Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The two-minute drill was the major focus of practice on Thursday.
For the first session, Tomlin said that the offense would need to go 62 yards in 1:52 with only one timeout.
The offense went with three receivers, one tight end and one running back.
Roethlisberger’s first pass was incomplete to Redman out of the backfield. He followed this up with a sideline completion to Antonio Brown for a first down.
Sanders then dropped a pass and had the next one tip off of his fingers and go high into the air before falling to the ground. Tipped balls like that are often intercepted.
On third down, Stevenson Sylvester applied pressure, but Roethlisberger got the pass away to Brown across the middle for a short gain.
Then on fourth down, Cameron Heyward collapsed the pocket, but Roethlisberger was able to step up and scramble for a big gain and a first down. He then used his only timeout.
Roethlisberger had a touchdown setup on the very next play. A good pump-fake fooled Curtis Brown, allowing Antonio Brown to get behind him, but Roethlisberger overthrew him. It was a bad miss.
Brown came back on the next play to make a tough first-down reception along the sidelines.
Adrian applied pressure which helped force an incomplete pass to Sanders, but Roethlisberger would come back and hit Jerricho Cotchery for a gain over the middle.
This brought the Steelers to inside the five-yard line, and the clock was running.
Roethlisberger got the snap off just before the clock expired and threw one up in the corner of the end zone, but Brown ran to the inside. It was simply a lack of communication in a pressure situation.
The offense failed to score, and they did not look very good.
Even with a couple of drops, Roethlisberger was not very sharp, and it was actually the worst that he has looked during camp.
Watching the offense perform, you also had to question how much better they could be with Mike Wallace.
Not that Cotchery is a bad receiver, but the Steelers are in a much better situation when Sanders is in the slot, or even using four receivers instead of three.
The second-team offense struggled against the starting defense and failed to score.
Ike Taylor popped Williams, who dropped the first pass, and then Byron Leftwich overthrew David Gilreath.
On third down, Ziggy Hood drove David DeCastro deep into the pocket, and Leftwich’s pass was tipped.
They converted on fourth-down on a pass to Williams, but the defense probably should have been credited with a sack as a couple of players got to Leftwich.
The starting defense did exactly what it should have against the second-team offense—dominate.