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Oviedo
05-01-2009, 01:46 PM
From Wexell


FRIDAY, MAY 1

1 p.m.: Last we left Larry Foote, he was being cut by Lenny Pasquarelli of ESPN, but the Steelers insist Foote remains part of the team. Foote wasn't at the first minicamp practice this morning, the only player not at the mandatory workout, and no one has an explanation. Perhaps the Steelers are waiting to get out of the minicamp injury free before letting him go.

Lawrence Timmons, of course, replaced Foote at the inside mack linebacker position. The backup to Timmons is Donovan Woods, the outside linebacker who spent some time with the team last season as an undrafted rookie. The third-team inside linebackers are rookie free agents Andrew Schantz and Tom Korte. Korte intercepted a pass from Charlie Batch to Matt Spaeth.

* Attending but sitting out the practice were Ryan Clark, Hines Ward and Martin Nance. Clark was replaced by Tyrone Carter and Ward was replaced by Limas Sweed. Roy Lewis and Deshea Townsend also saw time at free safety.

* Rookie fifth-round pick Joe Burnett was the only rookie to spend time with the first team. He played several snaps at right cornerback. He covered Santonio Holmes over the middle on a high pass that was intercepted spectacularly by opposite corner William Gay.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28

RuthlessBurgher
05-01-2009, 01:52 PM
With so much perceived depth at corner at so little depth at safety, it is good to see that Roy Lewis and Deshea Townsend also saw time at free safety.

steeler_george
05-01-2009, 02:48 PM
From Wexell


FRIDAY, MAY 1

1 p.m.: Last we left Larry Foote, he was being cut by Lenny Pasquarelli of ESPN, but the Steelers insist Foote remains part of the team. Foote wasn't at the first minicamp practice this morning, the only player not at the mandatory workout, and no one has an explanation. Perhaps the Steelers are waiting to get out of the minicamp injury free before letting him go. His time is up here.

Lawrence Timmons, of course, replaced Foote at the inside mack linebacker position. The backup to Timmons is Donovan Woods, the outside linebacker who spent some time with the team last season as an undrafted rookie. The third-team inside linebackers are rookie free agents Andrew Schantz and Tom Korte. Korte intercepted a pass from Charlie Batch to Matt Spaeth. hmmm, What happened to Bruce Davis? Or is he an OLB?

* Attending but sitting out the practice were Ryan Clark, Hines Ward and Martin Nance. Clark was replaced by Tyrone Carter and Ward was replaced by Limas Sweed. Roy Lewis and Deshea Townsend also saw time at free safety. Is Deshea makeing the switch to FS this year. No word on Mundy or this year's Rookies playing a bit of FS. But might be too soon, not over load them. Is this a sign of fair well to Nance?

* Rookie fifth-round pick Joe Burnett was the only rookie to spend time with the first team. He played several snaps at right cornerback. He covered Santonio Holmes over the middle on a high pass that was intercepted spectacularly by opposite corner William Gay. Is this speaking volume of our CB depth?


Wish we could hear some info on the OL. If Stapleton and Urbak shared snaps, but I guess not since the only rookie who saw action with the starters.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28

MeetJoeGreene
05-01-2009, 02:53 PM
With so much perceived depth at corner at so little depth at safety, it is good to see that Roy Lewis and Deshea Townsend also saw time at free safety.
$$ i saw that and was filled with joy as well

phillyesq
05-01-2009, 03:39 PM
From Wexell


FRIDAY, MAY 1

1 p.m.: Last we left Larry Foote, he was being cut by Lenny Pasquarelli of ESPN, but the Steelers insist Foote remains part of the team. Foote wasn't at the first minicamp practice this morning, the only player not at the mandatory workout, and no one has an explanation. Perhaps the Steelers are waiting to get out of the minicamp injury free before letting him go.

Lawrence Timmons, of course, replaced Foote at the inside mack linebacker position. The backup to Timmons is Donovan Woods, the outside linebacker who spent some time with the team last season as an undrafted rookie. The third-team inside linebackers are rookie free agents Andrew Schantz and Tom Korte. Korte intercepted a pass from Charlie Batch to Matt Spaeth.

