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NKySteeler
05-02-2009, 10:41 PM
Maybe this is "better news material" for some....
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Steelers Day 2 minicamp notes
May 2, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their full-squad, mandatory minicamp Saturday to kick off the 2009 football season.

Here are some notes and observations from Day 2:

I'm pleasantly surprised with the way second-year quarterback Dennis Dixon is throwing the football this weekend. In the four practices the past two days, Dixon's ball has been a tight spiral more often than not and his accuracy has been solid. Saturday Dixon placed a ball over the middle through three defenders to hit receiver Brandon Williams in one of the best throws of minicamp thus far.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons looks ready for a breakout year. He's always been one of the best athletes on the team. But in his third year it looks like he "gets it," in terms of his assignments and Pittsburgh's complicated defensive scheme. Timmons has looked fluid and confident all weekend. He also has little wasted motion when getting to his spots and chasing the ball carriers.

Veteran cornerback Keiwan Ratliff believes he can contribute in Pittsburgh this year. Ratliff was with the Indianapolis Colts last season and played a lot of Cover 2 defense, which is a strong point of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Ratliff says knowing the coverage scheme well will help the transition with his new team.

It what seems to be a daily occurrence at Steelers camp, the funny play for Saturday involved nose tackle Chris Hoke. At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 302 pounds, Hoke was caught covering speedy, 5-feet-7 scat back Stephan Logan in the flat. The quarterback read the play correctly and quickly threw the ball to Logan, who put a juke move on Hoke that nearly caused him to completely flip over himself. The team went nuts and even congratulated Hoke for selling out and trying to make the play, despite the obvious mismatch.

Receiver Dallas Baker once again flashed some potential Saturday. Baker made four quality catches in the second practice, many of them in traffic, to complete a good day of work. Baker has quietly made plays in camp for the Steelers the past few seasons. This year he is competing again for one of the final roster spots at receiver.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009
Dixon looks good

Second-year quarterback Dennis Dixon looks like a completely different player at this year's mini-camp than he did a year ago.

Then again, that's not that big of a surprise considering he wasn't even supposed to take a snap at last year's camp after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL less than six months before.

Dixon obviously has a much better grasp of the offense now and you can see a huge difference between him and rookies Kevin McCabe and Mike Reilly.

There's also not much difference between Dixon and veteran Charlie Batch. In fact, Dixon has looked better than Batch - though it's still very early and Batch is coming off a very long layoff.

It's easy to see, however, why the Steelers are high on Dixon.

While there's not a load of experience behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes at wide receiver, there's certainly a glut of promising young players - and a couple of veterans.

But there are also spots open there and the battle for the fourth, fifth and even sixth wideout spots should be a very good one this year in training camp.

As he usually has, Deshea Townsend has worked at safety. But with two young draft picks added at the cornerback position, as well as veteran Keiwan Ratliff, Townsend's work at safety may be more important now than ever for the veteran.

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fordfixer
05-02-2009, 10:52 PM
Eh its o.k. :lol:

NKySteeler
05-02-2009, 10:58 PM
Eh its o.k. :lol:

Ha Ha!..... Ehhh... Just trying to beat some of the die-hards to the punch for some of it over the weekend... I tell you though, the Insider posts that get done on here are some of the best... I'm just too cheap to get/pay for it, though... :lol:

fordfixer
05-02-2009, 11:03 PM
Eh its o.k. :lol:

Ha Ha!..... Ehhh... Just trying to beat some of the die-hards to the punch for some of it over the weekend... I tell you though, the Insider posts that get done on here are some of the best... I'm just too cheap to get/pay for it, though... :lol:


Me to

calmkiller
05-03-2009, 01:04 PM
Good Stuff

RuthlessBurgher
05-03-2009, 01:24 PM
Eh its o.k. :lol:

Ha Ha!..... Ehhh... Just trying to beat some of the die-hards to the punch for some of it over the weekend... I tell you though, the Insider posts that get done on here are some of the best... I'm just too cheap to get/pay for it, though... :lol:

Insiders on this site will tell you for free that this guy is as ordinary as a bowl of grits:


Linebacker Lawrence Timmons looks ready for a breakout year. He's always been one of the best athletes on the team. But in his third year it looks like he "gets it," in terms of his assignments and Pittsburgh's complicated defensive scheme. Timmons has looked fluid and confident all weekend. He also has little wasted motion when getting to his spots and chasing the ball carriers.

Scarletfire1970
05-03-2009, 03:54 PM
Maybe we will finally see Dallas Baker the TD Maker this year. :tt2

Jooser
05-03-2009, 04:07 PM
Good news on Dixon's development.