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Hines Ward did not practice as he is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but that did not stop him from making an impact.
Ward helped give individual instruction to one of the young receivers and Mike Wallace did the same to another. It is great to see veterans pass their knowledge to younger players.
Speaking of Wallace, he looked excellent—easily the best receiver on the field.
Wallace was effective in intermediate routes and looked good coming out of his breaks.
Emmanuel Sanders was behind Wallace and had a strong outing as well. He caught everything that came his way.
Antonio Brown worked with the second team and has moved up to third on the depth chart with Ward out. Like Sanders, Brown caught the ball well and ran well.
Both Sanders and Brown fielded punts. Brown was first team and will likely have that role as well as the kick returner role when the season opens. Sanders muffed one of his punts.
One of the biggest questions heading into camp is, “What is going on with Limas Sweed?”
Sweed is carrying himself with more confidence so we will see how it plays out. At the start of practice he dropped one pass from the jugs machine but, rather than wait for his next turn, Sweed took another pass and made the catch.
He was the target of a number of passes during team drills as he was getting open. Sweed did drop one pass which would have been a difficult reception as he had to dive and only got one hand on the ball.
Wes Lyons is an impressive prospect towering at 6’8” and he runs pretty well. He does not have enough bulk to convert to tight end but is intriguing. Keep an eye on him in game action.
Undrafted free agent Adam Mims fielded kicks and punts.