Steelers' Rainey staying patient during rookie season
Chris Rainey is learning it takes more than speed and a good scouting report to succeed in the NFL.
One of the Steelers' most-used players in the preseason — he had two punt returns for touchdowns called back by penalties against Carolina — Rainey is touching the ball an average of only five times a game. The running back expected more action but said, “I'm a rookie, man, and that's all it is. I've talked to guys that were rookies recently, and they just said, ‘You've got to be patient, man.' It's just like being a freshman (in college) again.”
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Rainey makes an impact even when he doesn't get the ball.
“It feels like when he's out there the defense is always yelling to watch the trick play and watch (No.) 22,” Roethlisberger said. “It's like they know something is going on when he's out there.”
• The Steelers' wide receivers will oppose elite cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha, often called the NFL's best this side of the injured Darrelle Revis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who already has three interceptions for Philadelphia. According to Mike Wallace, the Eagles don't assign their corners to a certain receiver. If Wallace lines up on the left side, he'll generally be covered by Asomugha, but Rodgers-Cromartie will shadow him if he lines up on the right side. “Whatever side of the ball you go to, you're pretty much going to see that guy,” he said.
• Ryan Clark is impressed how Eagles coach Andy Reid adjusts the emphasis of his offense depending on the talent he has. The Eagles once relied on possession-type receivers and the multidimensional play of running back-pass catcher Brian Westbrook but are more of a big-play team now. Brent Celek (17.5) and DeSean Jackson (16.7) have high yards-per-catch averages. “They're probably more explosive on the outside than they've ever been,” said Clark, who opposed the Eagles twice a season when he played for the Redskins and Giants. “You've got a coach who really knows how to coach offense, and does a good job — a guy they respect and who puts them in position to make plays.”
• For the first time since training camp started July 25, there are no names on the injury list. The team said all players took part in practice Wednesday, including linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin) also practiced.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Steelers will make small strides this season
- Steelers have plenty of new faces at wide receiver
- Why Steelers will — or won’t — snap out of their funk
- Steelers running back blunt about focusing on football
- In last preseason game, a final audition for some Steelers
- For Steelers outside linebacker Jones, size is not an obstacle
- Steelers cornerbacks Allen, Gay, Taylor have something to prove
- Steelers defense waving flag on penalty calls
- Steelers’ Polamalu downplays emotional outburst
- Steelers notebook: Team cuts 15 players, including LB So’oto, RB Hall
- Steelers’ Mitchell enduring growing pains