Le'Veon Bell may have sat out of practice, but he still took some time to test out his arm.
Rob Blanchflower was sidelined with a boot on his left leg.
C.J. Goodwin, Alvester Alexander and Le’Veon Bell did some light jogging on the far practice fields. None of the three practiced.
Speaking of Bell, he appears to be in incredible shape. His weight loss is very noticeable, especially when he stands next to LeGarrette Blount. We will see if this translates to speed and quickness once the games start.
Roethlisberger went off on his own to do some slow sprints on the second practice field, while the special teams did work on the primary field.
Eric Waters is near the bottom of the tight end depth chart, but that doesn’t mean that the coaches don’t care. He has received more individual coaching—specifically from coaching intern Mike Sellers (h/t Mark Kaboly)—than any other tight end on the roster. He is a good candidate for the practice squad.
Troy Polamalu sat out during some team drills, which allowed Robert Golden and Shamarko Thomas to get snaps with the first-team defense. Both had good moments and big hits. Golden had the biggest hit of the day when he nearly decleated a member of the offense.
In addition to lining up at strong safety, Thomas got several snaps with the first-team defense at free safety as well. He spent more time in deep coverage than the previous practices.
Ryan Shazier continued to shine with another strong practice. He stepped up to knock away a Roethlisberger pass to Matt Spaeth. He was lightning-quick when blitzing up the middle and got pressure on the quarterback multiple times.
Stephon Tuitt continues to push for a starting job. He was flat-out dominant at times and did a good job of applying pressure from the outside. If he were permitted to hit the quarterback, he would have had at least one sack.
Jarvis Jones was very active against the run. He was able to fight off his blocks and made plays at or behind the line. The inside move that he has developed when rushing has looked dominant in one-on-one drills with the linemen.
Daniel McCullers had the best practice of his young career. He continually collapsed the pocket with his sheer size and attempted to get his arms up in passing lanes. When working in a two-on-two drill against offensive linemen, he came off his man and collided with Mike Adams, knocking him down to the ground.
Ethan Hermer has had a quiet camp but had an impressive pass rush in a drill against the offensive line. He lifted Emmanuel McCray and brought him to the ground.
Jarvis Jones hit the “quarterback” in a simulated pass-rushing drill. That prompted the coaches to remind all of the players that they must not make contact with the quarterback. Luckily, for Jones, the “quarterback” was just a member of the staff.
William Gay has provided some of the tightest coverage of any cornerback during camp. He was beaten on a play by Moore, who finished it off by sprinting to the end zone. But Gay didn’t give up on the play. Not only did he chase him down, but he made the stop just before the goal line.
Antwon Blake is the best of the backup cornerbacks. He is physical against receivers and has shown decent coverage skills.
Ross Ventrone won't jump ahead of Will Allen, Shamarko Thomas or Robert Golden, but he had a very good practice on Wednesday. He made several nice hits and was decent in coverage. The coaches noticed his presence.
Blount had one of the best runs of the day when he burst through the middle of the line and knocked over Shazier for a gain of nine yards or so. Dri Archer had a big run as well, darting through a hole and then exploding in the open field before he was stopped by a safety.
In addition to lining up in the backfield, Blount ran a pass pattern out of the slot once. He had some miscommunication with Roethlisberger, and the pass fell incomplete.
Archer received extra coaching from wide receiver coach Richard Mann prior to one-on-one drills with the defensive backs. After a few reps, it became clear that he has a lot to work on, especially beating the press.
Shaun Suisham has not had to do much during training camp. However, on Wednesday he did participate by holding a blocking pad during special teams drills.
Note: All photos used in this article were taken by me. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of ESPN.com and all roster information is courtesy of Steelers.com.