Wednesday Practice Notebook: Essex preparing to make 1st start at LT since 07 wildcard game


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — In a conference call with the Houston media Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked how the club remains successful even though they’ve had to bring in a couple guys off the street to plug into the offensive line. Roethlisberger laughed at the question and told the Steelers media about it.

Essex a darkhorse to win the starting RG job


The Pittsburgh Steelers open training camp on Friday and they return 21 of 22 starters from their Super Bowl winning team. There will be few position battles in camp but one situation to keep an eye on is the right guard position. Current starter Darnell Stapleton enters his first training camp as a starter and the starting right job position is his to lose. Stapleton, 23, (6-3, 305lbs) started 14 games for the Steelers in 2008 and head coach Mike Tomlin is a big believer in Stapleton. Stapleton is versatile and can also play center, his natural position. Despite the coaching staff being very high on Stapleton, the organization would like to get bigger on their interior line. The Steelers drafted offensive guard Kraig Urbik (6-5, 323lbs) in the third round. Urbik will be the teams starting right guard at somepoint in the near future, maybe even this season, butRead More »

Titans showing interest in Trai Essex


The Nashville Tennessean Reports, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle/guard Trai Essex is visiting with the Tennessee Titans today. Essex, a third-round pick in 2005, has started four games in his four year career with the Steelers. The Steelers have expressed an interest in bringing Essex back. Essex has also drawin interest from Oakland, Detroit and Baltimore.

The Latest Steelers Buzz: Steelers to open up talks with Heath Miller in March


Free Agency begins on February 27th The Steelers have been involved in contract talks with James Harrison for about 7 days now. Reports indicate Harrison‚Äôs agent will meet with the Steelers at the combine. Talks with Heath Miller will begin in March once the Steelers priorities in free agency are taking care of. Miller is just as much of a priority for the Steelers as anyone. They have no intention of him entering 09 without a long-term extension. Jason Witten received a $6 year – $28 million contract a few seasons ago. Miller doesn‚Äôt put up the numbers Witten does but is regarded as the most complete tight end in the game. Here‚Äôs some new stuff on Nate Washington, Bryant McFadden and Penn State’s Derek Williams Steelers to meet with Drew Rosenhaus the agent for Bryant McFadden this week.