only no show was linebacker Larry Foote who is still on the Steelers roster. There has been speculation that Willie Parker would be a no show but Parker did participate in team activities today. News and Notes from our source on the scene *The Steelers plan to use 3rd round pick Kraig Urbik primarily at guard but he will get some work at tackle and center throughout the off-season drills. *2008 4th round pick (LT) Tony Hills appears to be a project in year 2. Continues to struggle with his lateral movement against speed rushers . *Quarterback Dennis Dixon threw the ball very well on day 1. Dixon will have a strong opportunity to unseat Charlie Batch as the Steelers #2 quarterback. *Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has done some light throwing in the off-season and will not pickRead More »