Inside The Ropes: Steelers engage in 11-on-11, full-contact drill
• Other than the goal line drill, live tackling periods during training camp just don't happen … until now. With the collective bargaining agreement cracking down on the number of padded practices permitted during training camp, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he believed the only way to make up for lost practice time is by ratcheting up the intensity. So, for the first time in at least a decade, the Steelers used one of their practice periods Wednesday dedicated to full-contact, live, 11-on-11 football. “That's the first time we ever did that,” linebackerLarry Foote said. And, according to safety Ryan Clark, the offense won the period. Rookie Le'Veon Bell was probably the reason why. Bell took a handoff on a zone-blocking stretch play to the left before cutting all the way back to the right for a 30-yard gain down the sideline. Bell finished the run by bulling over cornerback Curtis Brown.
• Heath Miller has yet to be removed from the physically unable to perform list and likely won't be for at least a few more weeks. However, that hasn't stopped the injured tight end from working out feverishly on Field 3 during practice. Miller was running nearly the length of the field dragging a heavy weight attached to a long strap, and he looked strong doing it.
• With cornerback Cortez Allen sitting out another day with a knee injury, William Gay stepped into the starting role and was quickly burned deep by Antonio Brown for a 40-yard reception.
• Linebacker Jason Worilds didn't have a good day when it came to one-on-one drills with offensive linemen. Worilds was stymied a handful of times by Mike Adams, then by backup Kelvin Beachum. However, Worilds did break out a nice spin move on Beachum that had the second-year lineman whiffing at the block.
• Plaxico Burress caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Bruce Gradkowski during 11-on-11, but it wasn't because Burress did anything special. The play broke down, and rookie safety Shamarko Thomas bit on an underneath route that allowed the methodical Burress to get behind the defense for an easy touchdown.
— Mark Kaboly
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.