* Attending but sitting out the practice were Ryan Clark, Hines Ward and Martin Nance. Clark was replaced by Tyrone Carter and Ward was replaced by Limas Sweed. Roy Lewis and Deshea Townsend also saw time at free safety.

* Rookie fifth-round pick Joe Burnett was the only rookie to spend time with the first team. He played several snaps at right cornerback. He covered Santonio Holmes over the middle on a high pass that was intercepted spectacularly by opposite corner William Gay.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28



Great stuff. Where did you find this?

And count me among those who like the idea of Deshea getting time at FS.

flippy
05-01-2009, 04:00 PM
Wonder how quickly Burnett can play?

For some reason I feel like we picked a guy in the 5th and 7th rounds that are ready to start immediately.

I've never had this feeling after a draft before.

RuthlessBurgher
05-01-2009, 04:35 PM
I think the only rookie with even a remote chance to start is Urbik if he beats out Stapleton for RG.

However, some other rookies could contribute this year because of their return skills or short yardage running ability, but none of them will likely be regulars on offense or defense. The only way Shipley sees the field as a rookie is if both Hartwig and Stapleton get hurt.

I doubt we even see much of our 1st round pick at all this year since it takes a while to adjust to play DE in LeBeau's 3-4 scheme (perhaps he could contribute a bit as an inside pass rusher in nickel and dime defenses later in the season, but I highly doubt we see him in the regular defense as a rookie unless there is a rash of injuries to starters and veteran backups).

I think this draft class has great promise, but most of those contributions will be down the road a bit. There will be only small contributions as rookies, and we will continue to hear a "bust" cacophony in here when we don't have 9 rookies become sudden All-Pros.

costanza2k1
05-01-2009, 06:06 PM
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcnorth/0-2 ... notes.html (http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcnorth/0-2-470/Steelers-Day-1-minicamp-notes.html)


Steelers Day 1 minicamp notes

May 1, 2009 5:53 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Steelers opened their first full-squad, mandatory minicamp Friday to kickoff the 2009 season.

Here are some notes and observations:

* Inside linebacker Larry Foote was the only no-show Friday. Foote stated publicly that he wants to be released. The team has the option of fining Foote approximately $9,000 for missing this weekend's practices. But Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that will not be the case, because Foote has remained in constant contact with the team.

"We will not fine Larry," Tomlin said. "He and I agreed mutually that it was best for all parties involved for him not to be here this weekend."

* Second-year players Limas Sweed and Rashard Mendenhall looked pretty good on their first day of minicamp. Sweed, a second-year receiver, made several nice catches Friday while Mendenhall's quickness and vision are still apparent. Mendenhall also said he's now able to lift weights again to regain some of the muscle mass he lost while sidelined with a shoulder injury.

* Another player in the final year of his contract, starting tailback Willie Parker, said he's not going to cause a scene this offseason. Parker plans to show up for all the camps, and said he's disappointed with his performance and various injuries last year.

"I got to make the best decision, and I think the best decision is to be around the team and help the best way as possible," Parker said.

* To help prevent injuries Parker said he spent this offseason doing pilates, which he deemed "kind of girly" but helpful at the same time.

* A funny play happened in team drills Friday when undrafted rookie receiver Steven Black of Memphis went across the middle against the first-team defense. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch hit Black right in the numbers when a hard-charging James Harrison scared Black so much that he dropped the ball. Even in non-contact drills, the Pro Bowl linebacker can intimidate.

* Pittsburgh made an interesting signing Friday in veteran receiver Shaun McDonald. The seven-year veteran could push Sweed for the No. 3 receiver spot. McDonald was most productive in 2007, when he caught 79 passes for 943 yards and six touchdowns.

"We desire to create competition," Tomlin said. "The only way that we're going to be a really good football team is if we have really good competition and guys competing."

* Finally, for those interested in rookie jersey numbers, notables include first-round pick Evander "Ziggy" Hood (No. 96), third-round pick and cornerback Keenan Lewis (No. 20) and Penn State rookie center A.Q. Shipley (No. 61).

