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    Q. What did you like about first week of training camp?

    A. I thought it was a good start. I think this team is in great shape, and that allowed us to get off to a good start. We have a ways to go with some technical things, as does
    everybody. Iíve been pleased with our play-action pass pocket; itís better than it was a year ago at this point. Defensively weíve got some guys who can be contributors potentially, but of course they have to step inside stadiums and confirm that. But what weíve seen to this point is that we have some young guys we can add to what we believe is already a good defense. I feel good about where we are.

    Q. How would you evaluate Ike Taylor at this point?

    A. Ike has shown great attention to detail from a technique standpoint, but those are really the same feelings I had about him last year. Ike is a professional. Heís a veteran
    player, but he always comes out here looking for a winning edge. I like where he is. I expect big things from him.

    Q. With Chris Kemoeatu on the physically unable to perform list, Trai Essex moved into the starting lineup at left guard. Can you talk about his performance?

    A. Trai stepped in and he came here in excellent shape. He is a veteran player who came in great shape, he ran well and an opportunity presented itself to give him some
    repetitions with the first unit at left guard. I thought that he took advantage of it and did well in the one-onone drills, but I will have to look at the tape in great detail to get a grade on his performance. We threw a bone to a man who came in great shape and ran well.

    Q. You often talk about the position flexibility. Trai Essex had been playing guard, and then he was moved out to tackle when Marvel Smith missed a practice. What are your thoughts on how heís doing at both of those spots?

    A. Kudos to him. The lines are getting short because men are down. You know he played left guard, he played left tackle and he also played right guard. Itís part of his value. Heís a veteran player. He has great position flexibility, itís a distinguishing characteristic. Itís one that we strive for in a lot of our men.

    Q. LaMarr Woodley and Max Starks have been going hard after each other. Are you looking for consistency from them?

    A. I am trying to get consistency out of 80 guys; wish me good luck with that. Thatís what we are here for, and thatís what training camp is about. Those two guys were in a
    great frame of mind to come here and do what it is we came to do. There will be more of that with other people.

    Q. If Woodley goes down, who goes in for him at left outside linebacker?

    A. When that happens, we move James Harrison over, and we put Lawrence Timmons in at right outside linebacker. I know youíve heard the catch-phrase ďposition flexibility,Ē
    and now you see why we do it is that we do. James Farrior misses a day, Larry Foote slides over, in comes Lawrence Timmons. Woodley misses a day, slide James Harrison
    over, in comes Lawrence Timmons.

    Q. Is Troy Polamaluís injury a little bit more serious than you thought?

    A. No, there is no hidden story there. He has a mild hamstring. He did it later in summer trying to train for camp. Of course he was well enough to run the conditioning test, but that didnít include changes of direction and some of the short bursts that we all know he is capable of. We are going to deal with a little short-term misery to allow him to be
    well. That is what we are in the process of doing.

    Q. The loss of Daniel Sepulveda to a torn ACL seems to be a significant blow to your special teams. Can that be overcome?

    A. You know the reality of it is that there are 32 teams in the league and 32 teams deal with issues like this. This is the National Football League and this is what it is about. The teams that are successful and rise in the end are the teams that are capable of dealing with distractions such as this. We make no bones about that.

    Q. Did it disappoint you, this injury to him?

    A. Briefly, but then you keep moving; that is what you do. I wouldnít be human if I didnít say that I was disappointed for us and for Daniel. You canít spend a lot of time dwelling on it because we have a lot of work to do.

    Q. What about Bruce Davis? How is he coming along?

    A. He is, and we have a little focus on Bruce right now because he went to a quarter school at UCLA and he missed quite a bit of time in the offseason because of that. He
    was not able to participate due to rules. He has to hurry up and catch up and he is in the process of doing that. That might require an extra repetition or two. Heís in great
    shape, and heís going to need it because he has some ground to make up.

    Q. Can you talk about the atmosphere for the night practice at Latrobe Stadium?

    A. Itís special. It takes you back to your high school days. I think guys really enjoy it. Itís great to come out and perform in front of our fans, and hopefully they had a good time tonight. Some guys, like Kyle Clement, this is the biggest crowd heís ever played in front of. It was a good evening.

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    Position flexibility is essential in the era of the salary cap. Tomlin gets it!
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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Position flexibility is essential in the era of the salary cap. Tomlin gets it!
    I think so... Which is why a "kick return specialist" is not a good idea if that's all he can do well.

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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Is that why the Steelers gave Max 7 mill to be a backup?

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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Quote Originally Posted by fordfixer
    Is that why the Steelers gave Max 7 mill to be a backup?
    ... He'll start...

