Last edited by Oviedo; 08-06-2012 at 07:49 AM.
I highly doubt that Willie Colon was trying to punch his OL teammate Mike Adams...I think that was supposed to say the Colon started swinging at Cam Heyward.@ Cam Heyward and rookie Mike Adams had some Ohio State on Ohio State violence after Adams pancaked Heyward in a team drill.
Heyward apparently took offense to Adams going for the kill shot and the two squared off and started swinging.
Willie Colon stepped in to break it up, but then also started swinging at Adams.
Coach T says DJ is doing a great job so I'll have to go along with that.
"Let's see...who do we play next Sunday?"
What, who I'll be watching in the first preseason game
AUGUST 08, 2012
posted by Dale Lolley
The Steelers will play their first preseason game at Philadelphia Thursday night, and there's going to be plenty of notable action on the field.
Here are a few of the things and players I'll be watching in this one:
@ How does the new offense look under Todd Haley?
Traditionally, teams don't show a whole lot in the preseason. But the Steelers haven't had a completely new offense in Pittsburgh in quite some time.
To this point, the Steelers offense has featured more intermediate passes and throws to the running backs. We'll see if that carries over to the games.
@ How do the rookie offensive linemen look?
I've found it interesting that so many people have said that David DeCastro has been a bust in the first two weeks of training camp. That's ridiculous.
I've seen countless rookies take some time to get accustomed to the speed and power of the NFL. DeCastro has as well. But Maurkice Pouncey struggled with one-on-one matchups in his first camp as well. Then, when he got into game action, it was obvious he was a player.
The other side of the DeCastro coin is that Ramon Foster is having a very solid camp.
There was a big difference between DeCastro beating out Foster and Mike Adams pushing Trai Essex aside.
@ Does Cortez Allen take advantage of Keenan Lewis' shoulder injury?
Allen will likely start with Lewis being limited with the shoulder injury. If he can hold up in coverage against DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, it will go a long way toward winning a starting job.
@ Who will step up at free safety?
To this point, Ryan Mundy has been so-so. The same goes for veteran Will Allen.
I'm anxious to see what a young kid like Robert Golden can do in game action. There's a spot to be won there behind Ryan Clark.
@ Will any of the receivers behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery show anything.
It's been up and down throughout training camp for the receivers behind those three.
At this point, I'd say Derrick Williams and Tyler Beiler have been the most consistent, but that's not saying much.
@ Can Chris Rainey win the starting return job.
Rainey is fast, but can he consistently catch punts? He flubbed one in practice on Tuesday, which has to be a concern. This is, after all, a kid that fumbled six punts in college.
I'm not as concerned about him as a kick return guy, but if he can't field punts, that's a problem.
Marquis Maze will also be given a chance. It's big for him because he hasn't shown a lot as a receiver.
@ Keep an eye on rookie punter Drew Butler, the son of former Bears kicker Kevin Butler.
Butler is the only healthy punter in camp right now with Jeremy Kapinos dealing with back issues.
Kapinos has gotten more surly as camp has gone on because Butler has looked pretty good. But can he do it on the big stage?
If so, Butler could win the job.
posted by Dale Lolley
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012
It was an eventful two days for the Steelers as they began their final week of work at Saint Vincent College.
First, due to a knee injury to second-round draft pick Mike Adams suffered in the preseason opener against Philadelphia, the team had to shuffle the deck with its offensive line.
Adams, who is expected to be out a week or so, had started against the Eagles at left tackle. With him out, the Steelers slide right tackle Marcus Gilbert over to left tackle.
That allowed them to keep rookie David DeCastro at right guard - where he will stay - and put Ramon Foster at right tackle.
With Willie Colon back at left guard, the Steelers' starting offensive line for their second preseason game will look like this from left to right: Gilbert, Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, DeCastro and Foster.
It will likely stay that way until Max Starks is ready to come off the PUP list, at which point, he will move to left tackle, sliding Gilbert back to the right side.
Starks is expected to be activated within the next two weeks after having offseason knee surgery.
@ With Isaac Redman (groin) and Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder) sitting out practices, the Steelers got more bad news at running back Sunday, when John Clay went down with a hip injury.
Already thin with Rashard Mendenhall on the PUP list, that left the Steelers with just Barron Batch, Chris Rainey and Will Johnson - now the starting fullback following David Johnson's season-ending knee injury against the Eagles - to carry the football.
That didn't work out so well in Sunday's goal-line drills as the Steelers tried to pound the ball into the end zone with Batch (210 pounds) and Rainey (179).
Rainey scored once by leaping over the top of the line, but the defense had the better of it overall.
@ For the second time in this training camp, Antonio Brown and Ike Taylor got into a fight, this time during a red zone drill.
This one got a little more heated than their previous dust up last week as the two continued to jaw at each other after practice.
Don't expect any long-lasting effects, however.
Brown and Taylor are both competitors and neither wants to give an inch. And they've been going against each other on a daily basis now for three weeks. It can get a little irritating.