NKySteeler
05-01-2009, 06:14 PM
* Rookie fifth-round pick Joe Burnett was the only rookie to spend time with the first team. He played several snaps at right cornerback. He covered Santonio Holmes over the middle on a high pass that was intercepted spectacularly by opposite corner William Gay.

Glad to see him getting some time with the starting squad.... I believe Gay is the incumbent starter, but I wouldn't be suprised if Ratliff challenges him quite a bit...

frankthetank1
05-01-2009, 06:21 PM
i love fwp. the guy is so humble and is the ultimate team guy. cant imagine him doing pilates though :lol:

calmkiller
05-01-2009, 06:21 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 1

4:40 p.m.: Mike Reilly, the QB from Central Washington that Ron Jaworski spent half a draft day praising on TV, is considered one of the team's top undrafted rookie free agents. The other is offensive tackle Ramon Foster from Tennessee. He played right tackle today. Two scouts each said they were most excited about Foster as a free agent.

One of the rookies who flashed on the field, in my opinion, was sixth-round pick Sonny Harris. The defensive tackle can run, as DL coach John Mitchell said on draft day.

1:40 p.m.: Potential injuries are the reason the Steelers are hanging on to Larry Foote, and not just potential injuries to their own team. With seven mandatory minicamps going on around the league this weekend, the Steelers will wait to see if any other team might need a 28-year-old starting linebacker with an affordable contract before releasing him. Last year, after losing Philip Daniels for the season, the Washington Redskins traded second and sixth-round draft choices to the Miami Dolphins for 33-year-old Jason Taylor and his $8.1 million salary. It's simply sound business on the Steelers' part.

1 p.m.: Last we left Larry Foote, he was being cut by Lenny Pasquarelli of ESPN, but the Steelers insist Foote remains part of the team. Foote wasn't at the first minicamp practice this morning, the only player not at the mandatory workout, and no one has an explanation. Perhaps the Steelers are waiting to get out of the minicamp injury free before letting him go.

Lawrence Timmons, of course, replaced Foote at the inside mack linebacker position. The backup to Timmons is Donovan Woods, the outside linebacker who spent some time with the team last season as an undrafted rookie. The third-team inside linebackers are rookie free agents Andrew Schantz and Tom Korte. Korte intercepted a pass from Charlie Batch to Matt Spaeth.

* Attending but sitting out the practice were Ryan Clark, Hines Ward and Martin Nance. Clark was replaced by Tyrone Carter and Ward was replaced by Limas Sweed. Roy Lewis and Deshea Townsend also saw time at free safety.

* Rookie fifth-round pick Joe Burnett was the only rookie to spend time with the first team. He played several snaps at right cornerback. He covered Santonio Holmes over the middle on a high pass that was intercepted spectacularly by opposite corner William Gay.

Updated.

RuthlessBurgher
05-01-2009, 06:41 PM
* A funny play happened in team drills Friday when undrafted rookie receiver Steven Black of Memphis went across the middle against the first-team defense. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch hit Black right in the numbers when a hard-charging James Harrison scared Black so much that he dropped the ball. Even in non-contact drills, the Pro Bowl linebacker can intimidate.

In a related story, Steven Black was thankful that the shorts he was wearing during the work-out were gold-colored. :lol:

Discipline of Steel
05-01-2009, 07:07 PM
* A funny play happened in team drills Friday when undrafted rookie receiver Steven Black of Memphis went across the middle against the first-team defense. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch hit Black right in the numbers when a hard-charging James Harrison scared Black so much that he dropped the ball. Even in non-contact drills, the Pro Bowl linebacker can intimidate.

In a related story, Steven Black was thankful that the shorts he was wearing during the work-out were gold-colored. :lol:

He may have preferred black. Better not to have too many of those guys go across the middle against the 1st team D.

BradshawsHairdresser
05-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Wonder how quickly Burnett can play?

For some reason I feel like we picked a guy in the 5th and 7th rounds that are ready to start immediately.