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    I think your right

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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    Quote Originally Posted by fordfixer
    Is that why the Steelers gave Max 7 mill to be a backup?
    ... He'll start...
    He may be starting for Marvel...This is from the Post Gazette

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    Injuries and more injuries
    Nine players, including five starters, did not practice because of injuries that coach Mike Tomlin said were day to day.

    The starters were Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison (groin), cornerback Deshea Townsend (groin), defensive end Brett Keisel (groin), guard Kendall Simmons (shoulder) and left tackle Marvel Smith (back). Tomlin said Simmons and Smith sat out for precautionary reasons and should practice today.

    The list does not include quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (groin), who did not participate in the morning workout and was limited for a third day in a row in the afternoon. Roethlisberger did not take part in team drills and threw only in 7 on 7.

    Afterward, when asked about the injury, Roethlisberger playfully said, "What injury? I don't know what you're talking about." Players, especially key ones such as Roethlisberger, are instructed by Tomlin not to discuss injuries with the media.

    Also missing practice were wide receiver Limas Sweed (hamstring), linebacker Mike Humpal (hamstring), tight end Dezmond Sherrod (neck) and linebacker Anthony Trucks (back).

    Linebacker LaMarr Woodley returned to practice after missing the past two days with a groin injury.
    The bolded information can't be good.

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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    Quote Originally Posted by fordfixer
    Is that why the Steelers gave Max 7 mill to be a backup?
    ... He'll start...
    He may be starting for Marvel...This is from the Post Gazette

    Quote Originally Posted by Post Gazette
    Post Gazette website Kemo returns

    Injuries and more injuries
    Nine players, including five starters, did not practice because of injuries that coach Mike Tomlin said were day to day.

    The starters were Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison (groin), cornerback Deshea Townsend (groin), defensive end Brett Keisel (groin), guard Kendall Simmons (shoulder) and left tackle Marvel Smith (back). Tomlin said Simmons and Smith sat out for precautionary reasons and should practice today.

    The list does not include quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (groin), who did not participate in the morning workout and was limited for a third day in a row in the afternoon. Roethlisberger did not take part in team drills and threw only in 7 on 7.

    Afterward, when asked about the injury, Roethlisberger playfully said, "What injury? I don't know what you're talking about." Players, especially key ones such as Roethlisberger, are instructed by Tomlin not to discuss injuries with the media.

    Also missing practice were wide receiver Limas Sweed (hamstring), linebacker Mike Humpal (hamstring), tight end Dezmond Sherrod (neck) and linebacker Anthony Trucks (back).

    Linebacker LaMarr Woodley returned to practice after missing the past two days with a groin injury.
    The bolded information can't be good.

    Pappy
    It has been pretty well established that Tomlin has been giving established vets mornings off here and there to save them for the long run, and he has been using phantom groin injuries as the excuse. Well, since we all already know that Marvel has a back issue, he blamed the time off on his back instead of a phantom groin. The article mentioned that it was for precautionary reasons and he should practice today. No worries there. I think the young guys listed below that (Sweed, Humpal, Sherrod, Trucks) were out for legit injuries as opposed to just giving them a break like the older guys.

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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Position flexibility is essential in the era of the salary cap. Tomlin gets it!
    I think so... Which is why a "kick return specialist" is not a good idea if that's all he can do well.
    I agree 100% about not getting a kick return specialist unless it is someone truely "special" like Hester. I can't imagine we can't find a WR or RB who can't return kicks. I give Nate W. a lot of grief, partially to get other posters fired up, but the one thing that I do think is having a WR who can't play on special teams is a problem. I would think that WR is the most logical position to get a returner from (maybe RB or DB).

    I hate the thought that we may give up a roster spot for a "kick return specialist." We did that with Rossum last year and it did not provide the xpected value added.
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    Re: Position Flexibility A Big Plus: Tomlin Q & A

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Position flexibility is essential in the era of the salary cap. Tomlin gets it!
    I think so... Which is why a "kick return specialist" is not a good idea if that's all he can do well.
    I agree 100% about not getting a kick return specialist unless it is someone truely "special" like Hester. I can't imagine we can't find a WR or RB who can't return kicks. I give Nate W. a lot of grief, partially to get other posters fired up, but the one thing that I do think is having a WR who can't play on special teams is a problem. I would think that WR is the most logical position to get a returner from (maybe RB or DB).

    I hate the thought that we may give up a roster spot for a "kick return specialist." We did that with Rossum last year and it did not provide the xpected value added.
    thats why willie reid needs to hold on to the ball. if he can do that he will get a spot on the roster and drummond wont be needed. drummond stinks anyways, i dont like that sign

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