By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger, speaking publicly for the first time since injuring his right leg last Thursday, said he doesn’t need an apology from Max Starks.
McDonald unable to pass Wallace on the depth chart for now Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Two weeks ago the Steelers depth at the wide receiver position was regarded as a major question mark but after two weeks of training camp and one pre-season game, some of those concerns are being put on the back burner for now. The performances of 2nd year wide out Limas Sweed and rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace have been promising thus far and the most intriguing battle in camp has been Mike Wallace holding off veteran Shaun McDonald for the #4 receiver spot. Limas Sweed has a strong hold on the #3 receiver spot behind Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward. Mike Wallace entered the Steelers first preseason game #4 on the depth chart and through three practices this week, Wallace has remained
Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports As the Steelers suit up for their first preseason game Thursday night, all eyes will be on 2008 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall who only appeared in four games last season, will get the bulk of carries during the 1st half as Willie Parker may sit out (back spasms) or only play a series or two.
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 Paul Ladewski Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Best observation: When asked which team was his early Super Bowl favorite, head coach-turned-media guy Mike Shanahan said, “I have pick the Steelers. You have to stay with the defending champions until somebody beats them.” But doesn’t the return of Tom Brady (genuflect here) make the New England Patriots the favorites again? “The Patriots have Tom Brady, but the Steelers have a great defense,” said Shanahan, who didn’t have to explain further. Best sign: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger aimed a few zingers at the media, then he threw some high, hard ones at his receivers. Despite his off-the-field problems, Big Ben’s focus is on playing football. Worst sign: The same five starters on the offensive line returned from last season. The unit likes to believe that it will be better this season, but the fact is, there’s not one Pro BowlRead More »
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
For a team that lines up two past Super Bowl MVPs at wide receiver, this figures to be a period of transition for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass receivers. Yes, change is in the air. Santonio Holmes may finally unseat Hines Ward as the No. 1 option in the passing game. With Nate Washington gone, there is a need for a new No. 3 wideout. With the addition of rookie Mike Wallace, the Steelers are a step faster at wide receiver than they were last year. And finally, if 6-foot-4 Limas Sweed progresses as expected in his second pro season, Ben Roethlisberger will have that tall target he’s coveted since Plaxico Burress left after the 2004 season. In time, this can be an outstanding group of wide receivers. “We can cast a big net in that regard because of the versatility of a Hines Ward and the growth and maturity ofRead More »