I've never had this feeling after a draft before.

With all due respect, don't get too excited over these "feelings."

A lot of fans had those kind of "feelings" about players like Chukky Okkobi and Anthony Smith. I'm not saying Burnett and Shipley won't become major contributors--I hope they do. But odds are highly against them stepping in on day 1 as starters.

costanza2k1
05-01-2009, 10:20 PM
http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/

FRIDAY, MAY 01, 2009
First day of mini-camp notes, Foote update
As expected, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed today that he and Larry Foote decided it would be beneficial for both parties if Foote did not attend the mandatory mini-camp this weekend. Tomlin said Foote will not be fined.

Tomlin said he and Foote have been in contact for several weeks regarding the situation.

Punter Daniel Sepulveda and long-snapper Greg Warren are still hobbled by their knee injuries.

Sepulveda didn't kick at all today - even during punting drills - while Warren did do some snapping. But Warren is still walking with a limp and is wearing a brace on his left knee.

Sepulveda's status would explain why the Steelers essentially brought in two more punters. Both Dirk Johnson - sounds like a porn name - and Piotr Czech - ditto - were punting Friday.

If you're looking for an undrafted rookie to keep an eye on, watch offensive tackle Ramon Foster of Tennessee. The 6-6, 325-pound Foster was working with the third team at right tackle Friday and looks like a player.

An interesting note - every Steelers draft pick with one exception has already attained his degree.

In fact, first-round pick Ziggy Hood graduated in just 3 1/2 years.

The only one who hasn't is third-round guard Kraig Urbik, who was a fifth-year senior. Go figure.

Wide receiver Martin Nance is not practicing and Tomlin said he won't have any statements about what Nance's status is until Sunday or even Monday.
POSTED BY DALE LOLLEY AT 8:12 PM

NorthCoast
05-02-2009, 08:21 AM
The Deshea move to FS is anticipated and welcome. The guy is a vet that knows the defense inside out, and with so many young DBs coming in, he is in an excellent position to teach. In fact, I really hope when he decides to hang up the cleats, he comes back as a DB coach for the Steelers. How about that?...your entire career spent with one organization.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
05-02-2009, 09:22 AM
http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/

FRIDAY, MAY 01, 2009
First day of mini-camp notes, Foote update
As expected, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed today that he and Larry Foote decided it would be beneficial for both parties if Foote did not attend the mandatory mini-camp this weekend. Tomlin said Foote will not be fined.

Tomlin said he and Foote have been in contact for several weeks regarding the situation.

Punter Daniel Sepulveda and long-snapper Greg Warren are still hobbled by their knee injuries.

Sepulveda didn't kick at all today - even during punting drills - while Warren did do some snapping. But Warren is still walking with a limp and is wearing a brace on his left knee.

Sepulveda's status would explain why the Steelers essentially brought in two more punters. Both Dirk Johnson - sounds like a porn name - and Piotr Czech - ditto - were punting Friday.

If you're looking for an undrafted rookie to keep an eye on, watch offensive tackle Ramon Foster of Tennessee. The 6-6, 325-pound Foster was working with the third team at right tackle Friday and looks like a player.

An interesting note - every Steelers draft pick with one exception has already attained his degree.

In fact, first-round pick Ziggy Hood graduated in just 3 1/2 years.

The only one who hasn't is third-round guard Kraig Urbik, who was a fifth-year senior. Go figure.

Wide receiver Martin Nance is not practicing and Tomlin said he won't have any statements about what Nance's status is until Sunday or even Monday.
POSTED BY DALE LOLLEY AT 8:12 PM

WTF? I was waiting all year for this guy to come back with a cannon, and he can't even kick yet? I'm very disappointed.

BradshawsHairdresser
05-02-2009, 09:42 AM
Makes you wonder just how serious Sepulveda's injury was, and if he will ever really get back to his pre-injury form.

Also, Martin Nance better get his butt in camp pretty quick if he wants any kind of chance to make this team. He's a long-shot no matter how you look at it, but this absence, I would think, makes him more so.

steelcityrules!!
05-02-2009, 10:07 AM
I think the only rookie with even a remote chance to start is Urbik if he beats out Stapleton for RG.

