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The special teams worked on situational kicks during practice. These included squib kicks, surprise onside kicks and high kicks designed for the lineman on the return unit to field.
Several linemen were forced to call for a fair catch. Chris Scott muffed one attempt and Corbin Bryant called for a fair catch and then ran with the ball after he caught it.
Casey Hampton did some light jogging on the sidelines. At this point, he probably moves at two speeds—slow and stop.
During an offensive line drill, Mike Adams had his helmet down in David DeCastro’s facemask. Offensive line coach Sean Kugler yelled at Adams to “get his head out of there.” He had earlier praised Adams and DeCastro for their hand placement.
Kelvin Beachum had some technique problems during blocking drills, but Kugler had him adjust right after taking the rep.
Stevenson Sylvester once again played at left outside linebacker. He worked with the starters, while LaMarr Woodley did not practice.
DeCastro had a nice seal block on Bryant to open a hole for Jonathan Dwyer.
Chris Rainey demonstrated his speed once again today. He was able to get separation from Sean Spence during a drill and had some nice runs. He has the ability to fit through some very small holes. However, he did not finish practice due to a heat-related illness according to Mike Tomlin (via Steelers.com).
There was once again a strong emphasis on running the ball during team drills. A few screen plays were mixed in. As practice progressed, the offense began to throw the ball more.
Kicker Danny Hrapmann practiced kickoffs. The kicks ranged from being five yards deep to only making it to the goal line.
David Paulson is not the strongest blocker, but he has shown some abilities as a receiver. He caught one pass while getting some work with the starters.
Troy Polamalu had one of the plays of the day after Paul Cox appeared to make a catch over the middle. Polamalu found a way to sneak his hand onto the ball and knock it from Cox’s hands.
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