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costanza2k1
09-02-2008, 02:47 PM
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
News and notes
There was no real earth-shattering news in Mike Tomlin's press conference today, but here are some of the highlights:

Larry Foote appears to be ready to go Sunday against Houston, but Tomlin did say that Lawrence Timmons will be a part of the base 3-4 package as well. Foote will still start.

As expected, Rashard Mendenhall will handle kickoffs, Mewelde Moore punts, with Santonio Holmes getting a spot punt return here and there.

The No. 4 receiver spot is still up for grabs. It was thought when he was drafted that Limas Sweed would wind up being No. 3, but now he's battling Dallas Baker for the No. 4 spot.

The team is unsure about how it will use Mendenhall in the base offense - at least publicly.

Moore will be the primary third-down back, with Willie Parker seeing some action there as well.

Look for Parker to get the majority of short-yardage carries - at least until Mendenhall proves he can hold onto the football consistently. Gay Russell is probably the team's best short-yardage back, but likely won't be active on game days. That's my opinion, by the way.

Tomlin thinks the offensive line is better suited to protect Ben Roethlisberger.

For the local football fans, center Dan Mozes, a Washington native, was not added to anyone's practice squad.

Oviedo
09-02-2008, 03:05 PM
Until I'm 100% sure that Mendenhall's fumbleitis is under control I don't like Russell not be active on gameday. He is a pounder who would be valuable late in games.

SteelHoss
09-02-2008, 03:54 PM
Until I'm 100% sure that Mendenhall's fumbleitis is under control I don't like Russell not be active on gameday. He is a pounder who would be valuable late in games.

:Agree Russell has shown more power running than any of them IMO. I hope he dresses, but thats going to be difficult. Carey Davis would be my second choice in the RZ.
Rashard looks good out there. He certainly adds to the running game. Hopefully, he gets the ball under control and gets some good playing time.
Sweed...will adjust. He may need a little more seasoning, but he'll adjust. :tt1 :tt1 :tt1 :tt1