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Observations from Thursday's Pittsburgh Steelers Practice
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Training camp officially began today with the traditional Hokey Pokey dance by none other than Chris Hoke during stretches.

The CBA had been ratified and Hoke, along with Ike Taylor, Willie Colon, Jonathan Scott, William Gay and 11 other recently signed veterans joined the rest of the Steelers for practice.

Pittsburgh pushed the start of practice back an hour from the usual 2:55 pm start time and then delayed it again to 4:30 pm to accommodate the veterans awaiting the CBA vote.

Now with the veterans in the place, the pieces to the 2011 Steelers became clearer. It also took many young players out of first and second team reps.

That did not mean that a few young players did not stand out. The Steelers have some definite eye openers from the drafted and undrafted ranks.

It was particularly important that they made an impact in the drills on this day as the Steelers used the practice for situational football.

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