Ryan Clark has a second career lined up as a photographer. Photo Credit: Chris G.
When the Steelers ran their first session of 11-on-11, I was surprised to see that William Gay was in at cornerback. Then I noticed that Cortez Allen was on the sidelines with a wrap on his right knee.
During the punt fielding drills at the start of practice, a ball was heading right toward Antonio Brown’s head. He was done with the drill and walking away. Luckily, Emmanuel Sanders—who was up—jogged over and made a one-handed catch to save Brown’s head from getting hit.
Speaking of Brown, he is wearing a piece of tape across his helmet as Hines Ward did for years. Though I couldn’t see it, I would assume that he has his last name on the tape.
Nick Williams is one of my favorite sleepers this camp, and he began to show why today. On a run play, he beat his man and completely engulfed Dwyer for a loss. Williams has a long way to go, but it was a positive sign.
Williams wasn’t the only defensive lineman to make a play in the backfield. Steve McLendon broke through the line and had the chance to strip the ball from Landry Jones, who had his arm cocked to throw. If McLendon wanted to, he not only would have knocked the ball free, but he also would have ripped Jones’ arm off his body.
On Saturday, I expressed Curtis McNeal for his off-balance running. I have to give him props today. There may be no player on the team with quicker cuts. He did a tremendous job at cutting back to the running lanes and exploding through them.
It will be difficult to replace Heath Miller’s receiving production, but David Paulson is making it clear that he is the team’s best receiving tight end in the meantime. He moves very well and was very active in the passing game on Sunday.
Ike Taylor intercepted Roethlisberger. Granted the ball came right to him, but he caught it.
Just as I was commenting that the backup centers were performing well, John Parker Wilson dropped an exchange from Kelvin Beachum. I am not sure who was at fault, but Wilson bobbled the ball twice before completely losing it.
Ryan Clark was very vocal at practice and did a lot of trash talking. He also took some time away from the field and tried his hand at being a photographer.
The Steelers break out the pads for Monday’s practice.