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fordfixer
08-03-2010, 01:39 AM
Inside the ropes: Leftwich gets bulk of work
By Mark Kaboly, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 93165.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_693165.html)

Byron Leftwich took the most snaps during team drills in both the morning and afternoon sessions Monday and also exclusively played with the first-team offense during the afternoon practice.

In four practices so far, Leftwich leads the quarterbacks with 56 reps in 11-on-11 team periods. Roethlisberger is next with 51 followed by Dixon with 29.

Charlie Batch has taken only one snap during team drills in four practices and he handed off.

The numbers are a little skewed because both Roethlisberger and Leftwich ran the 2-minute drill Sunday in which each got at least seven snaps. Dixon will have a chance to run the drill later in the week.

The Steelers ran four 11-on-11 sessions during the morning practice.

Even with Rashard Mendenhall sitting out because of a toe injury, the fumbling didn't stop for the running backs. Mewelde Moore fumbled during 9-on-7 drills during the afternoon practice. Mendenhall fumbled in practices Saturday and Sunday.

Mike Tomlin blew a quick whistle during one play when Roethlisberger aborted the call and scrambled toward the sideline, where James Harrison was barreling down on him.

"I didn't want James to actually catch him," Tomlin said. "I wasn't sure what might happen."

Tackle Tony Hills continued to struggle in the third training camp of his career. During one-on-one linemen drills, twice Sunny Harris whipped Hills before a motivated and angered Hills got the best of Harris the third time.

Center Justin Hartwig practiced long-snapping briefly following practice.

For the first time, Roethlisberger did not sign autographs following practice. He signed for more than 30 minutes during the first two afternoon practices of camp.

Crash
08-03-2010, 02:50 AM
None of this means anything. There will COMPLETE days where Ben won't throw, then Leftwich won't throw, then Dixon, etc.

That's how the reps will even out.

papillon
08-03-2010, 08:54 AM
The problematic issue in that article is not who's getting reps at quarterback, but, Who is going to hold onto the football? If the Steelers are re-energizing their running game, the last thing they need are the running backs putting the ball on the ground.

Pappy