Inside the ropes: Steelers practice without pads for first time
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
• The first six days of practice were physical. No. 7 sure wasn't. The Steelers did not wear full pads for the first time this training camp, which meant they didn't dedicate an entire period to full-contact drills for the first time this summer. Coach Mike Tomlin said it was to maximize the team's off day Tuesday before they return to St. Vincent for two full practices Wednesday and Thursday. The first preseason game is Saturday against the Giants.
• The Steelers worked on situational offense again by running the two-minute drill. With 45 seconds on the clock, the ball on the 38-yard line and one timeout remaining, the first-team offense used back-to-back pretty plays to score. The first was when Antonio Brown caught a deflected pass down the sideline while being blanketed by linebacker Stevenson Sylvester. With the ball on the 9-yard line and one second left, Ben Roethlisberger lofted a pass over Larry Foote to Isaac Redman in the corner of the end zone for touchdown. After the second team failed to score, John Parker Wilson hit Markus Wheaton for a touchdown.
• Tomlin dusted off some old-school conditioning drills follow practice. Players ran a series of 100-yard sprints.
• For the fourth consecutive practice, Mike Adams took every snap at left tackle and Marcus Gilbert at right tackle.
• Tight end David Paulson continued to be impressive catching the ball during Heath Miller's absence. Paulson showed soft hands on a couple of instances during 7-on-7 goal-line passing drills, including a touchdown pass for Parker Wilson.
• Shaun Suisham kicked a 59-yard field goal during special teams drills.
• The Steelers practiced fake punts out of their own end zone, with Drew Butler throwing the ball to an uncovered gunner.
— Mark Kaboly
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