TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Steelers notebook: Rookie free agent Jones takes on special teams

Steelers/NFL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 8:45 p.m.
 

• Asked which special teams units he's playing on, undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Howard Jones said, “All of them.” Jones, the former Division II star at Shepherd, recovered two fumbles against the Giants. Still, the linebacker said, “I definitely need to get better at those (special teams).”

• So is Dri Archer a running back or a wide receiver? The answer: yes. “I switch it up. I meet with both coaches and go over everything. You've got to stay in your playbook and know your role.”

• First-round pick Ryan Shazier (knee), held out of the first preseason game, and WR Justin Brown (thumb) did minimal work in practice Monday. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) returned, but TE Matt Spaeth and S Mike Mitchell were out with what coach Mike Tomlin said were minor postgame “bumps and bruises.” TE Michael Palmer (ankle) didn't practice.

• Lawrence Timmons said he's not closely watching the Johnny Manziel-Brian Hoyer quarterback competition in Cleveland. “I'm trying to get focused on this (camp) right now,” he said. “When that (Sept. 7 opener) comes, that's when we'll be ready.”

• Tomlin expects to see separation players this week as the Steelers practice twice against the Bills before playing them Saturday night. “I think we've got a legitimate opportunity for guys to take a significant step between game 1 and game 2,” he said.

— Alan Robinson

Camp schedule

Tuesday:3 p.m.

Wednesday: 3 p.m., Joint practice with Buffalo Bills

Thursday:5:30 p.m., Joint practice with Buffalo Bills

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. Steelers unfazed by Brady suspension saga
  2. Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
  3. Inside the Steelers: Ventrone suffers right ankle injury
  4. Steelers RB Archer trying to catch up after tough rookie season
  5. Steelers LB Timmons has grown into leadership role on defense
  6. Steelers tackle Beachum braces for competition along offensive line
  7. Rossi: St. Vincent a football sanctuary during Steelers training camp
  8. Steelers notebook: 5 players start training camp on injured list
  9. Steelers notebook: Backup QB Gradkowski remains out with shoulder issue
  10. Steelers RB Bell ready despite being in limbo