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Despite a threat of storms, the Steelers did not practice on the turf field. The grass fields had finally dried out enough that the team could spend the entire two-hour practice on them.
Keenan Lewis returned to practice and looked fine during the receiver-defensive back blocking drills. He was very physical.
Roethlisberger gave some specific instructions to Sanders on a passing drill. Sanders was standing in a spot and Roethlisberger threw a pass wide of him demonstrating where he needed to go. They ran the play again and it worked to perfection.
Speaking of instructing, Haley takes it very seriously. Not only does he coach, but he gets involved by taking on the role of a defensive back and even going out for passes.
Shaun Suisham missed two field goals in a row to end the kicking session at the start of practice. Both kicks were wide left.
Mike Tomlin once again took interest in tight end blocking drills. He took an active role when they were working on the blocking sled.
Baron Batch dropped a high—but catchable—screen pass from Charlie Batch. He has continued to look impressive running the ball.
Jonathan Dwyer looks much faster than the past two seasons. He is running well.
Tony Clemons made an excellent leaping catch on a bullet pass from Byron Leftwich. Marquis Maze had a terrific diving catch along the sidelines after beating Will Allen’s press coverage.
Curtis Brown was extremely physical during the blocking drills—maybe the most physical defensive back. He shed at least two blocks.
Derrick Williams and Andre Freeman got into a fight during blocking drills. Ryan Clark jumped in as well.
LaMarr Woodley continued to own David Johnson in blocking drills. On one play he tossed Johnson to the ground.
The Steelers ran some misdirection plays and screen passes out of the shotgun. Roethlisberger checked down to the running back on one play.
One of the funny moments of the day came when the defense got to Leftwich and Tomlin blew the whistle. Leftwich continued to playfully run and ignored Tomlin’s repeated whistle blowing.
Sean Spence is said to have a high football IQ. He demonstrated this today, reading and reacting to plays very well. He stuck his nose in to make stops on a couple of run plays and had excellent coverage on a tight end coming across the middle.
Cortez Allen continues to shine in coverage. If he is still considered raw, it is scary how good he could become. He worked out of the nickel with the starters.
Ramon Foster stepped in with the starting unit at right tackle while Marcus Gilbert was being examined by trainers. Foster performed pretty well there.
Dick LeBeau had Cameron Heyward standing up on a couple of pass rush plays. He bull-rushed his way into the backfield, freeing up space for Chris Carter to use his speed to get to the quarterback.
Ziggy Hood and Steve McLendon both got in the backfield to make plays. At one point, Alameda Ta'amu was being double-teamed.
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