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NKySteeler
04-30-2010, 05:54 PM
Steelers QB Leftwich running first team
April, 30, 2010
By James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- Although it's very early, veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich worked with the first-team offense during the opening of Steelers' mandatory minicamp Friday.

Third-year quarterback Dennis Dixon ran the second team. It's not known at this point if Pittsburgh plans to rotate quarterbacks this offseason, but it appears Leftwich is getting the first shot to win the starting job.

"As long as I have a job, and as long as I have a position out there, I'm happy," Dixon said after Friday's initial practice. "Iím preparing the same way."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will serve a conditional six-game suspension this upcoming season, as Leftwich, Dixon and veteran Charlie Batch compete for the starting role.

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Leftwich Steelers No. 1 quarterback, at least for today
Friday, April 30, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quarterback Byron Leftwich took his turn with the first-team offense in the Steelers first minicamp practice today, and it could be a sign of coach Mike Tomlin's plans to open the season when he will be without Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers re-acquired Leftwich in a trade with Tampa Bay before the draft, and he said not to take anything seriously yet about how the quarterbacks were used in the first minicamp practice.

Dennis Dixon, however, said he believes the rotation will remain the way it was this morning with him second behind Leftwich. Charlie Batch ran third.

The Steelers have to prepare another quarterback to start at least the first four games of the season. Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Roethlisberger the first four to six games. Leftwich backed up Roethlisberger during the 2008 season after Batch went on injured reserve, and then signed with the Bucs as a free agent last year.

Tomlin also wasted little time in re-installing Bryant McFadden as his starting left cornerback. McFadden started there before he left as a free agent last year to sign with Arizona. The Steelers acquired him from the Cardinals in a trade Saturday.

Besides Roethlisberger, only Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison was missing. He was excused to attend his uncle's funeral in Akron, Ohio.

The Steelers also removed one rookie from their roster today without explanation: A.J. Trump, a center-guard from the University of Miami, bringing their roster to 90.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10120/1054505-100.stm

flippy
04-30-2010, 06:32 PM
I wonder if they'd consider using Dixon in a slash type of role in short yardage, 3rd down, and goal line situations?

Especially give Byron's lack of mobility.

NKySteeler
04-30-2010, 06:59 PM
I wonder if they'd consider using Dixon in a slash type of role in short yardage, 3rd down, and goal line situations?

Especially give Byron's lack of mobility.

That would certainly be interesting..... Randle El was a master of that type of stuff (IMO) but he's gotten older.... Younger legs as well as relatively good throwing skills could enhance that....

RuthlessBurgher
05-10-2010, 01:19 PM
The Steelers also removed one rookie from their roster today without explanation: A.J. Trump, a center-guard from the University of Miami, bringing their roster to 90.

Perhaps they just wanted to bring in someone so they can say, "Trump....You're Fired."

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BradshawsHairdresser
05-10-2010, 06:24 PM
The Steelers also removed one rookie from their roster today without explanation: A.J. Trump, a center-guard from the University of Miami, bringing their roster to 90.

Perhaps they just wanted to bring in someone so they can say, "Trump....You're Fired."

http://pharmaconduct.org/Blog/2009/10/photo_trump_youre_fired.gif
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