However, some other rookies could contribute this year because of their return skills or short yardage running ability, but none of them will likely be regulars on offense or defense. The only way Shipley sees the field as a rookie is if both Hartwig and Stapleton get hurt.

I doubt we even see much of our 1st round pick at all this year since it takes a while to adjust to play DE in LeBeau's 3-4 scheme (perhaps he could contribute a bit as an inside pass rusher in nickel and dime defenses later in the season, but I highly doubt we see him in the regular defense as a rookie unless there is a rash of injuries to starters and veteran backups).

I think this draft class has great promise, but most of those contributions will be down the road a bit. There will be only small contributions as rookies, and we will continue to hear a "bust" cacophony in here when we don't have 9 rookies become sudden All-Pros.

I honestly don't care if we see much of our draft picks this season... that would only tell us that the previous 3-6 drafts were quite successful in acquiring great talent who is now starting for the world champs.

If we have the luxury of moving along our newbies at a slow and steady pace, then screw the rest of the league because that method churns out consistent contenders.

I bet we see hood sparingly next fall, working in on some rotations and if we have some blow-outs in the works. I bet the only real time on the field as rooks will be of course special teams, but the tank in the red-zone and burnett or wallace returning kicks if they show any spark in the preseason.

if only the rest of the league had the noodles to observe what the best do time in, time out.

RuthlessBurgher
05-02-2009, 11:37 AM
http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/

FRIDAY, MAY 01, 2009
First day of mini-camp notes, Foote update
As expected, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed today that he and Larry Foote decided it would be beneficial for both parties if Foote did not attend the mandatory mini-camp this weekend. Tomlin said Foote will not be fined.

Tomlin said he and Foote have been in contact for several weeks regarding the situation.

Punter Daniel Sepulveda and long-snapper Greg Warren are still hobbled by their knee injuries.

Sepulveda didn't kick at all today - even during punting drills - while Warren did do some snapping. But Warren is still walking with a limp and is wearing a brace on his left knee.

Sepulveda's status would explain why the Steelers essentially brought in two more punters. Both Dirk Johnson - sounds like a porn name - and Piotr Czech - ditto - were punting Friday.

If you're looking for an undrafted rookie to keep an eye on, watch offensive tackle Ramon Foster of Tennessee. The 6-6, 325-pound Foster was working with the third team at right tackle Friday and looks like a player.

An interesting note - every Steelers draft pick with one exception has already attained his degree.

In fact, first-round pick Ziggy Hood graduated in just 3 1/2 years.

The only one who hasn't is third-round guard Kraig Urbik, who was a fifth-year senior. Go figure.

Wide receiver Martin Nance is not practicing and Tomlin said he won't have any statements about what Nance's status is until Sunday or even Monday.
POSTED BY DALE LOLLEY AT 8:12 PM

WTF? I was waiting all year for this guy to come back with a cannon, and he can't even kick yet? I'm very disappointed.

Sepulveda is a left-footed kicker. He tore the ACL in his right knee. The injury would not impact whether or not he has a cannon for a leg, since he does not kick with the leg he injured. The reason that they are being cautious with him during an early minicamp in because there is no need to risk a set-back if you don't have to. Think about what happens when you punt. After kicking the ball, you land on one leg (and in this case, that would be landing on his right leg, the one that was injured). Dan is not a tiny little 180 pound punter like most teams have. Dude is 230 lbs. Would you want to risk having his entire 230 lb. weight landing on one leg after a kick in meaningless off-season drills? He had the surgery on August 6, so we are just coming up on the 9 month post-op mark. The typical rehab takes between 6 and 9 months, but I doubt that the doctor would recommended landing on that one leg at the 9 month mark. When they hit Latrobe, they will be nearing a year since the surgery, and that would likely be the smart time to start punting again. And if he happens to have a setback, they brought in a veteran punter, Dirk Johnson, to camp instead of a rookie leg.