Steelers' Tomlin: 'I set the schedule' in camp
Nose tackle Casey Hampton, recovering from a torn knee ligament, still intends to play in the Sept. 9 opener in Denver. The question is whether his body will allow it. He is on the physically unable to perform list and cannot practice, and there is no definitive return date.
“I just want to get it right and be right when I'm out there,” Hampton said. “I don't want to be out there hobbling, messing around. I want to be out there ready to go.”
Reining in Rainey
Tomlin trotted out some of his preferred drills on the first day contact was permitted. But he pulled 5-foot-9 rookie Chris Rainey from the backs. versus ‘backers drill because cut blocking was not permitted.
“I'm not going to pull my boat with a Ferrari,” Tomlin said. “If he can't cut in that drill, I'm not putting him in the drill, and obviously I don't want him cutting LaMarr Woodley and others.”
Rainey showed off his impressive speed several times.
Tomlin: ‘I set the schedule'
If there was any question who runs Steelers camp, coach Mike Tomlin quickly answered it.
Asked by a visiting reporter if anything has changed now that coordinator Todd Haley is setting up the daily schedule for the offense, Tomlin replied, without hesitation: “Nothing has changed. I set the schedule.”
LB Sean Spence (shoulder) was limited in some drills. … TE Heath Miller (ankle) remained out. … Blaine Stewart, the son of the late Bill Stewart, the former West Virginia coach, is one of the camp ball boys. … First-round draft pick David DeCastro practiced at times with the offensive line starters, but second-rounder Mike Adams did not.
• “Man, he's a Stanford kid, (so he's) a lot smarter than the Florida guy.” — center Maurkice Pouncey, saying first-rounder DeCastro is ahead of where Pouncey was as a rookie two years ago.
• “We're going to light up the scoreboard.” — guard Willie Colon, on the new Haley offense.
• “You'd see a ball in the air, and he'd be coming down with it against our starting defense. It just seemed like he kept making plays.” — GM Kevin Colbert, on wide receiver Antonio Brown making an impression as a sixth-round pick last season.
• “We can frame his story in that he's a sixth-round pick, or he's had three career starts. The reality is the guy's been electric for us since he's been here.” — Tomlin, on Brown's rapid emergence.
• “Life.” — Tomlin, on what prompted Colon to tussle with linebacker Lawrence Timmons while blocking him upfield.
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